Ali Vincent


Believe It, Be It
Need help encouraging your staff, your students or yourself on a path toward lifelong health and wellness? Or perhaps you need a little extra push to overcome the roadblocks standing between you and your goals? Whatever your struggle, Ali Vincent will inspire you with her personal philosophy, “Believe It, Be It,” and her conviction that anything is possible. For Vincent, the first female winner of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” believing in herself and embracing self-confidence were the first steps to her amazing transformation. Since her win, Vincent has shared her story with audiences nationwide and in her book, Believe It, Be It: How Being the Biggest Loser Won Me Back My Life. She has also appeared in numerous magazines and on such programs as "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Ellen" and the "The Today Show." Fit, full of energy and ready to spread her message of positivity, Vincent will share her physical, mental and emotional journey and how you, too, can be all that you can be. Sponsored by Jennie-O Turkey Store

Pat Williams


The Magic of Teamwork
No matter how many school nutrition victories your operation has in the “win” column, tomorrow is a new day, with new challenges. As the “coach” for your team, it’s important to make team building an ongoing priority, and no one knows the importance of this better than Pat Williams. As the senior vice president of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, Williams is a master at building successful teams. Twenty-three of his teams have gone to the NBA playoffs and five have made it to the finals, making him one of the most powerful people in the game today. He has more than 50 books to his name and has wowed audiences coast to coast with his incredible story of success. Based on what he has learned from building sports teams for over 45 years, Williams will offer proven principles for building a winning team in your school or business. After implementing the techniques presented in this session, you can expect your employees to work more cohesively and produce better results. Sponsored by Traulsen, A Division of ITW FEG

Phil Lempert


Kids As Consumers: How They Impact Our Business
Think you know all the ways kids influence your operation or business? Think again! Phil Lempert, aka “The Supermarket Guru,” will reveal the different factors at play, as well as provide fascinating details on the increased purchasing power and consumer savvy of today’s youngsters. As one of America’s top consumer analysts, Lempert has been identifying impending trends for more than 25 years. He is the editor of The Lempert Report and, and can be seen regularly on “The Today Show” and “The View.” Recognizing that the business of providing healthy, satisfying meals to kids is a challenging one, Lempert will leave you with the knowledge you need to succeed. Sponsored by ConAgra Foodservice

Dr. Brian Wansink


Smarter Lunchroom Movement: Low Cost, No Cost Changes
How smart is your cafeteria? Come join invited speaker Dr. Brian Wansink for an insightful and informative presentation on the “Smarter Lunchroom” movement, an initiative focused on discovering and sharing innovative ways to design sustainable lunchrooms that subtly guide smarter choices and help students eat healthier. Known as the “Sherlock Holmes of Food,” Wansink and his Food & Brand Lab have been credited with improving the deeper, scientific understanding of food eating. This food detective will help you uncover quick and inexpensive changes you can implement immediately to nudge your students to make better lunch-line decisions without sacrificing participation.

Gary Vonck & Kim Schwabenbauer


The Image of Us: Let’s Make It Better, Together!
It’s not about going on a diet. It’s making better choices and changing behaviors! Fitness enthusiasts Gary Vonck, vice president of education sales for KeyImpact Sales & Systems and Kim Schwabenbauer, corporate dietitian for Super Bakery, will get you energized about taking the necessary steps to improved health and fitness—and show you how you can keep this a top priority in your hectic day. Topics of discussion will include the barriers to weight loss; high- and low-energy-dense foods and their effect on your body; and determining your individual dietary needs. They will also help you lay the foundation for an exercise routine that is uniquely you.

Dr. Janey Thornton & Cindy Long

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Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act: Where Are We Now?
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act passed the United States Congress late last year and was signed into law last December. Over the last several months, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has taken on the monumental task of implementing the new law and its many provisions through the issuance of guidances, memos and proposed rules—all of which will have a major impact on child nutrition programs for years to come. During this session, Dr. Janey Thornton, SNS, Deputy Under Secretary of USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services and Cindy Long, Child Nutrition Division Director of USDA Food and Nutrition Service, will provide an update on where we are regarding new regulations and policies that will impact school nutrition programs, foodservice directors and industry members. A special emphasis on the status of the new meal patterns and other important information coming down the pike will also be addressed.


Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act: The Practical & Technical How-To’s
The reauthorization of child nutrition programs within the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was historic in scope. Virtually every aspect of child nutrition programs and procedures will be affected as part of this new law. During this facilitated session, USDA's Dr. Janey Thornton, SNS, and Cindy Long will once again be on hand to discuss the practical and technical sides regarding the key issues surrounding the new law (P.L. 111-296). Come prepared for an informative and interactive discussion, as we cover your questions on the various nuances of this new law, its effect on your business and for foodservice directors.