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  • Event Snapshots: Buffet of Ideas

     
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    1. Rob Grimes, IFBTA and ConStrata Technology Consulting. 

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    2. Blended mushroom bison garbage sliders were featured in the “Food as Medicine: Plant Forward” lunch. 

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    3. A costumed staffer hands out futuristic goodies at the “Food: The Next Generation” reception. 

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    4. Charlotte Furman, University of Washington Medicine; and Anne Lund, University of Washington. 

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    5. Sushi was featured in the “brain” section of the “Food as Medicine” luncheon, where each menu item served had a specific health benefit. 

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    6. Suzanne Painter-Supplee, SEE Solutions, LLC; and Deon Richards, JLR Design Group. 

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    7. Kristen Rainey, Google; James Ehrlich, ReGen Villages; Janet Haugan, LeanPath; and Ashley Zanolli, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. 

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    8. Stefan Murray and Cosmina Adriana Tolas, both with Compass Group at Microsoft. 

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    9. Executive Chef Craig Tarrant and Alma Nocchi, both with Compass Group at Microsoft.

Microsoft recently produced Solutions5, the seventh annual collaborative conference bringing together five premier food service associations: Association of Correctional Food Service Affiliation, Association for Healthcare Foodservice, Foodservice Consultants Society International, National Association of College Auxiliary Services and the Society for Hospitality & Foodservice Management. Held at the Microsoft Conference Center, the daylong workshop attracted more than 270 attendees who explored the next generation of food as it relates to trends, technology, wellness, food waste and feeding the world. 

Dennis Galloway is from what he calls “the first Washington,” aka Washington, D.C. But after 9/11, he decided to change coasts. “You can’t live on red alert,” Galloway says. “Life’s too short.”

So he packed up and moved to Seattle, trying on many hospitality hats once he arrived, before landing at the Washington State Convention Center as its sales manager in 2012.

“I went from meeting management to an event manager to catering sales and ended up at the convention center,” he says. 

 

Last year, Sister Cities International celebrated its 60th anniversary. The organization was founded as a result of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s People-to-People program. Eisenhower believed that cultural exchanges, youth programs, sharing arts and culture, and exchanging business ideas and research and development projects could foster bonds between people of different communities. Here in the Northwest, each of our major cities has a number of sister cities. Seattle, for example, has 21, while Portland, Oregon, has nine (and one friendship city). 

 

How much time do you spend making sure your meeting is as inclusive as possible? Do you think about diversity when you’re forming your planning committee? Your list of speakers? The vendors you use? If not, diversity experts say you may be missing out.

Consciously and proactively embracing diversity—and not just in terms of race, but also gender, sexual orientation, religion or disability status—doesn’t just attract more attendees. It also makes for a richer, more enjoyable and memorable experience for everyone.

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