Global Best Practices Conference

January 27-29, 2019 | Dallas, Texas | Registration now open

Check back as we continue to update our 2019 agenda

Sunday, January 27
3:00 PM - 7:30 PMPrairie Foyer

Come pick up all your Global Best Practices essentials, reconvene with old friends, meet new friends and get ready for an inspiring few days.

Shoes & Booze - Community Service Project4:00 PM - 5:30 PMPrairie B

No TDn2K event is really complete without a way to give back. This year we'll be collecting and decorating canvas shoes to be donated to No Kid Hungry projects happening in the Southwest. This really is the perfect place to kick off 2019 with old and new industry friends while doing a little good.

Shoes & Booze -Opening Reception
5:30 PMPrairie Foyer

Dinner on your own
7:30 PM

Monday, January 28
7:30 AMPrairie Foyer

Start the day with industry friends, coffee and conversation.

HR Executive Summit8:30 AMPrairie B

You aren't imagining it, you are experiencing the toughest labor market of your career. This thought provoking HR Executive Summit will jump start the conference, focused on the multiple workforce hot topics confronting operators. This is a chance to spend time with your peers in a smaller and more interactive environment.

Exactly what is keeping HR execs up at night? Labor scarcity, gig economy, an unpredictable NLRB, #MeToo, rapidly evolving technology and data solutions, government tumult and economic uncertainty are all on the starter list. High performing leaders in top brands understand that dealing with those realities are just table stakes. The real work of recruiting, retaining and developing enough talent to fuel a differentiated and competitive brand requires innovation, creativity, courage and a whole lot of finding the purpose that matters.

Jason Ferrara
Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer
Jennifer Hubert
Director of Analysis
Sarah King
Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resource Officer
Niraj Patel
Senior Consultant
Scott DeKoster
Senior Managing Consultant
Joni Doolin
Co-Founder & CEO
Victor Fernandez
Vice President, Insights and Knowledge
FinSights Summit8:30 AMPrairie A

In 2019, Black Box Intelligence will celebrate it's 10th anniversary. Serving a rapidly growing community of operations, finance, marketing and insight teams and uncovering the relevant insights in those numbers is what gets us up every day; and we know the numbers are just the start. This pre-conference session is designed to provide a smaller and more interactive environment where members can tackle the complex competitive and financial pressures currently felt by the chain restaurant industry.

As only TDn2K can do, we will connect the dots between employees, consumers and financial performance. What do the best companies do that makes a difference? This is an opportunity to spend time with your peers, outside experts and thought leaders. Critical discussions will include consumer behavior and insights, the impact of technology, and the critical labor market challenges we face today. As always our focus will be on data that informs with conversations that tackle the tough issues.

Michael McNamara
Senior Principal, Spending Pulse
Kathleen Koehler
Senior Director, White Box Social Intelligence
Wally Doolin
Lunch on Your Own
12:30 PM

Grab some friends for a tasty lunch at the hotel or at one of the surrounding restaurants at The Boardwalk (walking distance from hotel) or at The Shops at Legacy (1 mile from hotel). Be back by 2:00 PM for the event opening!

General Session
2:00 PMPrairie D - F

Welcome to the Global Best Practices Conference!

Welcome to Global Best Practices 2019, the best place to kick start your year with vision and inspiration. Don't miss the kickoff with Joni Thomas Doolin, CEO of TDn2K and our industry chairs, Claudia Schaefer, CMO and Marie Perry, CFO of Jamba Juice.

Claudia Schaefer
Chief Marketing Officer | Jamba Juice
Conference Chair
Marie Perry
Chief Financial Officer | Jamba Juice
Conference Chair
Joni Doolin
Co-Founder & CEO
Gallup Worldview

As the Global Practice Leader of Gallup, Ed O'Boyle has the pulse of the workplace and the marketplace. Gallup knows more about the attitudes and behaviors of employees, customers, students and citizens than any other organization in the world. You do not want to miss this opening keynote.

Ed O’Boyle
Global Practice Leader
TDn2K Talks 2019!

TDn2K is famous for connecting the dots of People, Profits and Planet. Drawing on the broadest and deepest database in the industry, Team TDn2K will share the practices and insights that are propelling growth and profitability in leading brands. Hint: serving all of your stakeholders matters.

