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Alchemy Engage is the only conference dedicated to individuals that thrive on learning how to advance safety, quality, and productivity by creating continuous learning environments.

Join hundreds of your industry peers as we present the newest trends and innovative best practices leveraged by leading companies and thought-leaders.

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Getting Here

The Hyatt Regency is about 20 minutes from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Taxis and rideshare services are readily available from the airport terminal. NOTE: In addition to Uber and Lyft, Austin has RideAustin, a slightly more afforable rideshare service that also benefits local nonprofits.

(512) 477-1234
208 Barton Springs, Austin, TX 78704

 

Austin Adventure Day!


11:15 am 3:30 pm     Top Golf*

1:00 pm 2:30 pm     Austin Duck Tour*

4:30 pm 8:00 pm     Austin Eats Tour*

8:00 am  

QA Essential Skills: Using RCA, CAPA and SPC for Continuous Improvement Seminar*

1:00 pm  

Welcome to Alchemy Engage!

1:30 pm  

Keynote: The Power of Accountability and Ownership to Increase Performance

2:45 pm  

Alchemy Innovation Roadmap

3:30 pm  

Alchemy Exchange

4:15 pm  

Best Practice Mixer

6:30 pm  

Charity FUNdraiser Bingo & Dinner*

*Requires pre-registration.

7:30 am  

Breakfast

8:30 am  

Keynote: Mission Critical: How NASA Continues to Influence Food Safety on Earth

9:30 am  

The ROI of an Engaged Workforce: Your Key to a Safe, Productive, and Profitable Organization

10:45 am  

Food Safety: Sustaining Compliance with GFSI & FSMA: An Auditor’s Perspective on New Standards and Regulatory Compliance

Workplace Safety: Learning to See: A New Perspective on Risk Using Visual Literacy

Operations & HR: Bimbo Bakeries’ Focus on Developing the Frontline: Driving Empowerment, Commitment, and Engagement

12:00 pm  

Lunch Keynote: Putting an Emergency Response Plan into Action: Hurricane Harvey — Before & After the Storm

1:00 pm  

Engage Showcase

2:45 pm  

Food Safety: Synergizing Your Food Safety Culture with Operational Excellence: Lessons Learned from the Industry Elite


 

Workplace Safety: Taking the Lead: How Safety Managers Can Impact Profitability with a Few Simple “Steps”

 

Operations & HR: The Alchemy of Leadership: Practical Lessons on Developing Frontline Leaders

4:00 pm  

Keynote: Consumers, Manufacturers, and the Government: Working Together to Ensure Food Safety

6:30 pm  

Dinner Party: Cheers to 10 years!

7:30 am  

Breakfast & Alchemy Showcase

8:45 am  

Getting Started: From Understanding the Alchemy Solution to Facilitating Your First Training Session

Beginner: Building Your Alchemy Strategy: Everything You Need to Know Before You Press Play

Intermediate: Fall in Love with Groups and Learning Plans: The Heart of Every Good Training Program

Advanced: Adult Learning Principles: Developing Effective Curriculum and Courses

10:30 am  

Getting Started: Why Alchemy Manager is a Must-Have for Complianc

Beginner: Deliver a Rock Star Training Session with Alchemy Player

Intermediate: Training Validation and Reinforcement: How to Leverage Alchemy Coach and Communication Programs for Continuous Improvemen

Advanced: Customizing Your Training Program: Building and Editing Courses in Alchemy Creator

12:00 pm  

Lunch & Alchemy Showcase

1:00 pm  

Getting Started: How to Use Alchemy Creator to Craft Custom Content

1:00 pm  

Getting Started: How to Use Alchemy Creator to Craft Custom Content

Beginner: Reporting 101: A Simple Guide to Running Reports in Alchemy Manager

Intermediate: Reporting 201: How to Become an Alchemy Reporting Ninja

Advanced: Expanding Communication with Coach: Innovative Ways to Increase Engagement



11:15 am – 3:30 pm

Top Golf*

$120 per person, includes food, drinks, & transportation | The tour will depart from & return to the Hyatt Regency

Join Alchemy as we forgo the heat found on Texas golf courses for climate-controlled golfing bays at Top Golf. Whether you are a golf pro or have never taken a swing, you are sure to have lots of fun with your peers attempting to score points. And since it’s right around lunch time, food and drinks will also be included. Hope you can make it!





1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Austin Duck Tour*

$20 per person | Our duck(s) will depart from & return to the Hyatt Regency

An amphibious tour of downtown Austin, Texas and beautiful Lake Austin inside an unsinkable, US coast guard inspected, Hydra Terra vehicle. Austin Duck Adventures is Austin’s best tour with 75 minutes of sightseeing that includes Historic Sixth Street, the State Capitol Building, Bob Bullock State History Museum, the Governor’s Mansion, and Lake Austin.





