Retaining Your Best People

Time: Friday Oct 4th from 3:30PM to 5:00PM

Location: Riverview Room

Speaker(s): Carolee Colter (Columinate) and Mark Mulcahy (Organic Options)

In a tight labor market, many businesses are struggling to retain staff long enough to pay back the investment made in training them. Not all turnover is negative, but losing high-potential staff really hurts productivity and morale.

In a highly interactive seminar with audience involvement at every step, Mark Mulcahy and Carolee Colter will explore the connections between employee engagement and longevity,

Participants will learn from each other’s experience by working in small groups based on store size and leadership style.

Mark Mulcahy is the founder and owner of Organic Options, which provides transformative leadership and consulting services for natural and organic food retailers, businesses, farms,
and cafes. An award-winning consultant, educator, mentor, and organic advocate, he has spent more than 35 years in the organic produce industry-leading, guiding and inspiring others to their fullest potential.

Mark is well known for his creative merchandising, effective training techniques, unique and creative approaches to leadership, successful sales growth and promotion strategies, as well as his deep-seated passion for produce and dedication to sustainable agriculture.
He is a prominent speaker at major natural and organic food events and a regular columnist for several industry magazines and websites including the Provender journal.

Carolee Colter has been consulting for co-ops and independents in the natural foods industry for over 30 years. She’s been leading workshops at Provender for most of those years. As the leader of the HR Team of Columinate, she has surveyed thousands of employees in our industry and uses that data in her work to help make her clients the workplaces of choice in their communities.