NextGenBaker Virtual Leadership Series

At the NextGenBaker Virtual Leadership Series, ABA’s NextGenBaker is offering the industry’s rising leaders a virtual space to connect with peers, hear from experts and industry senior leaders, and invest in professional development. Whether you choose to participate in one or all three parts, this series will leave you encouraged, challenged, and better equipped to lead.

Join your fellow NextGenBakers to address the many professional and personal challenges that COVID-19 has presented us over these past few months. Let’s take a moment to focus on how we’re doing as leaders. Where are you struggling? Where are you thriving? How can you continue to grow your leadership skills in this new environment?

NextGenBaker Three-Part Virtual Program

  1. Rising Leaders Roundtable – July 14 and August 11
  2. Virtual Leadership Forum – September 1, 8, 15, 22
  3. After Chat: Leading Your Team Through the New Normal – October 13, November 10, and December 8

The NextGenBaker Virtual Leadership Series is complimentary to ABA Members thanks to the generous support of Platinum Sponsor BCW, Gold Sponsor SF&WB, and Silver Sponsors ATBI, Mother Murphy’s, and Society of Bakery Women.

1. NextGenBaker Rising Leaders Roundtable  

Join your NextGenBaker peers for an informal virtual roundtable discussion featuring special guest speakers to help us kick off the conversations – July 14 and August 11 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT. These intimate roundtables require participation and encourage discussions between a diverse group of rising leaders. Only 20 spots available for each roundtable, so register today.

NextGenBaker Rising Leaders Roundtable: Leading Your Team Through the New Normal

Guest speaker: Robyn Clark, President & Founder, WinningWise

A roundtable discussion centered around what makes for a strong, high performance and effective team – today and always. Teaming in the environment created by the pandemic is a unique challenge as the leader is setting up new norms and the team is likely hungry for connection, stability, direction and a picture for the new future – all while the leader is challenged to keep the team moving forward. RSVP to Christina Donnelly.

NextGenBaker Rising Leaders Roundtable: Leading in a Virtual Work Environment

Guest speaker: Caroline Logan, Principal, McChrystal Group

The leadership development professionals at McChrystal Group specialize in leveraging experiential learning to guide attendees in the exploration of new techniques to achieve high-performance teams, effective communication, and innovative thinking. This roundtable discussion will address how people experience change and techniques leaders can apply to achieve high performance and maximize engagement. RSVP to Christina Donnelly.

2. NextGenBaker Virtual Leadership Forum

The in-person Leadership Forum may be postponed until next year, but that doesn’t mean we stop enhancing our leadership skills. Join your fellow rising leaders this September at the NextGenBaker Virtual Leadership Forum. One-hour presentations every Tuesday, tackling the core pillars of NextGenBaker – professional development, relationship building, public policy engagement, and industry trends education.

The Power of Political Engagement

Does it seem impossible to keep up with the current political landscape or figure out how you can impact public policy for the benefit of your community and business? Let us help. NextGenBaker is bringing in the experts to help us understand how we, as rising leaders in the industry and our communities, can activate or elevate our public policy engagement in this new virtual environment. This three-part quickfire session will feature:

– Deciphering the Political Landscape with Jim Ellis, Senior Political Analyst, BIPAC
– Amplifying Your Voice at the State Level with Kelly Knowles, ABA
– Tapping into the Power of the Industry with Lee Sanders
– Q&A with the Experts

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Leading Your Team Through the New Normal

Speaker: Robyn Clark, President & Founder, WinningWise 

A roundtable discussion centered around what makes for a strong, high performance and effective team – today and always. Teaming in the environment created by the pandemic is a unique challenge as the leader is setting up new norms and the team is likely hungry for connection, stability, direction and a picture for the new future – all while the leader is challenged to keep the team moving forward.

This session will provide NextGenBakers with hard hitting tips to build a strong team, including strengthening alignment and growing relationships, as well as offer an Action Plan to apply these lessons in daily professional life. 

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Looking Ahead: Marketplace Experience and Consumer Expectations

Examining current consumer buying habits as well as how foodservice operators and grocery retailers have adapted their business formats in response to COVID-19, industry experts will share insights on how bakers can prepare for 2021.

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Leading in the Landscape of Today

Senior leaders from the baking industry will discuss lessons they have learned in the face of the unprecedented challenges that 2020 has presented.

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3. After Chat: Leading Your Team Through the New Normal

The conversation doesn’t stop in September. For those who attended the September Virtual Leadership Forum, let’s unpack the experts’ presentations and share our own perspectives, questions, achievements, and predictions for the coming year. Each “After Chat” will focus on one of the presentations from September. Only 20 spots are available for each session.

  • October 13, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT, Registration Coming Soon
    After Chat: Leading Your Team in the Post-COVID Era
  • November 10, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT, Registration Coming Soon
    After Chat: The Power of Political Engagement
  • December 8, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT, Registration Coming Soon
    After Chat: Leading in the Landscape of Today