Engage is Back! Sept. 26-28, 2022
Hundreds will descend on Austin in September 2022 for the 12th Annual Intertek Alchemy Engage Conference.
Save the date to join your peers for a fun and inspiring conference all about how “People Make the Difference.”
Three years will have passed since the last time we met and...
- The world has changed
- Manufacturing and distribution are facing new challenges and opportunities
- Technologies and workforce strategies have evolved
The 2022 Engage Conference will be the most essential yet, if you desire a safe, productive culture.
Mark your calendars and jump on the early-bird registration when it opens in March 2022.
Please email us at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Call for Proposals
Hearing from industry professionals is one of the distinctive benefits of attendance. We invite you to share your expertise and best practices on employee engagement with your peers by submitting a proposal to speak. In return, you can enjoy the Engage Conference on us! Submissions are due no later than January 15, 2022.
See all the details in this document.
Recent Engage Attendee Comments
Josh Sundquist is a Paralympian and bestselling author who has shared his story at events across the world. His high-energy blend of humor and inspiration motivates audiences to adopt his ski racing motto 1MT1MT (one more thing, one more time) to elevate their performance in sales, customer service, quality improvement, leadership, and more.
Josh studies your industry and organizational culture to create a customized keynote that reinforces your event's theme and feels personally relevant to each member of your audience. He tells stories about losing his leg to cancer, ski racing in the Paralympics, and playing jokes with his artificial leg to help your group:
- Be resilient during times of change
- Maintain a sense of humor within stressful circumstances
- Face adversity with strength and courage
- Reverse negative trends and rebound from disappointment
- Plan for the future with an expanded vision of what could be possible
Josh's life story is a reminder of how all our stories are interconnected, how even our smallest actions and decisions impact the world around us. People walk away with a fresh perspective on everything they have to be grateful for, with resolve to overcome whatever challenges they may be facing, and with a commitment to do 1MT1MT to reach their fullest potential. They carry Josh's empowering message of hope and determination in their hearts and minds long after the conclusion of your event.
Joel Zeff creates energy. His spontaneous humor and vital messages have thrilled audiences for years. As a national speaker and humorist, Joel captivates audiences with a unique blend of hilarious improvisational comedy and essential ideas on work and life. Corporations and organizations nationwide seek him out to motivate and energize their employees on such topics as creativity, communication, teamwork, passion and fun. His first book, “Make the Right Choice: Creating a Positive, Innovative and Productive Work Life” was just published by John Wiley & Sons. A former newspaper journalist and public relations executive, Joel started his own consulting business in 1994. His business initially focused on helping technology and telecommunications companies with marketing, advertising and public relations. As he came in contact with so many corporate cultures, he noticed the glaring need for employees to have more fun and reenergize their creative spirit.
Since 1993, he has performed with Ad-Libs, one of the country’s premier improvisational comedy troupes. Joel performs with Ad-Libs at the troupe’s theater in Downtown Dallas and across the country for corporate events. As an improvisational actor, Joel studied for a short time at the famed Second City Conservatory in Chicago, Illinois.
Joel fuses his knowledge of improvisation and his experience with the corporate world to create presentations that make a difference. His humor and style create a positive and comfortable environment for his audience that allows them to take risks and explore their creativity. His funny and poignant presentations have been met with roaring approval from hundreds of companies and organizations and thousands of audience members. Joel makes audiences laugh, but he also makes them think. Participants discover for themselves how to apply his messages to become better people and better employees.
When he is not speaking, Joel explores his own creativity and communication skills as an actor and writer. In Dallas, he was most recently seen as co-host of The Movie Zone on UPN 21. He has appeared in commercials for Mydiscountbroker.com, Time Warner Cable, Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, Eagle Country Markets, and Extraco Bank.
PANELISTCharlean GmunderVP, Catering OperationsUnited AirlinesComing Soon
PANELISTMargarita GomezDir. of Food Safety and QualityOcean SprayMargarita Gomez is the Director of Food Safety and Quality at Ocean Spray Cranberries where she leads and is responsible for the company’s global strategy and execution of food safety and quality management system programs as well as maintaining compliance with food safety regulatory requirements. She began her career as a Microbiologist and Food Scientist providing consulting services internationally, moved for a while to the pharmaceutical industry where, aside for conducting validation activities, she developed and delivered training programs in areas such as microbial control and monitoring and sterilization processes.