4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Austin Eats Tour*

$115 per person, includes food, drinks, & transportation | The tour will depart from & return to the Hyatt Regency

Eat and drink like a local by discovering the very best of what Austin cuisine has to offer. The Austin Eats Food Tours will take you on a culinary adventure, in air-conditioned buses, to a variety of Austin eateries from brick and mortar restaurants to Austin’s famous food trucks. At each stop you will be welcomed with food and drink (most likely barbeque will be involved), and we promise you will not leave the tour hungry!

*Requires pre-registration.


8:00 am – 12:00 pm

QA Essential Skills: Using RCA, CAPA, & SPC for Continuous Improvement Seminar*

Jeff Chilton, VP of Consulting, Alchemy Systems

Are you a Food Safety Manager looking to advance your skills and grow within your organization? Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from highly-acclaimed, 30-year food safety and quality veteran, Jeff Chilton, as he shares his secrets to quality assurance success. You will learn how to leverage Root Cause Analysis tools for accurately identifying problems and solutions, corrective and preventive actions to prevent incidents from occurring, and basic SPC tools for driving process controls and continuous improvements.




1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Welcome to Alchemy Engage!

Jeff Eastman, CEO, Alchemy Systems




1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Keynote: The Power of Accountability and Ownership to Increase Performance

Connie Podesta

In a perfect world all employees would be high-achieving, self-motivated team players who see the big picture and always do great work, on time, without complaining. Does that sound like the Twilight Zone? Imagine what you could accomplish by decoding the mystery of human behavior to understand what makes people do what they do and say what they say! With her signature blend of comedy and “tell-it-like-it-is” delivery, Connie takes you inside the minds of even your most difficult employees. Turn negative attitudes into positive, entitlement into accountability, complacency into productivity, and complaining into solutions.

*Requires pre-registration.

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm

Alchemy Innovation Roadmap

Raj Shah, Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, Alchemy Systems
Archie Barrett, EVP Product Management, Alchemy Systems

Alchemy’s engineering and creative teams have been busy building new product features and courses to engage your workforce. Learn about our latest innovations, newest courses, and our innovative roadmap for the future.




3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Alchemy Exchange

Alchemy Account Management Teams

Your Alchemy Account Manager is dedicated to your success. Exchange ideas, review additional client resources available to you, and enjoy an open forum for discussion.




4:15 pm – 5:45 pm

Best Practice Mixer

Laura Dunn Nelson, VP Food Safety and Global Alliances, Alchemy Systems

Our most popular networking event is back! Join your peers to discuss best practices for driving safety, quality, and productivity with an engaged workforce. Don’t miss the opportunity to have fun networking with hundreds of industry professionals!




6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Charity FUNdraiser Bingo & Dinner*

Help Stop Foodborne Illness, a national nonprofit, prevent illness and death from foodborne pathogens. Donate $50 (or more!) for a night you won’t forget! Atop the Hyatt’s 18th floor, overlooking the beautiful Lady Bird Lake and downtown Austin, you’ll enjoy bingo with your peers, as well as great food, drinks, and music. Alchemy’s picking up the tab, so 100% of your donation will go to Stop Foodborne Illness.



*Requires pre-registration.



7:30 am – 8:30 am

Breakfast




8:30 am – 9:30 am

Keynote: Mission Critical: How NASA Continues to Influence Food Safety on Earth

Vickie L. Kloeris, M.S., CFS, Manager International Space Station Food System, NASA

Did you know NASA developed HACCP in the ‘60s to protect astronauts during the space race with Russia? Fast forward 50 years, and NASA continues to set the standard for food safety. In this fascinating presentation, NASA’s Food System Manager, Vickie Kloeris, will explore the evolution of NASA’s food system and how “space food” has influenced food around the world. You’ll also get an insider’s view of what challenges lie ahead as NASA develops a food system for missions to the Moon and eventually Mars.




9:30 am – 10:30 am

The ROI of an Engaged Workforce: Your Key to a Safe, Productive, and Profitable Organization

Valerie Bodily, Director of HR, Golden Valley Natural
John Taylor, Director of Operations Learning & Development, Ventura Foods

Employees are the heartbeat of your organization’s day-to-day operations. Their everyday actions impact safety, productivity, and ultimately profitability. With this in mind, industry leaders from Golden Valley Natural and Ventura Foods are now shifting their focus from simply checking a food safety training box to constructing highly engaged workforces. Are your employees engaged in your company’s safety culture and aligned with your business goals? Join this session to learn how industry leaders are elevating employee engagement and maximizing their bottom line.




