A huge thanks to everyone who came along to our first Friday of #GGFest last week. We’re very pleased to announce that it was a huge success! Our morning panel saw some of the industry’s female leaders answering some challenging questions about our industry and their experiences this year, while our afternoon session with psychologist Fiona Murden got the audience thinking about how they’ve been impacted by those around them and what kinds of role models they want to bring into their lives.

After such an insightful and inspiring start, we can’t wait to show you what to expect for this Friday’s second week of #GGFest. Check it out!

Friday 25 September


Live conversation with Jo Whitfield – Let’s Talk to our Younger Generations

CEO of Co-op Food and founder of our network, Jo Whitfield will be taking to the virtual screen for a second week in a row. She’ll be putting herself forward for questioning once more, but this time there’s a twist; it won’t be us asking her the questions, but our community!

We put out a call for members who are earlier in on their career to volunteer for the panel, and we’ve got six wonderful interviewers lined up:

  • Mariam Ali, Store Manager, Co-op
  • Seana Boyle, NPD and Quality, Piccolo
  • Jess Felton-Page, Commercial Manager, Rubies in the Rubble
  • Joanna Martin, National Account Manager, Urban Fresh Foods
  • Rachel Seignot, Perfect Store Analyst and co-chair of women’s network, Pepsi
  • Charlotte Tupman, National Account Manager, Kellogg

They’ll be asking Jo about her experiences in and out of work, but they’ll also be challenging her to put herself in their shoes and share her views on development in today’s environment. We think it’s going to be a real eye-opener!


Talk – Networking and the Power of Connections

If we asked you whether you’ve managed to do much networking in 2020, we think we’d know the answer. How do you meet new people and forge new relationships when travel is restricted and all live events have been cancelled?

It’s all about reframing what connections mean to you and how you look for them, according to our speakers. Join Emma Heal, Managing Director at Lucky Saint and Helen Hepworth, Founder and Director at Collective Stories, as they explore the value of networking and what it means to them, as well as sharing some top tips for staying curious while the world feels limited.

Tickets are still available for all remaining sessions, so get yours while you can! We’ve reduced the price of full festival bundles, so you can now get all six sessions for £20 – these will be on sale until the end of the week. 50% of all ticket sales are being donated to GroceryAid, supporting those in our industry who may have struggled during this time.

Want to know what to expect? Our afternoon session guests both appeared on the first series of our podcast – we guarantee listening to these interviews will get you excited for Friday!


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