Leading by Innovation

The NACS Innovation Leadership Program develops creative thinking in retail employees.

July 02, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The secret to success often means learning how to apply research to practical situations. That’s where the NACS Innovation Leadership Program comes in. Endowed by Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Mondelez, Shell and PDI, the Innovation Leadership Program is scheduled for November 1-6 at the MIT Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.

The program—for personnel from retail companies only—offers the chance to directly apply methods and frameworks taught through the program to their own businesses. “It was a wonderful experience. Mentally powerful and rewarding. …Thanks to NACS for staying focused on our industry and helping raise the tide with education courses like this,” said former attendee Joey Hobson, vice president of marketing for Maverik, Inc., of the program.

The course also helps convenience leaders learn how to build an innovation culture focused on skills, desire, freedom of action, high commitment and high integrity, while recognizing and overcoming mental models that inhibit innovation. “As a life-long learner, and someone who desires to constantly sharpen the saw, I see tremendous value in this program. I plan on attending Cornell next, and will send several more of my team members to these courses,” said former attendee Gary Price, vice president of operations for Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores.

Attendees will also identify routes to take to positively respond to disruptive competition and will develop digital business models while applying innovative methods for designing work and operating models that engage employees as well as create competitive advantages. Bill Stein, senior vice president of enterprise growth for CoreMark summed up his experience as an attendee of the Innovation Leadership Program: “I am so appreciative of the effort that was put into creating this program—my head is still spinning!”

You can learn more about the Innovation Leadership Program here, along with up-to-the minute information about how COVID-19 is impacting the NACS Executive Education sessions.