Wegmans Food Markets was recognized by Great Place To Work and Fortune magazine as one of the top workplaces for women. Wegmans came in at No. 7 on the list of 100 companies, and grocery players Publix Super Markets and Nugget Markets were ranked at No. 39 and No. 95, respectively.
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Christine Moseley founded e-commerce platform Full Harvest to connect US farmers with imperfect but edible produce to consumers looking to save some money on groceries, all while cutting down on food waste. Moseley is one of 20 who made a list of the year's most innovative women in food and beverage, a roster that includes Teatulia CEO Linda Appel Lipsius and Starbucks' top design executive Liz Muller.
Rosalind Brewer, who will serve as chief operating officer of Starbucks, has shown an understanding of the value of building relationships and a commitment to diversity during her career, writes Courtney Connley. Brewer also helped to drive innovation efforts as CEO of Sam's Club, having overseen improvements in the company's e-commerce and curbside pickup services.
Time magazine's Firsts series spotlights women who have broken barriers in science, politics, sports, business, film, arts and the military. The goal "is for every woman and girl to find someone whose presence in the highest reaches of success says to her that it is safe to climb, come on up, the view is spectacular."
A shortage of qualified workers is helping stay-at-home parents re-enter the workforce, experts say. Professionals returning to the workforce should look to bridge the technology gap and emphasize transferable skills from volunteer work and other life experiences.
Research suggests that women in leadership roles may not feel quite as good about their workplaces as men do, which could affect retention. Women report being more likely to stay with a company for the long term if they are treated as full team members, no matter what their position is.
Although more than 60% of large-cap companies reported that they are working to improve diversity in their boardroom, only 45% offered data on how those efforts are succeeding, according to an Equilar study. "Shareholders and other observers have only company disclosure to reference when seeking information about board diversity, and the more transparency we see on this critical topic, the more it will drive others to engage," says Equilar's Belen Gomez.
Demand for organic foods will grow among millennials as they continue to have children, according to a report from the Organic Trade Association. About a quarter of millennials currently have children, but that number is expected to grow to 80% in the next 10 to 15 years, the report found.
Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg spoke at Dmexco about how marketers must communicate their brand mission, develop communities and have a long-term engagement strategy to be successful digitally. "Creative still wins the day," she said, adding, "Mobile is more than text or copy, it is creating experiences that speak to people."
Albertsons' Raya named "Trailblazer" by PG and NEW
Lori Raya of Albertsons has been named 2017 Top Women in Grocery Trailblazer by Progressive Grocer and the Network of Executive Women. Raya is president of Albertsons Companies Southern California and a long-time supporter of NEW. "As she has climbed to higher heights in the industry, Lori has lifted others," NEW CEO Sarah Alter said. Raya will be honored at the Top Women in Grocery gala on November 9 in Rosemont, Ill.
50 seats left: Register for NEW Leadership Summit
NEW members can still register for the last remaining seats at NEW Leadership Summit 2017, taking place September 27-29 in Washington, D.C. The retail and consumer goods industry's largest women's leadership and diversity event will welcome more than 1,200 attendees for three days of motivation, collaboration and education. The agenda includes a keynote by CNN's "This Is Life" host Lisa Ling, collaborative learning sessions and an Awards gala. Registration includes all sessions, meals and special events.