Food Executive Program

July 11-16, 2021

Due COVID-19, the Cornell Food Executive Program (FEP) scheduled from July 12- 17, 2020 was canceled.  We hope that you will apply or transfer your registration and payment to our next scheduled program, July 11-16, 2021.

Who Should Attend?

The Cornell Food Executive Program is designed to develop the skills of current and future leaders in the food and consumer products industries. Participants interact with world-class instructors on a wide variety of retail industry issues that impact the profitability of all types of food industry firms. Attendees learn through group projects and simulations with other executives from leading companies from around the world.


Our five-day program is built around a broad-based curriculum of knowledge and skills required for senior food industry executives. Topics include industry dynamics, personal leadership styles, critical industry issues, retailing trends, shopper markets, and supply chain dynamics. Group projects, case studies, and simulations foster interaction and networking.


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Industry Senior Executive Panel

Moderated by Professor and Director Ed McLaughlin, a candid discussion of corporate vision, management philosophies, and critical industry issues with an invited panel of leading food industry senior executives.

Before earning his PhD, Ed worked for the United Nations, the U.S. State Department, and the World Bank. Until recent retirement, Ed taught courses in food marketing and retail strategy for over twenty years, directed Cornell’s undergraduate business program, and served as the Dyson School’s first Dean.

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Leading at a Higher Level

Ken Blanchard, best-selling author of The One Minute Manager, gives a spellbinding presentation on the fundamental truths and principles behind “raving fan” customer service and encourages you to take a leadership role for customer advocacy within your organization.

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Glenn Altschuler

Business of Politics and Politics of Business

Glenn has been an animating force in the American Studies Program. His year-long survey of Popular Culture in the United States, 1900-present, is one of the most popular courses at Cornell. In this session, Glenn will review the policies of the Democratic and Republican candidates for president and handicap the election of 2020.

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Ken Burbary

Retail Digital Disruption

A fast-paced tour through the latest digital trends and what AI, voice search and social media mean for food retailers and brands.

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Strategic Sleep for Top Performance

Ana Krieger, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, gives an interactive presentation on identifying strategies to enhance sleep and optimize performance on a regular basis.

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Strategic Imperatives in the Food Industry

Bryan Gildenberg, Chief Knowledge Officer of Kantar Retail, scans the horizon and provides his unique data-driven insight on the evolving retail landscape.

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Simulation Exercise on Strategic Turnaround

Professors  Bill Drake and Dan Hooker guide teams through a computerized competition operating a retail food company in a very dynamic and competitive market.

Before Joining the Cornell Faculty, Bill spent 20 years in the food industry with SuperValu. At Cornell, Bill conducts executive programs, both domestic and International. Bill recently retired from teaching food industry operations and marketing.

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Simulation Exercise on Strategic Turnaround

Professors Bill Drake and Dan Hooker guide teams through a computerized competition operating a retail food company in a very dynamic and competitive market. Dan is a global retail and consumer packaged good executive with broad experience across diverse business environments and formats. For the last four years Dan has focused on the digital channel and this year, as Director for Executive Education, looks forward to working with the teams.

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Participating Companies

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"Thank you for such an excellent experience. While the program structure, was intellectually challenging at times, I found it to be stimulating. This group of colleagues were smart, fun and engaging which made my experience wonderful. I go home tired but extremely stimulated and excited about my future in grocery retail."

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Generous support from Nestlé sponsors retailer scholarships and curriculum enrichment.



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