Diamond Catalyst Award Presentation

The Diamond Catalyst Award is a tribute to superior operational and workplace results. Eligible companies are members of both People Report™ and Black Box Intelligence™ and are evaluated based on sales and traffic performance as well as employment and people practices. The recipient of this award sets the standard for overall best in class business performance. The Diamond Catalyst was given for the first time in 2013. Previous winners include: The Cheesecake Factory, White Castle, Dave & Buster's, Olive Garden and Panera.

The Velocity of Goodness

“Speed matters, whether it’s speed in execution, gaining market share, bringing new products to market…but the most important speed is the velocity of goodness. Rush to be good.”

A poster CEO for People, Profits and Planet, Selim has devoted his legendary career to taking the road less traveled; taking risks, treating employees like family, adopting the Costco return policy, making energy efficiency a priority long before it was popular and putting progressively deeper stakes in the ground of the communities that Middleby serves. You will be riveted by the stories of how he has built a multi-billion dollar foodservice equipment company; doing well by doing good, in the US & around the world.

Selim Bassoul
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
The Middleby Corporation
Mindfulness & Merlot: Leadership Expanded

Rand Stagen is the founder and Managing Director of the nationally acclaimed Stagen Leadership Institute. He has coached dozens of CEO's, entrepreneurs and community leaders. Rand closes the day by sharing the keys to expand a leader's capacity for self-awareness, intentionality and influence.

Rand Stagen
Managing Director
Cocktail Party
6:00 PMPrairie A - C

Tuesday, January 29
Breakfast Buffet
8:00 AMPrairie Foyer

General Session
9:00 AM - 5:30 PMPrairie D - F

Morning with Joe

Back by popular demand, Joe Kefauver, Managing Partner of Align Public Strategies informs and opines on the tough public policy issues impacting our industry. Facilitated by Sarah Lockyer, award winning journalist and SVP of Content for Winsight Media, this session will cover the midterm election implications for operators, along with can't miss opportunities to win the workforce.

Sarah Lockyer
Senior Vice President of Content
Joe Kefauver
Managing Partner
Align Public Strategies
The Heart of the Workplace Award

The Heart of the Workplace Award is presented to the company that demonstrates significant commitment to and investment in their employees and communities. Winners from previous years include BJ's Restaurants, Red Lobster, Panera Bread, Chili’s, Red Robin and Darden Restaurants.

"Me" to "We": How to Outpace Today's Disruptive Marketplace

Simon Mainwaring, founder and CEO of the We First Branding agency, is an internationally acclaimed speaker and author of We First: How Brands and Consumers Use Social Media to Renew Capitalism and Build a Better World.

Simon Mainwaring
Founder and CEO
Best Practices Awards Luncheon & 10 Year Black Box Intelligence Celebration!

The most anticipated gathering of the conference, we'll recognize and celebrate those companies who are leading the industry and achieved best-in-class performance in 2018. Kicking things off will be a special look back and celebration of 10 years of Black Box Intelligence, complete with obligatory champagne toast!

Be Straw Free

The first time that Milo Cress addressed the Global Best Practices audience, he was 11 years old and had an unconventional ask for attendees; make single use plastic straws optional. Today, Starbucks, McDonald's and Marriott have all made that pledge and his movement is achieving international recognition.

Milo Cress
Be Straw Free
Workplace Legacy Award Presentation

The Workplace Legacy Award recognizes a leader in the restaurant industry who has clearly demonstrated success in balancing superior people practices and best in class operational results. In addition, their employees, organizations and communities have benefited from their leadership.

The Workplace Legacy Award has honored incredible industry leaders including Sally Smith, President and CEO of Buffalo Wild Wings, Greg Creed, CEO of Taco Bell, Gene Lee, President and CEO of Darden Restaurants and Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group. Stay tuned for 2019's honoree!

Legacy Award Celebration Cocktail Party
5:30 PMPrairie B

Wednesday, January 30
Continental Breakfast
8:00 AMPrairie A

Changers of Commerce
9:00 AM - 12:00 PMPrairie C

Founded in 2009 by a group of like-minded business colleagues and friends, Changers of Commerce is a movement to create awareness about the power of doing well by doing good. Called conscious, creative and connected capitalism, its essence is the intentional focus on elevating the lives of our employees, guests and members of our community through our work.

Each year during TDn2K events, we host an extra session for anyone seeking to learn and be inspired by the individuals and brands operating as Changers of Commerce. As a result, we have raised funds for dozens of non-profits, traveled to Ethiopia, Rwanda, Haiti and Honduras; blogged, tweeted, Facebooked and networked.

All are welcome. Expect to be inspired.

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