Session List

The AHF Virtual Conference Registration is now open beginning at just $95 per operator member (or less – invite your teams)! Visit the website to find out more information about key education sessions, powerful speakers, and networking breaks below. The 2020 Virtual Conference will be a great way to connect with self-operated peers and business partners who lead with innovative products and services. Check out a sneak preview of our planned sessions (covering more than 17 CEU’s through ANFP, AND, and ACF):

 

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OPENING KEYNOTE: Industry Trends with Mark DiDimenico from Datassential

Speakers: Mark DiDimenico
1 CEU | LIVE – Tuesday, August 11 – 3:00PM ET (12:00 PST/2:00 CST)

Get an update on industry trends, highlight, data and more when you join AHF and Datassential for our opening keynote session with expert Mark DiDimenico.


CLOSING KEYNOTE: CREATE Commitment – The Cultural Balance Between Leaders and Those We Serve with Chef Eric Eisenberg

Speakers: Eric Eisenberg
1 CEU | LIVE – Thursday, September 3  – 3:30PM ET (12:30 PST/2:30 CST)

CREATE is an acronym that identifies the human emotional and intellectual traits, skills and characteristics that we all need as leaders and in life to truly balance our leadership presence and the human being within. Once this balance is struck we have the platform to manage from a place of true respect and admiration for those we serve with clear expectations of performance and accountability.


Opening AHF Virtual Exhibit Hall

LIVE – Tuesday, August 11 – 4:00PM ET (1:00 PST/3:00 CST)
1 CEU

Join AHF and our valued sponsors to learn more about their newest products, offerings and innovations. They’re ready to help you as you look ahead. More than that, gain an extra hour of credit for participation and become eligible to win prizes and gifts! AHF is able to put on fantastic programming such as this virtual conference because of our valued and dedicated sponsors. Please help us in celebrating their dedication to you, our operator members, but attend the virtual exhibit hall, setting appointments with sponsors, chatting video calls, chatting with them in their booth, and exploring their amazing new offerings.


Final AHF Virtual Exhibit Hall

LIVE – Tuesday, August 18 – 4:00PM ET (1:00 PST/3:00 CST)

Join AHF and our valued sponsors to learn more about their newest products, offerings and innovations. They’re ready to help you as you look ahead. Become eligible to win prizes and gifts! AHF is able to put on fantastic programming such as this virtual conference because of our valued and dedicated sponsors. Please help us in celebrating their dedication to you, our operator members, but attend the virtual exhibit hall, setting appointments with sponsors, chatting video calls, chatting with them in their booth, and exploring their amazing new offerings. 


Retail Trends to Ignite Your 2020 & Beyond

Speakers: Nancy Lane, Angelo Mojica
1 CEU | LIVE – Thursday, August 13 – 3:30PM ET (12:30 PST/2:30 CST)

Get up to speed on the latest innovations and trends in retail to help improve your operation and take home new pearls of wisdom for your teams. Nancy Lane and Angelo Mojica will take us through innovations, more ideas, and ways to make sure team is Better Internally Than Everyone (BITE) – Everyone loves a good acronym right? We certainly do! Join us for an hour and walk away with new ideas to reinvigorate your retail spaces.


FISH Talks™ – (Food, Innovation, Service, Hospitality) Panel Discussion Q&A

Speakers: Ben Anderson (GrubHub), Zia Ahmed (OSU), Angela O’Neill (Hunterdon Medical Center), Veronica McLymont (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center)
Moderator: Bill Anderson, Winsight Media

1.25 CEU | LIVE PANEL – Thursday, August 18 – 3:30PM ET (12:30 PST/2:30 CST)

Recorded FISH segments are available for viewing at your convenience. 

