Women Impacting Storebrand Excellence (WISE) announces featured speaker San Francisco 49ers Offensive Assistant Coach Katie Sowers for its 8th Annual Meeting on November 12, 2020.  Normally held in conjunction with the PLMA Annual Trade Show in Rosemont, IL, this year’s meeting will be held virtually for the first time.

Assistant Coach Sowers is using her achievement as the first woman and openly gay coach to have reached the pinnacle game in football to inspire others to overcome barriers and follow their dreams.  She is also an advocate for and exemplary of creating inclusive workplaces for everyone regardless of sex, race or sexual orientation.

“WISE is delighted to bring our meeting to a virtual platform this year,” says Jen Linke, Chair of WISE.  “For years, we’ve seen and heard that people are energized by our meeting.  It serves as a solid way to keep the potential for growth and change in the forefront of everyone’s minds.   With a virtual platform, we expect even more attendees!  Those that were limited by travel restrictions will be motivated by our speaker and the updates as to what WISE has planned for 2021.“

In addition to Assistant Coach Sowers’ speech, WISE and Store Brands Magazine will be honoring this year’s Top Women in Store Brands Award winners.  Nominated by their supervisors and/or peers, women across eight categories are awarded based on their outstanding contributions to store brands.  This year’s winners will be honored and recognized live in the virtual event.

New to this year’s conference offerings, attendees can register for WISE Connect virtual networking events.  Small-group networking events will be offered at the completion of the Annual Meeting to discuss the central points of the Annual Meeting and allow for a deeper connection to peers in the WISE network.

WISE is a non-profit professional development organization, founded by women, to champion the power of diversity and inclusion which drives profitable growth within the store brands industry.  In its eighth year, WISE develops programs and creates professional networks to foster diverse collaboration and provide leadership that drives the continued success of the store brands industry.