Progressive Grocer

JAN 2017

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January 2017 | | 29 C apping a decade of commemorating the evolutionary strides fe- males are making in the retail food industry, 273 of 2016's 385-member class of Progressive Grocer 's Top Women in Grocery descended upon the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 9-10, to bask in the limelight, celebrate their accomplishments and accept in- dividual awards before a sold-out crowd of more than 550. Hosted by Jeff Friedman, SVP/group brand director, En- sembleIQ, and Meg Major, PG 's chief content editor, TWIG's 10 th -anniversary celebration began with a casual cocktail reception on the eve of a daylong program designed to recognize the in- valuable contributions of women from all walks of the retail food industry in three categories: Senior-Level Executives, Rising Stars and Store Managers. A dedicated daytime Lead- ership Development Program preceded the evening gala awards celebration, beginning with an optional Rise & Shine yoga session, followed by a networking break- fast sponsored by Post Consumer Brands. After breakfast, speaker, author and historian Robin Gerber took the stage to deliver a keynote presentation about the leader- ship lessons of Eleanor Roosevelt. Gerber also shared wisdom as a guest on a moderated executive panel discussion, which featured three of the grocery retail indus- try's top women leaders: the 2016 Top Women in Grocery Trailblazer award recipient Judith A. Spires, chairman and CEO, KB Holding Inc., parent of Kings Food Markets and Balducci's; Kathleen Mahoney, EVP/chief legal officer, Spartan- Nash; and Susan Morris, EVP, retail operations, Albertsons Cos. After a break for lunch, Eileen Tarjan, manager of learning for the Network of Executive Women, led an Affinity Mixer. Concurrent with the daytime program, Procter & Gamble treated honorees to com- plimentary personalized wellness and restorative treatments in its Olay Lounge. Evening festivities kicked off with a cocktail party prior to the formal gala ceremony for Top Women in Grocery attendees, who were individually called forward to accept their award, along with a gold-stamped, long-stemmed red rose, before a contingent of industry leaders, colleagues, and friends and fam- ily from across the continent. Following the awards presenta- tion, event guests enjoyed an after- dinner dessert and dance party, courtesy of The Hershey Co. The event wrapped with a 5K Fun Run/Walk, proceeds of which benefited the Network of Executive Women's Future Fund, which aims to achieve 50/50 gender parity in food industry leadership. Nominations for the 2017 Top Women in Grocery awards program open on Jan. 2. 2016 Top Women in Grocery Gala Defines Perfect 10 Years!

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