2022 CLD Conference & NextGen Summit

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July 11, 2022
St. Louis, MO

Join WSWA in St. Louis for Bourbon, Baseball and Barbecue! We are thrilled to host our 2022 Leadership Development Week live and in-person! We want to see you at the NextGen Leaders Summit and CLD Conference – taking place together from July 11-14 at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. 




The WSWA Council for Leadership Development (CLD) was developed over 60 years ago and brings together the rising leaders in the wholesale tier. Over the past 60 years, this group and conference have evolved but the main focus of the council remains the same: provide a space for the future leaders to share ideas, learn about industry topic and trends, develop and improve leadership skills, and to network with the alcohol industry’s future leaders.


CLD provides many opportunities for our alcohol industry’s next generation of leaders and rising managers including:

  • Building an educational foundation of essential policy, legislative, regulatory, marketing and trend information needed to advance in your career;
  • Making connections with wholesaler, supplier and service provider peers—as well as current industry leaders, speakers, panelists and the WSWA staff/leadership team;
  • Enhancing leadership skills and fine-tuning technology and management abilities.





NextGen brings CLD back to its roots and provides a platform for the next generation of wholesaler owners and presidents to engage with their peers from companies across the country.


Last years programming was focused on more high-level, executive, and strategic conversations revolving around industry issues and hot topics. With the smaller group of 35 attendees (mostly family members) our attendees had the opportunity to have more in-depth discussions on these issues, ask more strategic leadership questions, and engage with their peers in ways they would not have been able to at past conferences.


With the extremely positive feedback from last year’s conference, and the attendees emphasizing how much they enjoyed the smaller group of peers, WSWA will continue to hold a conference for the next generation of family owners. This will be in addition to the traditional CLD Conference where rising leaders in each of the wholesaler member companies are invited to attend.





NextGen Leaders Summit: $1100

CLD Conference: $1250

NextGen Leaders Summit & CLD Conference: $1450

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Kari Langerman
Senior Vice President, Meetings and Events
Lisa Koenig
Senior Director, Meetings and Events
Catherine Ontko
Senior Coordinator, Meetings and Events