Today's Managers: Tomorrow's Leaders

TMTL 2020 Dates Coming Soon

Skamania Lodge, Skamania, WA

An annual, week-long executive education program hosted by Portland State University’s Center for Retail Leadership and Center for Executive and Professional Education.



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


Learn how the various segments of the retail industry are interrelated. Build relevant, applicable leadership skills that will enhance your success and advance your career. Gain insight from PSU faculty and top-level executives from successful companies in the retail industry. Participate in stimulating classroom discussions to develop key leadership, marketing, and finance skills. Develop leadership strategies that can be immediately applied to the workplace. Build valuable industry relationships by working in cross-functional project teams. Program eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon completion.

Program Approach

As a senior-level manager, it is essential to stay at the leading edge of today's evolving retail environment. This in-depth, interactive program brings together professionals from retail, manufacturing, wholesaling, supply, ecommerce, packaging, marketing, and distribution to network and learn about the latest industry trends.

  • Sharpen leadership skills through team-based projects that tackle timely, real-world industry issues.

  • Hear about the latest in virtual reality, robotics, closed loop, data and analytics, strategy, diversity, finance, conflict management, entrepreneurship, and other innovations in the retail ecosystem. Speaking opportunities are available.

  • Engage in interactive sessions designed to spark ideas, discussions, solutions, and shared experiences.

  • Network with established retailers, brands, emerging companies, C-Suite executives, and more.

Team Project

A key part of your TMTL experience will be working on a cross-industry team project that will allow you to immediately apply the tools and concepts learned in the week-long program. Team members will review and analyze projects from a cross-functional perspective. On the final day of the program, each team will deliver a formal oral presentation of recommendations to a panel of c-suite executives. Sponsors or managers of the attendees will be encouraged to attend the team presentations and the graduation ceremony.

Commitment & Certificate

Please note, enrollment in this program is limited. There are no academic prerequisites for admission, the program is non-credit, and grades will not be assigned. A Certificate of Completion is awarded to each participant who attends the full program and successfully completes all coursework. Attendance at all sessions is required, and active participation is expected.


All attendees of 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 program to observe the team presentations and attend the certificate award luncheon. Information about the Sponsor will be requested after the registration is complete.


Program Fees: $4995 includes course work and materials, hotel, meals, and refreshments.

To Register: Registration for 2019 is closed. For additional information or questions, please contact Melissa Endicott at After this date, call Melissa at 503.477.9757 to determine space availability. Early registration is encouraged to allow time to receive and review the program materials and to complete pre-program assignments.

Cancellation Policy: A 50% refund will be given for cancellations received after January 2, 2019, and before February 5, 2019. After February 5, full tuition may be retained. Substitutions may be made at no cost until February 12, 2019. After that date, a $500 substitution fee will be charged.

Pre-Program Assignments: Participants will receive a packet of pre-work to complete prior to the start of the program. Additional readings and team discussions will be assigned throughout the week.


Melissa Endicott
Center for Executive and Professional Education
Portland State University

Jennifer Nolfi

Executive Director Center for Retail Leadership

Portland State University



Previous Participating Companies Include

Safeway/Albertsons, Inc.

Anchor Food Products

Associated Grocers

Associated Retail Stores

Australian Trade Consulate

Bimbo Bakeries

Blue Square Israel

Brown & Cole, Inc.

Chiquita Brands International

Classic Wines of California

Coca-Cola USA Foundation

Continental Mills, Inc.

Ernest & Julio Gallo Winery

Food Alliance

Food Marketing Institute

Franz Bakery

Fred Meyer Stores


Gardenburger, Inc.

Gelson’s Markets

Henningsen Cold Storage

Hermiston Foods, Inc.

Information Resources, Inc.

Interbake Foods

IVC Industries, Inc.

Kellogg Company

Larry’s Markets

Legacy Health System

Litehouse Foods


Mother’s Cake & Cookie Co.

Nestle USA

NORPAC Foods, Inc.

Oberto Sausage Co.

Oppenheimer Group

Oregon Fruit Products Co.

PepsiCo, Inc.

Procter & Gamble


Quaker Oats Co.

Ralph’s Grocery Co.

Ralston Purina Co.

Smart Foodservice Warehouse Stores

Smith Frozen Foods, Inc.

Tillamook County Creamery

Steinfeld's Food Products

Trailblazer Foods

Tree Top, Inc.

Unified Grocers, Inc.

United States Bakery