Featured Sessions

General Sessions

Thursday, July 11


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Kicking off the conference is keynote speaker Shola Richards, accomplished author, speaker, and unbreakable optimist. Shola Richards’ life’s mission is an ambitious one: To end generations of professional suffering, simply by changing how we treat each other at work. Whether it is helping people to deal with soul-destroying bully bosses, passive-aggressive coworkers, or toxic work cultures that value competition and profit more than they value teamwork and their people—Shola is committed to leading the worldwide movement that will change all of it. 

Shola is a dynamic keynote speaker, best-selling author of Making Work Work (#1 New Release in the Workplace Culture category on, a workplace positivity expert, an award-winning Director of Training, and a positivity writer with a passionate worldwide following. His articles have been read by readers in over 160 countries, and his work has been featured in numerous well-known publications all over the world. As a speaker, Shola has shared his transformative message with top universities, Silicon Valley, leading healthcare organizations, and in his greatest honor to date, as a keynote speaker for the Department of Homeland Security three days before the 15th Anniversary of 9/11, under the Obama Administration.

Last, but certainly not least, Shola is a father, husband, identical twin, and a self-professed “kindness extremist” who will not rest until bullying and incivility is extinct from the American workplace.


Saturday, July 13



Closing out the conference is keynote speaker Erik Qualman. Erik is a #1 best selling author of five books, and motivational speaker, who has performed in over 50 countries, reaching over 25 million individuals over the past decade. He was also voted the 2nd most likable author in the world by J.K. Rowling. His work has been utilized by companies such as Nordstrom, NASA, and the National Guard. 

In addition, Erik was voted a top 50 professor, ranked as Forbes & Fortune 50 Digital Thought Leader, and has performed in front of groups as large as 27,000 people. 


Stay tuned for more information about speakers and sessions to look forward to in 2019!


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Come one, come all to the 19th annual NACUFS Culinary Challenge.

Six contenders chosen in regional challenges earlier in 2019 will be traveling to Denver to showcase their talents in this American Culinary Federation-sanctioned contest.

Each chef has created an original recipe with the mandatory ingredient, venison saddle. In a dash against the clock, and battling each other’s culinary talents, individual competitors will be searing, sautéing, and braising, as they aim to take a stab at first place and a gold medal in this fiery competition.

Three ACF-approved judges will select the winners in this Category W - Customized Wildcard Competition. Contestants will be judged on the taste of the finished product, the demonstration of cooking skills and culinary techniques, and the practice of organizational skills, including sanitation principles.

ACF gold, silver, and bronze medals will be awarded on competition point totals, and the winner of the 2019 NACUFS Culinary Challenge will be the chef with the highest point total.

Be sure to be in attendance to cheer for the chef of your choice as they bring the heat to Denver!