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Today's Managers: Tomorrow's Leaders

February 26-March 3, 2017

An annual week-long executive education program hosted by the Food Industry Leadership Center at Portland State University and the Food Marketing Institute.

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Skamania Lodge, Stevenson, Washington

Program Details

This unique program offers food industry executives and senior level managers from retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and suppliers an in-depth look at current emerging successful business practices.


Learn how the various segments of the food, beverage and package goods industry value chain are interrelated. Build managerial and executive skills in creating solutions to common problems. Gain insight from top-level executives from prominent and successful companies. Participate in stimulating classroom discussions on key leadership, marketing, and management topics. Examine personal management and leadership strategies. Develop skills that can be immediately applied to the workplace. Make valuable industry contacts by working in cross-functional teams.

Program Format and Design

Program Design

Today’s Managers: Tomorrow’s Leaders features a practical, solution-oriented approach to management issues. The emphasis is on interaction using case studies, role-playing, team discussions, and lectures. You will learn how to develop practical, innovative solutions to on-the-job problems. Team discussions focus on analyzing case studies presented by instructors and developing strategies for dealing with these issues. You are expected to share your expertise with others, contribute to class discussion, and help sustain the highly interactive setting.

Team Project

The cross-industry team project allows you to immediately apply the tools and concepts learned in the week-long program. Each team will review and analyze its case-based project using a cross-functional and cross-industry perspective. On Friday, each team will make a formal oral presentation of recommendations to a panel of CEO’s. Sponsors or managers of the attendees are encouraged to attend the team presentations and the graduation ceremony.

Topics and Issues Covered include:

Financial Management

The ability to understand “the numbers” and to use financial data for analysis is critical for evaluating strategies and tactical alternatives. This session uses actual financial statements from companies representing various segments of the food industry. Topics include: navigating the maze of financial reports, evaluating financial information, and using financial information to make decisions. You will learn how to understand the impact of financial decisions on your organization.


In today's corporate environment, diversity is more important to understand and develop than ever before. This session offers training and insights to help learn what it really means to offer and honor diversity in your work and personal life.

Leadership and Team Development

Explore new ideas for leadership, putting collaborative problem solving concepts into action by engaging in facilitated activities that require innovation, collective decision-making, and genuine teamwork. Through ongoing team discussions, you learn how to apply leadership and team skills back in the workplace.


All Applications for Today’s Managers: Tomorrow’s Leaders must be supported by a Sponsor from the participant’s company. The Sponsor may be an officer of the company, or other senior level employee with whom the participant works. The sponsor will be invited to the final day of the conference to observe the team presentations, participate in the executive discussion and attend the certificate awards luncheon. Information about the Program Sponsor MUST be filled out on the Application Form in order to be admitted.


Program Fees: $5250 Tuition. A $500 deposit per reservation will hold your spot until the full fee is paid due January 16, 2016. The tuition fee includes room and board, resource books and materials, all food and refreshments and use of the fitness center.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received in writing before December 26, 2016, are charged a $50 processing fee before a refund is issued. A 50% refund is given if cancellations are received after January 2, 2017. Substitutions may be made at no cost until February 13, 2017 after that there will be a $500 substitution fee charged.

Applications: Applications may be mailed or faxed to the PSU address on the application form and should be received by December. After December, call the Center for Retail Leadership to determine space availability. Early application is encouraged to allow time to receive and review the program materials and to complete the pre-program assignments.

Pre-Program Assignments: You will receive reading material and assignments to complete prior to coming to the program. Additional readings and team discussions are assigned throughout the week.

Commitment & Certificate: Enrollment in this program is limited; participation is by application only. The program is non-credit only; grades are not assigned. There are no academic prerequisites for admission. A Certificate of Executive Development is awarded to each participant who successfully completes the program. Attendance at all sessions is required. Active participation is expected.


Tina Ford, Associate Director
Center for Retail Leadership
Portland State University
Telephone: (503) 725-8352 or (800) 547-8887 ext. 8352
Fax: (503) 725-8183
Web Page:

Previous Participating Companies:

Alberta Trade Office
Albertsons, Inc.
Anchor Food Products
Associated Food Stores
Associated Grocers
Associated Retail Stores
Australian Trade Consulate
Bales Marketplace
Bates Technical College
Bimbo Bakeries
Blue Square Israel
Boardman Foods, Inc.
Brown & Cole, Inc.
Cardinal Nutrition
Chiquita Brands International
Classic Wines of California
Coca-Cola USA Foundation
Columbia Colstor, Inc.
Continental Mills, Inc.
Dari-West Marketing, Inc.
David Oppenheimer & Company
Day to Day Ltd.
DeJarnett Sales, Inc.
Ernest & Julio Gallo Winery
Farmer Jack Supermarkets
Fleming Companies, Inc.
Food Alliance
Food Marketing Institute
Franz Family Bakeries
Fred Meyer Stores
Gai's Northwest Bakeries
Gardenburger, Inc.
Gelson’s Markets
Gray & Co.
Haggen, Inc.
Henningsen Cold Storage
Hermiston Foods, Inc.
Hi-Country Foods Corporation
Huish Detergents
H.Y. Louie Co. Limited
Hy-Vee, Inc.
Information Resources, Inc.
Interbake Foods
IVC Industries, Inc.
Kellogg Company
Larry’s Markets
Legacy Health System
Litehouse Foods
Meijer, Inc.
Metcash Trading Limited
Mother’s Cake & Cookie Co.
National Cooperative Bank
Nestle USA
NORPAC Foods, Inc.
Oberto Sausage Co.
Oppenheimer Group
Oregon Fruit Products Co.
PepsiCo, Inc.
Procter & Gamble
Program Planning Professionals
Quaker Oats Co.
Quest International
Ralph’s Grocery Co.
Ralston Purina Co.
Rosauers Supermarkets
Safeway, Inc.
Save Mart Supermarkets
Schreiber Foods, Inc.
Smith Frozen Foods, Inc.
Snyder's Bakery
Steinfeld's Food Products
Swan Island Dairy
Tillamook County Creamery Association
Tillamook Food Sales, Inc.
Top Foods
Trailblazer Foods
Tree Top, Inc.
Unified Grocers, Inc.
United States Bakery
Western Family Foods, Inc.
Woodburn Shop’n Kart