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Dates: October 24 – October 29, 2021
Location: Yale School of Management, New Haven, CT
It’s Your Time to Lead
NACS Women’s Leadership Class of 2019
Women face unique challenges in the workplace, and they also add unique value and perspective. They shatter groupthink, improve communication dynamics and reinvigorate companies in ways that make them more competitive. Research shows companies with a critical mass of top-team gender diversity enjoy better financial performance.
The NACS Women’s Leadership Program offers convenience leaders the opportunity to:
Participants from retailer and supplier companies are invited to exchange ideas with a peer group of experienced and emerging women leaders who face similar challenges in their professional lives. The program is administered by thought-leading faculty at Yale and successful female convenience industry practitioners.
For any questions or to request more information, please contact:
Education Program Manager
“Candidly, it was by a significant margin, the best off-site program I have ever attended! It combines some of the best parts of other leadership courses, and melds them into one cohesive, week-long journey – making the goal of being one’s best self entirely feasible. The NACS Women’s Leadership Program at Yale has changed how I look at a number of things in my daily life. I highly recommend attending.”
-Michelle Walsh, Director-Retail Implementation, Wawa, Inc.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the content and atmosphere of the program. I’m going to share my experience with several women back at the office who would get a lot out of it too. Thanks for recognizing the need, and developing such an amazing curriculum.”
-Amanda Flowers, Fuel Accounting Manager, Wallis Co.
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The NACS Master of Convenience designation acknowledges the hard work and investment NACS members have made in their personal leadership development. It is awarded to convenience retailers who have attended 3 or more of the 5 NACS Executive Education programs. For questions, contact Brandi Mauro, NACS Education Program Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 518-4223.
Who Should Apply?
Women executives, district and regional managers, and women identified by their management as high-potential leaders from retailer or supplier companies.
Participating Companies Include
To get a better understanding of what the program offers, take a look at a previous program’s curriculum (PDF). The 2021 program curriculum will be posted here as soon as it is confirmed.
The NACS Women’s Leadership Program is administered by faculty in the Yale School of Management. See below for the speakers who presented at the 2020 NACS Women’s Leadership Program. Check back periodically to meet the 2021 speakers.
Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behavior
Heidi Brooks, Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behavior, teaches and advises on the subject of everyday leadership: the everyday micro-moments of impact that shape our lived experiences. Creating more courageous communities—especially within organizations—is a particular passion of hers. Dr. Brooks specializes in large-scale culture change projects focused on individual and collective leadership effectiveness in organizations. Interpersonal Dynamics, the MBA elective she has taught for 15 years, is one of the courses most in demand at Yale School of Management. Recently, Dr. Brooks pioneered the Everyday Leadership course at SOM, where she first taught the Principles of Everyday Leadership. She has also taught Emotional Intelligence, Power & Politics, Managing Teams and Groups, and Coaching Skills for Managers. Dr. Brooks received her doctorate in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree from Brown University. A life-long experiential learner, you can find her as a student in classrooms as far-ranging as improvisational theater and immersion language lessons.
Zoë Chance loves helping kind, smart people become more influential. She researches and teaches interpersonal influence here at Yale, publishes in academic journals and trade pubs like Harvard Business Review and Psychology Today, and speaks on influence around the world and on TV. Google uses Zoë’s behavioral economics framework as the basis for their global food policy, and Zoë has been named one of the top 50 management thinkers to watch. Prior to Yale, Zoë managed a 200-million-dollar segment of the Barbie brand at Mattel, and earned a doctorate from Harvard. Currently, she’s finishing up a book on influence to be published by Random House as one of their lead titles for next year.
George E. Newman
Associate Professor of Marketing and Management
George E. Newman is an associate professor of marketing and management at the Yale School of Management. He also holds affiliated appointments in the department of psychology and the department of cognitive science at Yale University. He is an expert in consumer behavior and consumer decision-making. His recent work focuses on questions related to the concepts of authenticity, identity, and the self. He has published more than 50 articles in leading scholarly journals, and his research has been featured in popular media outlets such as the New York Times, Scientific American, the Wall Street Journal, and the Economist. He has led seminars on various marketing and management topics for senior executives in North America and Asia.
Co-Director of the Yale College Emotional Intelligence Project
Faculty Director of the Women’s Leadership Program
Emma Seppälä, Ph.D, is Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and author of The Happiness Track (HarperOne, 2016). She is Co-Director of the Yale College Emotional Intelligence Project at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, and Faculty Director of the Yale School of Management’s Women’s Leadership Program.
She regularly consults with and speaks at companies around the world on positive organizations, happiness at work and social connection. She has addressed companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, Bain & Co, and Ernst & Young. She was an invited speaker at a United States Congressional Hearing and has also spoken at TedX Sacramento and TEDx Hayward.
She writes for Harvard Business Review, The Washington Post, TIME, QUARTZ, Business Insider, Stanford Medicine, Psychology Today, Fast Company, Forbes, Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen, Greater Good Science Center, Scientific American Mind and Spirituality & Health.
