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The FNCE® whirlwind of activity and networking always energizes me. It’s great to have the opportunity to strategize with our dedicated DBC executive committee in person as well as to meet and reconnect with so many DBC members at our Saturday afternoon networking event and our booth at the DPG showcase. I hope those of you attending also had a chance to see long time DBC member and Academy President Terri Raymond inspire attendees at the Opening Session.  Terri truly has leveraged great communication skills and business accumen in both running her business and leading the Academy. If you aspire to move beyond an entry level role in any area of dietetic, food and nutrition practice, you need these skills as well as great mentoring.  (See the following short story from a new member).

DBC is unique in its focus on helping members build business savvy and dynamic communication skills through targeted educational webinars, mentoring relationships and leadership opportunities. I am especially excited about a virtual business and communications conference we are planning as well as opportunities to collaborate with other DPGs to bring much needed business and communication content to their members. My hope is you will ask yourself “how can I get the most out of my DBC membership this year?”  Return on investment (ROI) is a big deal in the business world and to maximize yours, plan to attend our educational webinar events (did you know they are all recorded?), take advantage of our Mentor Me program and plan to participate in our Virtual Workshop on April 6. I’m looking forward to connecting with each of you to make 2019-2020 the best year yet for DBC.

We look forward to this year's continued conversations.

Deanne Brandstetter, MBA, RD, CDN, FAND
2019-20 DBC Chair

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