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9th Annual
Alchemy Conference

September 18 – 20, 2017
Austin, Texas

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Learn. Network. Engage.

Alchemy Engage is a three-day conference focused on helping hundreds of food industry professionals improve engagement and productivity with their employees. Join us to:

  • Attend food safety best practice sessions from over 20 industry leading companies
  • Discuss recent compliance requirements for GFSI, FSMA, and OSHA regulations
  • Network with 400 food industry professionals in the live music capital – Austin, TX

Hear from Prior Attendees

  • One of the most informative and interactive conferences that I’ve ever attended; kept me engaged throughout the entire time. Great balance of learning and fun; well-planned conference.
  • The Alchemy conference is an inspirational experience; I go away with the feeling that we can accomplish more than we have in the past.
  • Very relevant, engaging and a great opportunity to share information and glean new ideas from other users. 
  • The conference was a great experience for someone who is new to using Alchemy to learn and get feedback from experts and others who are using the systems.
  • Our company has been using Alchemy for over 5 years now. It’s done wonders for our employees and makes our external and internal audits go smoother.
  • The conference provided an opportunity to both learn from experts and see what others in the industry are doing.  Time well spent!
  • I thought the conference was a great networking opportunity and provided insight into best practices, training strategy, and the benefits of alchemy.
  • This conference not only provides instruction on how to provide your company with better training programs but also on how to build a better culture of food and occupational safety.
  • Great event! It enabled me to connect to other professionals in the food industry and share best practices. I’m already making grand plans of how we will expand our Alchemy use in our facility.
  • The conference exceeded my expectations!  I did not realize that Alchemy offered so much more for our company/industry.  I was pleasantly surprised and excited.
  • A great opportunity to connect with other Alchemy users in the industry and to share best practices which can be utilized within your own organization.
  • The Alchemy Conference is way beyond a company pitch. It charges people up about being a good leader and engaging employees in current food safety regulation and practices. This conference is for everyone!

Agenda At a Glance

Monday - September 18, 2017


Registration Opens

10:00am – 5:00pm

Alchemy Bootcamp

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Feeding America Boat Cruise

Tuesday - September 19, 2017

8:00am – 9:00am


9:00am – 9:30am

Welcome Keynote

9:30am – 10:45am

Opening Keynote – Ignite Brilliance in Your Leadership & Innovation

10:45am – 11:00am


11:00am – 12:00pm

Breakout Sessions

  • Onboard to Retain Talent: Employee Best Practices from Tyson Foods
  • Adapting & Evolving: Case Studies in Fine-Tuning Training and Coaching Programs
  • Break the Every Day Safety Cycle: Move Past Checking the Box

12:00pm – 2:00pm

Lunch & Alchemy Showcase

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Breakout Sessions

  • Building ROI in your Safety Program: Trident Seafoods’ Path to Success
  • Training Beyond Onboarding: Building a Continuous
    Learning Environment
  • Proven Practices for Building a Rock-Solid Program to Mitigate
    Food Fraud

3:00pm – 3:15pm


3:15pm – 4:15pm

Breakout Sessions

  • Reinforcement, Reinforcement, Reinforcement: Keeping Safety
    Top of Mind
  • GFSI Scheme Updates: Implications for your Training Program
  • Mission Possible: Zero Workplace OSHA Recordable Incidents

4:15pm – 5:30pm

Best Practice Mixer

6:30pm – 11:00pm

Networking Dinner

Wednesday - September 20, 2017

8:00am – 9:00am


9:00am – 10:30am

Keynote Session – The Improviser’s Mindset for Personal Success

10:30am – 10:45am


10:45am – 12:00pm

Breakout Sessions

  • Content is King: The Ultimate Guide to Alchemy Creator
  • Blending Culture with Operational Excellence: A Recipe for Success
  • Enterprise Wide Risk Assessment

