Learning Lounge

Join experts and thought leaders in the Learning Lounge for quick, high-level discussions on a variety of thought-provoking topics. Ranging from snapshots of future trends to quick tips and tricks to closer looks at emerging movements in food and nutrition, these 15-minute talks are sure to pique your interest! The FNCE® Learning Lounge is a space where participants can discover, share and learn about the innovations and challenges transforming the food and nutrition industry through smaller, short-format talks. Learning Lounge discussions are a showcase for high-level discussions on hot topics — plus meet and greet friends, peers and colleagues from around the world.

3 Tips to Nail Your Next Job Interview

Sunday, October 8 at 9:40 a.m.

In this talk, you will learn how to stand out in an interview that could lead to your dream job. Hear from a speaker that provides insight from the side of the interviewer. Discover tactics to arrive at the interview prepared, provide intentional answers, and develop your own questions to ask. Leave the Learning Lounge with a game plan to nail your next interview!

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Amy E. Reed, MS, RD, CSP, LD
Registered Dietitian, Education Specialist
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

The Listening Game: A Rocky Mountain Adventure in Conflict Resolution

Sunday, October 8 at 1 p.m.

The Listening Game explores the power of active listening as a key tool in resolving conflicts, both big and small. You will learn how to listen actively and approach conflicts with empathy, then turn them into opportunities for growth and connection through relatable stories and practical tips. Go on a Rocky Mountain adventure through conflict scenarios to understand why people struggle with listening and how to practice active listening skills to become an expert conflict negotiator. By the end of the talk, you should feel empowered with new tools and strategies to conquer any conflict that comes your way!

Lisa Jones

Lisa Jones, MA, RDN, LDN, FAND
Speaker, Author, and Humorist
Lisa Jones Live

From Stage Fright to Stage Lights: 5 Strategies to Present with Confidence

Sunday, October 8 at 3:10 p.m.

Effectively communicating knowledge and expertise is one of the most important skills a registered dietitian can have to promote their organization, profession, and self. In a clinic, grocery store, or conference, registered dietitians deliver information through presentations. However, many struggle when they speak — they lack focus, present unreadable slides, or show discomfort in the speaking space. This session will help you move from frazzled to fresh and transform the way you communicate so that you take the stage with confidence!

Judy Barba

Judy Barbe, MS, RD

Abundance: A Professional Paradigm Shift Away from Hustle Culture

Monday, October 9 at 9:40 a.m.

Burnout, imposter feelings, perfectionism – many of our top challenges as a profession relate back to how deeply embedded hustle culture has become in how we operate day to day. In this talk, learn the 7 tenants of shifting away from the hustle and grind that’s threatening the sustainability and credibility of our field. Walk away feeling inspired to embrace the intrinsic confidence and alignment we all need to approach the work we are passionate about in a way that is sustainable and fulfilling.

Jessica Serdikoff Romola

Jessica Serdikoff Romola, RDN
Owner & Dietitian Supervisor
Empowering Dietitians

F.U.N: A Volunteerism Addict's Story of Getting Involved

Monday, October 9 at 12:45 p.m.

Melissa’s knack for correcting people’s grammar became the gateway to her volunteer addiction: from editing a state chapter newsletter to serving on five committees, she will share her story of volunteerism. Volunteers are sure to have F.U.N: from Fortifying skillsets and finances to focusing on YOU and your voice to Networking and creating friends, volunteering fuels passion and happiness. But volunteering should not be haphazard; leave this session with a volunteering mission in mind and a call to action that can be completed even during the conference!

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Melissa C. Majumdar, MS, RD, CSOWM, LDN
Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Coordinator
Emory Healthcare

Adding Mind-body Practices to Enhance Your Clients' Well-being

Monday, October 9 at 1 p.m.

How can we decrease tension, elevate comfort and enhance sessions with our clients/patients? Just breathe. Inhale. Pause. Exhale. Repeat. Stress is an underlying factor in disease management and often a barrier for behavior modification. With increased levels of anxiety, our clients and patients are finding it challenging to focus and follow-through. Enter gentle, focused breathing techniques to help set the tone for openness, awareness and self-modulation. Let’s take a moment together to harness the positive energy from FNCE® and together, just breathe.

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Monique M. Richard, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND, IFNCP, RYT

Owner, Nutrition-In-Sight, Academy spokesperson


The FNCE® Stage Awaits: Crafting a Proposal That Captivates

Tuesday, October 10 at 9:40 a.m.

Are you eager to share your expertise on the grand stage of the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo®? Join us as we dive into key considerations and effective techniques for crafting a proposal that captivates reviewers. From communicating the value and impact of your proposed session to showcasing your expertise in an engaging manner, you’ll gain insights that set your application apart in the competitive Call for Sessions process.

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Drew Hemler, MSc, RD, CDN, FAND

Dietitian, Consultant, Speaker, Lecturer, Advisor

Nutrition by Drew, PLLC & Buffalo State University

Tuesday, October 10 at 11:45 a.m.

Ever wonder how friends and colleagues navigate the media landscape or create successful brand partnerships? Join this session to discover how to enhance your impact, maintain integrity and credibility in your communications, and expertly navigate the media and brand partnership landscape, while becoming a catalyst for positive change.

Vandana Sheth

Vandana Sheth, RDN, CDCES, FAND


Vandana Sheth, Inc.

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