10:45 am – 11:45 am

Food Safety Track

Sustaining Compliance with GFSI & FSMA: An Auditor’s Perspective on New Standards and Regulatory Compliance

Jeff Chilton, VP of Consulting, Alchemy Systems

Coming to a plant near you… updated GFSI requirements and FSMA Regulatory Audits. Keep your plant audit-ready and compliant by soliciting the advice of 30+ year food industry veteran, Jeff Chilton. You’ll learn how the new standards will impact your business, as well as how to be prepared for your next audit.



Workplace Safety Track

LEARNING to See: A New Perspective on Risk Using Visual Literacy

Doug Pontsler, Chairman, Campbell Institute at the National Safety Council
Kelli Smith, Occupational Health Director, Cummins Inc.

Neuroscience and research reveal that as much as 90% of what we see is actually our brains filling in the blanks based on memories and past experiences. This often causes workers to make preventable mistakes by overlooking what’s right in front of them. Visual learning and safety expert Doug Pontsler will introduce groundbreaking concepts of “visual literacy” that can enable workers to process visual information more clearly. And Kelli Smith will present how Cummins puts visual literacy into practice on their bustling manufacturing floors.



HR & Operations Track

Bimbo Bakeries Focus on Developing the Frontline: Driving Empowerment, Commitment, and Engagement

Quesia McCambridge, Director of Learning and Development, Bimbo Bakeries USA

Rolling out a development program to nearly 8,000 employees at 50 locations takes focus, commitment, and fearless leadership! Bimbo’s Director of Learning and Development, Quesia McCambridge, will share how even a small team can plan and execute an internally branded campaign for changing a company’s learning culture.




12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch Keynote: Putting an Emergency Response Plan into Action: Hurricane Harvey — Before & After the Storm

Jay Bice, Director of Health, Safety & Environmental, H+M Industrial EPC

In 2017, Hurricane Harvey caused $125 billion in damage and affected more than 13 million people. Included in the devastation was H+M Industrial, one of America’s Safest Companies. Jay Bice, H+M’s Health Safety Environmental Manager, relives the heart-wrenching and heart-warming accounts of how his company and employees survived the storm and are working to rebuild their lives and company. You’ll learn about H+M’s Industrial‘s emergency response plan; how managers and employees came together to deal with the stress and distraction caused by the hurricane; and how employees rallied to help each other, their company, and their community.




1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Engage Showcase

Jay Bice, Director of Health, Safety & Environmental, H+M Industrial EPC

Test drive Alchemy’s newest advances and meet our industry partners to learn how you can get the most out of your Alchemy investment.




2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Food Safety Track

Synergizing Your Food Safety Culture with Operational Excellence: Lessons Learned from the Industry Elite

Lone Jespersen, Principal, Cultivate

There’s a special synergy between food safety cultures and operational excellence that lies at the heart of successful organizations. But what’s that secret sauce, and how do companies get there? Join Dr. Lone Jespersen, leading food safety culture expert, as she shares rare insights into her work developing prosperous cultures and operations for the food industry’s elite, across the globe. Learn what strategies, procedures, and protocols they’ve put into place to develop safe, productive, and profitable organizations that will stand the test of time.



Workplace Safety Track

Taking the Lead: How Safety Managers Can Impact Profitability with a Few Simple “Steps”

Ed Foulke, Partner, Fisher Phillips

One of the most important aspects of being a leader is understanding how your company works from the bottom up. Often times, managers are so focused on their operational goals, they forget to go back to the basics that lay the foundation for achieving those goals. During this Session, Ed Foulke, Partner at Fisher Phillips, will share how he has been able to save companies millions by simply walking the floor and engaging with employees. This program will also examine how to develop a strategic and tactical safety system that will turn your safety program into a profit center for your company, while at the same time allowing you to achieve operational excellence. You will learn what to look for to prevent safety incidents, production risks, and quality challenges that hinder profitability.



HR & Operations Track

The Alchemy of Leadership: Practical Lessons on Developing Frontline Leaders

Kim Seeling Smith, Founder and CEO, Ignite Global

New research proves that frontline leaders have an enormous impact on employee turnover, productivity, safety, and morale. Team leads, supervisors, superintendents, etc. are the primary link to the frontline workforce and developing them is a critical challenge at most companies.

The frontline leaders have the hard skills like SOPs and job tasks down, but often struggle in engaging, motivating, and communicating with their teams. As an HR, Safety, Quality, or Operations leader, it’s critical to understand the new leadership paradigm for today’s workforce — and support your frontline leaders accordingly.

