Session Title: Navigating Future Practice: VUCA

Description: The future of dietetics practice will most certainly deviate from prior patterns. The world is becoming increasingly unpredictable. People increasingly struggle to trust health professionals, technologies, digital infrastructure, media and government. The way we collect, access and use data is rapidly changing. The term VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) was coined by the U.S. military.  It is a concept widely used within business, education, and other sectors to promote resilient, adaptable leadership in a changing world. The realities of a VUCA world have many implications for future dietetics practice. Understanding these implications will chart a course for dietetics professionals (RDNs and DTRs) to thrive. 

In this session you will: 1. Discuss how a VUCA environment might impact the work of our Affiliate, 2. Develop skills to chart a course for RDNs and NDTRs to thrive in a VUCA world and 3. List what VUCA stands for and how it applies to dietetics practice.

Learning Needs Codes: 1000, 1010, 1070

Performance Indicator Codes:
2.1 Adapts communication methods and skills to meet the needs of audiences.

3.1.3 Takes initiative to facilitate change.
3.2.2 Participates in professional and personal development activities for career growth and skill enhancement.

Speaker Bio:
Charlotte Caperton-Kilburn is in her fifth year as the Director of Sports Nutrition at the College of Charleston Athletics department where she became the first person to hold this position in 2017. Caperton-Kilburn has been in private practice working with athletes of all levels to enhance performance and providing nutrition counseling for disordered eating for the past 21 years in Memphis, Tennessee and Charleston, South Carolina. She is a Board-Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD), a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND), and a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Supervisor (CEDS-S). Charlotte currently serves as the South Carolina Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (SCAND) Delegate to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics HOD. She is a past Behavioral Health Nutrition Practice Group (BHNDPG), Chair; a past President of the South Carolina Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition (SCAND). Charlotte holds a master’s degree in clinical nutrition from the University of Memphis and a Bachelor Science from the University of Tennessee at Martin. In 2017, Charlotte Co-Authored Winning the War Within: Nutrition Therapy for Clients with Eating Disorders. She speaks regularly in the Charleston area on sports nutrition and eating disorders and has spoken internationally and nationally. Each year interns from the MUSC dietetic internship and undergraduate students from the public health and exercise science programs at the College of Charleston have Charlotte as a preceptor. When Charlotte has free time, you will find her attend athletic events, on a boat in the Charleston Harbor or on her dock enjoying a low country sunset with friends and family.