Support the Future of the Independent Grocery Industry in San Diego

January 2, 2019

The NGA Show is almost upon us, and with over 60 education sessions, 8 special events and more than 400 exhibitors on the EXPO floor, we’re ready for an incredible first year gathering independents in San Diego, CA!

As you set your meetings, prepare your schedule, and scout the sessions that best suit your needs, the NGA Foundation asks that you consider some of the below sessions, programs, and events specifically designed to enrich your NGA Show experience and further the Foundation’s mission of supporting the next generation of the grocery industry.



Party in the Park

Monday, February 25 –  8:00-10:00 PM – Petco Park


Join us at Petco Park’s Loft located in the historic Western Metal Supply Co. building and overlooking the outfield for the next exciting NGA Foundation event! In addition to behind-the-scenes ballpark tours, guests will enjoy bar games, brews, ballpark favorite foods, and a personal atmosphere ideal for networking and enjoying a night with food industry friends and future business connections. Tickets are $175/person and sponsorship opportunities are available!

Learn more:


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WGA 5K Fun Run/Walk

Monday, February 25 – 6:00-6:45am – Hilton Bayfront Boardwalk


The NGA Show’s move to San Diego also means an exciting new WGA 5K route. Join us for a beautiful morning walk, jog or run along the waterfront, or contribute and sleep in instead! All proceeds go to fund the WGA Mary Macey Scholarships. We’re also seeking volunteers to help with registration on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and along the course Monday morning.

Click HERE to register now or contact Maggie White for volunteer opportunities:


Student Mentoring Program

Monday, February 25 – 12:00-12:30pm – Room 24B


Impact a student or student group by escorting them around the Expo floor and mentoring them at the 2019 NGA Show. Students are matched with industry executives to network and share knowledge of the independent grocery industry. This is an opportunity for students to develop relationships with industry executives, and for show attendees to get to know top incoming talent.

Click HERE to sign up as a mentor or contact for more information.


Student Case Study Competition

Student Case Study Competition

Round 1: Sunday, February 24 – 1:30-4:00pm  – Room 29B, Room 29C, Room 29D

Round 2: Monday, February 25 – 2:00-4:00pm – Room 29C, Room 29D

Final Round: Tuesday, February 26 – 3:15-4:30pm – Room 28AB


This year’s Student Case Study Competition will see 13 college and university students address the recruiting challenges of Stepherson’s SuperLo, located in Memphis, TN. Volunteers are needed to judge the competition on Sunday. Stop by one of the competition sessions to hear from some of the college and university teams and learn tips on recruiting and retaining millennial and multicultural associates that you can implement in your company.

Contact Maggie White to volunteer your time as a judge:

For more information about sponsoring a college or university at The NGA Show please contact:


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WGA Engagement Event: Navigating the Myths of Women in the Workplace

Tuesday, February 26 – 1:30-3:00pm – Room 25C


Join the Women Grocers of America (WGA) as Dr. Jessica Kriegel discusses how managers, political pundits, and the media consistently use gender and generational stereotypes to make decisions and predictions, presuming to understand the collective tastes, ambitions, values, and work habits of people based on one characteristic. This results in miscommunication among team members, lower productivity, and worse. During the session, Dr. Kriegel will share seven steps to becoming an agent for change to bust stereotypes and work more effectively, plus explain how interpersonal dynamics contribute the most to business success. The presentation will be followed by an interactive discussion and networking time.

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Still haven’t registered for The NGA Show? It’s not too late!

Register Today Click HERE