How to Evolve Your Leadership in Challenging Times

This unique industry-specific program delivers one-on-one coaching and develops leadership skills and can be easily incorporated into your work schedule. 

September 18, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Convenience retail is proving itself to be a very robust format in challenging times. But how do we make it even stronger? How do we create the leaders of tomorrow to get us there? An easy—and affordable—answer: the NACS Executive Leadership Program.

Endowed by Reynolds, the live digital NACS Executive Leadership Program runs for three weeks from Oct. 27 to Nov. 12 through the Dyson School at Cornell University. Customized specifically for the convenience industry, the program is renowned for developing c-store leaders, including Frank Gleeson 2018-19 NACS Chairman of the Board.

Recently, on Shop Talk Live, Dan Munford, host of the weekly Global Convenience Store Focus web series, talked with Cornell program director Daniel Hooker and past attendees of the program about the value of the experience. In the program, Gleeson, now-president of Aramark Northern Europe, talked about his attendance at Cornell and how it was pivotal to his own professional journey.

The full curriculum for the NACS Executive Leadership Program can be found here. Register today to ensure you have enough time to participate in the leadership surveys that are a vital part of this experience.

A snapshot of some highlights of the program include:

Attendees will hear from Jim Lawless, who will kick off the program. Lawless is CEO of Symmetry International and a member of the Forbes Coaches Council. He is a leading architect of change and has delivered for global corporations, high-growth companies, government departments and Olympic teams. He is the high-performance team coach of choice for many senior leadership teams around the world. Cornell attendees will enjoy this special presentation courtesy of Reynolds.

Additionally, the day after the 2020 presidential election, Glenn Altschuler (called an “animating force” by Cornell students) will talk about the election and the implications for business.

Each participant will also benefit from hour-long, one-on-one meetings with leadership coaches to review their 360-degree feedback surveys from their peers and colleagues. The program also includes the FIRO-B® (Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation-Behavior™) instrument, which helps individuals understand their behavior and the behavior of others, with the goal of improving workplace interactions.

Also, attendees will enjoy a fun foodie event with James Larounis, co-owner and head chef of a local Ithaca restaurant. Larounis, who appeared in an episode of the Food Network's "Rewrapped," will help attendees try their hand cooking something up using c-store ingredients!

The NACS Executive Leadership Program is built to deliver a leadership experience that’s as rewarding and sophisticated as any in-person offering. Registration is open for the 2020 NACS Executive Leadership Program—only a few spots left!