LAC 2010 Speakers & Events


Amy Walter

The Keynote Luncheon will be held Sunday afternoon, February 28, and will include an insider’s look at Washington from Amy Walter, one of the nation’s top political forecasters and editor-in-chief of The Hotline, the coveted daily news service that no political enthusiast can go without. She is widely known for giving frank yet genial interviews, which have gained her much airtime on the national television news circuit. Walter also is the recipient of The Washington Post's Crystal Ball award for her spot-on election predictions in 2000, and was dubbed one of the most powerful people in politics in George magazine for her insights into the mechanics that make the political machine run.

Amy Walter

Amy Walter

Walter is a political analyst for CNN and a frequent panelist and commentator on “Meet the Press” (NBC), “Washington Journal” (C-SPAN), “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” (PBS), “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO), and on CBS’ “Face the Nation” and “Early Show.” She provided election night commentary for CNN in 2002 and 2004, and was a member of CNN’s Emmy Award-winning election night team in 2006. In 2007, as senior editor of The Cook Political Report, she earned accolades for successfully handicapping U.S. House races, and was frequently quoted as a congressional expert in newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The New York Times.

Capitalizing on her extensive experience, Walter will treat LAC attendees to an engaging and compelling presentation about the electoral process, congressional culture and the Washington political scene on the whole.


Carl D. Perkins Memorial Lecture

Peter Beinart

Peter Beinart

The LAC Banquet will be held Monday evening, March 1, at 7:00 pm, and will include insightful words from Peter Beinart, senior political writer for the online news and opinion publication, The Daily Beast. An outstanding scholar, Beinart graduated from Yale University in 1993 and won a prestigious Rhodes scholarship for graduate study at Oxford University. He burst onto the political punditry scene immediately after graduating from Oxford in 1995. Since then, he has been editor of The New Republic magazine and a featured player on the television news circuit for his expertise and articulate analysis. Currently, he is a Schwartz senior fellow at the New America Foundation, as well as an associate professor of journalism and political science at The City University of New York.

Beinart is the author of The Good Fight: Why Liberals—And Only Liberals—Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again, which was widely praised for its keen viewpoints and depth. His new book, The Icarus Syndrome: How American Triumph Produces American Tragedy, is set to be published in June. He has contributed to such publications as Time, Newsweek and The Washington Post, and he has appeared on “Meet the Press” (NBC), “This Week” (ABC), “Charlie Rose” (PBS) and many other television and radio programs.

Carl Perkins, a Kentucky legislator, was a strong influence in shaping federal nutrition programs. In 1985, the SNA Board of Directors established an endowment fund to provide for the Carl D. Perkins Memorial Lecture. The lecture provides Association members with a greater understanding of current public policy and legislative issues.


Bring your expertise, your passion and your stories to Washington, D.C., and take advantage of this annual opportunity to get your message across to your state’s Congressional delegation. Tuesday, March 2 is reserved for visiting U.S. Representatives and Senators on Capitol Hill. Please schedule appointments with your legislators well in advance.


The seventh annual A Possible Dream Gala, which honors champions of child nutrition, will be held on Tuesday evening, March 2, 7:00–10:00 pm. Please join the Global Child Nutrition Foundation in recognizing the achievements of Wanda Grant, SNS, 2009 Outstanding Director of the Year and Chuck Ainsworth, 2009 Individual Industry Member of the Year, as well as Dan Glickman, the recipient of the 2010 Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award. This event will take place at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, with proceeds from the evening benefiting GCNF and its global initiatives. Participation is by reservation only. To purchase seats or to become a sponsor, contact Nicole Bernard, GCNF Operations Coordinator, at (800) 877-8822, ext. 150, or


The School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing Exam will be administered at LAC. Registration, approval and payment of fees must have been completed prior to LAC and cannot be made onsite. To register, contact Shantal Hall, Certification & Credentialing Manager, at (800) 877-8822, ext. 180, or

Fees: Members $150; Non-members $245
Exam Date: Saturday, February 27, 2010, 8:00 am–12:00 pm
Registration Deadline: February 6, 2010