Progressive Grocer

JUN 2016

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hen Progressive Grocer presented its frst-ever Top Women in Grocery Awards a decade ago, there were 50 winners. Tis year, we selected 385 winners from among a record 630 entries, demonstrating not only the embracing of our awards program by the industry, but also the great strides that women have made in leadership positions over the past 10 years. As a leading advocate for talent development across the food industry, PG and its Top Women in Grocery program honor outstanding female leaders within the retailer and supplier communities in three categories: Senior-Level Executives, Rising Stars and Store Managers. Selecting our Top Women winners is an extensive process, made even more challenging by the high quality of entries — and they keep getting better every year. Our candidates excel not only at what they do in business, but their tal- ent and time commitments also extend beyond their stores and boardrooms, into their communities. Tey serve as high-level advisers to their peers, mentors to others climbing the corporate ladder, and role models to anyone looking for examples of what to aspire to in life as well as in the workplace. To be sure, it isn't enough for our Top Women to be in command of their own positions. Tey take it as their personal responsibility to nurture up-and- coming talent, to ensure the long-term stewardship of their companies as well as the strength of leadership to steer an industry for years to come. Once again, it's our honor to partner with the Network of Executive Women (NEW) in presenting PG 's Trailblazer award — to be revealed at our annual gala (more on that below) — which annually recognizes a female executive who has left a lasting impression on the industry. NEW continues to drive the organization's It's Time campaign, urging in- dustry leaders to advance more women leaders, and working for gender parity in the retail and consumer goods and services industry, with the goal of creating a more inclusive workplace for everyone. We feel Top Women in Grocery plays an important part in that mission. In addition to being featured in this issue of PG (starting on page 30), our winners will receive their awards at our annual gala event, now in its second year at the palatial Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in sunny Orlando, Fla. Highlights of this year's Top Women in Grocery event, to take place on Turs- day, Nov. 10, include a new welcome reception the night before; a Welcome and Networking Breakfast in the morning, sponsored by Post Consumer Brands; and a Daytime Leadership Development Program preceding the evening's gala event, which once again will feature a dessert party sponsored by Te Hershey Co. PG is honored to lead the celebration, which will include a few of our own top women, some of the fnest leaders in trade journalism today: Chief Content Editor Meg Major; Managing Editor Bridget Goldschmidt; Editorial Director Joan Driggs, as well as Katie Martin, editor-in-chief of sister publication Progressive Grocer Independent. We've said this before, but it bears repeating: To be truly progressive, a re- tailer must be willing to devote signifcant time and resources to the nurturing of talent across all of its ranks. PG and its Top Women in Grocery program will continue to lead that charge. PG Jeffrey D. Friedman SVP/Brand Director Stagnito Business Information + Edgell Communications publisher's note by Jeffrey D. Friedman Celebrating 10 Years of Top Women Our candidates excel not only at business, but their talent and time commitments also extend beyond their stores and boardrooms, into their communities. W 8 | Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What's Next | June 2016

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