executive leadership speaker

By Invitation Only

IFDA Executive Leadership Summit

September 10-11, 2023

Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Agenda At Glance

*Agenda subject to change

Monday – September 10, 2023

5:30AM – 6:30AM
Solutions Conference Welcome Reception

Omni Fort Worth, Fort Worth Ballroom 4-5

6:30AM
Executive Leadership Summit Dinner

Reata Restaurant – Sundance Square

Monday – september 11, 2023

7:00AM – 8:45AM
Solutions Conference Breakfast

Fort Worth Convention Center

8:00AM – 9:00AM
Solutions Conference Opening General Session and IFDA Cornerstone Award Warehouse Innovation & The Future of Automation in Distribution

Fort Worth Convention Center

8:00AM – 9:00AM
IFDA Cornerstone Award

Presented to: Mark Harman, IFDA Treasurer, and President Stanz Foodservice / Troyer Foods

9:00AM – 9:30AM
Transition to the Executive Leadership Summit

Omni Fort Worth Hotel

9:00AM – 9:30AM
Welcome and Introductions

Led by Mark Allen, President & CEO , International Foodservice Distributors Association, and Julien Leblanc, Founder and President, Blueprint

10:00AM – 11:00AM
Lessons in Leadership: Mastering the Skills and Attributes Necessary to Thrive in the Future – an Interactive Case Study

This session will discuss the ways in which changing market conditions and evolving social factors demand more of today’s leaders than ever before. A number of leadership characteristics – critical thinking, adaptability, leading with values – are more crucial than ever. In addition, today’s CEOs increasingly find that “what got you here, won’t get you there” as they face the demands of managing today’s dynamic organizations. Come prepared to think about what YOU can do to up your leadership “game,” and help your organization meet the challenges of our evolving industry.

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Presenter:

Jared Harris, Samuel L.
Slover Associate Professor of Business Administration, Darden School of Business 

11:00AM – 11:45AM
Top Priorities for Preparing for, and Surviving, a Cyber Attack

Defending vital information technology systems and data is a critical priority for foodservice distributors and is an important component to ensure stakeholder trust and to maintain ongoing business operations.  During this session we will discuss the latest threats to vital business systems, share steps to minimize the threat of attacks and hear from leading distributors about their efforts to both prevent, and recover from, a cyber-attack. 

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Presenter:

David Portalatin
Senior Vice President, Circana

11:45AM – 12:45AM
Lunch
12:45pM – 1:30AM
Top Priorities for Preparing for, and Surviving, a Cyber Attack

Defending vital information technology systems and data is a critical priority for foodservice distributors and is an important component to ensure stakeholder trust and to maintain ongoing business operations.  During this session we will discuss the latest threats to vital business systems, share steps to minimize the threat of attacks and hear from leading distributors about their efforts to both prevent, and recover from, a cyber-attack. 

1:45pM – 2:30AM
Distributor Imperatives: A Compelling Path to Funding Your Automation Aspirations

As the imperative for additional automation in distributor operations becomes ever more compelling, key questions remain about how to fund these investments.  In this interactive discussion, Deloitte wholesale distribution practice leaders will share their research on distributor financial performance, provide an overview of three strategic imperatives for distribution companies to execute, and share the proven strategic cost reduction levers companies can pull to fund automation investments.  This session is a compelling companion to the Solutions Conference presentation on automation applications in distribution. 

2:30pM – 3:15AM
Washington Insider Jeopardy

Ever wonder how successful organizations navigate and impact an increasingly complex regulatory environment?  This fast-moving, interactive session will highlight current regulatory priorities, illustrate the importance of engaging policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels and showcase effective ways to shape onerous regulations – all in a fun, entertaining format.

3:15pM – 3:30AM
Executive Leadership Summit Wrap-up and Adjourn

Led by Julien Leblanc, Founder and President, Blueprint

5:00AM
Solutions Conference Happy Hour on the Expo Floor

Fort Worth Convention Center