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Schedule Of Events

Wednesday, October 16

12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Retail Produce Tour*

Offers an insider's look at what's new in merchandising, packaging, technology and fruit and vegetables. After visiting exciting retail stores in the local area, expect to walk away with plenty of innovative ideas and strategies that can be applied to your own business. 

*Separate registration required and limited space available.




4:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
CGT Contributor & Volunteer Reception (Invitation Only)
Marriott, Platinum Ballrooms 1&2

This invite-only event celebrates and thanks Center for Growing Talent contributors and volunteers, connecting them with those they support, our Career Pathways participants.


Thursday, October 17

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
FRESH IDEAS SHOWCASE
HALL B/C LOBBY, ACC

Visit the Fresh Ideas Showcase to see what’s new and innovative across the supply chain. Exhibitors will be displaying recently-launched products and services that are sure to freshen up the produce and floral aisles and excite consumers. In addition to the main showcase, there are sections highlighting popular industry trends. Check them out before, during and after exposition hours: 
  • On-The-Go Showcase: Products/services that make it easier for consumers to eat healthy while on the go or in the kitchen
  • Certified Organic Showcase: Innovative, certified organic products
  • Floral Showcase: Innovative floral products/services



9:00 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.
EXPERIENCE EXTENSION 

Connect with peers, join industry leaders in informal conversations about hot topics, or just take a break. Gain insights. Share perspectives.



10:30 a.m. - 12:15 a.m.
FORUM FOR THE FUTURE - STATE OF THE INDUSTRY
LEVEL 3, BALLROOM A-E, ACC

Big Voice:
Cathy Burns, CEO, Produce Marketing Association
During the 2019 State of the Industry, PMA CEO Cathy Burns will bring inspiration to the future of our industry. Perspectives will be transformed, and new-found vigor will strengthen contributions to your organization and customers. Backed by the collective intelligence of the industry, the SOI will continue the legacy of business-changing predictions.

Breakfast will be included. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.




12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
EXPERIENCE EXTENSION 

Connect with peers, join industry leaders in informal conversations about hot topics, or just take a break. Gain insights. Share perspectives.



 

1:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
FORUM FOR THE FUTURE - SOLVING INDUSTRY ISSUES ONE PITCH AT A TIME
LEVEL 3, BALLROOM A-E, ACC

Big Voice:
Robert Herjavec, Entrepreneur and Leading Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank

Why is investing in “new” critical in today’s competitive environment? What’s the next innovation that will eliminate the thing that’s keeping you up at night? Join Robert Herjavec, from ABC’s Shark Tank, for his thoughts and insights for solving industry issues as pitches are made to Robert and a panel of industry experts.

Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.




4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
INVITATION ONLY

Emerging Leaders Program Capstone and Graduation
Center for Growing Talent wraps up this year's program with a capstone course and graduation ceremony for our industry's next generation leaders who will join an elite group of rising stars making a difference in our industry. 




4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
VIP RECEPTION (TICKET REQUIRED)

An invitational gathering of produce and floral industry leaders and association supporters, including Retailers, the PMA and Center for Growing Talent Board of Directors, PMA Committee Chairs and Platinum/Gold Level Fresh Summit Event Sponsors.




5:00 p.m. - 7:00p.m.
WELCOMING RECEPTION: GLOBAL STREET FESTIVAL GRAND PLAZA

Meet and mingle with the talented members of our industry at the Welcoming Reception. Be transported around the globe with food and drink specialties and festivities from diverse parts of the world. A feast for your senses. Enjoy the rest of your evening, the way you like it.

May require separate registration.



Friday, October 18

7:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
5K Race for Talent

Join Center for Growing Talent for their annual 5K Race for Talent and get a great start to your morning with a 3.1-mile walk/run at the Dad Miller Golf Course. Shuttle transportation will be provided. You do not need to be registered for Fresh Summit; family and friends are welcome to participate.

Separate registration required. Register as individuals or sign up your team here.




8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fresh Ideas Showcase
HALL B/C LOBBY, ACC




8:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
FORUM FOR THE FUTURE: COMING SOON!
LEVEL 3, BALLROOM A-E, ACC

Breakfast will be included. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.




10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Exposition
HALLS A-D, ARENA LOBBY, ARENA

Inside the Fresh Summit Expo, you'll find everyone from this dynamic industry--seed companies & growers, exporters & importers, wholesalers & retailers, and the packing, transporting & technology companies which support them. This diverse marketplace of more than 1,200 exhibitors, over 3,200 buyers and 22,000 attendees from 60+ countries means endless opportunities for connections, collaborations, considerations and communications.




5:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
FLORAL RECEPTION
ROOM 204ABC, ACC

Let loose and have fun as we celebrate our Floral Community. Enjoy delicious hors d'oevres & fruity cocktails and see who will be the 2019 Floral Marketer of the Year (presentation at 6:15 p.m.). Mingle with movers and shakers in floral and congratulate the 2019 winner.


Saturday, October 19

8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
WOMEN'S FRESH PERSPECTIVES LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST

Center for Growing Talent is hosting this leadership breakfast providing industry members with an opportunity to build meaningful relationships and gain career insights from our inspirational guest speaker, Queen Latifah.

Separate registration  required and seating is limited.




8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fresh Ideas Showcase
HALL B/C LOBBY, ACC




10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Exposition
HALLS A-D, ARENA LOBBY, ARENA