May 17-18, 2023 | Chicago, IL

Join us at the NAW Large Company Roundtables May 17-18, 2023 in Chicago! This is an exclusive community of thought leaders from Large Company distribution enterprises who congregate to network with non-competing peers in multiple lines of trade on key issues. The companies invited into this community are from distribution firms between $80 and $799 million in annual sales.

Confirmed Speakers

Dan Freehling

Founder, Contempus Leadership LLC

Kathleen Schulz

Divisional Vice President, Global Innovation Leader – Organizational Wellbeing, Gallagher

Draft Agenda

Day 1 – Wednesday, May 17, 2023 

1:00 PM                     Registration Opens, Welcome Coffee Reception

Check into your cohort, grab a coffee, and get the details ahead of our day one kick-off.

1:30 PM                     Cohort Educational Session and Roundtable Discussion | Career Mapping

  • Human Resources: Career Mapping – Talent is a critical asset in today’s marketplace. Investing in retention is just as critical as investing in recruiting. How are you nurturing and growing, your workforce? Explore strategies for identifying the right opportunities for employees, how to help them create lasting careers, and where and how to expand your executive leadership team

3:15 PM                     Break

3:30 PM                     Plenary Session | Performing During Lean Times

Step out of your executive cohort and learn from others about what works and what doesn’t during lean times. This tailored plenary session explores tangible methods for improving operations, better-controlling expenditures, and effectively deploying new processes that demonstrate progress and tangible ROI.

4:30 PM                     Cohort Networking Roundtable 

Get to know your industry peers a bit better during this cohort-specific networking experience.

5:30 PM                      Break

6:00 PM                     Cocktail Reception

Network and deepen your conversations and connections with industry peers over cocktails and appetizers at our opening reception.

7:00 PM                     Dinner 

Finish your evening with a memorable dining experience in the heart of downtown Chicago. Enjoy great food and mingle and dine with other talented distribution executives, in and out of your cohort.

8:30 PM                      Evening Concludes

Day 2 – Thursday, May 18, 2023

7:15 AM                     Breakfast

Start the morning off right and converse with peers over a delicious cup of coffee as you join attendees for a hearty breakfast, ahead of a great day of programming and conversations.

8:00 AM                     Plenary Session | Business Innovation

Take your business to the next level by maximizing new processes and modifying your existing operations to advance your organization and provide a better experience for customers and introduce improved offerings.

8:45 AM                     Break

9:00 AM                     Cohort Networking Roundtable

Keep the conversation going and expand on the great relationships you’ve been building.

10:00 AM                    Break

10:15 AM       Cohort Educational Session and Roundtable Discussion | 

  • Human Resources – Developing Strong Company Culture – This session explores the importance of culture within an organization and how to develop and maintain core company values, amid acquisitions and organic growth.

This session explores how to develop and maintain company values, particularly with acquisitions and organic growth.

12:00 – 1:00 PM        Networking Lunch

1:00 PM                      Adjourn