This session will give you practical leadership tools you can implement immediately — for a measurable impact on safety, quality, employee retention — and your bottom line. Kim Seeling Smith, CEO of Ignite Global, has helped food and manufacturing companies worldwide build sustainable programs to develop leaders with the skills to effectively lead — and retain — today’s workforce.




4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Keynote: Consumers, Manufacturers, and the Government: Working Together to Ensure Food Safety

Mike Taylor, Former Deputy Commissioner and a Senior Advisor for Foods at the FDA

It’s been 25 years since the Jack-in-the-Box incident that forever changed the landscape of food safety… where are we now? Former FDA deputy commissioner Mike Taylor will share insights on how alignment between consumers, manufacturers, and the government has become essential to food safety. Explore how we’ve grown together and determine how we can embrace continuous improvement, starting with management commitment and cascading down to all employees.




6:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Dinner Party: Cheers to 10 Years! Dinner, Networking & Celebration

Bus transportation will be available starting at 6:30pm from the Hyatt. Last bus will leave the Palm Door at 11:00pm.

Let’s toast to 10 years of Alchemy Engage! Join us for a fun night filled with great food, drinks, music, games, and more to celebrate! Catch up with old friends and make new ones at the amazing Palm Door on 6th Street. (Be ready to rock to 90’s music with Suede)





7:30 am – 8:30 am

Breakfast & Alchemy Showcase




8:45 am – 10:15 am

Getting Started

From Understanding the Alchemy Solution to Facilitating Your First Training Session

Kelly Littleton, Sr. Learning Consultant, Alchemy Systems
Hannah Beckwith, Account Manager, Alchemy Systems
Kelly Bruemmer, Account Manager, Alchemy Systems

Are you completely new to Alchemy? Not sure what you’ve gotten yourself into or what exactly you should be doing? This session is just for you. Our learning consultants will walk you through the key components of the Alchemy solution and best practices for using it at your organization. From there you’ll learn how to facilitate a group-based training session with Alchemy Player and discover how the training data is tracked in real time for easy reporting and audit-readiness.



Beginner

Building Your Alchemy Strategy: Everything You Need to Know Before You Press Play

David Lindner, Food Safety & Quality Assurance Manager, Wixon
Kem Phillips, Director, Implementation & Learning, Alchemy Systems
Lance Lee, Account Manager, Alchemy Systems

Are you preparing to roll-out the Alchemy solution to your company, but aren’t quite sure you have all of your ducks in a row? Join this session to learn getting-started tips from the pros. We’ll discuss and outline your plan of action, who to include on your team, and which steps you should take for a successful execution.



Intermediate

Fall in Love with Groups and Learning Plans: The Heart of Every Good Training Program

Christy Smith, Environmental Training & Development Manager, Tyson
Terra Brimberry, Account Manager, Alchemy Systems
Tomas Botello, Learning Consultant, Alchemy Systems
Steven Prutzman, Product Owner, Alchemy Systems

Groups and Learning Plans are essential elements to any successful training program. They help you keep your employees organized when managing orientation, refresher, and make-up trainings. Come learn about the various types of learning plans you can create in Alchemy Manager to keep your training program on schedule. We’ll share strategies for developing learning plans by job role, shift, and plant. Then roll-up your sleeves and create one of your very own!



Advanced

Fall in Love with Groups and Learning Plans: The Heart of Every Good Training Program

Kyle Schmidt, Instructional Design Manager, Alchemy Systems
Barbara Gutierrez, Account Manager, Alchemy Systems
Jessica Craig, Learning Consultant, Alchemy Systems

There are a lot of elements that go into creating custom content. Who is your target audience? What topics should you cover? How can you bring the content to life with audio, visual, and interactive elements? Pick the brains of award-winning Instructional Designers to learn how you can tell a story your employees will remember!




10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Getting Started

Why Alchemy Manager is a Must-Have for Compliance

Greg Bigus, Quality Analyst, Accord Carton
Pedro Mier, Account Manager, Alchemy Systems
Jessica Craig, Learning Consultant, Alchemy Systems
Steven Prutzman, Product Owner, Alchemy Systems

Learn how to leverage Alchemy Manager to do the heavy lifting of compliance recordkeeping and how to slice and dice the data to create actionable reports. We’ll also explore Manager’s ability to create learning plans by role or department to speed up onboarding and develop role-specific training programs to stay audit ready.