Lone is a Principal with Cultivate LLC, an organization dedicated to help food manufacturers globally make safe, great tasting food through cultural effectiveness. Lone has significant experience with food manufacturing, having previously spent eleven years with Maple Leaf Foods. Following the tragic event in 2008 when Maple Leaf products caused the loss of lives of 23 Canadians, Lone lead the execution of the Maple Leaf Foods, food safety strategy and its operations learning strategy. Prior to that, Lone worked for Woodbridge Foam as Engineering and Operations manager responsible for the safety and quality of automobile safety products. Lone holds a Master in Mechanical Engineering from Syd Dansk University, Denmark, a Master of Food Science from the University of Guelph, Canada and is presently pursuing her Ph.D. on Culture Enabled Food Safety with Dr. Mansel Griffiths at the University of Guelph. Lone currently servers as chair of the GFSI technical working group on Food Safety Culture, a group dedicated to characterizing and quantifying food safety culture across the global food industry from farm to fork.
PANELISTBarbara MastersVP of Regulatory Policy, Food and AgricultureTyson
Dr. Barb Masters is the Vice President of Regulatory Policy, Food and Agriculture at Tyson Foods, Inc., where she provides regulatory vision and support for food safety and quality policies and procedures. She serves on the Board of Directors for GFSI.
Prior to joining Tyson Foods, Dr. Masters served as the Global Vice President for Food Safety and Quality at Keystone Foods. She served as the key technical resource for the plant teams across the globe. Dr. Masters spent nine years as a Senior Policy Advisor at Olsson Frank Weeda, where she worked closely to advise with the meat and poultry industry to ensure regulatory compliance.
Dr. Masters served as Administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection Service where she established a solid infrastructure of science-based policies and data analysis to reduce foodborne illness and product recalls. She was responsible for re-energizing the Agency’s training program and ensuring training reflected national policies.
Dr. Masters holds her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Mississippi State University and a Food Animal Internship from Kansas State University.
PANELISTBob McNaneySenior Vice PresidentPadilla
Bob McNaney is a globally minded crisis management and crisis communications strategy counselor who drives results by supporting organizations of all sizes through crisis and issue response, crisis-preparedness management, executive and senior leadership counseling, and media coaching.
Bob serves as trusted outside crisis counsel to CEOs, boards and executive leadership teams before, during and after situations which may impact the bottom line and reputation of their enterprises. Bob supports organizations in various sectors, including health care, higher education, financial and retail.
Clients praise his ability to quickly assess a crisis and cut through the noise to provide concrete, actionable counsel.
Prior to joining Padilla, Bob was a National Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist with more than 24 years of international reporting experience.
Bob earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and has served as a member of its Next Generation Steering Committee and Tommie Club Cabinet. He has volunteered as a youth coach and youth sports board member.
Bob is a recognized business leader who is an active mentor to young professionals.
David BainTraining Platform SpecialistOcean Spray
David Bain has over 20 years of experience in beverage manufacturing working for Ocean Spray Cranberries in Henderson, Nevada. He began working for Ocean Spray in March 1995. Dave’s career has progressed through several positions in Operations, Maintenance, Performance Excellence, and Quality. Since Ocean Spray began using Alchemy in 2013 Dave has been the Ocean Spray Training Platform Specialist. He is the organization’s single source point of contact for end-users serving 21 locations in the US, Canada, and Chile for the Alchemy Training platform.
Gene BarnardDirector of QualityThe Gluten Free Bar
Gene Barnard is the Director of Quality at The Gluten Free Bar. With 25 years of experience in Quality and Safety in multiple industries, he has survived well over 200 Regulatory, Food Safety, Workplace Safety and Customer audits. Gene helped develop and launch comprehensive training programs that provide all employees with the knowledge and support they need to be safe, effective and engaged. He is currently a member of Alchemy’s Content Expertise Board and has used Alchemy with two different employers.
Hon. Guy BeveridgeStrategos International
With a background in military and civil special operations, Guy Beveridge is an internationally known trainer, speaker, professional security consultant and licensed master peace officer in Texas. He is an expert in security management, crime, loss prevention, investigations, and crisis response and has managed security projects, both national and international for businesses that top the Fortune 500 list. He specializes in prediction, recognition, and evaluation of crime risk and consults with business owners, managers, insurance carriers, and police worldwide developing congruent plans to reduce crime risk through policy design and training. Guy worked on the FBI Joint Terrorism task force immediately following the events of 9/11 to develop first responder response protocols and capabilities for terrorist attacks. In his current role he is the Director of Business Development for Strategos International - the worldwide leader in safety and security solutions for businesses. Additionally, he is an adjunct instructor for the ALERRT Center (Texas State University), the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) and is a member of the board for Texas Justice of the Peace and Constables education and training development.
