Progressive Grocer

JUN 2016

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30 | Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What's Next | June 2016 f there's one thing we know after a decade in the making, it's that there's always room at the top. Tat's why our Top Women in Gro- cery awards program continues to grow. Fittingly, on the occasion of the program's 10 th anniversary, our judging panel reviewed an unprec- edented 630 qualifed submissions, with nearly 400 chosen as honorees. We're often asked: What makes a Top Woman? In a nutshell, it's the total package: a dedicated professional who routinely transcends the limits of what's expected, both at work and in the wider world of her industry peers and her community. Top Women are also creative, resourceful, as- sertive, inspirational in their leadership, generous with their time and ex- pertise, and unequivocally passionate about what they do. And given some of the sizable challenges they've had to face, they'd have to love their work, difcult as it may be at times. Te honorees on the following pages have had to deal with every issue imaginable — from the familiar, such as tight deadlines, budget constraints and short-stafng issues; to the more complex, like labor disputes, competi- tive onslaughts and merger integration plans; to outright emergencies in the form of natural (and other) disasters and even, in one case, an armed robbery. It's thus remark- able to see how these Top Women overcame every obstacle with uncanny aplomb. As always, we look forward to next year's submissions, which, based on countless prior examples, should be out-of-this-galaxy great. For our past, present and future honorees, the stratosphere's the limit, but right now, we're honored to have the opportunity to celebrate 10 years of Top Women in Grocery brilliance! This year's constellation of Top Women in Grocer y shines more brig htly than ever. A d Cover Feature Stellar Performance

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