Introducing an Improved Conference Schedule

Pamela G. Bailey
GMA President and CEO

The CPG sector keeps its finger on the pulse of consumers and adapts to meet their ever-changing needs. We don't even stop to think about it – it's who we are and what we do.

The same is true of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). To keep pace with the ever-evolving CPG industry, GMA is constantly innovating to deliver even more value to member companies.

The GMA Chairman's Lecture invites a keynote luminary to share bold, candid and sometimes surprising insights into the trends shaping our world and business.

Nowhere is our innovation more evident than in GMA's collaboration and education programs. We have redesigned the GMA conference and meeting schedule to better serve our members and to meet the FMI-GMA Trading Partner Alliance mandate to promote joint industry collaboration, simplification and elimination of duplication.

In 2013, GMA will launch the GMA Executive Leadership Series – designed to produce targeted meetings focused on government affairs, science and regulatory affairs and the value chain, creating an annual portfolio of specialized events.

The flagship event of the series is the co-location of the GMA Chairman's Lecture with the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Midwinter Executive Conference in January of 2013.

The GMA Chairman's Lecture invites a keynote luminary to share bold, candid and sometimes surprising insights into the trends shaping our world and business. GMA has previously hosted speakers such as former Mexican president Vicente Fox, Tom Brokaw, Dick Vermeil, Alan Greenspan, the Hon. Newt Gingrich, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and Rudolph Giuliani.

This exclusive gala will gather more than 500 CEOs and senior executives for an unforgettable evening of intelligent entertainment that will inform the way the industry thinks about the world in the year ahead.

The evening will also include the presentation of the GMA Hall of Achievement Awards to two leaders who have given so much to the industry over their illustrious careers.

The new co-location format consolidates executive travel time and provides an additional opportunity to network with colleagues on Saturday before the Midwinter conference starts on Sunday. GMA committees and the Board of Directors will take advantage of the time to meet during the day on January 18 and 19.

In the spring, GMA will once again hold our annual Science Forum, April 1 to 5, 2013 in Washington, D.C., delivering the latest government and industry intelligence on the regulatory, scientific and health issues that are shaping the CPG industry.

The Leadership Series will also include the inaugural CPG Growth and Public Policy Summit, July 16 to 18, 2013, in Washington, D.C. This platform will focus on what businesses can do to spur growth and how to commonly address the public policy threats and opportunities facing the CPG landscape.

In the fall, the Collaborating for Growth conference will focus on challenges facing chief customer officers and chief marketing officers and bring a fresh, forward-looking approach to how today's retailers and manufacturers must innovate to drive tomorrow's business.

We believe these changes will eliminate the duplication of executive events, provide meaningful opportunities for industry engagement as well as greater return on investment to all GMA members.