Monday, October 16, 2023
Registration desk opens
Buses Begin Loading for Reception & Dinner at Rosen College of Hospitality Management
Tower 1 Entrance
Reception & Dinner
Rosen College of Hospitality Management, 9907 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819
Tuesday, October 17, 2023
From Data to Action: Understanding Key Economic Indicators
In today's highly competitive and rapidly changing food service industry, understanding and effectively managing economic indicators is essential for optimizing the supply chain. In this conference session, Dr. Dhamu Thamodaran will shed light on the crucial economic indicators that foodservice professionals must grasp, monitor, and interpret to make informed decisions, mitigate risks, and drive efficiency throughout their supply chain.
Navigating Difficult Conversations
Having difficult conversations can be challenging, but with the right mindset and effective communication strategies, we can transform them into valuable opportunities for growth, understanding, and building stronger relationships. This panel, brought to you by the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF), will offer insights from senior leaders sharing their personal experiences and lessons learned that have helped them to navigate challenging conversations, cultivate candor and move forward with mutual understanding and trust, both personally and professionally.
Solutions Focused Networking
Get ready to supercharge your networking game while problem solving with peers during the first of two separate Roundtable Networking sessions. We’ve designed this time for you to share ideas and solutions to common problems in the foodservice supply chain industry while expanding your professional network. In this session, you can join a targeted discussion from the topic list below to get fresh perspectives on industry-specific challenges. These conversations will be facilitated so that everyone has a chance to share and take something valuable away.
Shift Your Brilliance – Act Like an Employee and Think a CEO (Creative Engagement Optimist)
Shift Your Brilliance invites every team member to be accountable for their performance, lead without a title, embrace a fluid career vision rather working in-person, remotely, or as a hybrid. Be a transformational thinker by doing common work in an uncommon way. Discover how to become an intrapreneuer that takes the organization to the next level by becoming CEO (Creative Engagement Optimist). Simon will compress 35 years of experience in 2200 organizations in 50 countries into a mental algorithm for you to Shift Your Brilliance and accelerate your results. This keynote is based on his bestseller – Shift Your Brilliance – Harness the Power of You, Inc.
A Conversation with Kevin Hourican, Sysco CEO
Kevin will sit down with Charlie Lousignont and share his professional journey to lead the world's largest foodservice distributor which began with his graduate degree in Supply Chain Management. He will talk about his own professional development and offer his perspective on keys to success. Kevin will discuss best practices from his experience in the retail sector and how that can be applied to Foodservice. He will also share insight on how suppliers and buyers partnerships have changed since the pandemic and how technology is reshaping our industry.
Afternoon Session: More Solutions Focused Networking
The learning and networking continue! In our second Roundtable Networking session, we're revisiting the same engaging topics from the morning session. This gives you the opportunity to dive deeper into focused discussions and gain fresh perspectives on industry-specific challenges. Table guides will ensure lively and interactive conversations, making sure everyone has a chance to share and take away actionable solutions.
Negotiations - How to Increase the Value of your Deals
Upskill your negotiations with this engaging session presented by Brian Buck, the CEO of Scotwork North America, the world’s number-one independent negotiation consultancy. This interactive program will delve into the art of negotiating and drive home the five things you should be doing to increase the value of your deals. You will gain valuable insights, practical tips, and proven strategies to enhance your negotiation prowess in both personal and professional settings. Don't miss this opportunity to refine your skills and empower yourself as a proficient negotiator.
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