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Empowering the Dietitian
Empowering the Dietitian

Fri, Apr 19


Holiday Inn Express & Suites Conference

Empowering the Dietitian


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Time & Location

Apr 19, 2024, 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM CDT

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Conference , 2502 SE Hulsizer Dr, Ankeny, IA 50021, USA


About the Event

*They have a hotel block on Thursday, April 18th and Friday, April 19th with 20 rooms at a rate of $149.

Meeting Agenda

7:30-8:00 - Light Breakfast

7:45-8:00 - Welcome/Opening Remarks

8:00-8:45 - Communicating the RDN Value through Productive Conversations

8:45-9:00 - Business Meeting

9:00-10:00 - Bringing Your Regulated Self: To ALWAYS Do the Right Thing

10:00-10:15 - Break

10:15-11:15 - The Hospice Benefit: How It Feeds Into Your Role

11:15-12:30 - Communication Check-in/Lunch/Vendor Fair

12:30-1:30 - Being Your Own Boss-What You Need to Know

1:30-1:45 - Break

1:45-2:45 - Setting Yourself Up for Success with a Small Business: The Logistics

2:45-2:55 - Break

2:55-3:55 - Gray Hairs and Geriatrics: Ageism in the Work We Do

3:55-4:15 - Wrap Up


The Guilt-Free RD and host of Sound Bites podcast Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDCES will provide insight into communication strategies and techniques as applicable to the RDN field. Facilitate application of this session to today’s world.

Nutrition Consulting’s Kristin Klinefelter, MS, RDN, LDN offers the science behind self-regulation, and techniques to regulate your nervous system in

stressful situations. Participants will understand the Ethical Decision Making Model and apply to real-life situations.

St. Croix Hospice’s Megan DuBay breaks down Hospice: what it is, qualifying criteria, services, assessment, and the RD role.

Iowa Small Business Development Center’s Jenica Johnson pairs up with local business owners Jessica Schroeder, RDN, LD and Jocelyn Evans, RD, LD, CSG to give insight into business/entrepreneurship basics; and hear about personal journeys within business ownership.

Tim Gartin of Hastings and Gartin Law; Kyle Woiwood, CPA at Uhy Advisors; Andrew Ricklefs of Knapp Tedesco Insurance; and Katelyn Scheuermann, MPP-D, RDN, LD and Cat Rudolph, MS, RD give an overview into the legalities involved with business ownership and licensure.

Iowa Health & Human Services Division of Aging & Disability’s very own Ashley Danielson, RDN, LD; Erin Hoisington, RDN, LDN; and Elizabeth Fridley, RDN, LD provide insight into the Nutrition & Aging Resource Center, and discuss ageism and how it can impact one’s work.

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