RIS is moving to a virtual format for 2020!

RESTAURANT INSIGHTS SUMMIT

The most effective operators are those with the knowledge and resources to thrive.

The Restaurant Insights Summit—RIS—is a powerful series covering hot topics in restaurant rebuilding, marketing and adapting to consumer shifts, leadership during trying times and trends in workplace culture. Operators and GM’s and those in HR, marketing and general operations will benefit from these sessions, leaving participants with fresh perspectives and practical skills that can be implemented immediately. 

Amy Nitschke

For more information, contact:

Amy Nitschke, CEM | Conference Manager

608.216.2809

anitschke@wirestaurant.org

2:00 - 3:00PM

Wednesday, January 20th

Webinar: “Boost Your Immunity – Protect yourself from COVID!”

Sabrina Schottenhamel, Massage Therapist I Keynote Speaker 

Are you looking to stay healthy and boost your immune system? Of course you are! This winter especially, it's important to stay ahead of the cold and flu season. Sabrina provides many tips, tricks, and techniques to support your immune functions. Sabrina will share details about your immune system, the best tips on hydrating your body, simple techniques to strengthen your immune system and other immune boosting self-care recommendations.

*Sessions are recorded and shared with all registrants post-session. Recordings are also available in the Members Only portal the following week.

PLEASE NOTE: Once you have registered, your confirmation email (includes webinar link) will arrive within 2 weeks.

WRA restaurateur or supplier Member Registration

 

WRA Members – Member Benefit

Registration is open to WRA restaurateur and supplier members. 

Are you an industry product or service provider? Contact Amy Nitschke at 608.216.2809 or anitschke@wirestaurant.org for varied sponsorship opportunities.

 

Sabrina-Schottenhamel

Sabrina Schottenhamel

Massage Therapist I Keynote Speaker

2:00 - 3:00PM

Wednesday, February 3rd

Webinar: “The New Normal: The Restaurant Landscape in 2021”

Chef Pat Weber, Mise en Place Consulting

The coronavirus and the 2020 recession has changed the industry, forcing operators to grow, build resilience and capitalize in 2021 in ways they couldn’t have foreseen. Chef Weber will lead a live discussion on Insight & Impact: Postmortem on pandemic, restrictions and resulting economic impact on restaurants 2020. Hear about the pandemic’s long-term impact on restaurant and dining trends, economic stressors revealed and how to retool your operation to protect your bottom line and the top 5 things you should be doing in 2021 to bounce back stronger and more resilient. 

You won’t want to miss this valuable session with the opportunity to ask your specific questions. Pre-registration required! Deadline is 12:30pm day of session.

*Sessions are recorded and shared with all registrants post-session. Recordings are also available in the Members Only portal the following week.

PLEASE NOTE: Once you have registered, your confirmation email (includes webinar link) will arrive within 2 weeks.

WRA restaurateur or supplier Member Registration

 

WRA Members – Member Benefit

Registration is open to WRA restaurateur and supplier members. 

Are you an industry product or service provider? Contact Amy Nitschke at 608.216.2809 or anitschke@wirestaurant.org for varied sponsorship opportunities.

 

Pat-Weber

Chef Pat Weber

Mise en Place Consulting

August 19th

The Impact of a Positive Mindset During Crisis

Morgan Schnabl, Founder & Owner of Brunch Milwaukee and Brunch Brookfield, 2019 MMAC-COSBE Future 50 Award Winner

Hear from two experts on the impact of positive leadership and the importance of attitude during tough times. Both Dave & Morgan have extensive training and experience on how a healthy mindset is key to coping through crisis and the role of a leader to carry their team through during times of uncertainty.

Dave Molenda, Founder of Positive Polarity Business Coaching, Amazon #1 best-selling author of GROWING ON PURPOSE and Host of the Positive Polarity Podcast

Free to WRA Members
Watch Session

Dave-Molenda

Dave Molenda

Founder of Positive Polarity Business Coaching

Morgan-Schnabl

Morgan Schnabl

Founder & Owner of Brunch Milwaukee and Brunch Brookfield

September 9th

Riding the Pandemic Storm & Navigating into the Future

Christine Specht, Chief Executive Officer at Cousins Submarines, Inc.

Jim Doak, CCC; JWD Consultancy - menu, food and beverage innovation consulting for both independent and chain restaurant operators

Tom Anderson, Owner/Operator Buck & Honey's Restaurants

Don’t miss this integral session with discussions from a well-versed panel of the industry. They will go over not only how to pivot during times of the pandemic, but also how to prepare for re-emergence and new growth. This will include menu revamping, supply issues, how to attract new customers and build loyalty, COVID 2.0 and how we prepare for it again and sharing of what guests and staff have been comfortable with during these tough times.

Free to WRA Members
Watch Session

Christine-Specht

Christine Specht

Chief Executive Officer at Cousins Submarines, Inc.

Jim-Doak

Jim Doak, CCC

JWD Consultancy - menu, food and beverage innovation consulting for both independent and chain restaurant operators

Tom-Anderson

Tom Anderson

Owner/Operator Buck & Honey's Restaurants

September 30th

Purpose and Compassion at Work

John McHugh, Director of Corporate Communications at Kwik Trip, Inc.

