General sessions

Palos Verdes Ballroom

Building a Strategic Framework

Opening keynote by Michael Bender, EVP and President, West Business Unit, Walmart Stores

You need more than vision to make your strategy a reality: You need a framework that brings all the complex components together and a diverse team to make it happen. Michael Bender will outline the key drivers of building a successful strategy in a volatile, uncertain, ambiguous and chaotic marketplace – like retail. He’ll draw on his experience as both a manufacturer and retailer and share how he leads the West Division of all Walmart stores through the business and people challenges, plus areas like legislation, PR, logistics, weather, emergencies, analyst and investor visits and more.
Wednesday, 8:30 am – 9:30 am

The Female Vision: Unlocking Your Real Power at Work

Featured remarks by Sally Helgesen, Author

Best-selling author Sally Helgeson explains why the agility, empathy and ability of women leaders to see around corners is needed now more than ever. You’ll learn how to bring your unique vision to bear in today’s volatile and uncertain markets and learn to unlock your talents to help transform your organization. Helgesen’s latest book, The Female Vision: Women’s Real Power at Work, has been hailed as "powerful and fresh” by Tina Brown and "indispensable’’ by Bloomberg News.
Wednesday, 9:30 am – 10:15 am

Board Service: Steer Your Company and Career in a New Direction

Roundtable discussion moderated by Maureen McGurl, President, Sutton Place HR Consulting Group LLC
Marilyn Alexander, Board and Audit Committee Member, Tutor-Perini Corporation
M. Ann Harlan Former Vice President, General Counsel, The J.M. Smucker Company
Lucinda Baier Director, Bon-Ton Stores Inc. and Chief Financial Officer, Central Parking System
Anne Lim O’Brien Partner, Consumer Markets and CEO/Board Practices, Heidrick & Struggles

Women are still vastly underrepresented in America’s boardrooms —and that means that many organizations have boards that do not reflect the needs of the customers. In this session, you’ll earn how board service can advance your career and expand your horizons. Panelists will discuss their experiences as board members and share ways you can position yourself for board service.
Wednesday, 10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Ten Business Lessons I Learned by Heart

Special remarks by Craig Herkert, President and CEO, Supervalu

One of retailing’s most powerful executives presents insights gathered during a lifetime in the consumer satisfaction business. Craig Herkert will outline how to project confidence, courage and clarity as a leader, how to get the right people in the right seats and how to inspire your team. Herkert heads Supervalu, one of the largest grocery retail companies in the U.S. Herkert joined Supervalu in 2009 from Walmart, where he served as president and CEO of The Americas. Facilitated interaction will follow.
Thursday, 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Brilliant Teams, Brilliant Results

Featured remarks by Shauna Ryan King Vice President for Finance and Business Operations, Yale University

King advances a culture of high performance on the business end of one of the world’s most prestigious universities. In this address, the former consumer products executive will explore how to build high performing teams that execute strategies under evolving market conditions, sustain success in a slow economy and balance short-term profits with long-term growth opportunities. Before joining Yale, King was an executive at PepsiCo, where she served as president of PepsiCo Shared Services, global chief information officer and chief transformation officer.
Thursday, 9:30 am– 10:15 am

From Politics to the Boardroom: Being a Fearless Leader

Closing keynote by Arianna Huffington Editor-in-chief, The Huffington Post

In today’s uncertain times, it is hard to figure out what is best for yourself, your employees and your business. Huffington, a successful entrepreneur and business leader who has triumphed over naysayers, self-doubt and a turbulent economy, demonstrates how difficult times can be turned into an opportunity for growth — both personally and professionally. Co-founder and editor-in-chief of the highly successful Huffington Post, Huffington is an expert at showing people how to thrive in the face of adversity — leading both people and businesses through the toughest of times.
Thursday, 10:45 am – 11:30 am

When You Get Back to the Office

Joan Chow Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, ConAgra Foods
Catherine Lindner Vice President, Retail Marketing, The Walgreen Company
Thursday, 11:45 am – 12:30 pm

Concurrent sessions

Wednesday, 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm; repeated from 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Palos Verdes 6, 7, 8

Session I | Assembling the Team and Building the Strategy

Panel discussion moderated by Marie Quintana Senior Vice President, Multicultural Sales, PepsiCo
Karen May Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Kraft Global
Mel Parker VP/General Manager NA Consumer, Small and Home Office Business Unit, Dell
Deborah Sabo Vice President of Marketing Services, The Walgreen Company

The first step in making your vision reality is building your team and crafting your strategy. In this session you’ll learn how to create cross-functional teams that use diverse thinking and unleash the talent hidden in your organization. Your empowered teams will not only create better strategies, they’ll execute and evangelize your shared vision inside and outside the organization.

Session II | Connecting the Strategy to the Consumer

Roundtable discussion moderated by Helayne Angelus and Mike Friedman, Principals, Kalypso
Claire Miller Director of Global Marketing, Kimberly-Clark
Linda Severin Vice President, Corporate Brands, The Kroger Co.
Olu Fajemirokun Vice President, Global Shopper, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Group

When the needs of your customers meet the capabilities of your organization, it’s magic. In this session a panel of consumer experts will explore how you can consistently satisfy your customers by crafting experiences that meet and exceed their expectations. You’ll learn how to discover what consumers want and how to leverage your strategy to deliver it.

Session III | Executing the Strategy as a Team

Panel discussion moderated by Catherine Farley, Managing Director, Talent & Organization Performance, Accenture Management Consulting
Vincent Campana Vice President, National Client Group, American Express
Kathie Day Vice President, Market Development Organization, Nestlé Purina PetCare
Sabine Ritter Executive Vice President, Consumer Goods Forum
Kim Warmbier Senior Vice President, Human Resources, JC Penney

The best strategies are only as good as the team that implements them. Join a panel of industry executives as they explore the final mile to success: execution. You’ll hear how poor teamwork can derail your vision and learn ways to build a team that is efficient, aligned and empowered.

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