Plenary Sessions

Wednesday, March 10 

12:15 to 1:15 p.m. EST — Federal Leaders Talk about Food Safety and the Health of Americans 

Leaders from the Federal agencies talk about where we are with food safety and with efforts to collaborate for the better health of all Americans.  This session will combine live comments and a Q&A session.  

Carter Blakey

Carter Blakey

Deputy Director, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Robert Tauxe

Robert Tauxe

Director, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Frank Yiannis

Frank Yiannas

Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response 
U.S. Food & Drug Administration


1:30 to 2:30 p.m. EST — Research Round-up:  New Directions for Food Safety Education 

Recent research on consumer food handling observed and self-reported behavior will be presented. Attendees will take part in dialogue on emerging collaborative opportunities for consumer food safety and hand hygiene outreach.  

Thursday, March 11 

12 noon to 1:15 p.m. EST  There is a Hole in My Cheese & Other Things to Complain About: A Food Safety Perspective 

  • Join Michael and Charlie Kalish, Co-Founders of Food Safety Guides, also known by their appearances on Food Network (Chopped, Great Food Truck Race) as the Cheese Twins, for an interactive cheese tasting experience and discussion about home food safety issues and challenges. 

  • Participants are encouraged to purchase four different cheeses (the list will be circulated to registered participants).  The Cheese Twins will walk the group through the tasting, providing tasting tips and using each cheese to drive conversation on consumer food safety topics. 
  • Whether you decide to participate in the Cheese Twins’ discussions (polls, chats, Q&A) or sit back and enjoy a delightful tasting and conversation, expect a highly engaging and entertaining session. 

SPEAKERS: Michael and Charlie Kalish, Co-Founders of Food Safety Guides

Michael Kalish

Charlie Kalish

3 to 3:30 p.m. EST — Consumer Food Trends 

                   Sally Lyons Wyatt
Executive Vice President & Practice Leader

Friday, March 12 

12 noon to 12:30 p.m. EST — Networking Lunch & Initiative Announcement 

Enjoy networking with fellow attendees over lunch, and hear about a new initiative being launched by the Partnership for Food Safety Education.  

2:35 to 3:35 p.m. EST — Crossing the Generational Divide in Food Safety Education: What Leaders Need to Know to Best Engage, Educate & Influence Emerging Generations

Generation Z is here! They are already up to 25 years old, don’t remember a time before the internet or smartphones, and will come of age thinking on-demand food delivery is normal. At the same time, food safety educators face the daunting challenge of communicating, engaging, educating, and building trust across multiple generations in an unprecedented pandemic environment.

In this powerful presentation, globally acclaimed generational researcher and author, Jason Dorsey, will separate myth from truth so you know what actually works now to engage across generations. Jason and his team at The Center for Generational Kinetics have led more than 65 generational research studies around the world. He’s keynoted numerous food safety and food industry events and brings a compelling, unexpected perspective that drives results.

Jason has been featured on more than 200 TV shows, including 60 Minutes and The Today Show. He and his team have led research on all sides of the food and education industry, from food manufacturing, restaurants, and retail to hiring, retaining, and training. Jason is passionate about separating generational myth from truth through data—and his unique presentation style has earned him over 1,000 standing ovations. His latest bestselling book, Zconomy: How Gen Z Will Change the Future of Business and What to Do About It, was listed on Forbes as a Top 10 Business Book of 2020.

                   Jason Dorsey
The Center for Generational Kinetics