General sessions

Palos Verdes 4 and 5


Opening Keynote
Take on the World: Building Your Courage Quotient

Blythe McGarvie
CEO, LIF Group

Learn what it means to be a woman with power and find the courage to use that power to create a lasting legacy that impacts the world. McGarvie will share insights from her book, Shaking the Globe: Courageous Decision-Makers in a Changing World, and discuss how women can stop playing it safe and lead change around the world. McGarvie, the former CFO of Bic and a board member for Accenture, Viacom and Wawa, will share her personal experience as a senior leader in the Fortune 500, provide practical insights on how to drive change and take your questions.
Wednesday, August 1 | 8:45 am – 9:30 am

Advancing Women: Where We Stand Today

Janice Madden

Women comprise 51 percent of the industry’s managerial and professional workforce but only 18 percent of its corporate officers. Why is that — and what can senior female leaders do about it? In this session, economist and author Janice Madden unpacks the numbers and examines the cultural, social and economic changes needed to advance women to leadership roles in cpg/retail. Madden, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, is the author of five books on workforce economics, including Mommies and Daddies on the Fast Track. She has served as an expert consultant in gender discrimination litigation and wrote a 2004 study that contributed to the increased hiring of African American coaches in the National Football League.
Wednesday, August 1 | 9:30 am – 10:00 am

Executive Dialogue
Advancing Women: What It Takes to Drive Change

Nancy Croitoru
President and CEO, Food & Consumer Products of Canada

Kim Jeffery
President and CEO, Nestlé Waters North America
Lynn Marmer
Group Vice President, Corporate Affairs, The Kroger Co.
David Williams
Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP
Kelly Semrau
SVP, Global Corporate Affairs, Communication & Sustainability, SC Johnson

A panel of senior officers looks at how they made the decision to become advocates for advancing women in the workplace. They will share their perspectives on gender diversity and discuss strategies for advancing and retaining female leaders in the consumer products and retail industry. These diversity advocates will offer concrete solutions from their own organizations and experience and discuss what it takes to find the courage to be a change agent.
Wednesday, August 1 | 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Featured Keynote
A Legacy in Progress

Gisel Ruiz
EVP and Chief Operating Officer, Walmart US

Gisel Ruiz is one of the highest ranking women – and women of color – in the consumer products and retail industry. In this compelling keynote, Ruiz will discuss her personal journey, explore what it means to be a pioneer and role model for other women and outline what the world’s largest retailer is doing to advance women.
Wednesday, August 1 | 11:30 am – 12:15 pm


Build Your Legacy with NEW

NEW Vice Chair Catherine Lindner
Vice President, Retail Marketing, Walgreen Co.

The Network’s new vice chair reviews NEW 2020, NEW D&IQ and other initiatives designed to help you build your legacy. Includes Q&A session and partner exercises.
Thursday, August 2 | 8:30 am – 9:15 am

Featured Address
Fearless: Challenging Boundaries to Reach Your Full Potential

Larree Renda
Executive Vice President, Safeway Inc.

Larree Renda started her career at Safeway at the bottom while still in her teens and became the youngest store manager, district manager and retail manager in the chain’s history. In this inspirational address, Renda will share her personal experience as an industry pioneer, explain how you can stay on task and offer advice on what you can do to blaze a trail for others.
Thursday, August 2 | 9:15 am – 10:00 am

Closing Keynote
Step by Step: Leaving the Legacy of a Lifetime

Erin Brockovich
Legal consultant

Erin Brockovich became a living legend by being herself and fighting harder than anyone else. In this inspiring closing keynote, you'll hear how she overcame powerful interests and insurmountable obstacles to achieve unexpected results. Brockovich will tell you how you can achieve your most cherised dreams, how to deal with the unexpected and defy the doubters — including yourself.

Find out what it means to fight for others and stay true to yourself in our dramatic closing keynote.
Thursday, August 2 | 11:00 am – 11:45 pm





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