Women Grocers of America (WGA)

The Women Grocers of America (WGA) is the sole organization representing female grocers and other women affiliated with the independent food industry. WGA specifically serves as NGA’s career development network for active female professionals as well as students interested in pursuing independent retail grocery careers. 

The mission of WGA is to promote the recruitment, growth, development, and empowerment of women within the independent grocery industry.

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WGA Objectives:

  • Education: award college scholarships to support early career development and offer lifelong learning opportunities for working professionals.
  • Mentorship: promote the exchange of ideas and experience by strategically placing individuals together to encourage professional development and growth.
  • Recognition: recognize those individuals who exemplify the highest standards of industry excellence through award programs.  
  • Networking: provide opportunities for all women in the grocery industry to meet and connect with peers from independent retail, wholesale, manufacturing/service providers and associations. 

 Become a WGA Member

 Your annual dues payment of only $25 grants you access to a wide variety of professional development and networking opportunities available  within the WGA network! Act now and join your fellow female industry leaders.

 WGA student membership sign-up instructions:

  1. Click here to create an online account and sign up for WGA membership
  2. Select ‘WGA Memberships’ from the left column under your profile
  3. Type in your name and select ‘WGA Membership’
  4. Checkout and complete purchase – a WGA board member will then reach out with additional details! 

Click HERE for a downloadable PDF application. Scan an email version to wga@nationalgrocers.org or mail to the address on the application.

Member Spotlight

Click HERE to view the latest WGA Shelby column featuring Barbara Thomas of K-VA-T, who sits on the WGA Board of Directors.

Scholarships and Awards

The WGA Board of Directors is passionately committed to recognizing women who exemplify the WGA mission and objectives by distributing college scholarship funds and hosting awards programs. Click HERE to access detailed information about the Legislator of the Year Award, the Woman of the Year Award, and the Mary Macey Scholarship program. 

WGA Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Lorelei Mottese, Director, Government Relations, Wakefern Food Corporation, WGA President

Shiloh London, Executive Director, CGA Educational Foundation

Cindy Sorensen, Vice President, Business Development, Midwest Dairy Association

Jodie Felter, Vice President, Director of Human Resources, Niemann Foods, Inc.

Barbara Thomas, Director of Training, K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc.

Ellie Taylor, President, Alabama Grocers Association

Alison Castillo, Director, Industry Relations & Sustainable Living, Unilever

Mary Muller, Director of Human Resources, Nugget Market, Inc.

Stephanie Reid, Executive Vice President, Shelby Publishing

Cheryl Pick Sommer, Owner, Kaune's Neighborhood Market

Heidi Huff, Marketing Director, IGA, Inc.

Sarah Alexander, Advertising & Marketing Manager, Houchens Industries, Inc.

Kristin Popp, Vice President, Human Resources, Woodman's Food Market, Inc.

Mari Jones, Kellogg Company

Jody Larkin, NGA

Becky Bray, NGA

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