The Future Leaders eXperience

As powerful leadership development, the Future Leaders eXperience addresses one of the food industry's most challenging issues—the workforce. Organizations across the entire industry need emerging leaders to bring new strategies to life.

The curriculum, developed in partnership with Root, utilizes art and science to connect and build. Using visuals instead of spreadsheets, stories instead of fact sheets and experiences instead of memos, the Future Leader eXperience is helping to change cultures, transform managers, alter the trajectory of organizations, and accelerate success.  

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Interactive Learning

Reflecting today’s workplace realities, the Future Leaders eXperience offers an innovative learning approach that compels participants to work together as cross-company, cross-functional teams as they challenge assumptions and move out of their comfort zones.

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Leadership Discussions

During the eXperience, participants are placed in teams of 10-15, spanning different companies and roles. Teams collaborate during live, virtual sessions on real-life challenges to move beyond comfort zones and develop new leadership and management skills.

Each team includes a mix of retailers, wholesalers, suppliers and service providers to foster unique, cross-collaborative discussions. It is an opportunity to build relationships with peers at other companies that will last throughout their careers.

The following areas are addressed over the span of six unique sessions:  


The Canyon
Introduction to issues faced by managers and leaders. 
Know My Role 
Focus on developing a great team, the business results they want will follow. 
Know My Industry
Being knowledgeable about the big picture prepares managers to lead their team to deliver great results. 
Connect My Team 
Staying truly engaged in and connected to the big picture, managers will be inspired to help the team succeed and to act on what matters most. 
Build Relationships 
Great leaders see people as their top responsibility. 
Set Clear Expectations 
Avoid performance issues that stem from unclear expectations. 
Coach and Develop
Develop coaching skills to drive individual and team performance.
Take steps to sustain what's been started and maintain engagement: check in, give feedback, provide coaching, take action and celebrate wins. 
Encouraging Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Become more consciously inclusive leaders through recognizing and celebrating behaviors that foster a more diverse and inclusive team. 
Capstone Reflection and Celebration
Reflect on your growth as a leader throughout the Future Leaders eXperience.

Food Retail Leader Certificate

By successfully completing the six Future Leaders eXperience sessions and their learning components, course participants - retailers, suppliers and service providers alike - earn the Food Retail Leader Certificate.

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