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3/26/2012 to 3/27/2012
When: 3/26/2012
10:00 AM
Where: Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center
100 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, Michigan  49007
United States

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47th Annual Food Marketing Conference

Connecting people, issues and solutions

Join Network members and other industry executives from across the region at Western Michigan University's 47th Annual Food Marketing Conference, March 26-27 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The two-day event includes inspiring and informative speakers, two executive panels and four breakout sessions on food retailing trends, digital media and selling to the Millennial generation.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Human Resource Connection (pre-conference program)
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. "Connect with tomorrow's industry leaders”

Opening session
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Future Value Chain 2020:
"12 Trends that will Impact Society, Shopper Behavior, the Environment and Technology”
John Phillips, Senior Vice President, Customer Supply Chain & Logistics, PepsiCo, Inc.

Executive Forum panelists
Trudy Bourgeois, Panel Moderator, Author & Founder, Center for Workforce Excellence
Carla Cooper, President & CEO, Daymon Worldwide
Rob Bartles, President, CEO Martins Supermarkets
JK Symancyk, Executive Vice President, Meijer
Darcey Macken, Senior Vice President Customer Development, Kellogg's
Monica Hysell, Vice President, Abbott Nutrition

Monday After Dinner Speaker: (March 26, 2012)
Susan O'Malley, Former President & Sports Pioneer, NBA's Washington Wizards Sports & Entertainment
"Connecting People, Issues and Solution"

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Morning speakers
Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch,Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired), Author, Motivational Speaker,
"It's Your Leadership…Your Legacy"
Patrick Kuhse, Author, International Speaker and Trainer, "Meeting the Ethical Challenges of Leadership"

Retail panel
"Creating Great Customer Experiences"

Paul Madura, Panel Moderator and Senior Advisor, Endeavor Management
Sheila Laing, Vice President of Human Resources, Hy-Vee
Dona Kotzur, Regional Director, Customer Service, H.E.B. Food & Drug
Diana Copland, Vice President of Operations, Busch's Fresh Food Market
David Figurelli, President, ShopRite Supermarkets, Inc.

After lunch speaker

Bill Dankworth, Vice President of Grocery Merchandising, Natural Foods and Procurement
The Kroger Company
"Engaging Customers in a Rapidly Changing World"

Breakout sessions

"Shopper Engagement in the Digital and Social Media Era"
Kevin Weisberg, Chief Marketing Officer, Lunchbox: Shopper Engagement Solutions

"Tracking Trends That Matter as Food Competition Heats Up"
Todd Hale, Senior Vice President for Consumer & Shopper Insights, Nielsen

"Blocking and Tackling to Win at Retail Today"
Craig Rosenblum, Partner, Willard Bishop Consulting

"How Millennials will Change Food Shopping"
Marilyn Moats Kennedy, Moats Kennedy, Inc.

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Please visit Western Michigan Food Marketing Conference for full conference details:

Portions of this event may be photographed and videotaped for use by the Network of Executive Women in its sole discretion. Any and all attendees of the event may be videotaped and/or photographed while in attendance and attendees will not be compensated in any fashion for use of a videotape or photograph containing any attendee's image or likeness.


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