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Lunch & Partner Showcase

1:30pm – 2:30pm

Fusing Quality and Operations Cultures to Drive Performance

2:30pm – 2:45pm


2:45pm – 3:45pm

Alchemy’s Innovation Roadmap and Impact

3:45pm – 4:00pm

Closing Remarks

Meet our Speakers

Amanda Moss

Human Resources Manager



Arturo Towns

Operations Training & Workforce Optimization

Tyson Foods

Brian Williams

Safety Manager

AdvancePierre Foods


Bryan Armentrout


Food Leadership Group


Charlean Gmunder

VP, Operations

Maple Leaf Foods


David Rowe

Safety / PSM Director

Protexus Compliance Solutions


Eric Teague

Quality Systems Supervisor

AdvancePierre Foods


Greg Holler

AVP, Director of Food Safety, Quality, Regulatory


Gretchen Tello

Safety and Continuous Improvement Manager

Dawn Foods

Jodi Haggith

HR & Training Supervisor



Joel Carlson

Training and
Development Manager

Trident Seafoods

Jorge Hernandez

Chief Food Safety Officer

Wholesome International


Katie Crandell

Maintenance Coordinator

Dawn Foods


Lone Jesperson




Maureen Kenning

Risk Management Specialist

Jack Link’s


Mike Habel

Manager, Operations Learning

Maple Leaf Foods


Nancy Devine

Director of Risk Management and Safety

Jack Link’s

Willem Fokerts

VP Strategic Marketing and Program Operations


Xavier Aguilera

Director of Corporate EHS

Bumble Bee Seafoods


Empowerment to engage

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Keynote spotlight

Tuesday, September 19th – 9:30am

IGNITE BRILLIANCE in your Leadership & Innovation
Amy K Hutchens, World-Renowned Expert on Leadership

It’s time to THINK DIFFERENTLY! Does your company have the right skills to take on tomorrow? Do your people possess the behaviors necessary to create a culture that fosters innovation and generates long-term growth? What are the secrets behind brilliant leadership and breakthrough thinking? Through humor,insight and experience, leadership expert AmyK provides you the tools to increase performance and productivity in individuals and teams.



Wednesday, September 20th – 9am

Lee Smart and Lindsay Leese, Smartleese Creative

Worldwide organizations and business schools are recognizing that the skills distinguishing successful business people are the very same skills that are used by professional improvisers. Improvisation is an undeniably effective technique with wide-ranging business and social applications.

Learn to unleash your innate improvisational abilities. Think on your feet. Collaborate and contribute. Enhance rapport-building skills. Tap into creativity on demand. Take risks and develop resilience. Adapt quickly to change and disruption. Turn adversity into advantage. Have some serious fun!

Alchemy Bootcamp

Are you new to Alchemy or looking to brush up on the basics? Join our learning experts on Monday, September 18th to hone your Alchemy platform skills. We’ll have a getting started track for beginners, as well as a variety of sessions on basic features and functionality.

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Hurricane Harvey Relief

Alchemy is teaming up with Feeding America to help provide support to those effected by Hurricane Harvey. Please help us reach our goal of 150,000 meals by donating today.

Donate Now!

Alchemy is hosting a boat cruise with dinner on Monday from 7 to 9pm to thank those that have donated.  UPDATE: Because we have had so many wonderful donations, the boat cruise is full, but please continue to donate to this worthy cause!

Partner Showcase

The Partner Showcase features leading organizations from the food industry ready to help your company excel! Representatives from the following companies will be in attendance on Wednesday to meet with you.

Alchemy Conference App

Get the most out of your conference experience by downloading the Alchemy Engage App.

Use password: engage

  • Customize your Conference Agenda
  • Network with Other Attendees
  • Participate in Live Session polls

Conference Hotel

Hyatt Regency Austin

208 Barton Springs • Austin, TX 78704 • 512-477-1234

Book now at the preferred rate of $219 per night.

Rooms at the Hyatt are filling up fast, but there is availability at the Embassy Suites next door. 

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