6:00pm – 8:30pm

Opening Reception and Orientation Dinner

    8:30am – 8:00pm

    • Program Overview and Welcome Ed McLaughlin
    • Leadership and Team Dynamics Mike Hostetler
      • Explore the four paradigms of leadership, complete a personal leadership assessment, and determine which leadership style is the best fit for your company. Receive feedback on your leadership style and discuss your personal growth as a leader.
    • State of the Industry Bryan Gildenberg, Peter Bond, Sri Rajagopalan
      • In this fast-paced era of digital transformation, retail has become a battleground where traditional giants are clashing with agile disruptors. It’s a survival of the fittest, where adaptability and customer-centricity reign supreme. In this session, the CPG Guys will explore the seismic shifts shaping the global retail industry, dissecting the forces that are reshaping consumer behavior and challenging established business models.
      • Food Retailer Turnaround: Supermarket Simulation Session 1 Bill Drake and Adam Brumberg
        • Teams compete as they operate a retail food company in a computerized simulation of a dynamic and competitive market. Decisions are made regarding promotional strategy, pricing, labor, procurement, inventory, and capital expenditures.
      • Working Dinner

      8.30am – 8:30pm

      • Food Retailer Turnaround: Supermarket Simulation Session 2 Bill Drake and Adam Brumberg
        • Teams continue their simulation experience.
      • Executive Session Chastity McLeod, Devry Boughner Vorwerk, with Mark Milstein
        • Joint Value Creation Through ESG – In this session we will discuss creating sustainable value through partnerships. Panelists will provide examples on how to bring joint value to life benefiting the consumer and driving business results.
      • Case Discussions: Data-Driven Supply Chain and Retail Operations Vishal Gaur and Li Chen
        • Learning to think fast on your feet with limited information sharpens your analytical skills and empowers you to make critical decisions in real time. You will dive into a case that tackles some of the most important industry issues.
      • Executive Session Shelly Palmer
        • AI in the Food Industry – An exclusive executive session centered around leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enhance productivity, speed, and efficiency within the food industry. This specialized session aims to equip you with practical insights and strategies for harnessing AI’s transformative power.
      • Food Retailer Turnaround: Supermarket Simulation Session 3 Bill Drake and Adam Brumberg
        • Teams continue their simulation experience.
      • Networking Happy Hour and Dinner

      8:30am – 5:00pm

      • Food Retailer Turnaround: Supermarket Simulation Session 4 Bill Drake and Adam Brumberg
        • Teams continue their simulation experience.
      • Leading at a Higher Level Ken Blanchard
        • Ken Blanchard, the best-selling author of “The One Minute Manager,” gives a spellbinding presentation on the fundamental truths and principles behind “raving fan” customer service and encourages you to take a leadership role for customer advocacy within your organization.
      • Executive Session Gordon Reid and Ed McLaughlin
        • Retail Leadership: Purpose, Passion, People – A candid discussion of corporate vision, management philosophies, and critical industry issues.
      • Food Retailer Turnaround: Supermarket Simulation Session 5 Bill Drake and Adam Brumberg
        • Teams continue their simulation experience.
      • Free Night for Networking and Exploring Ithaca

      8:30am – 8:30pm

      • Food Retailer Turnaround: Supermarket Simulation Session 6 Bill Drake and Adam Brumberg
        • Teams continue their simulation experience.
      • Strategic Sleep for Top Performance Ana Krieger
        • Interactive presentation on identifying strategies to enhance sleep and optimize performance on a consistent basis. 
      • Executive Session David Azevedo Lopes and Ed McLaughlin
        • Private Brands: Culture Matters – In this engaging learning session we’ll delve into the intricate dynamics of private brands with a unique focus on cultural influences. We will explore how culture shapes the perception, adoption, and success of private labels in the marketplace.
      • Executive Session Sara Wheeler with Ed McLaughlin
        • Navigating Transformation – The Consumer-Packaged Goods (CPG) industry has long been characterized by its dynamic nature, and in the year 2024, we are poised to witness transformative trends that will significantly reshape the landscape. Join us for an engaging exploration of the CPG horizon, where staying ahead of the curve is not just a strategy but a necessity.
      • Celebration Dinner at Taughannock Falls State Park
        • 4:00pm – 9:00pm

      8:00am – 1:00pm

      • Wall Street View Jason English
        • Through a financial lens, explore how the food industry is facing disruption along with the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead as companies, markets, consumers, and the industry adapt. 
      • Forecast for the Future Miguel Gomez and Dan Hooker
        • In a provocative and interactive session, you will work with other participants to create a consensus forecast for the future of the hospitality industry and, in turn, develop strategies to prepare your company for future challenges and opportunities.
      • Certificate Presentations and Program Conclusion

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