AHF’s FISHTM (Food, Innovation, Service, Hospitality) Talks are back for a second year. Although we can’t be in person that’s no reason to miss a chance to be inspired. Watch each of our 15 minute FISH segments which will be recorded and available online throughout the conference. Once you have watched our FISH walk segments, tune in to our live panel discussion moderated by Bill Anderson from Winsight Media and Foodservice Director as we focus on diving in deeper to their innovative expertise. AHF’s FISH Talks are ted talk style segments focusing in innovative experts from throughout the foodservice world. Watch last year’s FISH Talks on AHF’s YouTube Channel(1.25 CEU)


AHF Innovation Sessions

Speakers: Menu Logistics; Vision Technology Services, TBA
LIVE – Tuesday, August 25 – 3:30PM ET (12:30 PST/2:30 CST)

Join select business partners for a live session outlining new innovations, trends, programs and products that every operator can learn and benefit from. Following a presentation, by each vendor, we will host a live Q&A with our panel of presenters. Get ready to find out about the latest in cutting edge vendor offerings that can aid you in your daily operations. Participants will hear from an industry expert on the latest innovations and then from selected AHF Business Partners on their latest developments.


AHF Benchmarking Deep Dive With Live Q&A

Speakers: Timothy Schoonmaker, Julie Meddles
1.5 CEU | LIVE – Thursday, August 27 – 3:30PM ET (12:30 PST/2:30 CST)

Recorded segment is available for viewing at your convenience. 

Attend a live Q&A with benchmarking experts (and Committee Chairs) Julie Meddles and Tim Schoonmaker as they answer questions live about AHF’s new intuitive and free benchmarking program. Dive deep into how AHF’s free benchmarking program and resources can become an extension of your operation, improve operational efficiency, and keep the contractors at bay.

Prior to joining the live Q&A session watch their recorded session giving an overview of the program, the benefits of why benchmarking with AHF provides value to you and your operation, and additional tips to help you achieve excellence.


Culinary Showcase Closing Ceremony – Winners Announced

Speakers: Michael Salvatore, CEC, Rick Farmer, CEC
LIVE – Thursday, August 27 – 4:30PM ET (1:30 PST/3:30 CST)

Recorded submission videos will be available for viewing at your convenience and voting instructions will be sent around

Join hosts and chefs Michael Salvatore, CEC and Rick Farmer, CEC  as they lead the closing ceremony of AHF’s first Culinary Showcase. This ceremony will celebrate AHF’s culinary talent and announce the People’s Choice Award and Best Video Award. The Culinary Showcase is a fun, virtual event that follows a Market Basket concept with no nutritional or cost guidelines, allowing teams to be imaginative and innovative. 

All attendees will have voted on the winners and been the ones to help AHF choose the winning teams! Be sure to keep an eye out for the chance to cast your votes.


Food First Nutrition in Senior Dining & Healthcare

Speakers: Rocky Dunham, CEC, Kayla Otteson, RD
1 CEU | RECORDED

Recorded segment is available for viewing at your convenience. 

Join Chef Rocky Dunham and RD Kayla Otteson as they discuss a food first nutrition approach to serving beautifully crafted, tasty, but nutritious meals to residents and patients. Reimagine your resident menus and leave feeling inspired. While this session is geared towards AHF’s Senior Dining members, there are tips and takeaways for all. 


Three-Part Leadership Series: Ignite Influence and Impact Outcomes 

Speakers: Julie Jones (Series Leader), Dave Edwards, Leisa Bryant, Annette Mica, Joe Carbonara
LIVE Part 3 – Tuesday, September 1, – 3:30PM ET (12:30 PST/2:30 CST)

Recorded/Online segments are available for viewing at your convenience. 

Join industry veteran, Julie Jones, for this three-part road trip including a recorded session, online course, and a live operator panel discussion focusing on foundational leadership traits, skills, and behaviors that establish trust. Trust is the foundation of relationships, networks, and influence and allows you to make a more meaningful impact. Do you have the fuel, navigational tools (GPS), and driving partners to direct you to your destinations?

 

Session 1: Foundational Skills that Fuel Leader Performance & Influence (Recorded) – 1 CEU
Trust fuels leadership and is a function of the core values and behaviors you demonstrate as a leader. The “C”’s – competence, character, connection, courage, and consistency serve as your compass helping you to form strong relationships and leadership presence. Do you have the fuel required for the trip? Evaluate your trust metric to see how far you can travel on your leadership tank. Learn key behaviors, use of questions, and active listening tips to propel your journey and impact your outcomes.

