Nearly 50 retail dietitians attended the What's in Store for You: Building Retail Business Savvy event sponsored by the Retail Dietitians Business Alliance and FleishmanHillard on October 18th in Atlanta, GA.
At the event, attendees participated in individual coaching sessions on topics including managing upward, negotiations, maximizing your professional brand, and developing your elevator speech. The event provided a unique opportunity for dietitians to get coaching and advice on specific situations from experienced business professionals. “Retail RD roles vary significantly and professional coaching can be a game changer in helping nutritionists be more effective in leading healthy living strategies and selling in their ideas and programs at retail,” commented Annette Maggi, MS, RD, LD, FAND, RDBA Executive Director and one of the coaches at the event.
The professional coaching sessions were followed by a networking reception with colleagues and event sponsors, and a keynote address by RDBA CEO Phil Lempert. In his presentation, Lempert complemented attendees on the work they have done to drive health and wellness at retail and make a difference in individual shoppers' lives and public health across the country. He encouraged retail RDs to seek leadership roles within their companies and ensured the group that RDBA would continue to support their efforts.
Lempert also highlighted key insights from the RDBA Salary Survey, to which 120 members responded. Survey respondents rated their satisfaction with current compensation a 6 on a scale of 1 to 10. While 69% of those surveyed make $60,000 or less, 48% have a bonus structure, 21% receive stock options, and 30% can participate in employee stock purchase programs. Full results of the salary survey will be available by the end of November.
RDBA sponsors of What's In Store For You included Vestcom and Uncle Bens.