2017 GMA Leadership Forum at The Greenbrier




In 2017 we return to the historic Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia! The GMA Leadership Forum is an invaluable event uniquely designed by fellow CPG industry executives for leaders of today and those of tomorrow. This must-attend forum has been carefully crafted to bring you the insights and relationships to move your business and professional legacy toward the future. We bring together all sides of the value chain, connecting both manufacturer and retailer, knowledge partner and supplier, for four days filled with purpose, vision, focus, rapport and innovation. Only the uppermost visionaries and proven problem solvers will join us to advance the CPG industry to the next era.


GMA Leadership Forum Mobile App
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2017 Main Stage Keynote Speakers

George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States

Sworn into office on January 20, 2001, President Bush served as Commander in Chief for two consecutive terms and before his presidency, he served for six years as Governor of the State of Texas. As President, George W. Bush worked to expand freedom, opportunity and security at home and abroad. Following the tragic September 11th terrorist attacks, he led the most dramatic reorganization of the federal government since the beginning of the Cold War, reforming the intelligence community and establishing new institutions like the Department of Homeland Security. His presidency also accomplished significant initiatives including the No Child Left Behind Act, global HIV/AIDS and malaria efforts, and the modernization of Medicare. President Bush is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School and the author of Decision Points and 41: A Portrait of My Father. Keynote session brought to you by: Accenture


David J. Stern
Commissioner Emeritus
National Basketball Association

As an NBA commissioner for 30 years, Mr. Stern built the model for professional sports in league operations, public service, global marketing, television distribution and digital technology.  He oversaw the NBA’s extraordinary growth with seven new franchises, a more than 30-fold increase in revenues, a dramatic expansion of national television exposure and the launch of two leagues, the Women’s National Basketball Association and the NBA Development League. An intense commitment to social responsibility both in the United States and around the world marked Mr. Stern's tenure as commissioner. Under his leadership, the league launched NBA Cares, a global social responsibility program that builds on the NBA's mission of addressing important social issues in the United States and around the world. Currently, as CEO of DJS Global Advisors, Mr. Stern is a Senior Advisor to the NBA, PwC’s Entertainment and Media Advisory Practice, investment bank PJT Partners and New York venture capital firm Greycroft Partners. Keynote session brought to you by: PwC








  • Who Will be There?

    This invitation-only event brings together North American and global CEOs, presidents and senior executives from operations, sales, finance, legal, science & regulatory, talent development and marketing - from every GMA member company.

  • What Value Will I Receive?

    As an attendee of the GMA Leadership Forum, you can expect to participate in solutions-driven dialogue while building a network of connections with the most accomplished leaders in the food, beverage and product goods industry from around the world. Breakout sessions, keynote addresses and unique networking opportunities will provide top executives with the opportunity to learn about the newest business theories, challenge status quo ideas, broaden your perspectives and grow your network.

  • Why Should I Attend?

    The GMA Leadership Forum is truly the gathering where you will not only meet other leading CPG manufacturer decision makers, but you'll also hear from world-renowned game changers and prepare for the biggest trends of the future.



For more information, contact:

General Conference and Speaker Information

Debbie DeJacques


Larry Gray


Jonathan Downey

Partner Power Connect Program

Andrew Coffey