2023 Virtual Experience | Ethics Keynote Announced and Day 2 Breakouts

2023 Virtual Experience | Ethics Keynote Announced and Day 2 Breakouts

April 5, 2023

By Stephanie Schultz, RD Ambassador to the RDBA

The RDBA announced a fifth keynote titled “Ethics in Retail Dietetics” was added to the 2023 Virtual Experience agenda. On Thursday, April 20th, Dr. Pat Harned, Chief Executive Officer at the Ethics & Compliance Initiative, will join the Virtual Experience with a specific ethics training geared towards retail dietitians*. It will be applicable to anyone who works in the food and beverage industry. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Harned to the Virtual Experience stage. You can learn more about her keynote presentation here.

In addition to this exciting keynote announcement, we are also highlighting the breakout sessions taking place on Wednesday, April 19thDo you still need to register? You can do that here.

Focus on the Future: Building the Preceptor Skillset for Future Practice
Are you a preceptor, or perhaps you’re considering becoming one? If so, you do not want to miss this presentation led by Caroline Passerrello, MS, RDN, LDN, Community Coordinator and Instructor at University of Pittsburgh’s Dietitian Nutritionist Program.

The 2022 Standards are now in effect for ACEND accredited programs. Do you know what this means for students, preceptors, and future practice?  If your retailer offers health screening events, partners with pharmacists for counseling services, or has considered these events, you are an ideal practice setting to offer supervised experiential learning for the 2022 Standards! Hear about the future-focused educational requirements and critical self-reflection needed to elevate the role of a dietitian from three perspectives: a faculty member who coordinates student’s community rotation placements, a recent graduate of a Future Education Model Graduate Program (GP), and a current student in a GP. 

Staying Relevant – Shifting the Conversation about Health
It can be difficult to move the needle when working in a retail grocery chain, especially when other priorities and industry issues are creating noise that keeps your business case from being heard. Join this session to hear how three industry leaders are shifting their strategies to stay relevant and ensure they are being heard within their retail setting.

Join Allison Delaney, Director of Healthy Living at Stop & Shop; Lisa Coleman, Director of Healthy Living at Giant Food; and Julie Greene Director at Guiding Stars Licensing Company as they explore how retail dietitians are shifting strategy in response to rising food costs and other economic and social headwinds. They will examine how grocery retailers are democratizing health and becoming a vital part of the healthcare ecosystem. Additionally, they will identify leadership skills necessary to influence an organization's health strategy.

Media Training with Patranya Bhoolsuwan
Retail dietitians are often thrust into the media spotlight in their roles, but they may not be sufficiently prepared and unfortunately sometimes miss the opportunity to convey key messages. Patranya Bhoolsuwan, a 3-time Emmy Award winning TV journalist and CEO of a full-service media consulting agency in Las Vegas, will share insights to help attendees understand the inner workings of different types of media. Attendees will also learn how to approach news organizations to get their retailer/brand noticed while delivering clear and concise messages during media interviews, refine body language skills to appear calmer and more confident on camera. You will also benefit from tips on wardrobe, hair and makeup to shine on TV.

*RDBA has submitted the Virtual Experience conference for CPEUs by CDR for dietetic professionals. Pending CDR approval, all dietetic practitioners who attend will earn CPEUs. The “Ethics in Retail Dietetics” will count as 1 hour of continuing education related to the topic of ethics, which is required during each 5-year cycle.