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WGA Welcomes Coca-Cola As Top-Tier Sponsor

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The NGA Foundation has announced that Coca-Cola Co. has signed on as the top-tier sponsor of Women Grocers of America (WGA), making a multiyear commitment for $50,000 annually in support of the grocery industry’s female leaders.

“Coca-Cola is proud to continue our longtime support of Women Grocers of America,” said Pamela Stewart, chief customer officer of retail, Coca-Cola NAOU. 

“Enhancing our support of the NGA Foundation’s mission to increase diversity in grocery industry leadership is an important part of how we live our purpose to refresh the world and make a difference.”

The partnership includes Coca-Cola’s participation at upcoming WGA events, including the introduction of the WGA general session speaker Randy Ross, CEO of Remarkable, a consulting and advisory firm specializing in team development and organizational health. 

WGA will also explore the possibility of hosting future events at Coke’s corporate headquarters in Atlanta.

“Women Grocers of America greatly appreciates this generous support from Coca-Cola,” said Kristin Popp, president of WGA. 

“It will go a long way toward the continued development of leadership in grocery and the encouragement of women in executive roles in our industry.”

Foundation VP Chelsea Matzen also expressed gratitude for Coke’s support and “confidence in the mission of WGA.” 

“I look forward to the thought leadership this partnership will bring for the benefit of grocery’s women leaders,” she added.

About WGA

Operating under the NGA Foundation, Women Grocers of America is a professional development network for women of the independent grocery industry that aims to inspire and empower them through personal and professional development, cultivating connections and highlighting accomplishments and achievements. 

Highlights of WGA programming include its Woman of the Year Award, scholarships for female students pursuing careers in grocery, an Executive Female Leadership Network and Emerging Female Leaders Share Group and virtual professional development and educational sessions.

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