National Coffee Association fine tunes all-star speaker lineup for March's virtual conference

Dec. 29, 2021

For its virtual conference in March, the National Coffee Association USA lining up speakers who are handpicked to inform and inspire. From artists to economists, NCA's speakers are selected for their unique perspectives and compelling stories, according to the association.

Jeff Henderson: Tuesday, Mar. 8, from 1:30 p.m-2:15 p.m.

Author, celebrity chef and star of "Flip my Food with Chef Jeff," Jeff Henderson will  address workplace bias. Henderson was once the poster child for explicit and unconscious bias. Following his release from federal prison over two decades ago, few people 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 of rejection slammed hard. Luckily, a few bold and visionary corporate leaders stepped up to give him a shot at his dream. He became the first African American chef at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, followed by stints at Hard Rock Hotel and the world-renowned Bellagio Resort and Casino. Henderson will inspire NCA conference attendees with his inspirational journey of personal and professional transformation, and offer some unique insights about why it's important to eradicate bias in workplaces. 

Erica Dhawan: Tuesday, Mar. 8, from 2:45 p.m-3:30 p.m.

Often called the “Oprah of Management Thinkers." bestselling author Erica Dhawan will explore digital body language can how colleagues can collaborate faster and further. Humans rely on body language to connect and build trust, but with most communication happening from behind a screen, traditional body language signals are no longer visible – or are they? In her keynote, Dhawan will present cutting-edge research with engaging storytelling to decode the new signals and cues that have replaced traditional body language across genders, generations and culture. NCA says Dhawan will supercharge conference-goers with collectively understood rules that foster connection, build trust and drive innovation. 

G. Scott Clemons: Wednesday, Mar. 9, 10:10 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

As the economy emerges from the disruption and emergency support measures of the past two years, we are getting more insight into what the new normal looks like, and what it implies for businesses and investors. From supply chains, to inflation, interest rates and employment, the return to normal looks a little different from what came before. Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.'s G. Scott Clemons will explore threats and opportunities confronting the post-pandemic economy and financial markets in a session titled "2022 Vision: The New Normal."

Cheryl Hung: Thursday, Mar. 10, 10:10 a.m.-10:50 a.m.

Canada's DIG Insights Inc. helps produce NCA's National Coffee Data Trends annual survey. In this session, sponsored by White Coffee Corp., DIG Insights vice president Cheryl Hung will share highlights from the forthcoming NCDT 2022.

Much more 

NCA's three-day conference will feature more than a dozen other speakers and sessions. Of interest to the office coffee service and vending channel is a breakout session exploring the rise of remote work's impact on the at-home and away-from-home coffee markets. The session, hosted by Mintel's Caleb Bryant, runs on Thursday, Mar. 10, 1:30 p.m.-2:15 p.m. 

Click here to learn more about NCA's speakers and sessions.


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