Michael BrodeurTraining CoordinatorKeurig Dr Pepper
Michael has been at KDP for 9 yrs, 5 as training coordinator for distribution. Certified PIT train the trainer and administrator for the PIT program. Have worked in distribution for the past 24 years between KDP and Energizer. Degree in accounting and economics from Lemoyne College in Syracuse NY Hobbies are hockey, custom guitar building, and family time.
Lisa BuckCorporate Safety ManagerOcean Spray
Lisa Buck is an Environmental, Health and Safety Manager with Ocean Spray Cranberries. After spending over twenty years developing and implementing world-class safety programs, she has not only achieved OSHA’s SHARP program, but VPP twice. Lisa not only leads safety efforts but drives engagement by motivating and rewarding employees for safe behaviors. Traveling throughout North and South America, Lisa has evaluated and audited a multitude of facilities and assisted in the implementation of regulatory requirements and best practices. Lisa was recently recognized with Ocean Spray’s President’s Award of Distinction and is furthering her education with Columbia Southern University.
Jeff ChiltonVP ConsultingAlchemy Systems
Jeff has over 30 years of experience in the food industry, specializing in food safety, quality assurance, and plant management. Prior to Alchemy, Jeff was the founder and President of Chilton Consulting Group for 18 years, helping clients achieve and sustain GFSI certification under the SQF, BRC, and FSSC 22000 standards along with USDA and FDA Regulatory Compliance services for HACCP and Food Safety Plan.
Jeff is a certified SQF Auditor, SQF Consultant, Preventive Control for Human Food Lead Instructor, and International HACCP Alliance Lead Instructor. Prior to starting Chilton Consulting Group, Jeff was a Plant Manager at two large food processing companies and a Director of Quality Assurance. Jeff earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Management from Tampa College, Tampa FL.
Bill CunninghamDean of SugarCreekUSugar Creek
Bill is Dean of SugarCreekU – building a better version of our employees and our company. Bill created SugarCreekU to foster a new management culture in the fast-growing protein business. Bill taught as an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Xavier University and Director of the Xavier Entrepreneurial Center. He holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.
Gayle DardarTraining CoordinatorKeurig Dr Pepper
Gayle Dardar is a learning and development professional with over 25 years of experience. For the past 5 years she has been a Training Coordinator for Keurig Dr Pepper in Windsor, Virginia. She has experience creating and delivering training material in many different industries including manufacturing, communications, and insurance. Gayle’s speaking engagements include Sloan-C and the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education Conferences. Outside of work, Gayle volunteers supporting individuals with their job searches, creating curriculum vitae, resumes, and cover letters. She is a licensed Real Estate Agent and enjoys the “small zoo” she has at her home.
Rick GehrkeSenior Environmental Safety & Health ConsultantAlchemy
Rick has 25 years of experience in environmental, health, and safety with work in diverse industries, including food production, automotive and aerospace manufacturing, government and defense, electric power generation, chemicals, and more. He is a veteran EHS consultant, auditor, and trainer. Prior to Alchemy, Rick worked for Intertek as Green Services Associate Program Manager.
Rick is a certified management systems Lead Auditor with experience in ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 45001, ISO 50001, LEED green building certification, business development, and certification program management. Rick earned his Associate of Applied Science in Intelligence Collection from the Community College of the Air Force and his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Environmental Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Grégoire KebabtchieffVPAlchemy Systems
Gregoire is Vice-President for the Food Services Business in the US & Canada at Intertek and Vice-President for Sales at Alchemy Systems. He brings over 15 years of direct experience in helping global food clients reach their safety & quality goals.
Intertek is an industry leading Total Quality Assurance provider that delivers assurance, testing, inspection and certification services to the food industry. Intertek’s network of over 1000 laboratories in 100 countries and employs over 46,000 people globally. To expand as a leader in Total Quality Assurance, Intertek acquired Alchemy Systems in August 2018 to deliver People Assurance solutions. Alchemy Systems is the global leader in frontline workforce training and consulting and currently trains more than 20% of the food industry in North America.