Regardless of your role, what are people, customers and business partners looking for in you? What is the workplace culture you have created with your team that leads to success? Creating a mission driven culture with compassion and trust turns satisfied customers into loyal customers. In addition, if the work we do is tied into a purpose beyond profits our job satisfaction increases substantially and employee turnover is reduced.

Join John McHugh as he explores the role you play in your organization’s success and how you can find the key people to help you achieve that greatness. His examples and stories are ones that you won’t forget.

Free to WRA Members
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John-McHugh

John McHugh

Director of Corporate Communications at Kwik Trip, Inc.

October 14th

Effective Strategies for Navigating Uncertain Times

Many of us are facing a new reality with our careers, families, and personal lives. Yet, there are ways you can bring focus, clarity, and intention to how you view yourself, your relationships, and the world around you. Using tips from their Building Blocks of Well-Being courses, Madison College instructors will share ways to face these challenges head on and develop strategies for a more productive and meaningful life.

Hear from five experts on discovering daily practices to improve your quality of life and future outlook, explore elements that can positively affect your mindset and uncover tips to be more aware of your own emotional intelligence.

Free to WRA Members
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Madison_College_Instructors

October 21st

Innovative Dining Spaces & Meeting Customers Where They Are

Barkha Daily, Chef & Owner of the cheel, the baaree
Anna Freudenberg, Chef & Owner of Picnics LLC

Your customers need something to enjoy now more than ever. Whether it’s meeting off-premise dining demands or creating spaces that your guests are comfortable with during the pandemic, your brand should be experienced in the best possible way. Hear first-hand from two restaurateurs how they are accommodating their community and maximizing space during this industry shift. Barkha will also share how agility plays a role in your business now more than ever before.

Free to WRA Members
Watch Session

 

Barkha-Daily

Barkha Daily

Chef & Owner of the cheel, the baaree

Anna-Freudenberg

Anna Freudenberg

Chef & Owner of Picnics LLC

October 28th

Maximizing Your Business for Tomorrow

Jason Schneider, AE New Business Development at K-Kom, Inc.
Mary Jane Sanchez, Owner & CEO of WurkHub

How will you stand out? Being in the forefront on Social Media, found easily on Google Searches and eye-catching signage will be even more critical during this pandemic season. These tough times have also caused a shift to migrate to a touchless business. Learn how using technologies already in place can maximize your profits through your website’s menu layout, creating an online ordering system both you and your customers will love.

Free to WRA Members
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Jason-Schneider

Jason Schneider, AE

New Business Development at K-Kom, Inc.

Mary-Jane-Sanchez

Mary Jane Sanchez

Owner & CEO of WurkHub

November 18th

Turning Your Social Media Followers into Lifetime Customers

Madi Giordano, Founder of HIVE Social Media

3 out of 4 people have used social media to make a restaurant decision. Yes, social media has the power to get lots of new customers in your restaurant and to create a stronger bond with those customers. But the most important part? To keep them coming back time and time again. In this webinar, learn the social media strategies that not only bring in one-time buyers but loyal, lifetime fans.

Free to WRA Members
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Madi-Giordano

Madi Giordano

Founder of HIVE Social Media

December 16th

Making Millennials Great…5 Pillars for Building the Next Generation

Jeff Kortes, Employee Retention Speaker | Employee Loyalty Expert | Author | Seminar Leader | Trainer

Randy Wilinski, Customer Care Speaker | Seminar Leader | Trainer

Have you wondered what it takes to motivate this new generation of millennial workers? Are you looking for new strategies to turn your millennial employees into “rock star” performers? Are you ready to understand what it takes to lead and grow your youngest workforce? That’s what you’ll hear about in this session.

Through humorous anecdotes, live action role-play and real-life stories, Jeff and Randy have created a program which enables participants to learn the 5 pillars that will build this next generation and unlock their potential at work. Because of their unique perspectives, they are able to show how millennials think and what motivates, or what doesn’t motivate them to go that extra mile for their boss and organization. 

Free to WRA Members
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Jeff-Kortes

Jeff Kortes

Employee Retention Speaker | Employee Loyalty Expert | Author | Seminar Leader | Trainer

Randy-Wilinski

Randy Wilinski

Customer Care Speaker | Seminar Leader | Trainer

January 6th

Inside Ghost Kitchens & Pop-Up Restaurants

Chris Adams, Vice President of Operations and Development at Hospitality Democracy and Marcus Investments

Devin Eichler, Founder & Co-owner at Crafty Cow

Joe Gilsdorf, Partner & COO at Valentine Coffee Roasters

Have you thought about trying a Ghost Kitchen or Pop-Up restaurant model? Have you already dabbled in this model but could use some guidance?

With the continued struggles of trying to still do business during the pandemic, Ghost Kitchens, Pop-Ups and Window Cafés have gained considerably more attention. Hear from a panel of restaurant peers on their experiences, including successes and trials they’ve encountered along the way.  

Free to WRA Members
Watch Session

 

Chris-Adams

Chris Adams

Vice President of Operations and Development at Hospitality Democracy and Marcus Investments

Devin-Eichler

Devin Eichler

Founder & Co-owner at Crafty Cow

Joe-Gilsdorf

Joe Gilsdorf

Partner & COO at Valentine Coffee Roasters