Full Schedule

Tuesday, June 9: Operations & Strategic Planning

2:00 PM EDT Planetary Health From the Ground Up: How and what we eat can affect our health and our ability to endure a pandemic

Walter Willett M.D., Dr. P.H., is Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School

2:35 PM EDT The Future Trend Landscape: Changes, Ideas, Tools, and Data

Mike Kostyo, Trendologist, Datassentials

3:00 PM EDT Panel Discussion – How Operators and Supply Chain can Support Each Other and Rebuild and Reshape our Foodservice

  • Moderator: Marie Molde (Client Solutions, Datassential)
  • Panelist: Perry Miele (President of Nestlé Professional)
  • Panelist: Phil Kafarkis (President, Specialty Food Association)
  • Panelist: Greg Keller (Senior Vice President of Sales, Sysco)

Wednesday, June 10: Health & Wellness, Culinary & Safety

2:00 PM EDT Kumble R. Subbaswamy, Chancellor, University of Massachusetts

2:05 PM EDT How COVID Disrupted the Food Supply Chain

Eric Decker, Professor and Head of the Department of Food Science, University of Massachusetts

2:20 PM EDT Supporting Health and Wellness in the New Normal

Lisa Eberhart, Director of Nutrition Services, Menu Analytics

2:35 PM EDT Culinary Innovation: How we offer amazing food while meeting the new health and safety guidelines

  • Van Sullivan (Executive Director, Stony Brook University)
  • Alexander Ong (Director of Culinary Excellence, University of Massachusetts)

3:15 PM EDT Panel Discussion: Prepare your Dining Operations for Reopening

  • Moderator: Marie Molde (Client Solutions, Datassential)
  • Panelist: Jeffrey Palmer (Director of Dining, UC San Diego)
  • Panelist: Rafi Taherian (Associate Vice President for Yale Hospitality)
  • Panelist: Garett DiStefano (Director of Dining, University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Thursday, June 11: Communication & Storytelling

2:30 PM EDT Storytelling Soundbites in a Post-COVID-19 World

Bonnie Powell (Director of Communications for Bon Appétit Management Company)

3:00 PM EDT Online Ordering during a Pandemic

  • Speaker: Zia Ahmed (Senior Director, Dining Services, The Ohio State)
  • Speaker: Robert Holden (Associate VP, Auxiliary Services, University of Georgia)
  • Speaker: Ben Anderson (Head of Industry Relations, GrubHub)

4:00 PM EDT Student Panel Discussion: Expectations for Reopening

  • Moderator: Marie Molde (Client Solutions, Datassential)
  • Panelist: Anna Margaret Clyburn (Rice University, History & French Studies Major, Class of 2021 )
  • Panelist: Bryan Weintraub (Cornell University, Hotel Administration Major, Class of 2021)
  • Panelist: Jordan Jones (University of California, Santa Barbara)
  • Panelist: Erielle Warshowsky (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Psychology Major, Class of 2022)
  • Panelist: Megan Remer (University of Michigan, Public Health in Nutritional Sciences & Dietetics Major, 2nd Year Masters)
  • Panelist: Jemark Earle (McGill University, Faculty of Law Major, Class of 2022)
  • Panelist: Jordan Jones (Cell and Development Biology Major, Class of 2021)