For its virtual conference in March, the United States National Coffee Association Inc. aligns speakers who are handpicked to inform and inspire. From artists to economists, NCA speakers are selected for their unique perspectives and compelling stories, according to the association.
Jeff Henderson: Tuesday, March 8, 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Author, Celebrity Chef and Star of “Flip my Food with Chef Jeff”, Jeff Henderson will discuss prejudice in the workplace. Henderson was once the star of explicit and unconscious bias. After his release from federal prison over two decades ago, few would give him a chance at redemption. Having honed a talent for the culinary arts behind prison walls, Henderson was eager to show his transformation to the world; however, the doors to rejection slammed loudly. Fortunately, a few daring and visionary business leaders have stepped up to give him a chance to make his dream come true. He became the first African-American chef at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, followed by stints at the Hard Rock Hotel and the world-famous Bellagio Resort and Casino. Henderson will inspire NCA conference attendees with his inspiring journey of personal and professional transformation, and offer unique insights into why it is important to eradicate prejudice in the workplace.
Erica Dhawan: Tuesday March 8, 2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Often referred to as âOprah of Management Thinkers,â bestselling author Erica Dhawan will explore digital body language and how colleagues can collaborate faster and further. Body language signals are no longer visible – or are they? In his opening speech, Dhawan will present cutting-edge research with engaging storytelling to decode the new cues and cues that have replaced traditional body language across genres, generations, and culture. NCA says Dhawan will energize speakers with collectively understood rules that foster connection, build trust, and spur innovation.
G. Scott Clemons: Wednesday March 9 10: 10-11: 00 a.m.
As the economy emerges from the disruption and emergency support measures of the past two years, we have a better idea of ââwhat the new normal looks like and what it means for businesses and investors. From supply chains to inflation, interest rates and jobs, the return to normal looks a little different than what came before. G. Scott Clemons of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. will explore the threats and opportunities facing the post-pandemic economy and financial markets in a session titled “Vision 2022: The New Normal”.
Cheryl Hung: Thursday March 10, 10:10 a.m.-10: 50 a.m.
DIG Insights Inc. of Canada helps produce the NCA’s annual National Coffee Data Trend Survey. During this session, sponsored by White Coffee Corp., DIG Insights Vice President Cheryl Hung will share highlights from the upcoming NCDT 2022.
The three-day NCA conference will feature over a dozen other speakers and sessions. A breakout session exploring the increasing impact of remote working in the home and out-of-home coffee markets is of interest to the office coffee service and sales channel. The session, moderated by Caleb Bryant of Mintel, will take place on Thursday, March 10, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
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