2022 Winter Conference Sessions

DAY ONE - Wednesday, February 9, 2022


9:15am - 9:45am | Welcome & IAB Introductions


9:45am - 10:45am | Keynote Session

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11:00am - 12:00pm | Educational Sessions

Religious Inclusion and Equity through Food and Nutrition Programs

Diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of current public conversation and policy. As a result, it has become more important than ever for school nutrition professionals to understand the different dietary practices followed by families in our communities. As populations continue to grow and diversify, religious dietary restrictions, such as Kosher and Halal, are increasingly followed. Come and learn basic knowledge on how to incorporate these meal patterns into your menu and apply a more intentional approach to practicing inclusion within your program.
Key Area: 
Nutrition
Speakers:

Dan Saulles Product Innovation Lead, National Food Group

Tackling Waste and Wellness in a School Cafeteria

Hear about a collaboration between a hospital and a five school Illinois district committed to reversing county health trends and building palates for healthy foods. With an extensive strategy and evaluation plan, the group worked together to create a locally sourced, scratch-cooked school cafeteria program with the existing team and facilities.
Key Area:
Operations
Speakers:

Greg Christian Founder and CEO, Beyond Green

12:00pm - 12:45pm | Lunch


12:45pm - 1:45pm | Educational Sessions

Religious Inclusion and Equity through Food and Nutrition Programs

Diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of current public conversation and policy. As a result, it has become more important than ever for school nutrition professionals to understand the different dietary practices followed by families in our communities. As populations continue to grow and diversify, religious dietary restrictions, such as Kosher and Halal, are increasingly followed. Come and learn basic knowledge on how to incorporate these meal patterns into your menu and apply a more intentional approach to practicing inclusion within your program.
Key Area: 
Nutrition
Speakers:

Dan Saulles Product Innovation Lead, National Food Group

Tackling Waste and Wellness in a School Cafeteria

Hear about a collaboration between a hospital and a five school Illinois district committed to reversing county health trends and building palates for healthy foods. With an extensive strategy and evaluation plan, the group worked together to create a locally sourced, scratch-cooked school cafeteria program with the existing team and facilities.
Key Area: 
Operations
Speakers:

Greg Christian Founder and CEO, Beyond Green

2:00pm - 2:45pm | Team Building Activity


2:45pm - 4:15pm | Vendor Roundtables


5:00pm - 6:00pm | Networking Reception


6:00pm - 10:00pm | Dinner & Entertainment


DAY TWO - Thursday, February 10, 2022


8:00am - 9:00am | Breakfast


9:00am - 10:00am | Educational Session

Embracing Change in a World That Won't Stop Changing

Are you sick and tired of hearing the words "unprecedented" and "pivot"? As much as many of us would like to simply stop experiencing so much rapid change, a better plan may be to focus our efforts on how to embrace these changes. Whether or not we like it or are prepared for it, change will come regardless. So how do we cope? How do we stay calm and feel stable? How do we become champions of change? Come and learn strategies to alter your perspective on change and ways to practice mental and emotional resilience when change occurs. In times when you have very little control over the environment around you, you must focus on the one thing you can control: yourself.
Key Area: 

Speaker:

Stefanie Giannini Assistant Director, Marquardt School District 15

10:15am - 11:45am | Vendor Roundtables


11:45am - 12:45pm | Open Forum Roundtable Discussion

ILSNA Open Forum Roundtable Discussion

Come and join fellow school nutrition directors to voice your concerns, ask questions and hear solutions regarding the current issues within our industry. Industry suppliers will be on-hand to answer your questions and provide future updates about the supply and demand issues facing manufacturers.
Key Area: 

Speakers:
Brenda Nagel Cano K-12 Specialist, ASM Waypoint
Norm Perea Key Account Manager K-12, Rich Products
Dana Saverino Director of K-12 Sales Midwest Region, SA Piazza & Associates, LLC


12:45pm - 1:00pm | Closing Remarks