Food for Thought Luncheon

Wednesday, August 8
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Venetian Ballroom A-F

Not included in any registration. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online or onsite at the registration desk in the Convention Center Lobby. Must present ticket for entry. If you arrive late, seating and/or meal service may no longer be available.

Keynote Presentation
Connie Podesta
Expert in Changing Lives and Author, Life Would Be Easy If It Weren’t for Other People

StandOut Leadership … Lead Like You Mean It!
The Power of Accountability and Ownership to Increase Performance

In a perfect world all employees would be: high achieving, self-motivated, engaging, team players who see the big picture and always strive to do their best to get the job done on time without complaining. Does that sound like the Twilight Zone?

Bottom Line: In the real world many employees: simply “meet expectations,” lack initiative, bring their personal life to work, stress over every change and whine about having to work…on the job! “ Enough!” says Human Behavior and Leadership Development expert Connie Podesta, who has empowered thousands of leaders worldwide with the attitudes, mindsets and strategies necessary to create a team that’s willing, able and excited to get the job done the right way!

With her signature blend of comedy and “tell-it-like-it-is” delivery, Connie takes you inside the minds of even your most difficult employees so you can turn negative attitudes into positive, entitlement into accountability, complacency into productivity, complaining into solutions and “that’s not my job” into ownership.


  • Agency Training Program Certifications
  • Chapter Growth Number Membership Award
  • Chapter Growth Percentage Membership Award
  • Membership Density Award


  • Assorted rolls
  • Insalata romana with romaine hearts, baby kale, cucumber, tear drop tomatoes, shaved pecorino cheese, herbed croutons and creamy garlic dressing
  • Roasted chicken breast served with creamy potato purée, orange-glazed carrots, sautéed spinach, wine-braised cipolin onion, and tarragon demi
  • Chocolate brownie bread pudding with crème anglaise

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