Engaging People Workshop
Engaging People to Improve Operational Performance

October 25 & October 26, 2022

The Engaging People Workshop is a NACUFS workshop for anyone who supervises others. It resides within the Talent Management Knowledge Domain.

This two day workshop will give you a new lens on how to lead, manage, and retain team members. Whether you are an aspiring manager, new to management, or have years of experience, the Engaging People Workshop will provide you with a new perspective and practical tactics on motivation, leadership, conflict resolution, teamwork, and recruitment.

The interactive workshop encourages collaboration among participants as you look at big-picture strategy and build a framework to manage your team effectively!

Attendees who complete the workshop will achieve the following outcomes: 

  • Build upon your professional network with individuals within collegiate foodservice who face the same challenges as you.
  • Understand how your preferred work style and the various styles within your team can work as an advantage through an informal personality profile.
  • Gain insight into how knowledge sharing can empower your staff and help you manage your time and competing priorities.
  • Learn tips to grow your professional relationships with peers, direct reports, and leadership.
  • Build your confidence in navigating difficult employee conversations and applying corrective action through using attentive listening and feedback skills.
  • Grow your awareness of how your communication style can develop your team, retain your talent, recruit new talent, and increase employee engagement.
  • Opportunities for self-reflection, new skill practice, and action-planning.

“This workshop definitely exceeded my expectations and provided the framework to successfully manage people. I can apply what I learned and immediately put it into execution. Most importantly, it enabled me to become and see myself as a better leader.”

Angela Peterson, associate vice chancellor for campus enterprises, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University

Registration Fee

Member: $400

Non-Member: $750

Registration Information

Registration is now open. Forty seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Receipt of a completed registration online with the full registration fee will secure your seat. Please see information below regarding our event protocol with information regarding COVID-19 vaccinations and testing.

Register for Workshop


Cancellation Policy: Cancellations will be subject to a $50 fee through September 23. After September 23, no refunds will be given.

Need a paper registration form? Click here.

The health and peace-of-mind of every participant at a National Association of College & University Food Services event is our top priority. We are committed to implementing intentional processes to minimize risk and protect your well-being so you can focus on getting back to business. All workshop participants must either be fully vaccinated or present a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of arriving. To read our full event protocol, click here.


Brody Square, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Date & Times

Tuesday, October 25 & Wednesday, October 26, 2022

The workshop starts at 8 a.m. ET and ends at 4 p.m. ET on both days.

Hotel Information

The room block for this workshop is at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, located adjacent to Brody Square. Participants will need to make hotel reservations which can be made by phone or online. 

The room rate is $135/night plus applicable taxes for a standard double room or $150/night plus applicable taxes for a deluxe king room. The deadline for the NACUFS rate is Friday, September 30, 2022, using group code 2210NACUFS. 

To make your hotel reservations online, refer to these instructions.

Travel Information

Travel to and from the Lansing Capital Region International Airport (LAN) is available from most cities. Other airports include Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW), Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids (GRR), and Bishop International Airport in Flint (FNT). 

A shuttle is available from the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport for a fee. A rental car is needed if flying into the Grand Rapids or Flint airports or if you prefer to drive from Detroit.


Breakfast, lunch, and breaks are included in the registration fee. Participants are responsible for any meals during travel and dinner on Tuesday night. 


Jodi Schafer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is certified by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, and independently owns and operates her own consulting and training firm in Williamston, Michigan.

Jodi's expertise and effortless facilitation style have been well received by NACUFS attendees, both in person and online. We are happy to have her back in person for two days of knowledge sharing, skill-building, and discussion around the unique supervisory challenges you face on your campus.