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194 | Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What's Next | June 2016 ecognize, inspire, motivate and cel- ebrate: Tese four words served as the kindling to spark the frst-year fame of Top Women in Grocery — commonly referred to as TWIG — for which we are proud to spot- light 10 brilliant years of recognizing star performers who are making their mark in the once-impassable male-dominated grocery industry. When we frst decided to launch TWIG a decade ago, our compass was hazy and we were uncertain on several points: How would TWIG be received in the market? Would women in the grocery industry welcome the acknowledgment? Would the trade support our founda- tional mission to recognize and celebrate extraordinary women from all facets of the industry who go above and beyond their job descriptions? And, perhaps most impor- tantly, could TWIG stand the test of time? While our uncertainties were valid, we forged ahead, guided by the conviction that what was patently clear — that women were vastly underrepresented on all rungs of the grocery career ladder — was far more important. And here we are, 10 years prouder, wiser and more profoundly fulflled, knowing that the fare we sent up in 2007 has splendidly ignited to illuminate the advanta- geous role empowered women play in an increasingly com- petitive and rapidly changing industry. To that end, we are committed to continuing to recognize the important strides women are making with a dedicated program that not only celebrates the stellar excellence that surrounds us, but also provides future female leaders with an inspiring launch pad to keep aiming for the stars. In keeping with the resplendent evolution of Top Women in Grocery, this year's honorees are invited to join us at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, in Orlando, Fla., on Tursday, Nov. 10, to network, share, learn, relax and collaboratively celebrate their extraordinary achievements at our 10 th -anniversary gala and learning sojourn. While our recent events have been magnifcent, plans are well underway to present a star-studded soirée unlike any other, with new high- lights and special surprises that promise to make our 2016 event the best ever. the last word A Decade of Stargazing In the pantheon of inspirational "wom- en wisdom," perhaps none is more apropos for our TWIGs than the memorable quote from past First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who asserted, "A woman is like a tea bag — you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water." With this in mind, we're thrilled that Robin Gerber, author of the best-selling book "Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way," will serve as the keynote speaker to kick of our daytime leadership development program on Nov. 10. Detail- ing the valuable leadership lessons of Mrs. Roosevelt, Gerber will share the values, tactics and beliefs that enabled one of the most admired women of the 20 th century to bring about tremendous change not only in herself, but also around the globe, while ofering an inspiring road map to heroic living and an unparalleled model for personal achievement. We're also pumped to take our 2016 event to the next level with the addition of a 5K Charity Fun Run/Walk, benefting Network of Executive Women's (NEW) Future Fund capital campaign, on Friday, Nov. 11, at 9:00 a.m. Co-chaired by Indra K. Nooyi, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo Inc., and Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO of Target Corp., NEW's industrywide Future Fund initiative will power industry-specifc data, insights, training and col- laboration tools to increase the representation of women in leadership positions, with the goal of achieving 50/50 gender parity in the retail consumer goods and services industry. You'll be hearing much more information about our 2016 event in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we en- courage you to gaze carefully at the constellation of shining stars featured in this issue, whose substantial contributions and incredible accomplishments are moving their business- es — and our entire industry — in uncharted directions. We simply can't wait to shine a dedicated spotlight on the enduring achievements of each of the women profled on the pages of this special issue, and we invite all of our readers to join with us on Nov. 10 to celebrate 10 years of Top Women in Grocery brilliance. Te sky's the limit, ladies. Shine on! PG The sky's the limit, ladies. Shine on! R Meg Major [email protected] Twitter @Meg_Major/@pgrocer

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