2017 Featured Speakers

UFCW 8-Golden State President Jacques Loveall

Jacques is president of UFCW 8-Golden State and chairman of UFCW Trust, which funds pension and health care benefits for 125,000 active workers, dependents and retirees in the food and drug industries. He is a vice president of the UFCW International Union and a vice president of the California Labor Federation. He is also chairman of the Loveall Foundation for Children, a nonprofit charity dedicated to giving children an opportunity for a better life and enabling them to reach their full potential.


Former House Majority Leader
Richard “Dick” Gephardt

Dick is president and CEO of Gephardt Government Affairs. He provides strategic advice and hands-on lobbying for clients on issues before the House of Representatives, the Senate and the Executive Branch. Dick has brought successful resolution for clients on issues related to negotiations, crisis management and strategic communications. He represents a broad array of Fortune 100 clients and has served as a public spokesperson for clients on coalitions to bring about policy solutions to healthcare reform and climate change. He served in the United States House of Representatives from 1977 to 2005, representing Missouri’s 3rd Congressional District, home to his birthplace, St. Louis.

Trends, Developments and Challenges Facing the Retail Food and Drug Industries

Meredith is a director on the board of Performance Food Group, a food service distributor, and provides consulting services to several other companies. She is the top-rated Food and Drug Retailing analyst in Institutional Investor’s annual poll of equity analysts. Prior to her role as a consultant, she was a high-yield bond analyst and worked for Lehman Brothers, which later became Barclays Capital. She served Barclays until her retirement in 2016. Meredith received her B.A. in comparative religion from Boston University in 1977 and her M.B.A. in finance from New York University in 1985.

Make Difficult People Disappear: How to Reduce Conflict in the Workplace

Monica is the best-selling author of Contagious Leadership, Make Difficult People Disappear and What Does Leadership Take? and is CEO of Contagious Companies, Inc. She began her speaking career in 1989 and has delivered thousands of presentations in 27 countries and all 50 U.S. states. Monica’s presentation this year will help attendees assess, address and modify behaviors to improve communication with others. She will offer a personality assessment and deliver 15 real world tips to reduce stress and eliminate conflict in the work place. She has appeared on CNN, HLN and news shows around the country.