Over 100 young FMCG professionals attended the inaugural FMCG Emerging Leaders Forum at the Auckland Museum on Wednesday 20th of September.

The event was the brainchild of the FGC Talent Working group in conjunction with EDGE Creative and was aimed at challenging and inspiring young leaders within the industry. Five topic areas were covered throughout the day with prominent business leaders featured as speakers.

Christopher Luxon was the opening speaker, sharing his leadership journey within FMCG, having worked for many years internationally for Unilever. Pier Smulders from Alibaba then tackled the future of Retail, followed by Francis Valintine who introduced the audience to the workplace requirements of the future.

Following lunch, Diversity Works lead a workshop in conjunction with CCA and ASB discussing the importance of Diversity in the workplace, which stimulated some great table discussions. Sam Hazledine shared his success in building high performance teams and offered some advice on the importance of culture. The final speaker session was Judy from Inventium who provided five tools for improving innovation within the workplace.

The day concluded with a CEO panel where delegates were given the opportunity to ask questions and discuss key topics. This was facilitated by MC Vicky Taylor from Smart Foods.

Look out for the event next year!

FMCG Business was one of the sponsors of the FMCG Emerging Leaders Forum.

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