NCA, Confectionery Foundation Hosting Virtual Networking Webinar

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Washington — Aiming to help members use digital resources to build their careers and connect with peers, The Confectionery Foundation and NCA are hosting the Networking in the Digital Age webinar on May 20.Confectionery Foundation logo

A panel of industry experts will be joined by recruitment consulting and career counseling practice JOBTALK LLC Founder Krystal Hicks for a discussion on using digital tools and strategies. Topics will cover establishing a digital profile and staying connected remotely. Those planning to attend can submit questions ahead of time for the panel discussion, which will be moderated by Bazooka Candy Brands’ Anthony Trani, chairman of the Confectionery Foundation.

The foundations’ aim is to help establish a pipeline of talent for the U.S. confectionery industry, Trani tells Candy & Snack TODAY, adding: “The two pillars of that effort have been our NextGen program, an immersive event at the Sweets & Snacks Expo that gives students across disciplines direct access to advice and insight from across the industry, and Manufacturing Day, during which we work with schools and NCA member companies to promote careers in U.S. confectionery manufacturing.”

With the Sweets & Snacks Expo being cancelled, he says the Confectionery Foundation still wanted to deliver against its mission while also offering those interested in industry careers insights from Hicks and the panel, which includes Candy Hall of Fame inductees Rick Brindle, of Mondelez International Inc., and Rob Nelson, of Elmer Candy Corp.

Trani says he hopes webinar attendees come away with a better understanding of how adaptation can be one of the most valuable skills a professional can build.

“Opportunities for face-to-face interactions might have become more limited during these extraordinary times, but that does not mean you can’t continue to learn about the industry and build your network. That’s why we wanted to provide insights on how to adapt your networking to a more digital approach,” he says. “Just as the Confectionery Foundation has adapted its NextGen program to better fit today’s social distancing environment, so can our attendees adapt to continue to learn about the confections industry and to effectively build their networks.”