Featured Speakers

The 2014 FNCE® featured sessions were developed to inspire attendees to believe that the solution to every problem starts with the effort of a single person trying to make a difference.

The Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim International Lecture

Speaker: To be determined

Sunday, October 19
8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

2014 Lenna Frances Cooper Memorial Lecture

"Inside Out: How Retail RDNs Transform Food Culture"

Speaker: Jane Andrews, MS, RD

Sunday, October 19

Over 500 RDNs are employed by the nation's supermarkets and perhaps thousands consult or partner with retailers. Many RDNs are drawn to the supermarket as a classroom to work directly with shoppers. Jane Andrews, MS, RD will use her expertise with Wegmans, a family-owned retailer on the East Coast, to showcase how RDNs serve as knowledge experts and communicators who inspire, influence, and multiply messages through staff and various media. Known for innovation and incredible service they have a food culture like few others, Jane leads both the nutrition and product labeling teams and will share her own insights as well as those of key executives and other Wegmans RDNs. Learn how RDNs can become a force in the workplace and beyond to marry a culture of wellness with one of great food.

Jane Andrews

About Jane:

  • Wegmans nutrition and product labeling manager.
  • Popular national speaker on the topic of supermarket nutrition.
  • Previously a certified diabetes educator at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
  • In 1987, Jane developed the "Cholesterol Countdown Workshops" which were widely used across the U.S. and Canada.

2014 Presidents' Lecture

"Personalized Medicine: The Changing Landscape of Health Care"

Speaker: Edward Abrahams, PhD

Sunday, October 19
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Ed Abrahams

About Edward:

  • Edward Abrahams, Ph.D., is president of the Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC).
  • Previously Dr. Abrahams was Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Association, where he spearheaded the successful effort that led to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's investment of $200 million to commercialize biotechnology in the state.
  • Dr. Abrahams worked for seven years for the U.S. Congress, including as a legislative assistant to Senator Lloyd Bentsen, an economist for the Joint Economic Committee under the chairmanship of Representative Lee Hamilton, and as an AAAS Congressional Fellow for Representative Edward J. Markey.
  • The author of numerous essays, Dr. Abrahams serves on the editorial board of Personalized Medicine and has also taught history and public policy at Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania.

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