Gregoire is a graduate from HEC Paris with a Specialized Master’s Degree in Marketing and also holds a degree as a Quality Engineer in Bio-Industries from Ecole de Biologie Industrielle (EBI) Graduate school. Prior to joining Intertek, Gregoire spent 8 years at Silliker / Mérieux NutriSciences as the EMEA Global Key Accounts Director and part of the International Business Development and Marketing teams. Gregoire joined Intertek in 2013 and prior to his current role as VP Food Services, he served as the Global Director of Strategic Business Development for Food Services based in Paris, France.
Gregoire is currently based in Chicago, IL, USA.
Brian KrafczykContinuous Improvement ManagerChicken of the Sea
Brian Krafczyk is the Continuous Improvement and Training Manager at Chicken of the Sea canning plant in Lyons, GA. Brian’s passion for influencing culture change by valuing people and developing leaders makes his current role a perfect fit. His favorite work activities are facilitating problem solving and challenging the status quo by asking “WHY?”. When he is not involved in shaking up the system, he can be found creating a homestead using permaculture principles, aquaponics, heritage breed farm animals and heirloom fruits and vegetables. When not knee deep in dirt or construction you can find him @firstname.lastname@example.org or www.linkedin.com/in/brian-krafczyk
Bill MuilFood Safety AuditingIntertekComing Soon
Laura NelsonVPAlchemy Systems
Laura joins Alchemy with over 25 years of experience implementing food safety and quality control programs for processing, packaging, food service, and retail operations. She has worked with global retailers and manufacturers in the implementation of their GFSI certification programs. Prior to Alchemy, Laura managed Silliker’s South Region food testing laboratories, implemented ISO 17025 requirements, conducted GMP and HACCP audits, and trained food safety auditors. Her hands-on experience in testing food products has assisted food companies in the successful implementation of good manufacturing practices (GMP), quality assurance, and HACCP programs. Laura is a graduate of University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology.
Mary ReindlTraining SupervisorPalermo's Pizza
Mary Reindl is the Training Supervisor within Palermo’s Pizza’s Training Department and oversees a team of three trainers. As part of her role, Mary is creating a training culture that enhances continuous learning and professional development by leveraging Alchemy and its Coach platform. With these tools, Palermo’s can assess and discover training gaps and establish learning plans for employees. Mary aspires to expand practices beyond the plant floor to other departments. Before Palermo’s, Mary taught high school history for 6 years. She applies these educational principles to the manufacturing setting inspiring innovative trainings and creating a solid foundation for future programs.
Bob RysavyHuman Resources Training ManagerHearthside Foods
Bob has over 25 years in the Training & Development field, holding both leadership roles as well as direct implementation roles in the fields of Education, Recruiting, Human Resources, Medical Devices, Medical Administration, & Food Manufacturing. He is the Human Resources Training Manager, with Hearthside Food Solutions and strives to be a coach at work as well as at home and in his community.
Bob leverages the Alchemy Systems Learning Platform as Administrator and Creator to match that of the Hearthside Performance Model and necessary learning plans across the organization, while creating a fun twist to learning.
Kyle SchmidtInstructional Design ManagerAlchemy Systems
Kyle Schmidt is the Instructional Design Specialist at Alchemy Systems and an award-winning writer. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Michener Center, has plays regularly produced across the country, and is an enthusiastic advocate for the use of storytelling as a teaching tool.
Penny SmitherSr Continuous Improvement SpecialistLamb Weston
Penny Smither, Sr Continuous Improvement Specialist, with 29 years’ experience in food industry, Penny began her career on the frontline and continued to work various frontline positions for the next 18 years. The past 11 years Penny has been leading and coaching cross functional teams in learning and development with continuous improvement focus, Alchemy has been a big part of that journey. In her spare time, Penny focuses on her 25 grandchildren, she loves to spend time with family in the outdoors, camping and fishing.
Elizabeth StroudTraining CoordinatorCampbell’sElizabeth Stroud has 41 years experience at her facility, first as Lance, Inc., then Snyder's-Lance, and now Campbell's Snacks. To see she's the glue that keeps the site running would not be an understatement! She has been utilizing Alchemy since 2013 to keep the workforce aligned, leadership informed, and managers educated.
Kent SummersLearning and Development ManagerDaily's Premium MeatsComing Soon.
