2024 CLD Conference & NextGen Summit

2024 CLD Conference & NextGen Summit

2024 CLD Conference & NextGen Summit

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Join us in Miami for CLD & NextGen!

The WSWA Council for Leadership Development (CLD) 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.

 

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

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Who should attend the NextGen Summit? 
NextGen Leaders are any member who is part of the succession plan within a wholesaler company. Whether you are family or non-family, if you are involved with the succession plan at your company, you are part of this group! 

 

We encourage all NextGen Leaders to participate in the Summit at the beginning of the week (July 22-23), but if you wish to continue with the CLD Conference, please stay and join your industry colleagues for the full week (July 22-24)!

 

Who should attend the CLD Conference?

CLD Conference Attendees are rising leaders in the wholesale industry (you don’t have to be part of a succession plan). Please attend from July 23-24.

 

When you register, you will be prompted with three options. Please select the one that best suites your position.

Attendees
NextGen ONLY: $950
CLD Conference ONLY: $1,100
NextGen Leaders Summit & CLD Conference: $1,550
The Miami Beach EDITION - Hotel Room Rate (per night): $299 + taxes per night. Hotel deadline is June 28.
Please note you will be prompted to reserve your hotel accommodations in our room block when you register for this meeting. The hotel deadline has been extended until June 28.
2024 Speakers
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Anne St. John
Anne St. John, CPSA, WSET L2
Senior Director, Field Coaching and Development, Breakthru Beverage Group
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Chester
Chester Santos
The International Man of Memory
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Danny Brager
Danny Brager
Analyst, SipSource
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Julie Thornton
Julie Thornton
Director, Career Services, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
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Kate Latts
Kate Latts
President, Heaven Hill Brands
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Lori Stockel
Lori Stockel
Senior Director of Enterprise Learning & Development, Breakthru Beverage Group

Agenda

Monday, July 22, 2024

Lunch

NextGen Attendees Welcome

Navigating Your Place in the Family Business

Speaker: Kate Latts, President, Heaven Hill Brands

NextGen Attendees Welcome

Networking Break

NextGen Attendees Welcome

Forging Your Own Path, Finding Your Own Brand

Speaker: Julie Thornton, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, Executive Coach

Ever wonder how to find space within your workforce? How can you establish and secure your own brand? Navigation a multigenerational workforce presents its own unique set of challenges. The current workforce has the widest age diversity ever, with organizations often having employees working side-by-side from four to five generations. Join Julie as she dives into how to manage different generations in the workplace and how to establish your brand within that culture.

NextGen Attendees Welcome

Break

NextGen Attendees Welcome

WSWA Strategic Planning Input Session

WSWA is embarking on a strategic planning process to ensure that the association is well-positioned to meet the future needs of its members. The organization has retained Gallagher Consulting Group as its planning partner.  The firm will lead two simultaneous roundtable discussions to gather your thoughts and opinions about WSWA, the industry, and your needs.  Your input will help guide the planning effort.

NextGen Attendees Welcome

Reception & Dinner

NextGen Leaders only! Join your peers for an intimate dinner to connect with other industry leaders across the country.

The Matador Room at The EDITION
NextGen Attendees Welcome

After Dinner Meet-Up

All registered attendees of NextGen and CLD are invited to meet-up for an after dinner drink at The EDITION.

Broken Shaker at The EDITION (Speakeasy/Bowling Alley)
CLD Attendees Welcome
NextGen Attendees Welcome
Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Breakfast

CLD Attendees Welcome
NextGen Attendees Welcome
SPONSORED BY: Dimensional Insight

Welcome

CLD Attendees Welcome
NextGen Attendees Welcome

Mastering the Art of Executive Branding: Strategies for Leadership Excellence

Speakers: 

  • Lori Stockel, Senior Director, Enterprise Learning & Development, Breakthru  
  • Anne St. John, Senior Director, Field Coaching & Development, Breakthru 

In today's business landscape, your executive brand can be the fine vintage that sets you apart. Join us for an interactive workshop designed to help you cultivate your unique persona that resonates with authority and leadership. You will gain invaluable insights from seasoned executives and collaborate with peers to develop a personalized plan for elevating your executive presence, uncorking your potential for career growth and professional excellence.

