Two days of training and education by top career growth professionals.
7:00am – 5:30pm

Registration and Information Desk

Location: Carneros Ballroom Foyer
7:30am – 8:30am

Networking Breakfast

Location: Oakville Terrace
8:30am – 8:45am

Welcome Address

Location: Carneros Ballroom
8:45am – 9:45am

Opening General Session: Leadership and The Missing 33%™

Location: Carneros Ballroom

Leading NOW will present a unique definition of Leadership and global research that has identified the 9 critical differentiators for moving from the middle into senior and executive positions. The research also indicates that traditional career advice neglects key messaging about what we call The Missing 33% of the career success equation - business, strategic and financial acumen.

9:45am – 10:15am

Networking Break

Location: Carneros Ballroom Foyer
10:15am – 11:15am

Breakout Sessions

LEADERS: Show Them the Money

  • Participants who might think that strategic and financial acumen are skills exclusive to graduate school programs and executive offices, are pleasantly surprised by this clear and powerful overview. They walk away with a strong foundation for understanding, executing or creating strategy and the role of financial measures in the process.


  • It's never too early (or too late) in a career to enhance your business acumen, but if action isn't taken, careers plateau. Participants in this session will learn the 4 key business outcomes that executives monitor and understand how their work drives these outcomes. Also, participants will learn the importance of aligning their work to business outcomes and how it differentiates talent for career success.
11:15am – 12:15pm

Breakout Sessions

LEADERS: Managing Complexity

  • Focusing on results but keeping in mind the complex factors that impact decision-making such as geography, risk, media attention, government regulation, & diverse communities.

RISING STARS: Speak the Language of Power

  • The Language of Power is the language of outcomes. Communicating effectively in this language is a vital success factor for participants as they impact the business and their careers.
12:15pm – 1:30pm

Lunch and Roundtable Discussion: Growth through Conversation

Location: Oakville Terrace

Roundtable Discussion with two leadership champions, a woman leader and a rising star to talk about the real issues that our industry is facing and how we can begin to address the change. This will be a raw discussion on what they have seen for successful changes, what they look for in mentoring women towards leadership, and tips on how to break glass ceilings in your own organizations.

1:30pm – 2:15pm

Retail Power Duos

Location: Carneros Ballroom

Ever wondered why our brains crave a speedy info fix? Join Donna Hood Crecca and Abbey Lewis as they engage in rapid-fire, one-on-one interviews with the power duos leading the c-store industry, tackling its most critical questions head-on.

2:15pm – 2:30pm

Refresh Break

2:30pm – 5:30pm

Winery Tour with Power Teams

Location: Bouchaine Winery

2:30pm - 2:45pm - Winery Check-In and Bus Departures at the Fountain Courtyard near the Meritage Main Building
3:00pm - 5:30pm - Winery Tours at Bouchaine Winery
5:30pm - Arrival back to the Meritage

6:30pm – 7:30pm

Networking Dinner

Location: Village Lawn
8:00pm – 10:00pm

After Party: A Night in the Cave

Location: Estate Wine Cave at the Meritage
Presented By:
Altria Group Distribution Company
Keurig Dr Pepper