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Built specifically for growing brands
6:30am – 7:00am

Running Club

7:15am – 7:00pm

Registration and Information Desk

7:15am – 7:00pm

RD Charity Desk

7:30am – 6:30pm

RD Lounge

7:30am – 8:30am

Networking Breakfast

8:30am – 10:30am

General Session

The Gravity-Defying Leader: Innovative Approaches to Hyper-Growth Leadership

With disruptive forces assaulting business from every direction, creativity has been labeled the single-most important business attribute. To succeed, leaders must be focused on creating a resilient culture where everyone’s engaged; a torrent of fresh, creative ideas needs to flow from every level of the organization. Top leaders then employ a secret weapon: a systematic approach to selecting and launching the ideas that will best drive growth and innovation. Josh Linkner weighs in with a fresh perspective on this critical leadership challenge. A highly successful serial entrepreneur and now a tech investor, Linkner shows leaders how to employ his simple but effective framework to ramp up the creativity and identify/launch ideas that will break through and defy gravity. This presentation will help leaders:


•Challenge assumptions and conventional wisdom

•Build courage to foster responsible risk-taking

•Authentically express your own creativity and tap into the hidden creativity of your team members

•Develop “everyday creativity” to attack business problems of all sizes

•Deploy creativity beyond R&D to re-imagine processes, drive efficiency, and improve operations

•Uncover fresh approaches for reinvention and growth


Speakers:

Five-time Tech Entrepreneur, NY Times bestselling author, Venture Capitalist

10:30am – 11:00am

Networking Break

Meet and Greet with Josh Linkner
Location: RD Lounge
11:00am – 11:45am

Education Forums (choose 1 of 8):

Take advantage of the opportunity to learn from the industry’s leading experts. They'll share the recent successes and challenges their businesses have faced and deliver useful takeaways.

Option 1: Culinary
Option 2: Operations
Option 3: Technology
Option 4: Supply Chain 
Option 5: Expansion
Option 6: Workforce
Option 7: Innovation Forum
Option 8: Innovation Forum
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Networking Lunch

1:45pm – 2:30pm

Education Forums (choose 1 of 8):

Take advantage of the opportunity to learn from the industry’s leading experts. They'll share the recent successes and challenges their businesses have faced and deliver useful takeaways.

Option 1: Culinary
Option 2: Operations 
Option 3: Technology
Option 4: Supply Chain
Option 5: Expansion
Option 6: Workforce
Option 7: Innovation Forum
Option 8: Innovation Forum
2:30pm – 3:00pm

Networking Break

3:00pm – 5:30pm

General Session

What Tech to Invest in Now

With so much new technology on the market, it can be hard for growth-minded operators to decide where to spend their dollars, and when. Similarly, it’s a challenge to determine which “hot” innovations have lasting power versus those that are just fads. This panel will address the types of technologies that actually make a difference to the bottom line—those that customers will notice, those that will have a positive impact on operational efficiencies and those that just make sense for restaurants today.

Speakers:

VP, Marketing & Business Innovation
Texas Restaurant Association

Presented By:
NCR Corporation
How to Win Over 3 Key Demographics

Exploring broad consumer trends can lead to mixed messages, as different groups often behave in very different ways. Instead, this deep dive into three demographic groups that are critical to restaurants---millennial parents, Gen Z and Hispanics---will provide insights into their habits and preferences, as well as stealable ideas to get them in the door. 

Speakers:

Senior Manager, Consumer Insights
Technomic

Five Lessons from the Future 50

So much interest around the Future 50 comes from what type of concepts are on the list now. Not just which brands are the up and comers, but what are the new trends/categories rising up. This panel will feature from those type of concepts, with a conversation around what’s new and what could change the emerging chain world.

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Happy Hour

Before leaving for dinner, head over for everyone's favorite hour … happy hour!

6:30pm – 8:30pm

Dinner on Your Own

8:30pm – 10:30pm

RD After Dark

At Restaurant Directions, the fun, excitement and networking opportunities extend well beyond the ballrooms. RD After Dark is THE place to unwind after a full day of education and exploration. 

60+Speakers
770+Attendees