Speakers

With workforce development serving as one of the food retail industry’s key emerging issues, we are thrilled about creating the industry’s most significant professional development conference, FMI Future Leaders eXperience.

Victoria Labalme

Performing Artist & Communications Catalyst

Victoria Labalme helps people perform at their highest levels by unlocking their hidden genius. 

With 20 years in the Performing Arts — from Broadway to comedy clubs, landmark films to high-profile television — Victoria’s electrifying, custom-crafted keynotes awaken innate talents in individuals and teams. 

Her proprietary systems and strategies have been embraced by C-suite executives at Starbucks, Microsoft, PayPal, as well as Hollywood celebrities, bestselling authors, and top teams in over 700 organizations. 

Her creative projects have been recognized by The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, BBC, and ABC Good Morning America. 

A graduate of Stanford University, Victoria is also a director and critically acclaimed film producer, the creator of two online learning programs, and an inductee into the Speaker Hall of Fame.

Jake Lane

Manager, Merchandising C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc.

Jake joined C&S Wholesale Grocers in April 2016 and currently holds the position of Manager of Merchandising. In his current position Jake has direct responsibilities for non-perishable Merchandising and Marketing services for C&S Independent retailers. In this role, Jake oversees the ad creation team, category management services, as well as in store marketing programs. Prior to his arrival at C&S, Jake spent over 15 years with Price Chopper Supermarkets where he held various roles in the operations field including Store Manager, Perishable Manager, and Project Specialist.

Carolyn Littlefield

Senior Director Ecommerce, North America Anheuser-Busch Companies, LLC

Adrian Moore

Manager, Strategic Planning Schnuck Markets, Inc.

Adrian Moore is the Manager of Strategic Planning at Schnuck Markets, Inc. In this role, she works with C-Suite executives and department leaders on company strategy and other initiatives. Adrian joined Schnucks in 2008 as the Category Manager of Baby/Beauty Care/Stationery. Prior to being promoted to Strategic Planning Manager, she was the Category Manager of Baking Ingredients/Mixes/Condiments/Salad Dressing. 

Before joining Schnucks, Adrian was a Buyer of Women’s Coats, Swimwear, Sportswear and Dresses at Macy's and Famous Barr, a May Company Division. Adrian obtained her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a Marketing Concentration from Washington University in St. Louis. 

In the community, Adrian is a member of the leadership team for KidSmart Tools for Learning and also coordinates support from Schnucks teammates for 100 Neediest Cases, a United Way initiative. When not at work, Adrian participates in United States Tennis Association league play. She and her husband, Thomas, are the proud parents of two boys

Leslie G. Sarasin

President and CEO, Food Marketing Institute

Leslie G. Sarasin is the president and chief executive officer of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the association of food retailers and wholesalers, which represents more than 1,500 member companies in the United States and around the world. Under Sarasin's leadership, FMI has become a forward focused and member centered organization committed to help supermarkets excel in their role of feeding families and enriching lives. Her synergistic style and determined spirit of collaboration has infused FMI with a renewed commitment to help its members address the critical industry issues of the day - food safety and the emerging importance of health and wellness. Prior to coming to FMI, Sarasin was president and CEO of the American Frozen Food Institute.

Kevin Paul Scott

Author and Entrepreneur

Kevin Paul Scott has traveled to six continents and spoken to leaders from more than 100 countries. Kevin co-founded ADDO in 2011 with a goal to inspire people today to impact tomorrow. 

Prior to founding ADDO, Kevin’s background included non-profit charitable work, business ventures, and politics. After graduating from the University of Georgia, Kevin served on a presidential campaign team and then worked as a representative for a United States Congressman. 

In consecutive years, Kevin was named to the “40 under 40” lists for Georgia Trend and then the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Kevin is the author of three books.

For his leadership and business acumen, Kevin has been featured on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times.