Why Diversity Matters and What You Can Do About It.

Jonathan Mayes, Senior Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Albertsons

Jonathan discusses diversity and inclusion and its impact on retail and private brand.

Diversity and the Private Brand Consumer – Know Your Shopper, Grow Your Brand

Phyllis Johnson, Senior Director, Own Brands, Catalina USA

A look at the demographics, unique behaviors, and lifestyles of the growing diverse consumer. Phyllis will demonstrate how to use diversity as a strategic tool.

A Conversation with Flora Ekpe-idang of Target – Black Beyond Measure

Flora Ekpe-idang, Senior Brand Marketing Manager, TARGET
Clay Ellis, Executive Director of Partnership Development, My Private Brand

The pair discuss Target Black History Month initiatives, including their HBCU design competition and exclusive private brand products


Setting Our Intention: WISE 2021

Jen Linke, Chair of Board, WISE

Learn what WISE has planned for 2021 to continue to be the resource for increasing diversity and inclusion in the store brands industry.


Omar Jorge, Chairman, Aurora Grocery Group

Omar discusses the Hispanic shopper and the unique international supermarkets that Aurora Operates.

Day Two

My Private Brand Summits 2021 & Welcome

Christopher Durham, President, My Private Brand
Clay Ellis, Executive Director of Partnership Development, My Private Brand

A look at 2021 and the upcoming Summits.

A Conversation with Chris Skyers, VP, Own Brands, Wakefern

Chris Skyers, Vice President, Own Brands, Wakefern

Chris Skyers and Christopher Durham will discuss diversity and inclusion, private brand supplier diversity, and careers.

More than Peach: A conversation with Bellen Woodard, World’s 1st Crayon Activist & Authentic Multicultural Crayon Pioneer

Bellen Woodard, 10y/o President & Crayon Activist – More than Peach Project

Bellen and Christopher Durham will discuss her More than Peach Project.

Activating Diversity & Inclusion: a business leader’s guide to accelerating D&I

Sarah Chartrand McGowan, SVP Global Talent, Leadership & Diversity, Ahold Delhaize

Sarah will discuss practical ways to accelerate diversity and inclusion, leveraging insights and best practices from Ahold Delhaize and other organizations.

Building a culture of Diversity and Inclusive in Private Brand

Clay Ellis, Executive Director of Partnership Development, My Private Brand
Sean Trent, Senior Business Development Manager, Daymon
Christina Essue, Director, Strategy & Insights, Pigeon Brands
Dr. Vickie VanHurley, Ph.D, Professor & Brand Consultant

A panel discussion led by Clay Ellis on the changing world of private brand and diversity.


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