Frank Yiannas, Vice President, Food Safety & Health, Walmart Stores Inc., 

Food Safety = Behavior

As a food safety professional, getting others to comply with what you're asking them to do is critical, but it's not easy.  In fact, it can be very hard.  And if you're like most food safety professionals, you’ve probably received little to no formal training on how to influence or change people’s behaviors. 

When it comes to food safety, people’s attitudes, choices, and behaviors are some of the most important factors influencing the overall safety of our food supply.  Think about it.  If you’re trying to improve the food safety performance of an organization, industry, or region of the world, what you’re really trying to do is change peoples’ behaviors.  Simply put, food safety equals behavior. 

How does one effectively influence the behaviors of a worker, a social group, a community, or an organization?  While it’s not easy, fortunately, there is good news for today’s more progressive, behavior-based food safety professional.  Over the past 50 years, there has been an incredible amount of research in the behavioral and social sciences that have provided valuable insights into human thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors.  Taking the learning’s from these studies and putting them into practice in our field has the potential to dramatically change our preventative food safety approaches, enhance employee compliance, and, more importantly, save lives.

In this innovative session, Food Safety = Behavior, Frank Yiannas will provide fascinating insights into proven behavioral science principles with suggested applications on how they might be used to advance food safety.


Merit Gest, President, Merit-Based Professional Development 

Merit Gest has more than 20 years of experience working with companies to grow revenue, increase profitability and reduce turnover. Merit's work experience and certifications in both Emotional Intelligence and cultural transformation give her a unique perspective for hiring, onboarding, selling, and retaining top talent. Prior to forming Merit-based Professional development, Merit was the Senior VP of Sales for a nationwide sales training organization and the youngest General Sales Manager for a start-up radio station in the country's third largest market.

In her various roles as a business owner, trainer, coach, consultant, and keynote speaker, she has worked with CEOs, business owners, entrepreneurs, sales management teams and professionals across a wide variety of industries including financial services, manufacturing, engineering, professional services, technology, and even pest control. 


Martin Hahn, Partner, Hogan Lovells

Martin Hahn's practice focuses on a wide variety of regulatory issues affecting many different segments of the food industry. He assists companies in complying with the numerous statutes, regulations, and guidance documents implemented by the Food and Drug Administration, the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the US Department of Agriculture, and with the advertising requirements of the Federal Trade Commission.

Martin has experience in virtually every segment of the food industry, including food ingredients, food packaging material and juice. His clients include large multi-national companies as well as small, privately held start-up companies and numerous trade associations.

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