Attendees routinely praise the CGA Strategic Conference as the most productive and enjoyable networking event of the year. We blend our high-energy educational programming and business meetings with relaxed social events to foster an environment for genuine discussion and quality time in the company of peers.

Throughout the agenda, the CGA Strategic Conference offers opportunities to connect with colleagues in laid back social settings. Prior to the start of the conference, tee up with industry colleagues at The Illuminators golf tournament at a signature Palm Springs course. Sunday evening, our event kicks off with the Opening Reception followed by the chance to unwind outside at our hosted after-hours social event. Daily breakfast and lunch functions provide ample opportunities to connect on the show floor, and Monday evening’s reception is an event not to be missed.

Take advantage of our nightly networking events and receptions to connect with new colleagues and clients and strengthen relationships with your existing customers.

The Illuminators Golf Tournament

What better way to spend Sunday morning than playing one of Palm Springs’ destination courses? Take a swing at one of the generous tee prizes and enjoy lunch, refreshments, and on-course contests, hosted by The Illuminators. All proceeds benefit The Illuminators Education Foundation and Scholarship Program. Sunday, September 25, 2022 Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho […]

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Emerging Brands: Discovering New Roads Pitch Contest

New this year! Emerging brands applied to have the opportunity to pitch their product. In this session, contestants will have five minutes to win over the audience of industry decision-makers. Sunday, September 25, 2022 2:30 – 4:30 pm

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The Opening Experience

The CGA Strategic Conference kicks off with its signature Opening Experience. Come enjoy this must-attend first session that is guaranteed to provide you with inspiration for the rest of the conference. Don’t miss it! Sunday, September 25, 2022 5 – 6 pm

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Opening Reception

The CGA Strategic Conference Opening Reception is a rare gathering of California’s diverse grocery industry. It’s the ideal opportunity to catch up with colleagues, reconnect with familiar faces, and make new contacts. Delicious heavy appetizers and libations add to the welcoming atmosphere at this unrivaled networking event. Sponsored by: E. & J. Gallo Winery Sunday, […]

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After-Hours Social

Following CGA’s signature Opening Reception, attendees are invited to join their colleagues and new business connections at the After-Hours Social held in the Renaissance Palm Springs Resort’s picturesque outdoor patio and pool area. Hosted beverages and a lively atmosphere will be enjoyed by all who attend. Sponsored by Molson Coors Beverage Company Sunday, September 25, […]

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Whiteboard Sessions

To the drawing board! These loose, free-flowing sessions are designed to get the conversation going. In two energizing, 40-minute sessions facilitated by industry experts, participants will collaborate, share insights, and contribute best practices to big-picture topics. Bring your experience, questions, and energy to participate in your choice of two sessions that align with your industry […]

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Opening Remarks & Conference General Session

CGAs signature General Session features state-of-the-industry addresses from CGA President & CEO Ronald Fong, CGA Board Chair Renee Amen and The Illuminators Headlite Joe Perez. Remarks will be followed by the conference General Session presentation. Monday, September 26, 2022 8:30 am – 10:30 am

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Enterprise Risk Protection Executive Summit

Loss prevention, safety, and risk management professionals attending the CGA Strategic Conference gather for a customized educational track featuring a schedule of presentations on emerging issues such as shrink & fraud, technology & cybercrime, and employee safety best practices. Sponsored by RMS, Inc. Monday, September 26, 2022 10:30 am – 5 pm Whether it’s small-scale […]

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Independent Grocers Forum

The Independent Grocers Forum is the ideal place for California’s independent operators to gather, discuss best practices, collectively participate in vendor presentations, and socialize with industry colleagues. Monday, September 26, 2022 1 pm – 3 pm

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Sip! Tequila Tasting & Guacamole Happy Hour

After a productive day of meetings, join your colleagues for a sip of tequila and tequila inspired cocktails and help raise money for industry students with the Illuminators’ “Tips for Scholarships” event. Monday, September 26, 2022 5:30 – 7:00 pm

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The Morning Kickoff

Grab your morning coffee and join us for a thought-provoking presentation from a new voice that promises to challenge your thinking about our industry and where it’s headed. This presentation will spark conversations about today’s disruptions and the future of the food business. Tuesday, September 27, 2022 8:00 – 9:00 am

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Keynote Luncheon Address

After a delicious lunch provided by The Illuminators, get ready for a stimulating presentation that will challenge your thinking about collaboration. One of the NYU Stern School of Business’s most popular professors will provide an intriguing and timely diagnosis for the dissonance ailing our world, as well as a path forward towards collaboration, unity, and […]

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