Learning Lounge

The Learning Lounge is located outside the Terrace Ballroom I on Level 400.

Are You Invisible? Why Your Digital Footprint Matters!

Sunday, October 27

11:45 a.m. – Noon

Are you invisible? Without a digital footprint you may be. The term ‘digital footprint’ may call to mind something negative like an embarrassing photo or inappropriate tweet, but a digital footprint can also be a crucial link to the important work RDNs do. No matter what setting you are working in, you need to be seen and counted—and without a digital footprint, you may be invisible. RDNs are vital in the continuum of care, and a data footprint can show RDN impact on outcomes, and can also strengthen the financial case for payment of nutrition care provided by RDNs. Your digital footprint is affecting you in ways you can’t imagine; leave yours to better secure your future!

Speaker: Krista Yoder Latortue, MPH, RDN, PMP, PBA, LDN, FAND

Krista Yoder Latortue
Speaker Biography

Niching Down to Make a Large Scale Impact on Social Media

Sunday, October 27

1 – 1:15 p.m.

Registered dietitian nutritionists must serve as global leaders in the fields of food, nutrition, and disease treatment and prevention. However, consumers are confused with the vast amount of mixed messaging on social media and the growing saturation of health experts online. Here we’ll discuss how trying to appeal to everyone ends up resonating with no one, and how to focus your message to attract potential clients, customers, and partners to make a real, large-scale impact online. We’ll first discuss how to identify your niche by reflecting on topics you care strongly about, audiences looking for education you can provide, and nutrition perspectives that align with your philosophies. Talking with your audience to better understand their desires and struggles is the important next step. Last, focusing on two or three social media messages will be the key to your growth and success.

Speaker: Rachel Paul, PhD, RD

Rachel Paul
Speaker Biography

Create Deeper Client Engagement Using Patient Centered Language

Sunday, October 27

3:10 – 3:25 p.m.

 

What if it’s what you say and how you say it? Having all the nutrition/disease facts is only one step in forming engaging counseling sessions. Your approach, intonation and tailored words can open a conversation that leads to change. Patient centered communication is associated with improved outcomes. Discover how framing your work more like a chat over coffee can help lead to therapeutic discoveries. Moving patient communication approaches from dichotomous language to inquisitive conversations creates deeper connections. Help clients discover why they revert to seemingly self-sabotaging behaviors and how their self-talk words impact self-care choices. Learn how to reframe communication in ways that decrease shame, create confidence and increase engagement in the patient-provider relationship and the treatment process.

Speaker: Kathryn Martinez, MS, RDN, LD, CEDRD-S

Speaker Biography

Could You Be the Next Zoodle? How to Drive Your Career Evolution

Monday, October 28

9:40 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.

 

Consider the zoodle. Once a humble zucchini, this altered vegetable shape yields a revolutionary, wildly successful entrant into the pasta category, offering a whole new way of interacting with zucchini and also improving upon the nutritional profile of noodles. This metaphor applies to second career dietitians, who ignite the nutrition field with knowledge, experiences and diversity from other disciplines. This injection of “outsiders” ensures new insights and applications in the dietetic field and expands the language in which we connect with others. So whether you are considering entering dietetics from another discipline or seeking to take a different tack in the nutrition field (or possibly even switching to a new profession), you may find success by identifying transferable skills, letting your failures fuel you, and pursuing your passion!

Speaker: Tiffany Calcutt, MBA, RDN, LD

Tiffany Calcutt, MBA, RDN, LD
Speaker Biography

Tips and Tricks for Passing the RDN Exam

Monday, October 28

1:00 – 1:15 p.m.

 

Taking the RD exam is perceived as one of the most daunting steps to becoming a dietitian. However, it doesn’t have to be! With the experience and knowledge gained from academic studies and completing an internship, the chances are high that you are prepared to pass the exam. Come away from this presentation with a better understanding of what lies ahead in the RDN exam, from signing up and choosing an exam center and test date to studying and ultimately taking the exam. Tips will be given throughout the presentation on best practices for preparing and taking the exam.

Speaker: Samantha Reilly, MS, RDN

Samantha Reilly, MS, RDN
Speaker Biography

The Delicious Side Hustle: Make Room. Make Impact. Make Ends Meet

Monday, October 28

3:10 – 3:25 p.m.

 

Taking on a side hustle can be overwhelming and intimidating. Through my own side gig I’ve learned valuable lessons about when to know exactly what you want, and when to be open to new opportunities. Learn from my experience managing a food-focused side business and a director level wellness role at the same time – and create your own road map to the right model for you. I’ll help you define your ‘why’, ‘what’, and ‘how’ as well as provide some tips on how to make it worth your effort.

Speaker: Tori Martinet, MS, RDN

Tori Martinet, MS, RDN
Speaker Biography

Is Perfectionism Hindering Your Clients’ Success?

Tuesday, October 29

11:30 – 11:45 a.m.

While at its core perfect means “to be as good as possible,” it has taken on a new life. Perfect is now an identity or label to describe oneself. For many, being perfect or a perfectionist is considered a badge of honor. But what happens when perfectionism becomes the enemy? Even worse, what happens when we don’t realize striving for perfect is hinder our ability to obtain our deepest desires? In this enlightening conversation, we will discuss what perfectionism looks and sounds like, how it hinders progress for our clients, and ways to overcome perfect expectations as it pertains to nutrition.

Speaker: Kristi Coughlin, MS, RDN, LD

Speaker Biography