CHICAGO — The 10th class of Top Women in Convenience (TWIC) will comprise 86 established and emerging female leaders in the convenience store industry, Convenience Store News announced today.
The 2023 TWIC class is comprised of five Women of the Year, 39 Senior-Level Leaders, 35 Rising Stars and seven Mentors from across the industry’s retailer, distributor and supplier communities.
The winners were chosen based on nominations received from their companies and peers. Drawing from achievements during the previous 12 months, nominators were asked to illustrate the candidate's innovative corporate initiatives, extraordinary financial and strategic accomplishments, astute problem-solving acumen, exceptional performance, mentorship work and its outcome for mentees, and selfless charitable participation, along with any other attributes that go above and beyond the call of duty.
The 2023 Top Women in Convenience are:
WOMEN OF THE YEAR
Recognized for having an exceptional impact on the success or direction of their company, as well as a positive impact on the convenience store industry as a whole.
Treasa Bowers, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, 7-Eleven Inc.
Kathy Cunnington, Senior Vice President of Global Shared Services, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc./Circle K
Kellie Janssen, President, Henry's Foods Inc.
Eva Rigamonti, Associate General Counsel/Executive Director of Public Policy, RaceTrac Inc.
Kathy Williams, Vice President, National Retail Sales, East, The Coca-Cola Co.
Retailer, distributor and supplier executives at the level of director or vice president and above who work with the c-store channel of trade and have transformed their businesses in a positive manner.
Hannah Goncalves, Demand Planning Manager, RaceTrac Inc.
Maggie Hart, National Account Manager, McLane Co. Inc.
Jami Johnson, Regional Manager, Swisher
Tove Korth, Product Sales Manager, General Mills Convenience
Christina Kozuh, Director of Sales, Convenience, Hostess Brands Inc.
Lisa Krone, Senior Category Manager, Ferrara Candy Co.
Danielle LaGuardia, Sales Director, PBNA North, PepsiCo Inc.
Alexandra Lee, Sales Communications Manager, JUUL Labs Inc.
Kendra LeGendre, Project Management Coordinator, Associated Grocers of New England
Devan Lombardi, eCommerce Sales Manager, PepsiCo Inc.
Lauren MacKelcan 7-Eleven National Team Lead, Boston Beer Co.
Aida Mekic, Human Resources Manager, Cliff’s Local Market
Markashia Phillips, Market Manager, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc./Circle K
Lane Reed, Supply Manager East, Pilot Co.
Anna Rudman, Fresh Food Excellence Coach, BP
Sandi Santa Ana, Director of Category Leadership, Ferrara Candy Co.
Mandy Steindl-Kwiecien, Manager of Learning & Development, QuickChek Corp.
Kim Strother, Director of Compliance Operations, RaceTrac Inc.
Ashley White, Category Manager, Other Tobacco Products, Casey’s General Stores Inc.
Kristen Wilk, Sales Director, PBNA, PepsiCo Inc.
Machaela Wilson, Senior Key Account Manager, Reynolds American Inc.
Women who have made an extraordinary effort, and had an extraordinary impact, on the careers of their colleagues.
Jennifer Dickey, Store Manager, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc./Circle K
Tanja Gassenmaier, Regional Manager, Parker's
Jennifer Goschke, Vice President & Country Leader, Global Solution Center, 7-Eleven Inc.
Kelly Haseotes, Senior Account Manager, Altria Group Distribution Co.
Lauren O'Malley, Key Account Manager, Swedish Match NA
Natalie Sabin, Vice President of National Accounts, GSP Retail
Susan Smith, Director of Human Resources, Core-Mark International
All of this year's honorees will be prominently recognized in the August issue of Convenience Store News and then celebrated at an awards ceremony held during the 2023 NACS Show in Atlanta. The Top Women in Convenience awards gala will take place the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 4 at the Omni Atlanta Hotel at the CNN Center.
Supporters of the 2023 Top Women in Convenience program include: founding and presenting sponsor Altria Group Distribution Co.; platinum sponsors ITG Brands, PepsiCo Inc. and Reynolds Marketing Services Co.; gold sponsors BIC USA Inc., The Boston Beer Co., The Coca-Cola Co., Core-Mark International, Juul Labs, Mars Wrigley, Mondelēz International, The Proctor & Gamble Co., Swedish Match North America, and Tyson Convenience; silver sponsors Anheuser-Busch InBev, BeatBox Beverages, Constellation Brands, Glanbia Performance Nutrition, and Premier Manufacturing Inc.; and Corporate Empowerment Award sponsor The Hershey Co.