The American Bakers Association Executive Leadership Development Committee (ABA ELDC) Public Policy Forum will be held Sept. 17-19 at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel in Washington. The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, Sept. 17

5-7 p.m. – Industry networking reception and Bakers Dozen Awards Ceremony, The Gold Room on Capitol Hill

Thursday, Sept. 18

7 a.m.—Continental breakfast

7:30-9:30 a.m.—Morning Program Session

  • Welcoming remarks—ELDC co-chair Jesse Amoroso, Amoroso’s Baking Co.
  • Special message from the ABA chairman—Rich Scalise, Hearthside Food Solutions
  • Preparation for Capitol Hill visits—ABA legislative issue review
  • “Lobbying Techniques 101” by Kelly Johnson, Campbell Soup Co.

10 a.m.-Noon—Capitol Hill visits with ABA and Allied Trades of the Baking Industry (ATBI) board members

12:45-1:45 p.m.—Buffet lunch at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel

2-5:30 p.m.—Afternoon Program Session

  • "ABA Rise to Action Mobile App Preview" by Mike Goscinski, ABA
  • "Grain Foods Foundation Update" by Christine Cochran, Grain Foods Foundation (GFF)
  • "Professional Development Series" by Steve McClatchy, Alleer Consulting

7 p.m.—Group dinner, Marriott Renaissance Hotel, Congressional keynote speaker to be announced

Friday, Sept. 19

7 a.m.—Continental breakfast

8 a.m.-Noon—Morning Program Session

  • “The Role & Duties of Congressional Leadership” by Christopher Davis, Congressional Research Service
  • “2014 Election Outlook” by Stu Rothenberg, The Rothenberg Political Report
  • “Political Involvement & Grassroots Update” by Kelly Knowles, ABA
  • “Baking Industry Leadership Series” by Irene Chang-Britt, Pepperidge Farm
  • “Baking Industry Trends” by Sarah Theodore, Mintel
  • Closing remarks by ELDC co-chair Morgan Murphy, Mother Murphy’s Labs

12:15 p.m.—Meeting adjourns

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