Selfcare Summit Networking Events


Network and engage with industry leaders and industry influencers


Attendees have access to speakers, receptions, and dinners where they have a chance outside of meetings to network and engage with industry leaders and industry influencers as they present and share their insights on current Selfcare trends and reveal what’s next for the future in the Selfcare industry and the store for the future. ​​


SEC Reception & Dinner

Speaker: John O’Leary, Author & Speaker

In 1987, John O’Leary was a curious nine-year-old boy. Playing with fire and gasoline, John created a massive explosion in his home and was burned on 100% of his body. He was given a 1% chance to live. This epic story of survival was first showcased in his parents’ book, Overwhelming Odds, in 2006. It was this book that first invited John to embrace his miraculous recovery and share it with the world. John inspires nearly 75,000 people at 100+ events each year. He speaks to companies and organizations across industries, such as: sales, healthcare, business, safety, marketing, financial services, faith, education and insurance. His emotional story-telling, unexpected humor and authenticity make each of his presentations truly transformational.

Sponsored by Emerson Group

Open to Merchandising Track particpants ONLY


Champions of Change Award Ceremony

October 3rd, 2019 | 7pm – 9:30pm
Join us for an evening of recognition of leaders in the non-foods industry! This is your opportunity to be part of a celebration of diversity and accomplishment, and meet with the leaders who are truly changing the way consumers shop and buy.

GMDC and Winsight Grocery Business have developed an inclusive leadership awards platform that recognizes transformative, emerging, and established leaders in the general merchandise, health, beauty, wellness, non-foods, and technology communities from the buyer and seller industry in these categories:

• Store Department Directors/Managers
• Retail Store Department Managers
• Assistant Department Managers
• Suppliers & Technology Leaders
• Product Designers/Marketers
• Merchandising & Display Designers
• Business Directors & VPs

No cost to attend, but those not already registered for the Selfcare Summit must register for this event. 


Emerging Champions

Recognizes inspirational retail industry professionals (titles from director level and below) from the retail, supplier, and service provider communities in the GM, HBW, non-foods, and technology categories. These candidates are making a mark—and a difference—in their stores, companies, and communities through demonstrated leadership, results-oriented achievements, peer-mentoring, and related exceptional contributions to their companies’ overall success.

Legendary Champions

Recognizes senior-level business leaders (titles of VP or higher) from the retail, supplier, and service provider communities in the GM, HBW, non-foods, and technology segments. These candidates consistently demonstrate outstanding leadership, dynamic vision, inventive strategic direction, and innovative solution building while providing exemplary inspiration for a new generation of up-and-coming leaders.

Nomination Details

Applications will be open to emerging and established professionals across all sectors of the retail non-food and tech industries for demonstrated excellence and remarkable achievements logged from March 1, 2018 – March 1, 2019 in the retailer/wholesaler and supplier/service/vendor communities.

Nominations have closed. Award recipients will be announced October 3rd.