Conference Update

Due to the mounting concern as COVID-19 spreads and with CDC recommending canceling events with 50 or more people, SDA has made the decision to postpone the 2nd Annual Conference and Expo in April. The health and safety of our members, industry partners, attendees, and the residents you care for are our highest priority. 

We are working with the hotel to reschedule the conference between mid-August through September. Our Hotel will remain at the same location, Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld.

Please share this message with any company representatives who may have been attending this meeting on your behalf. We understand you might have questions or concerns and the SDA will communicate next steps in the coming weeks. 

We are looking forward to celebrating with you at a later date in 2020. After weeks of combatting COVID-19, we know our members and partners will look forward to this well-deserved getaway. 

Please stay tuned for details regarding the new dates in the next few weeks. 

We wish all of you good health along with safe and better days ahead as this situation will hopefully become more manageable soon. Thank you.


Harris Ader

Founder & CEO

Senior Dining Association


 In order to ensure we communicate the change in date with the highest efficiency please let us know your questions or concerns you may have .


Join us for a fantastic Experience

Renaissance Orlando At Seaworld

In 2019, senior dining professionals learned what four days of food, education and networking can accomplish. The Senior Dining Association’s first conference and expo was the first meeting focused entirely on the needs and challenges of the senior dining industry, and attendees walked away with valuable insights, new allies and a renewed commitment to senior dining.

In 2020, we’re going to go bigger and better. Join us in Orlando next April for the SDA’s Second Annual Conference & Expo. 

Learn about trends and best practices from the industry’s leading experts. Share your own experience and insights at chats and round-table discussions. Network with peers from across the country as you enjoy great food and drink from cooking and mixology demonstrations. 

The conference and expo are a perfect opportunity to get recharged as you gather with people who are as passionate about senior dining as you are. Whatever your greatest challenge—from staff retention to technology to marketing to working effectively with your nursing department—you’ll meet others who have faced that same challenge and found a creative solution. And of course you’ll get a chance to share your own creative solutions!


We are going to celebrate together Tuesday night at Seaworld. The SDA wants to show the same hospitality you give your guests daily to all of our conference attendees. Let's unwind and enjoy the experience together. 

2020 Keynote Speakers

Andrew Tarvin

Marilyn Sherman

Marilyn Sherman



The Secret to Being More Productive, Less Stressed, and Happier

Andrew Tarvin is the world's first Humor Engineer teaching people how to get better results while having more fun.  Andrew has helped more 25,000 people at 250+ organizations--including P&G, GE, ESPN, Microsoft, the U.S. Navy and PepsiCo--learn to be more productive, less stressed, and happier.  

Marilyn Sherman

Marilyn Sherman

Marilyn Sherman


Why Settle for the Balcony..

When you can get a front-row seat?

For the last 22 years, Marilyn has motivated audiences all over the country, and internationally with topics about hope, inspiration, and practical tools to implement immediately. With clients in government, corporations, and hospitality, Marilyn is known for giving people success strategies to overcome obstacles, have a more positive mindset, and reduce conflict in the workplace.

Steve Moran, Publisher of Senior Housing Foresight

What our attendees say:


"I’ve been to a lot of conferences and shows

in my career and thought that the SDA

Conference was hands down the most

relevant and useful event that I’ve attended.

I’m planning on bringing some of our chefs to

next year's event."

Gary McBlain

National Director of Culinary Services

AMICA Senior Lifestyles


"I wanted to take a moment and personally

“Thank you & your team” for one of the best

conferences that I have attended in my career.

This really hit home to our industry and the

focus of senior living and how proud we are for

what we do. My team was very engaged and

could not stop talking about it."

Bob Raymond 

Vice President Procurement &

Dining Services

Commonwealth Senior Living


"The programs and panel discussions were

well done and everyone on my team had

several takeaways from the round table

discussions. It was all of the things a

conference should be. It was educational with

great networking all wrapped around fun


Stephen Eggles 

Vice President, Mid-South Region

Acts Retirement-Life Communities


  “I’ve got to take away from this an understanding of what other communities are looking for and what their issues are.”

Vanessa Potter

Vice President, Finance and Operations

Christenson Communities

Alberta, Canada


“We’ve learned a lot, had a lot of great conversations, a lot of takeaways from food and beverage professionals in different communities.

The sessions have been very interactive, and I’ve learned a tremendous amount since I’ve been here.”

Reginald Stephens

Director of Dining Services

Roland Park Place

Baltimore, Maryland


  “The thing that I’ve taken away from this is we’re all in this together. We all are experiencing the same things. You’re at your community, and you think you’re the only one experiencing this certain problem that you have, and you come to this, and everyone is going through the same thing. So, there were a lot of best practices shared, a lot of shared experiences that have been great.”

Kimberly Mortenson

Director of Dining Services

The Academy

Boulder, Colorado

SDA Culinary Showdown 2019

2019 Highlights