More than 60 women leaders in the convenience store industry were honored as Top Women in Convenience by Convenience Store News at an awards reception during the NACS Show in Atlanta.
Two dozen senior-level leaders, five mentors, 21 rising stars, five store managers and two single-store owners were honored. CSNews also recognized five female leaders as Women of the Year:
- Laura Asbell, regional vice president of convenience, Mondelēz International Inc.
- Niki DePhillips, senior vice president, store development, Kum & Go
- Sharon Kuncl, vice president, merchandising -- foodservice, at Eby-Brown Co.
- Danielle Mattiussi, vice president, retail adventures, Maverik Inc.
- Nancy Smith, senior vice president, merchandising, fresh food and beverages, 7-Eleven Inc.
Judging was conducted by CSNews in partnership with the Network of Executive Women and Top Women in Convenience Advisory Board, which includes last year’s five Women of the Year. “Women are making an impact in leadership roles,” according to incoming NEW Board member Dagmar Boggs, a TWIC alumnus and president of the 7-Eleven Global Customer Team for The Coca-Cola Co. “We need to embrace our women and embrace the inclusion of women, men and the next generation.”
Women who take leadership roles often have to sacrifices, Kuncl noted during her acceptance speech, noting she is grateful for her family's support.
Mattiussi said she was “humbled to be part of this awards program and the industry in general, with its diversity and vibrancy.”
Upon accepting her award, Smith said she is a big believer in time and place and she’s been “very lucky to have worked with incredible men and women.”