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Business Sessions

Thursday SEC Dinner & Speaker

The Adventure of Business 

Thursday, September 13th, 6:30pm - 9:00pm, Sago Ballroom 

Jamie Clarke believes that the passion that drives an adventurer is akin to that of a business leader…and he should know. The renowned adventurer and founder & CEO of the award-winning Canadian retailer Live Out There Inc. has successfully transferred the ideas, skills, lessons and passion from summiting the world’s highest peaks to make his booming e-commerce business one of the fastest growing companies in Canada. Clarke shows how to adapt to forces outside of one’s control and uphold one’s mission despite distractions and dangers, all while encouraging a healthy dose of risk balanced with an ample measure of humility. Simply put: Clarke delivers insights and strategies for taking one’s organization to the peak and conquering the adventure of business.

Keynote Speaker: Jamie Clarke, Live Out There Inc. 
Event Sponsor: The Emerson Group and Bayer

Saturday Breakfast with Innovators

Retail Tomorrow Wake-Up Call

Saturday, September 15th, 7:00am - 8:00am, Sago Ballroom  

Join us for breakfast and a presentation on the Future of Retail with up-and-coming companies who are changing the physical retail landscape one innovation at a time. Retail Tomorrow is a GMDC industry initiative that organizes a community of innovators to promote uncommon collaboration between retailers, brands, technology leaders, and universities. Learn more here

Saturday Lunch & Insights

GMDC Benchmarking Report: Winning with Non-Foods

Saturday, September 15th, 12:00pm - 1:30pm, Sago Ballroom 

GMDC and AT Kearney have partnered to create an exclusive industry-wide benchmarking tool that will uncover insights on how to win in HBW categories. The overall results of the study will be revealed and curated for GMDC retail strategies while sharing perspectives on how retailers can/should develop new capabilities and assortments. Join the discussion on how non-foods are more relevant than ever when they are closely matched to a store’s demographic specialty, an evolving consumer, and an e-commerce shopping experience.

Keynote Speaker: Andrew Knight, with AT Kearney. Slava Druker was originally scheduled to speak. 


Sunday Lunch & Insights

Panel Discussion on Naturals & Organics

Sunday, September 16th, 12:10pm - 1:50pm, Sago Ballroom   

The Natural and Organic movement has become mainstream across all consumer products being sold at retail. From ingredients tracking to manufacturing processes, to materials used to create the product, the consumer is sensitive to the entire journey of not only what they buy, but how it's made and by whom. The foundation of this trend is all about selfcare and how consumers think and spend completely differently today than they did 5 years ago. 

Host: Sarah Schmansky, VP Growth & Strategy at Nielsen

  • Megan Hammersmith, Wegmans 
  • Mindy Rich, Associated Food Stores, Salt Lake
  • Kim Sines, Hello Products
  • Tom Rinck, Pfizer

Event Sponsor: Lornamead Brands, Inc.