Beginner

Deliver a Rock Star Training Session with Alchemy Player

Brian Williams, Senior Area Safety Manager, Tyson Foods
Natalie Donaldson, Account Manager, Alchemy Systems
Kristina Wang, Learning Consultant, Alchemy Systems

Alchemy Player is a powerful tool that enables highly-productive training sessions. Learn when to leverage each of the delivery methods (group-based, eLearning, and kiosk); what options you have for selecting users, courses and languages; and how you can access quick reports to clarify misunderstood content. We’ll then provide some real-world scenarios and discuss best practices for optimal execution.



Intermediate

Training Validation and Reinforcement: How to Leverage Alchemy Coach and Communication Programs for Continuous Improvement

Maureen Kenning, Risk Management Specialist, Jack Links
Brett Freede, Account Manager, Alchemy Systems
Holly Mockus, Senior Product Manager, Alchemy Systems
Ethan Greene, Learning Consultant, Alchemy Systems

Did you know 80% of training is forgotten within 30 days without reinforcement? Put Alchemy’s award-winning Coach app and Communication programs in your tool chest to keep your employees on the right track at every shift. In this session, you’ll learn valuable strategies for validating training effectiveness and keeping important SOPs top-of-mind.




Advanced

Customizing Your Training Program: Building and Editing Courses in Alchemy Creator

James Hatch, Operations Training Supervisor, Idahoan Foods
Donald Lee, Account Manager, Alchemy Systems
Eric Teague, Learning Consultant, Alchemy Systems

An important part of any training program is ensuring that your message is conveyed in a way that appeals to your audience and ensures their comprehension. Alchemy Creator does just that. Join this hands-on workshop to learn how to integrate audio, imagery, and interactive elements into your company specific courses. We’ll also cover how to edit Alchemy courses in your library.




12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch & Alchemy Showcase




1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Getting Started

How to Use Alchemy Creator to Craft Custom Content

Vimidsa Hartfield, Corporate Safety Coordinator, Rudolph Foods
Travis Norton, Account Manager, Alchemy Systems
Eric Teague, Learning Consultant, Alchemy Systems
Holly Mockus, Senior Product Manager, Alchemy Systems

This introductory session goes over the basics of Alchemy Creator — your tool for crafting custom, interactive training courses. Watch as Alchemy shows you how to add elements like audio, video, and the translation tool to bring multilingual training content to life. Learn how to edit existing Alchemy courses, build your own from scratch, and report on the results. If you are ready to start creating a custom training program, this is the session for you.




Beginner

Reporting 101: A Simple Guide to Running Reports in Alchemy Manager

Rich Vlach, Training Manager, Mullins
Robert Pare, Account Manager, Alchemy Systems
Kristina Wang, Learning Consultant, Alchemy Systems
Steven Prutzman, Product Owner, Alchemy Systems

Record-keeping and reports are key to maintaining audit-readiness at your plant. Join this session to understand Alchemy’s reporting options and leave with the ability to identify the right report for the right need. We’ll cover the different types of reports and when to use them.




Intermediate

Reporting 201: How to Become an Alchemy Reporting Ninja

Megan Giese, Food Safety/Quality Trainer, Sargento Foods
Niel Kennedy, Account Manager, Alchemy Systems
Andy Gordon, Learning Consultant, Alchemy Systems

Now that you know how to run the basic reports in Alchemy Manager, it’s time to become a reporting Ninja! Enter this session at your own risk to learn advanced reporting options, how to mastermind your data in Excel, as well as, best practices for scheduling notifications and plant-level reporting tools.




Advanced

Expanding Communication with Coach: Innovative Ways to Increase Engagement

Janelle Paige, Training Manager, Greencore Marcus Sparks, Account Manager, Alchemy Systems Christina Jupson, Learning Consultant, Alchemy Systems

Now that you know how to run the basic reports in Alchemy Manager, it’s time to become a reporting Ninja! Enter this session at your own risk to learn advanced reporting options, how to mastermind your data in Excel, as well as, best practices for scheduling notifications and plant-level reporting tools.




Advanced

Expanding Communication with Coach: Innovative Ways to Increase Engagement

Janelle Paige, Training Manager, Greencore Marcus Sparks, Account Manager, Alchemy Systems Christina Jupson, Learning Consultant, Alchemy Systems

Alchemy’s Coach app is a valuable resource for facilitating employee-supervisor communication, verifying training effectiveness, and ensuring correct behaviors are executed on-the-job. But that’s just the beginning! Learn how industry leaders are customizing their observations by integrating internal documents, checklists, pictures, signatures, and notes. You’ll learn creative ways to maximize your employees’ understanding of their role, purpose, and impact in your company’s safety culture.