Kathleen Parker

The keynote address will be held Sunday afternoon, March 2, and will feature commentary from The Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker, the most widely syndicated columnist in the country. Parker’s columns appear in more than 450 newspapers, and describing herself as “slightly to the right of center” politically, she addresses politics, culture, and contemporary issues. She is also a consulting faculty member at the Buckley School of Public Speaking and a regular guest on Sunday news shows.

A columnist since 1987, Parker has worked for five newspapers from Florida to California and has written for several magazines, including The Weekly Standard, TIME, Newsweek, Town & Country, Cosmopolitan and Fortune Small Business. She serves on the board of contributors for USA Today’s Forum page, part of the newspaper’s Opinion section, and is also a contributor to the online magazine, The Daily Beast. Parker joined the Washington Post Writers Group in 2006. In 2010, she became co-host of CNN’s Parker Spitzer, along with former New York governor Elliot Spitzer. She left the show in 2011 to focus on her writing. She is also the author of “Save the Males: Why Men Matter, Why Women Should Care.”

With a selection of political opinion columns, Kathleen Parker won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for “her perceptive, often witty columns on an array of political and moral issues, gracefully sharing the experiences and values that lead her to unpredictable conclusions.”


Following on the success of the 2013 Capitol Hill Reception, LAC will once again be holding its Reception in the backyard of our federal legislators. This Reception will be held on Tuesday, March 4, from 5:30-7:00 pm, and will provide a great opportunity for Congressional staff to further network with SNA members beyond their Hill visits. You can continue conversations from during the day in a more casual atmosphere. To learn more about this year's Capitol Hill Reception, click here.


The School Nutrition Foundation's (SNF) 50th Anniversary Celebration will be held on Monday evening, March 3, from 7:00-9:00 pm. Founded in 1964 as the philanthropic arm of Association, SNF provides funding for the professional development and training of school nutrition professionals and for other SNA initiatives to ensure students are nourished and prepared for success.

During this special event, SNF will recognize the following School Nutrition Heroes from the past 50 years at the dinner in the ballroom of the JW Marriott:

  • Dorothy Caldwell, SNA Past President, Raleigh, NC
  • Margo Frazier, Supervisor, Sheldon ISD, Houston, TX
  • Sandi Kramer, Child Nutrition Director, Yankton School District, Yankton, SD
  • Joanne Terry, Administrative Assistant 1, Charlotte County Public Schools, Punta Gorda, FL
  • Karen Watson, Manager, Sylacauga City Schools, Sylacauga, AL

The funds raised through this event will support continuing educational opportunities for SNA members. Visit for more information on how you can be a part of the celebration, or send an email to


Bring your expertise, your passion and your stories to Washington, D.C., and take advantage of this annual opportunity to get your message across to your state’s Congressional delegation. Tuesday, March 4, is reserved for visiting U.S. Representatives and Senators on Capitol Hill. If you plan to attend LAC, contact your legislators’ offices now to schedule appointments for this day.


The LAC Industry Forum, to be held Monday, March 3, 12:00-1:30 pm, is designed to inform and connect industry leaders doing business in the school nutrition segment. Join our panel of thought leaders (foodservice directors and state agency directors) and 300 of your peers for a lively discussion on the hottest topics of the day. Speakers and topics will be determined. Optional boxed lunches will be available for purchase for $45.


SNA’s Credentialing Program was created to enhance the professional image of school nutrition leaders. The School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing Exam will be administered at LAC on Saturday, March 1, from 8:00 am-12:00 pm. Registration, approval and payment of fees must have been completed prior to LAC and cannot be made onsite. To register, contact SNA Certification & Credentialing Manager Miles Truax at (800) 877-8822 or

Fees: Members $200; Non-members $295
Exam Date: Saturday, March 1, 2013, 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Registration Deadline: February 9, 2014

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