IFT President Cindy Stewart kicked off IFT18 on Sunday, July 15, with a ceremony celebrating leaders and innovators who are promoting progress in the science of food.
First given in 1970, the IFT Fellow designation recognizes exemplary contributions to the field of food science and technology. Whether working in industry, academia, or the regulatory area, IFT Fellows have shaped the science of food in immeasurably valuable ways.
Food Communicators Workshop
When: Sunday, 07/15/2018 through Sunday, 07/15/2018, 12:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Where: McCormick Place - S501ABCD
Harnessing the Power of Collaboration
When: Saturday, 07/14/2018 through Saturday, 07/14/2018, 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Where: Hilton Chicago, Room Salon A4
- Are more innovative
- Reduce costs
- Are more productive
- Have a greater sense of purpose
- Help a business thrive
New this year, IFT has partnered with Chicago’s premier comedy group, Second City Works to deliver Harnessing the Power of Collaboration, an energetic, engaging, and fun professional development workshop focused on building stronger individual and team building skills to help you and your team improve their ability to better leverage collaboration, divergent thinking, negotiation, decision making, and problem solving skills.
Taught by the infamous Second City Works, this course utilizes award-winning improvisation and audience-driven techniques in a low-risk, high-energy experience sure to transform how you approach future challenges and opportunities through collaboration.
In this energetic and interactive workshop, participants will be introduced to the core skills of improvisation and how they can be used in the workplace to increase communication and collaboration. Participants will increase interpersonal skills, such as listening to understand, approaching conversations with curiosity rather than a fixed agenda, and staying open and available to all information. This behavior tends to increase collaboration through thoughtful and empathetic communication, which ultimately increases a team’s productivity, engagement, and sense of purpose.
A Second City session is experiential. Participants engage in a series of paired and full-group exercises that encourage them to interact and learn from the experience. After each exercise, facilitators take time to discuss what happened and note discoveries, challenges and real-world applications. The tone is conversational, playful and light.
Timing & Logistics
This session is designed for approximately 60 participants attending a full-day session of experiential learning.
Welcome & Context for the Day
Introduces group to Second City Works, workshop facilitators and workshop content.
Participants get on their feet for an experiential activity that introduces SCW’s core philosophies while creating an open mindset for the day.
Listening to Understand
A series of paired activities highlights key concepts around listening, such as:
- How often we’re planning our response rather than truly listening to understand
- The value of staying open to all information, even if we don’t like it
- Expressing value/acknowledgement for another’s message
This series of exercises explores our “go-to” ways of communicating, and help to highlight the importance of putting our focus on the other person to tailor our style. Concepts discussed include:
- Choosing words that allow for open dialogue
- Staying open and aware to our own body language and that of the other person
- Being nimble to shift our word choice in the moment to create a stronger and more empathetic connection
Participants are given a chance to put the skills to the test in group exercises that touch on skills such as:
- Knowing when to step back to let another have an opportunity to speak up
- Creating atmospheres and environments where open dialogue is welcome
- Building on each other’s ideas
Participants will be lead through a series of thought-provoking questions to help synthesize the skills discussed and apply them to their daily lives. An open discussion allows for people to share their thoughts and any remaining questions
REGISTRATION: click here to register.
Premier Member and New Professional Members: $ 526.00
Networking and Engagement Members: $ 575.00
Non-Members: $ 655.00
IFT Student Member: $ 300.00
All Prices to increase $100 after June 1
As part of your registration, you will receive lunches, refreshment breaks, and a certificate of attendance.
United Nations Agencies and the Role of Food Technology in Supporting Global Food Security
When: Wednesday, 07/18/2018 through Wednesday, 07/18/2018, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: McCormick Place - S402AB
The session aims at providing clarity on how interested food technologists could participate either remotely or locally in the various programs managed by UN food agencies. This is a first collective step between these organizations and IFT to find avenues to identify food technology capabilities and resources that can contribute to the strengthening of capacities of local communities that these organizations assist.