Adams 12 Nutrition Services and BASE 2018 Recap

by | Aug 6, 2018 | Speaking Recap, Students And Educators Speaking

As a father of two awesome young kids who are going to school in Colorado, I get an incredible feeling of fulfillment whenever I have the opportunity to speak to a group of people who educate and serve our future generations on a daily basis. It’s by no means easy work, and it all too often goes unappreciated. At the Adams 12 Nutrition Services and BASE Welcome Back event, I got to share my inspirational keynote with an audience that was positive and engaged throughout, and I truly had a blast connecting with everybody in the room.

Throughout my life I maintain the perspective that I’m always a teacher, always a student. That tends to ring especially true when I’m sharing my message from the stage and connecting with an audience. Even though I’m up there talking about some of the insights that I’ve learned about life – reminding others to create new experiences, share more stories, and live a fulfilling life through service – I’m always learning from the audience as well. By interacting with everybody and listening to your stories, I get to feel inspired and to be reminded of what’s really important in life. It’s an honor to both teach and learn from an audience that embodies the message I share of being fulfilled every day by serving others, especially when that service is for kids who can benefit so much from it.

One thing that really stood out to me about the Adams 12 event was how enthusiastic and supportive everybody was of one another. In the few hours that we spent together, it was easy to recognize that the entire organization is a team that empowers each other and truly cares about giving back. That’s a special community to be a part of, and I’m grateful that I got to experience it.

We laughed like crazy and I saw so many smiles as I looked out from the stage, and that’s exactly the kind of energy that I hoped to share in order to get everybody excited about starting the new school year.

To top it off, the venue and stage were fantastic and – combined with the great audience – it really made for a positive speaking experience. I’m beyond confident that everybody in attendance can keep that positive energy rolling into the 2018 – 2019 school year, and that they will have a great impact on the kids in the Adams 12 schools of Colorado.


We brought in Kenyon because he has the ability to make everybody think about why we do what we do. As Kenyon mentioned, we help everybody in our industry. We are helping to feed students. We are helping them have something to do before and after school while maybe their parents are away or doing something else.

So really the message of doing something for other people and always saying “yes” is what we do every day, but we need to sit back and realize that.

Kenyon’s energy was fantastic. I wish we could have it in our office every single day. It really gets us ready for the school year. It pumps us up. A lot of times, you’re coming back from summer and you’re like, “ugh, we have to go back to work.” He was the one that made us realize that this is going to be so much fun; this is what we do every day and we love it!

I would definitely recommend Kenyon! I think his message is applicable to anything. He focused a lot on our personal lives, which has an aspect to everything that we do work-wise, so I think he is applicable to anybody and everything.

Sarah Blaida

Nutrition Services Operation Manager, Adams 12 Five Star Schools

We brought in Mr. Kenyon Salo and he did a phenomenal job speaking to our group!

We brought him in for many reasons, but the number one reason is that we really feel that taking care of our employees means that each and every one of them come to work every day fulfilled and he was a part of bringing that full circle, so our employees can fulfill their lives both at work and at home.

The biggest “ah-ha” moment I had from Kenyon, despite my cheeks that are hurting and the fact that I’m out of breath from laughing so hard, is that we can make a difference to the person sitting next to you. And if you just reach out and you just give someone the opportunity to share a story, it could change the world.

For two years now, BASE and Nutrition Services has been operating under the theme called The Power of One. We use this in our own employee meeting last year and it tied into this year, as well, which is we are one district, we have one voice, and we give our kids one experience.

Today, Kenyon was able to show that just by being you, just by reaching across the aisle and maybe saying yes to someone new or to something new, we can build that experience for our kids and be the power of one.

Kenyon is the Energizer Bunny. When I got up to give my closing remarks to my team, I was out of breath. That’s how fun it was and my cheeks literally hurt.

I would highly recommend Kenyon Salo for almost any event you have. He can speak to a diverse population about a topic that can hit everyone close to home.

Molly Brandt

Director of Nutrition Services & BASE, Adams 12 Five Star Schools

We brought in Kenyon Salo today and he did a great job.

After looking through his website and checking things out, we figured he’d be the perfect person to really get across the message that we are always trying to send out to all of our employees in the district and that’s to empower yourself to be the best, to serve others, and our main goal is to keep kids fed, happy, and healthy in our school district.

He did great. It was a really fun and interactive experience. I think people left feeling excited and empowered and ready to take on the day and live life to the fullest. He made us really think about what’s important in our lives and to always help others.

For me, personally, I am feeling more motivated and empowered to take control of the things that I want to do in my life and to not let anything stop me. In addition to that, I’m just going to try to help others as much as I can.

I would absolutely recommend, Kenyon.. Great speaker. Lots of energy and he really connects with the audience, so I definitely would recommend.

Stephanie Ochs

Administrative Assistant for Nutrition Services & BASE, Adams 12 Five Star Schools

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