Session 2: Navigate Influence Using GPS Coordinates – Relationships, Networks, and Reputation (Online Guided Course) – 1 CEU
Relationships, networks, and reputation are the foundation of your GPS INFLUENCE coordinates. They can help you navigate the challenges in the organization, remove obstacles in your path, and be the pit crew for your team. Or, with low influence, the reason you arrive at the wrong destination. Learn to use them to create strong roadways and intersections for your trip. Complete the self-paced, online course to calculate you and your team’s level of influence and identify personal, operational, and strategic networks to guide your trip and increase your level of impact.

Session 3: Journals from the Road – How Leaders Established and Used Relationships, Networks, Reputation, and Influence for Outcomes (LIVE PANEL) – 1 CEU
The panel will share their experiences building relationships, networks, reputation and influence. Through their stories, learn about their influence, outcomes and impact. What did they pack in their suitcases to help them? What were there lessons learned from the road? How did they use their networks to navigate potholes, road construction, and still find the scenic vistas along the way? Panel participants include: Dave Edwards, Leisa Bryant, Annette Mica, Joe Carbonara (Moderator)


Two-Part Series: Developing a Shared Service Model for Food & Nutrition Services

Speaker: Joyce Hagen-Flint
Recorded Sessions – 2 CEUS
Part 1: The Basic Foundations a Shared Service Model for Food & Nutrition Services
Part 2: Diving Deeper into a Shared Service Model for Food & Nutrition Services & Gaining Buyin from Administrators

Recorded segments is available for viewing at your convenience. 

Join subject matter expert, Joyce Hagen-Flint and get the background on case studies from multiple large healthcare systems to demonstrate the value of a shared service or consolidated management approach to healthcare food and nutrition services. Participants will learn the advantages of the approach, the differences when compared to traditional self-operated and outsourced management, and how to develop a business case to convince executives to embrace the model. 

Part 1: The Basic Foundations a Shared Service Model for Food & Nutrition Services (Recorded)

Part 2: Diving Deeper into a Shared Service Model for Food & Nutrition Services & Gaining Buy-in from Administrators (Recorded)


Developing a Local Procurement Program: Rewards and Challenges 

Speakers: Seth Grant (Eskenazi Hospital), Heather Tallman (Indiana Grown)
Recorded Session – 1 CEU

Recorded segment is available for viewing at your convenience. 

Join Seth and Heather Tallman from Indiana Grown as they detail how Eskenazi Hospital became a national leader in the local procurement movement and how you can apply their concepts and approach to your own self-operated foodservice program. 


Healthcare’s 9/11 – COVID-19 & Beyond 

Speakers: Stephanie Giraulo, Ralph Goldbeck, Dana Fillmore
Recorded Session – 1 CEU

Join Stephanie Giraulo, Dana Fillmore, and Ralph Goldbeck for a walk through of emergency preparedness. Stephanie Giraulo will share her recent experiences with COVID-19 in the New York Area and how she partnered with her vendors to successfully manage her operations. Dana Fillmore and Ralph Goldbeck will provide guidance on making sure you’re ready for the next emergency and how best to coordinate with and interact with your vendor partners. The session will finish off with a Q&A portion and insights to better prepare you and your teams.


Diversity & Inclusion 

Speakers: Gale Kennebrew, Leisa Bryant, Aatul Jain, Peka Owens, Veronica McLymont
Recorded Session – 1 CEU

This conference session will be a free flowing conversation sharing of powerful stories and experiences.  Join us as we hear from members on why diversity and inclusion is so important. Listen and learn on how you may be able to create an inclusive culture and embrace different backgrounds while creating community. 


Operator Roundtables/Focus Groups

Snag a spot or an invitation to one of our sponsored roundtable discussions. Operators will join a small group on camera to have a unique and intriguing discussing diving deep into relevant topics moderated and guided by AHF and our sponsor. While you’re at it get another hour of credit and get to know new operators, or say hi to old friends in an intimate setting.  

Roundtable 1: Sponsored by Computrition – Topic/Date TBA

Roundtable 2: Sponsored by Computrition – Topic/Date TBA

Roundtable 3: Sponsored by RICH’s – Topic/Date TBA