CRN announces keynote speakers for its annual event


The Council for Responsible Nutrition announced keynote speakers for its 2020 annual conference, “NOW, NEW, NEXT,” held virtually Oct. 14 – 16.


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The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN; Washington, D.C.) announced keynote speakers for its 2020 annual conference, “NOW, NEW, NEXT,” held virtually Oct. 14 – 16. 

  • Wednesday, Oct. 14: Steven Tave, director of FDA office of dietary supplement programs, will discuss the agency’s regulatory priorities.
  • Thursday, Oct. 15: Zachary Karabell, global authority on economics and politics, author of “Sustainable Excellence—The Future of Business in a Fast-Changing World,” will explain the competitive advantages of companies that make sustainability a core component of their strategy. Additionally, Vernice Armour, the first African American female combat pilot, will discuss “Driving Diversity Deep into the DNA of Your Organization,” with insights on how to know your people and harness the power, skills, and talents of the team as well as unleash the full potential of diversity to positively impact your business, creating a culture that values and respects all team members. 
  • Friday, Oct. 16: Jim Donald, chairman of Albertson’s will advise on “Leading from Home: What They Don’t Teach You in Business School.” As the former CEO of several large, multinational companies (including Albertson’s, Starbucks, and Pathmark Supermarkets) over his career, Donald will draw on years of experience on how best to operate in uncertain business environments. He’ll share the structure he is using to consult with CEOs globally during the pandemic, along with best practices for leading your company at every level. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in more depth through panel Q&A discussions and breakout rooms.

Prior to the conference, CRN is also presenting “SCIENCE in Session” which consists of two half-days (October 13-14) of sessions on “Challenges and opportunities for public health recommendations around dietary supplements.” Top research scientists such as Jeffrey B. Blumberg, PhD, FASN, FACN, of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, and John W. Erdman, Jr., PhD, of the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign, among others, will report on topics including:

  • Supplements in the age of personalized nutrition
  • Establishing Dietary Reference Intakes for bioactives under the DRI framework
  • The Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Is there a role for dietary supplements?
  • The evolving science of nutrition and public policy: Are nutrient gaps here to stay? 

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