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WGA’s Wellness Wake Up

WGA’s Wellness Wake Up

Monday, September 20th 6:00am

Start your conference morning off right at the Paris Poolside, with a meditation & stretch workout hosted by the Women Grocers of America. This class, designed for all levels and taught by NGA’s own, Molly Pfaffenroth is a great opportunity to meet the women of WGA and get your body moving before a day of learning and networking.

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WGA Roundtable Discussions

WGA Roundtable Discussions

Tuesday, September 21st 1:30-2:30pm

WGA aims to cultivate connections between women in the independent grocery industry and create opportunities for personal and professional development. Members of WGA host roundtables on a variety of topics, identifying solutions and new ideas surrounding workplace challenges. Join us for bite sized content sessions and networking at each table.

2021 Topics:
  1. WGA Membership, hosted by Heidi Huff, IGA - Learn more about being a part of WGA and what WGA has to offer!
  2. Leadership, hosted by Stephanie Reid, Shelby Publishing - Re-thinking “Leadership” in 2021 …. Stewarding your greatest resource:  Your Team!
  3. Engaging & Retaining, hosted by Kristin Popp, Woodmans Food Market - Effectively engaging with our teams and providing opportunities for retention are both key topics for long term success.  Discuss what your company currently has in place and learn what others are doing to navigate this space in a challenging labor market.
  4. Wellness at Work, hosted by Christy Hess, Busch’s Fresh Market - One thing we have learned from the pandemic is that the struggle is real. Wellness has become front and center in our lives and those around us. How do we handle it and how do we ensure help is needed for others?
  5. Developing Your Personal Brand, hosted by LeeAnn Taylor, Adergy - Consider how to build a personal brand that accurately reflects your personal and professional identity. Discuss successful ways to best leverage your personal brand while building a community in which to share ideas and support each other. How are you building your network, both online and offline effectively?
  6. Communication and Engagement, hosted by Tammie Hetrick, Washington Food Association - Let’s talk about different effective ways to get your messaging out.  As we learn more about advocacy and protecting business, it starts with education and outreach.  How are you communicating your message?
  7. Work Life Balance, hosted by Shellie Wood, KeHE - Work life balance is a cycle not an achievement.  How does your personal life and work life intersect?   How does that intersection impact your ability to do your job, bringing your whole self to work, while balancing your own personal needs. 

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WGA Virtual 5K Run

WGA Virtual 5K Run

The WGA 5K Fun Run has gone virtual! Register now to participate in the WGA 5K anytime/anywhere through the end of the year and help support women pursuing careers in grocery! Participants who register and commit to running their 5K will receive recognition online, on site at the NGA Show and a WGA 5K tote bag. Your registration fees go directly to supporting scholarships for women. Register now through September 22nd!
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Woman of the Year Award Presentation

Woman of the Year Award Presentation

Monday, September 20th 11:00am Ballys Event Center

Join us as WGA honors the 2021 Woman of the Year. This woman exemplifies the true characteristics of a leader with passion for the independent grocery industry. She is a visionary who is an inspiration to others both within her community and workplace. The prestigious WGA Woman of the Year Award was established by the WGA Board of Directors in 1996 to provide visible support and recognition to outstanding women in the independent grocer industry.