Her work and research have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, VOGUE, ELLE, CBSNews, Oprah Magazine, Fast Company, U.S. World and News Report, Forbes, Cosmopolitan, Inc, Huffington Post, ABC News, Business Insider, SELF, GLAMOUR, and the World Economic Forum.
She is a repeat guest on Good Morning America and has also been featured in ABC News, Fox News, Huffington Post Live and TIME/MONEY and is featured in the documentary film The Altruism Revolution and What You Do Matters.
Her research focuses on well-being, compassion, social connection, complementary and alternative practices, and trauma resilience. Her research on yoga-based breathing for military veterans returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan was highlighted in the documentary Free the Mind.
She is the recipient of a number of research grants and service awards including the James W. Lyons Award from Stanford University for founding Stanford’s first academic class on the psychology of happiness and teaching well-being programs for Stanford students.
She graduated from Yale (BA), Columbia (MA), and Stanford (PhD). Originally from Paris, France, she is a native speaker of French, English, and German and conversant in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.
David C. Tate
Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry
David C. Tate is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Yale University. His areas of practice in organizational consulting include coaching and leadership development, conflict resolution, team-building, succession planning and promoting healthy organizational development. In his clinical practice, he sees individuals, families and groups around issues concerning health, relationships, and dealing effectively with life transitions.
Dr. Tate is a co-author of Sink or Swim: How Lessons from the Titanic Can Save Your Family Business. He earned a certificate in family business advising from the Family Firm Institute, and serves as the facilitator for the National Association of Corporate Directors Connecticut Chapter’s Family Business Roundtable. He also is the co-founder of the Connecticut Consulting Psychology Group.
Dr. Tate received his B.S. at Cornell University and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia. He completed pre- and post-doctoral fellowships at Yale University before joining the faculty.
Assistant Professor Adjunct of Acting, Yale School of Drama
Grace Zandarski is a faculty member of the Acting Department at Yale School of Drama where she has taught Voice since 2002, specializing in Advanced Vocal Technique and Text for 2nd and 3rd Year Actors. She has coached numerous Yale Rep and YSD productions including Cymbeline (Evan Yionoulis, director), Caucasian Chalk Circle (Liz Diamond, dir.), Hamlet starring Paul Giamatti (James Bundy, dir.), The Winter’s Tale (Liz Diamond, dir.), Romeo and Juliet (Shana Cooper, dir.), and The Three Sisters (Les Waters, dir.), among many others.
Her New York coaching credits include Mike Nichols’ Death of a Salesman and Betrayal on Broadway, The Dance and the Railroad (Signature, May Adrales, dir.), The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide… (The Public, Michael Greif dir.), Homebody/Kabul (BAM, Frank Galati, dir.), in addition to numerous individual coaching credits for actors appearing on and off Broadway, in film, and on television.
Grace has taught master classes for the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and the Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab. She was named Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework in 1998 in the first certification program. She was one of the core faculty members of The Actors Center, and The Studio NY, and also served on the faculty of A.R.T./MXAT (Harvard’s Advanced Actor Training Program with the Moscow Art Theatre). In addition to YSD, she also teaches at Fordham University. Her work outside of actor training includes individual business and professional coaching as well as workshops on Voice, Presence, and Improv for Executives.
Registration for the 2021 NACS Women’s Leadership Program will open soon. Sign up to be notified when registration is open.
NACS Retail Member - $4,295
NACS Distributor & Supplier Member - $4,995
A tuition endowment from Altria makes this program most affordable for NACS member companies. The program registration fee includes instruction, course materials, assessments, lodging and scheduled meals and entertainment.
The Study at Yale Hotel
1157 Chapel St.
New Haven, CT 06511
Lodging at The Study at Yale Hotel and scheduled meals are included in the total cost of the program. NACS will handle the booking of your room.
Helpful travel instructions:
Amtrak , 800-872-7245, and Metro-North , 800-638-7646, provide service to Union Station, New Haven, Connecticut. (NHV), 1 mile from The Study Hotel. You may choose to take a shuttle or subway from John F. Kennedy or LaGuardia International airports to New York City, then take the train from Grand Central Terminal or Penn Station to Union Station, New Haven, Connecticut. (NHV).
The cancellation deadline is September 12, 2021. Transfer of registration to another person within your company may be possible and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Registration cancellations must be sent in writing and emailed to email@example.com. All cancellations received on or before September 12, 2021 could be charged a $250 administrative fee. After September 12, 2021, the full amount of the registration fee could be forfeited.
Your hotel is reserved when you register for the Women’s Leadership Program. If you are unable to attend the program, need to cancel, and have alerted Brandi Mauro (firstname.lastname@example.org) of your cancellation request, then NACS will handle the cancellation of your hotel.
All registered participants will be notified of updates or changes via direct email as soon as they are made. In addition, the program’s webpage will also be kept up to date.