Keynote Speakers

The 2017 Consumer Food Safety Education Conference, January 25-27, will focus on behavior change — the heart of improving food safety practices at home and at work.

Learn from our outstanding keynote speakers:

Lou Atkins

Opening Keynote:  Thursday, January 26 at 8:30 a.m. EST

Lou Atkins, Centre for Behaviour Change, University College, London, a co-author of The Behaviour Change Wheel

Hear from author and professor Lou Atkins on designing and evaluating behavior change interventions and policies.  She will describe the Behavior Change Wheel, a synthesis of 19 behavior change frameworks that draw on a wide range of disciplines and approaches.

 Frank Yiannas

Lunch keynote:  Thursday, January 26 at 12:15 p.m. EST

Frank Yiannas, Vice President of Food Safety for Walmart and author of Food Safety = Behavior

The importance of organizational culture, behavioral science, and human behavior are well documented in the occupational safety and health fields. However, significant contributions to the scientific literature on these topics are noticeably absent in the field of food safety.  In Food Safety = Behavior, Frank Yiannas explains proven behavioral science principles and offers perspectives on how to leverage them based on a career of experience in the field about how food safety behaviors can be changed.

 Charles Duhigg

Closing keynote:  Friday, January 27 at 1:15 pm. EST

Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times and author of The Power of Habit

In this keynote lecture, Charles Duhigg begins by exploring the science of habit formation, illustrating why we do what we do and how we can change it. Duhigg explains why the most powerful habits have emotional cores, and how tweaking even one habit can have staggering effects. Duhigg draws from a number of current case studies – including the success of Febreze, how Starbucks trains employees in willpower habits, how organizational habits contributed to a tragic subway fire, and others – customizing them to our conference audience.


Photo credit for Charles Duhigg photo – Liz Alter

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