Eric TeagueSr. Training ManagerTyson Foods
Eric has been in the Food Manufacturing business for over a decade and has held roles in Food Safety, R&D, Continuous Improvement, and Workplace Safety. He is currently the Senior Training Manager at Tyson Foods, focused on leadership and safety awareness training and evelopment.
Dr. Jennifer van de LigtAssociate DirectorUniversity of MinnesotaDr. van de Ligt has an extensive background in animal feed and human food production, nutrition, modeling, safety, and regulations, with academic, industry, and global perspectives. A key focus of her current food and feed security, safety, defense, and supply-chain resiliency research portfolio is building collaborations with and transitioning solutions into the food industry. She also serves as Director of the Integrated Food Systems Leadership program, an online learning program dedicated to improving the leadership and systems thinking capabilities of early to mid-career professionals affiliated with any aspect of the food system.
Brian WilliamsSr Manager Area SafetyTyson Foods
Brian Williams is a Senior Manager of Area Safety for Tyson foods responsible for the people safety at 13 locations within the Prepared Foods Business Segment. Prior to joining Tyson Foods, he served in Safety roles at AdvancePierre Foods, Dow Chemical, and Owens Corning. Brian has his Bachelors Degree in Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health from the University of Findlay.
Optional: Meet with your Account Manager
Optional: Austin Eats Food Tour
Welcome to Engage!
Keynote: How to Push Your Limits: “One More Thing, One More Time”
Quality: Teaching Employees How to Act (and Interact) During Audits
Safety: How Ocean Spray Juiced Up Safety Training with an Award-Winning Voluntary Protection Program
HR: Changing Culture: Getting Frontline Worker Buy-in to a World-Class Effort
Quality: Developing the Optimal Food Defense Strategy for your Organization
Safety: ISO 45001 Overview: The Purpose, Function, and Benefits
HR: Leading Leaders: The Why, What, and How of Successful Leadership Development
Quality: Leveraging Best Practices & New Technology to Mitigate Supply Chain Risk
Safety: Crisis Response and Active Shooters: A Non-Linear Approach Model
HR: STAY: Retaining Employees for a Long, Long Time
Best Practices Mixer
Keynote: The Art of Employee Engagement: How to Create a Passionate Workforce
Panel: The Keys to A Positive Culture Shift: Better Behaviors, Better Results
Mastering Alchemy - Beginner: Keys to Building a Robust Training Program, and Tactics for a Successful Rollout
Mastering Alchemy - Intermediate: Make Training Entertaining: The Secret to Creative Customization
Mastering Alchemy - Advanced: Multi-Site Training Programs: How to Keep Everyone on the Same Page
Mastering Alchemy - Beginner: The Training Trifecta: How to Make Your Program Engaging, Effective, & Efficient
Mastering Alchemy - Intermediate: Simplifying Job Certifications with Alchemy: Tips from Keurig Dr. Pepper
Mastering Alchemy - Advanced: Everything You Need to Know about Instructional Design: A Bootcamp for Your Brain
Mastering Alchemy - Beginner: Audit-Ready Reporting: How to Be Prepared for Your Next Audit
Mastering Alchemy - Intermediate: Simple Steps to Add Reinforcement Tools and Strategies to your Training Program
Mastering Alchemy - Advanced: Innovative Approaches to Job-Skills Training and Certification
Engage Farewell Happy Hour
Hyatt Regency Austin
Reserve your room at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Austin, the headquarters of the Engage Conference. Book today to get the discounted rate of $234, available through August 22nd or until the room block is filled.
Hyatt Regency Austin
208 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704
Transportation to the Hyatt
The Hyatt is approximately 20 minutes from the Austin Bergstrom Airport. For a full list of transportation options, please the airport’s ground transportation information.
Conference Dates & Location
208 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704
- Early Bird $595 from March through June
- Priority $695 from July through August
- Door $795 in September
Optional/additional fees are required, per person, for:
- Tuesday, September 17th - $100 Austin Eats Food Tour
Registration fees are refundable until August 31, 2019. No refunds will be issued for cancellations starting September 1, 2019.
Registrations are transferable until September 10, 2019. Starting September 10, 2019, transfers will not be accepted.
All cancellations must be sent in writing via e-mail to Engage@AlchemySystems.com. You will receive a response within 2 business days.
Hotel & Travel
What to Expect & Bring
The conference dress code is business casual. Please be aware meeting rooms can be chilly, so you may want to bring an extra layer.
If you are attending the Austin Eats Tour or dinner on Wednesday night, you are welcome to dress casual.