PHOTO GALLERY: An Inspiring Evening at the 2018 Top Women in Convenience Awards Gala

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LAS VEGAS — Perseverance, belief in oneself and teamwork were key themes of Convenience Store News’ 2018 Top Women in Convenience (TWIC) awards gala, which honored 45 of the convenience store industry’s top female leaders, mentors and up-and-comers.

TWIC is the first and only convenience store industry awards program that recognizes women for outstanding contributions to their companies and the industry overall.

The 2018 TWIC honorees included five Women of the Year, 15 Senior-Level Leaders, 20 Rising Stars and five Mentors. Judging was conducted by Convenience Store News in conjunction with the Network of Executive Women and the Top Women in Convenience Advisory Board, which includes the previous year's five Women of the Year.

Melissa Stockwell, the first American female soldier to lose a limb in Iraq, served as the keynote speaker for the fifth-annual TWIC event. A first lieutenant, Stockwell lost her left leg when a roadside bomb exploded while she was leading a convoy in Baghdad. She used her adversity to fuel subsequent success as a Paralympian, transforming from wounded warrior to world champ.

The 2018 Top Women in Convenience awards ceremony was sponsored by founding and presenting sponsor Altria Group Distribution Co.; platinum sponsors RAI Trade Marketing Services and Ruiz Food Products Inc.; and gold sponsors Anheuser-Busch, BIC USA Inc., Campbell Soup Co., The Coca-Cola Co., The Hershey Co., Mondelez International Inc. and Procter & Gamble.

Click below to see photo highlights of the event.

To view and download all photos from the event, click here.