CLD Attendees Welcome
NextGen Attendees Welcome
SPONSORED BY: Infuzion Solutions

Break

CLD Attendees Welcome
NextGen Attendees Welcome

SipSource: What the Numbers Tell Us...

Speaker: Danny Brager, Analyst, SipSource

2023 was a turbulent (and disappointing year) for many. Was it an aberration? Just a return to pre-COVID norms? Or a tipping point?

What do the numbers tell about 2024, and what we can expect going forward? Join beverage alcohol industry veteran and SipSource Analyst Danny Brager as he provides his analysis and opinions on what's to come in 2024 for the industry.

CLD Attendees Welcome
NextGen Attendees Welcome

Lunch

CLD Attendees Welcome
NextGen Attendees Welcome

WSWA Policy Priorities

Whether it's alcohol shipping or bottle deposits, policy debates impacting the future of the beverage alcohol sector occur every day in State Capitols and Washington, D.C. This session will walk through key legislative, regulatory and legal issues impacting the wholesale tier and provide a window into the work WSWA staff are doing to advocate for our industry.

 

CLD Attendees Welcome
NextGen Attendees Welcome

Break

CLD Attendees Welcome
NextGen Attendees Welcome

Retail Theft Panel

CLD Attendees Welcome
NextGen Attendees Welcome
SPONSORED BY: Infuzion Solutions

Break

CLD Attendees Welcome
NextGen Attendees Welcome

Interactive Reception and Dinner at SGWS Wynwood Facility

CLD Attendees Welcome
NextGen Attendees Welcome

After Dinner Meet-Up

ASTRA Rooftop Garden
CLD Attendees Welcome
SPONSORED BY: Masava
NextGen Attendees Welcome
Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Breakfast

CLD Attendees Welcome

Welcome

CLD Attendees Welcome

The Mind: Tap into Your Most Valuable Asset with Chester Santos, International Man of Memory

Speaker: Chester Santos, International Man of Memory

Feel like you cannot remember what you used to? Curious how to sharpen your skills? Join Chester Santos – “The International Man of Memory” as he showcases his unique ability to not only demonstrate extraordinary feats of the mind, but also educate all of us to do the same. A U.S. Memory Champion, widely regarded to be the world’s leading memory skills expert, Chester has helped millions of people around the world to realize the benefits of an improved memory and sharper mind. 

CLD Attendees Welcome

Break

CLD Attendees Welcome

AI in the Alcohol Industry

CLD Attendees Welcome

Celebrity Brands: How to be Successful

In this session with Rocco Milano, Executive Vice President of Sales at Gin & Juice By Dre and Snoop, you'll get the real story behind three entrepreneurs' unexpected turn in Dallas almost a decade ago to create a game-changing RTD with On the Rocks Cocktails. Learn how the upstart brand reached new heights and eventually became acquired by one of the largest liquor companies in the world. Milano will also reveal his next exciting chapter where RTDs and celebrities merge on a new project.

CLD Attendees Welcome

Lunch

Cannabis and Hemp Outlook: What's in, What's Out for the Beverage Sector?

Hemp-Derived THC has roared onto the national stage in recent years and taken much of the spotlight from the now decade-old adult-use cannabis legalization movement. With over half of U.S. adults living in legalized recreational cannabis states, what's the status of these two THC categories? This session will lay out the current landscape with particular attention to the rise of hemp-derived beverages and their increased presence in the retail alcohol channel.

CLD Attendees Welcome

Break

CLD Attendees Welcome

New Workforce Habits and Preferences: How to Manage These Employees

CLD Attendees Welcome

Closing Keynote

CLD Attendees Welcome

Closing Night Activity & Dinner

CLD Attendees Welcome

After Dinner Meet-Up

CLD Attendees Welcome
SPONSORED BY: SHAW ROSS
Thursday, July 25, 2024

Departures

Meetings and Conventions Contacts
Kari Langerman
Senior Vice President, Meetings and Events
202.243.7516
Lisa Koenig
Senior Director, Meetings and Events
202.371.9786
Catherine Ontko
Senior Coordinator, Meetings and Events
757.775.8530