Sunday March 17th 

11:00am - 5:00pm Registration Opens / Exhibit Set-up

11:30am - 1:00pm Advisory Board Meeting & Lunch

1:30pm - 3:30pm Charlotte Tours (Optional)

5:30pm - 6:00pm Exhibitor / Partner Reception & Meeting - Exhibit Hall

6:00pm - 7:30pm Welcome Reception for Attendees - Exhibit Hall




Monday March 18th 

7:30am - 4:00pm Registration Open / Coffee Lounge Open

7:30am - 8:30am Networking Breakfast

8:30am - 10:00am Opening Session & Keynote Speaker:

                             Dr. Dale Henry - "Your Best Unlimited"

10:00am - 10:15am Networking Break

10:15am - 11:30pm General Session: Keynote Speaker

                               Eric Rowles - "When X, Y, & Boomers Collide in The Workforce"

11:30pm - 3:00pm Exhibit Hall Open & Lunch 

3:00pm - Exhibit Hall Breakdown 

3:00pm - 4:00pm General Session: Senior Dining Design Trends, Matt Schuler

4:00pm - 4:15pm Networking Break 

4:15pm - 5:15pm General Session - Panel Discussion: Senior Dining Technology

5:30pm - 7:30pm Culinary Competition & Cocktails

Dinner on your own


Tuesday March 19th 

7:30am - 4:00pm Registration Open

8:00am - 8:45am Networking Breakfast

8:45am - 10:00am General Session: SDA Awards & Keynote Speaker

                             Jen Slaw - "Building an Effective Team:Juggling the Possibilities" 

10:00am - 10:15am Networking Break

10:15am - 11:15am Education Sessions

11:15am - 12:15pm Education Sessions

12:15pm - 1:30pm Networking Lunch

1:45pm - 2:45pm Education Sessions

2:45pm - 3:00pm Networking Break

3:00pm - 5:30pm SDA Chat Sessions: Round-Table, Collaborative, Learning

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Maximizing your dining committee

Consistency in operations

Best practices in recruitment & retention

Meal plan conversions: Best practices & not so best practices

3:40pm - 4:10pm

Training for success: Is it a sprint or a marathon?

Getting buy-in from your nursing department

The Importance of marketing your dining program

The successful dining executive


4:20pm - 4:50pm

Operating with a restaurant mentality

How often should I change my menus?

Being everywhere at once

Exploiting the POS data goldmine

5:00pm - 5:30pm

What we can do better????

Managing and Controlling Food Cost

Best successful & unsuccessful events

Bridging the gap between chef's & dietitians

6:30pm - Evening Celebration Dinner



Wednesday March 20th 

7:45am - 8:45am - Networking Breakfast

9:00am - 9:45am - Panel - Senior Dining Food & Menu Trends 

     Moderator - Steve Moran, Publisher, Senior Housing Forum

10:00am - 10:45am - Panel - Senior Dining Executives Q & A   

10:45am - 11:30am - General Session - Closing Keynote Speaker

                                  Katie Davis - "What winning looks like in dining and how to communicate it to a CEO"



Schedule subject to change