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Arlington, VA: The Women Grocers of America (WGA) announced its 2014 Leadership team, which consists of a newly appointed president to succeed Denise Beckman, four Executive Committee Members, and six new Board Members.
"I commend Denise Beckman for her exemplary leadership of the Women Grocers of America over the last five years. Her passion and hard work have truly brought WGA to the next level," said newly appointed WGA President, Kathy Sweidel-Caton, VP of Customer Services of Gerland Corporation, based in Houston, TX. "I am honored to succeed such a positive leader and look forward to enhancing female presence and leadership in the independent grocery sector, alongside the newly appointed WGA Executive Committee."
Members of the 2014 Executive Committee include:
2014 Board of Directors includes:
NGA would also like to thank the following outgoing WGA Board Members for their dedicated service and leadership:
WGA is the sole organization representing women grocers and those affiliated with the independent food industry. Its aim is to ensure long-term prosperity in the evolving industry of grocery, by recruiting and retaining the next generation of successful individuals with an emphasis on young women through scholarships, awards, recognition, and professional development opportunities.
At the 2014 NGA Show in Las Vegas, WGA ramped up its efforts considerably to expand its membership base and enhance women's voices in the independent grocery industry through a variety of events. WGA members participated in educational seminars, networking events, and fundraising activities such as the Annual WGA 5K Fun Run/1K Walk, which raised significant funds for its Mary Macey Scholarship Program. This program distributes scholarships to students working in the grocery industry with an emphasis on young women. WGA is now accepting scholarship applications, which may be found at www.nationalgrocers.org/WGA and must be postmarked by May 15, 2014.
WGA will continue to focus on its professional development programs and networking opportunities for women in the industry through a series of webinars and regional meet-ups for women in the
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