The 6 Skills of Every Exceptional Leader Webinar


Everyone thinks they know what makes a successful leader. There are six skill sets proven to be effective in navigating the corporate structure, becoming a high performer, and advancing your career.
Join us for an honest conversation with industry leader Cindy Thomson, President of Sysco Sacramento, on the diverse set of experiences she gained throughout her career at Sysco that earned her the role of President. We’ll explore the behavioral shifts required to demonstrate the six leadership skills to elevate your career. This webinar is part of the ongoing efforts by the IFDA Women in Foodservice Distribution Leadership Committee to provide our industry, particularly women, with leadership development education and opportunities.
This webinar will be moderated by Gretchen Sussman, Managing Director of the Food & Hospitality Practice at Root Inc., the leaders in organizational change.
In this highly interactive experience, you’ll gain six insights to help you elevate your career.

Gretchen Sussman As the head of the Food & Hospitality practice for Root Inc, a leading change management consulting firm, Gretchen combines her business experience leading strategy, organizational optimization, and cultural transformation with the proven Root Change Process, creative and disruptive change solutions to drive sustainable business performance improvement.     
Before joining Root, Gretchen held executive positions within the foodservice industry including The Martin-Brower Company (acquired by ProSource/AmeriServe), Sara Lee Corporation, CSM Bakery Solutions, Instill Corporation and the Women’s Foodservice Forum. Gretchen has served on both for-profit and non-profit boards, including Snappy Salads, the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF), the International Foodservice Manufacturing Association (IFMA) and partnered with the IFDA leadership and Board of Directors to create and launch the IFDA Women in Foodservice Distribution Network.
Gretchen attended the University of Wisconsin—River Falls and earned an Executive Leadership Certification from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.