2018 Annual Conference Attendee Registration

October 25, 2018 8:30 AM to October 28, 2018 10:30 AM
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Lansing Center & Radisson Hotel
333 E Michigan Ave
Lansing, MI 48933
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It Takes a Team to Feed the Dream

Conference Packages

Early Bird


Full Conference - Member Rate (includes: education sessions; exhibit show; Fri. reception; Sat. breakfast & dinner; & Sun. breakfast) 

$150 $170

Full Conference - Non-Member Rate (includes: education sessions; exhibit show; Fri. reception; Sat. breakfast & dinner; & Sun. breakfast) 

$200 $220

Saturday ONLY - Member Rate (includes: education sessions; exhibit show; Sat. breakfast & dinner) 

$125 $145

Saturday ONLY - Non-Member Rate (includes: education sessions; exhibit show; Sat. breakfast & dinner) 

$175 $195
All pre-conference sessions Thursday and Friday and guest tickets are an additional cost.


Keynote Presentations

Opening General Session


Closing General Session

Saturday, October 27, 2018


Sunday, October 28, 2018

Veronika Scott, Founder & CEO, The Empowerment Plan

Veronika Scott has been named a 2015 Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur, “CNN Hero”, and the youngest recipient of the JFK New Frontier Award, just to name a few of her accolades. She created the Empowerment Plan - a Detroit based nonprofit organization focused on permanently elevating families from the generational cycle of homelessness. Single parents are hired from local shelters and provided with training and full-time employment as seamstresses so that they can earn a stable income, find secure housing, and regain their independence. The Empowerment Plan story has been told across the world.

  Dr. Robert Murray, M.D., Ohio State University

Dr. Murray, a renowned professor of pediatrics at Ohio State University, has focused on school-based nutrition policy emphasizing the importance of diet quality during early childhood throughout his career. He will provide encouragement and inspiration to keep up the efforts to ensure all children have access to a nutritious breakfast. You’ll leave with solid evidence to present to stakeholders on the importance of breakfast in your district and why breakfast really is the most important meal of the day!

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018

Pre-Conference Sessions

(additional fees to conference registration packages)

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

10 - SNAM Leadership Academy (Day 1 of 2)

Do you lead others or want to lead others in the future? This academy is a comprehensive leadership development experience to prepare individuals to effectively lead operations in their districts. In addition to growing leadership skills, you’ll also gain better understanding of topics such as financial accountability, nutrition, customer service, dealing with conflict and difficult employees, and much more. It is designed to improve the technical skills, but also help individuals grasp leadership concepts and prepare for making the leap from co-worker to leader!

Registration Fee: Member $275 (Must be a current member)

20 – Nutrition 1 (Day 1 of 2)

Presenter(s): Sue Bevins, Genessee ISD & Wen Guo, Warren Consolidated Schools

Learn essential nutrition facts and understand the dietary guidelines for Americans. Required for SNA certification.

Registration Fee: Member $50, Non-member $100

1:00 - 4:00 pm

30 – Shortcuts to Boost Your Social Media Marketing

Presenter(s): Liz Roesel, Horizon Software International, LLC

Discover shortcuts that will help you balance your busy schedule and market your program. You’ll learn time-saving social media shortcuts to promote your meal program to parents, students, and key stakeholders. You’ll also learn how to create professional images with a free & easy-to-use graphic design tool. You will get hands on experience with a variety of platforms. Bring your electronic device so you can leave ready to post!

Registration Fee: Member $35, Non-member $90

1:00 - 5:00 pm

School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing Exam

The SNS Credential is a mark of excellence and achievement that reflects what it takes to manage school nutrition programs in today’s challenging climate. The SNS Credentialing Exam evaluates candidates’ knowledge and skills required to perform specific job activities related to managing or directing school nutrition programs.

Pre-registration required through School Nutrition Association (SNA) www.schoolnutrition.org/credentialing

Friday, Oct. 26, 2018

Pre-Conference Sessions

(additional fees to conference registration packages)

8:00 am – 3:00 pm

10 - SNAM Leadership Academy Continued (Day 2 of 2)

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

20 – Nutrition 1 Continued (Day 2 of 2)

40 – Team Leadership

Presenter(s): David Hulings, Hulings and Associates, L.L.C.

Learn how to match your leadership style with the culture of the organization. Matching leadership style to the cultural landscape will allow you to increase your productivity, decrease communication problems and strengthen your conflict management skills.

Registration Fee: Member $35, Non-member $90

1:00 – 4:00 pm

50 - Meeting Children’s Special Food & Nutrition Needs

Presenter(s): Janet Gaffke, Consultant

Understand the laws and regulations that require accommodations for feeding children with special food and nutrition requirements.

Registration Fee: Member $35, Non-member $90

60 - Make a Better Breakfast Team

Presenter(s): Tyler Bordon, Shiver Shock; Andrew Lohser, General Mills; & Emily Mattern, UDIM

Is your breakfast participation experiencing a batting slump? Come join us for an interactive workshop about increasing breakfast participation. Add new recipes to your breakfast roster. Sample new products. Learn more about expanding breakfast and how to add new resources to your breakfast team.

Registration Fee: Member $35, Non-member $90

Continuing Education Credits

All full conference attendees will earn 6 CEUs. Pre-conference sessions may qualify as additional CEUs.

Parking Information

Parking lots are located under the Lansing Center and north of the Radisson Hotel for a flat daily rate, view map here. Cash and credit cards are accepted.

Overnight Accommodations

Radisson Hotel Lansing
111 N. Grand Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933
Group Rate: $135.95

Reservations must be made by September 24, 2018 to guarantee the group rate.

Call 800.333.3333 and mention the School Nutrition Association of Michigan conference or make a reservation online here with promo code SNAM18.

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