What kind of leaders are attending?

Grocery Industry week will bring together the following leadership levels:

  • Next generation leaders under age 40 that demonstrate the skills and insights to someday assume seasoned leadership roles.
  • Industry leaders in retail and supplier/solution providers that have demonstrated the ability to navigate their companies and teams through wide-ranging efforts at improving lives, creating opportunity, and having a positive impact at the local and global level across environmental, social and governance issues.
  • The brightest leaders and decision makers around the complex and dynamic world of foodservice that represents one of the most compelling growth opportunities in retail.
  • Top women leaders in retail grocery that have been recognized for their accomplishments as rising stars, store management and executive level leadership.

How can I participate in Progressive Grocer’s Grocery Industry Week?

If you are one of those fortunate to be an award winner all you need to do is register to attend.  You will find that link on your award conference website.

If you would like to attend and integrate your experience into other facets of grocery week that is easy too.  Given it is Orlando, we have created a “speed pass” - ala Disney to participate in the other content sessions, receptions or dinners of your choice.


What is the event format?

This week long celebration and integrated event format is an exciting new way to gather leaders and inluencers from across multiple industry verticles. See the below calendar for the structure of this week!  

Uniquely, a majority of attendees will be by invite only, as we want to ensure this event brings together the leaders and decision makers of today and tomorrow. If you are a winner of Top Women in Grocery, GenNext or Impact Awards you will be sent your invitation to attend for free via email.  Others who have qualified for attendance will be informed via email as well. If you have not received an email invitation, you will have the option to 'Apply to Attend' which will launch when registration opens - check back on this site for updates.

Monday, November 1, 2021

  • Arrival day for those that want to come in early and prepare for the week. 
  • Jump ahead of the line: PG’s Grocery Industry Week registration will be open for any early arrivals.
  • An informal welcome reception to mix, mingle, and get a preview of what you can look forward to experiencing the remainder of the week.

Day 1 – Tuesday, November 2, 2021

  • 8am - 11am
    GenNext Offsite Retail Service Tour

  • Noon to 5PM:
    • GenNext grocery leaders learning, sharing, and collaborating around content that will help them increase their skills and knowledge around leadership, shopper expectation, new technologies, access to information and shifting views of the role of business. 
    • A full day of content will help them navigate and meet the elevated expectations of their core retail operations while also meeting new and expanding expectations related to their core organizational values.
  • 6pm - 7pm
    • Progressive Grocer will host an open reception where those GenNext Award winners, Impact Award honorees and Retail Foodservice Innovation guests will mix & mingle.
  • 7PM to 9PM
    • The GenNext and Impact Awards Gala will follow where winners and honorees are recognized and celebrated for their accomplishments and achievements.

Day 2 – Wednesday, November 3, 2021

  • 8am - 9am
    • We kick off day 2 with a Mentorship Breakfast & Keynote (registration required) where leaders can share ideas on mentoring and why it is important for all levels and genders of grocery retail leaders can learn and apply that knowledge for the future growth and high-level performance. 
  • 8:30am - 5pm
    • Our Retail Foodservice Innovation Summit will commence where the brightest minds in foodservice and solutions will openly discuss and debate the shared challenges faced by food retailers. The open and invite-only format enables participants to gain new and actionable insights on key issues around foodservice.
  • 7pm - 9am
    • Day 2 will also welcome the 2021 Top Women in Grocery winners for registration for Awards Gala and the Leadership Development Program, taking place the next day. filled with great content that these highly skilled professionals can learn and apply that knowledge upon their return home.
    • The evening will host a welcome reception for those Top Women in Grocery winners from 7PM to 9PM.

Day 3 – Thursday, November 4, 2021

  • 8:30am - 2pm
    • The TWIG Leadership Development sessions begin in earnest for the Top Women in Grocery winners.
    • There will also be a morning and afternoon Yoga session for those that care to participate.
  • 1:30PM
    • One of the most highly coveted features of the annual TWIG Gala day will be the Beauty/Delight Lounge activity where TWIG winners can pamper themselves with a hair style, make-up sessions and express manicure before prepping for the Gala itself.  Reservations are recommended as space generally fills up quickly.
  • 5:45pm - 6:15pm
    • The Top Women in Grocery winners will gather for the winner’s group photo shoot.
  • 6pm - 7pm
    • The TWIG Gala opening reception.
  • 7pm - 9pm
    • Following the reception, Progressive Grocer will host the TWIG Gala and Awards dinner. Join us in celebrating their accomplishments with a night of drinks, dinner and dancing.
  • 9pm - 11pm
    As is customary, after dinner will see everyone join in to cap off the evening with the Hershey After Dinner Dance and Dessert Party. 

Questions? Contact pgevents@ensembleiq.com

*Agenda subject to change