Symposium Speakers Set

Margo Downs, Ben Nemtin, and Cam Marston will share characteristics essential for shaping your post-pandemic life

After more than a year living through the Covid-19 pandemic, the Association and its independent grocery community are excited to be returning to the Big Island this June.

If you’re like us, the state’s reopening date, plus the expanded access to Covid-19 vaccines, is cause for considering what we can expect from the near future. Is a new “Roaring 20s” just around the corner? Do we face a more protracted struggle against coronavirus? What is the “new normal” anyways?

Independent Operators Symposium featured speakers Margo Downs, Ben Nemtin, and Cam Marston offer a jumping-off point.

Resiliency and optimism are two inter-related characteristics that can guide us into 2021 and beyond. Having shaped innovative people strategies at Stitch Fix, Starbucks, and Lululemon, Downs knows a thing or two about why optimism is the secret to culture. And optimism isn’t only about a sunny outlook. Symposium participants will hear about Nemtin’s unique journey that saw him star in MTV’s “The Buried Life” where he and his best friends relied upon resiliency to surmount seemingly impossible social and personal obstacles.

New! CGA has added a third speaker to our 2021 IOS lineup. Cam Marston is the leading expert on the impact of generational change and its impact on the workplace and marketplace. As an author, columnist, blogger, and lecturer, he imparts a clear understanding of how generational demographics are changing the landscape of business. In his segment Marston will explain the dynamics of having five generations in the workforce simultaneously.

Read more about this year’s featured speakers. And if you haven’t yet booked your Symposium stay, more information can be found on the 2021 IOS event page.