Emerging Leaders Program
Washington, DC
November 1-3, 2022

Snack Industry Rising Stars Connect at SNAC's Emerging Leaders Program

SNAC International’s Emerging Leaders Program led by faculty from the prestigious Georgetown University, is designed to equip your rising stars in the snack industry with the skills they need to meet the demands of your organization – today and tomorrow. Invest in these individuals and your organization by helping them develop leadership, communication, team-building and negotiation skills, while giving them a broader view of the snack industry and the unique challenges it presents.

An Illustrious Educational Experience

Held in Washington, D.C., SNAC International has collaborated with Georgetown University faculty to create this unique professional development program.

SNAC International’s Emerging Leaders Program helps high-potential employees:

  • Drive innovation
  • Lead and motivate teams with confidence
  • Cultivate networks and partnerships
  • Master decision dynamics
  • Handle challenging situations with courage
Who Should Attend

First level managers, middle managers, plant managers, administrative managers, and sales managers are encouraged to attend.

Program is limited 50 participants, and 3 per company. 

Hotel Information

The Madison Hotel
1177 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

Special Event Rate: $199/night


Current SNAC members and non-members are both asked to provide credit card information to confirm registration. If any attendee cancels within 14 days of the event or is a no-show, they will be charged a $99.00 cancellation fee. Credit cards will NOT be charged if a member attends the event or cancels prior to October 18, 2022.


About the Presenters

Robert J. Bies, Ph.D., Stanford University, is Professor of Management and Founder and First Academic Director of the Executive Master’s in Leadership Program at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. He is currently the Academic Director of the Executive Master’s in Leadership Program for D.C. Public School Leaders. Professor Bies’ current research focuses on leadership, the delivery of bad news, organizational justice, and revenge and forgiveness in the workplace.

Dr. Sam Potolicchio was named one of “America’s Best Professors” by the Princeton Review, the Future Leader of American Higher Education by the Association of Colleges and Universities and was also profiled in a cover story on his leadership curriculum by Newsweek Japan as the “Best Professor in America”. Potolicchio is the Founding Executive Director of American Councils For International Education’s Center for Global Leadership and President of the Preparing Global Leaders Forum.

Potolicchio also teaches in Executive Education EMBA programs at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown and at the Mannheim Business School (Germany). He is a visiting lecturer at University of Bologna (Italy) and teaches two classes (US Political Systems and Preparing to Be President) to Georgetown University undergraduates.

He is a columnist for Newsweek Japan, a Distinguished Global Scholar at the Canterbury School of Fort Myers, and the lecturer on Leadership at the Library of Congress for COIL, an international leadership program of the United States Congress.

Potolicchio has served as the Distinguished University Professor, Department Chairman and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Political Science at RANEPA, Director of Global and Custom Education at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, a visiting Professor at NYU’s DC campus and co-taught with Senator Richard Lugar at UIndy’s Semester in Washington Program.

Potolicchio has delivered lectures in over 85 countries, from Oxford, LSE, Cambridge and Yale to Iraq’s Komar University and Donetsk State University. As a middle-school basketball coach he led his Little Hoyas to 6 league titles and previously served as a 5th grade Latin teacher, public high school teacher of Law and History and secondary school admissions officer.

B.A. Government, Georgetown; B.A. Psychology, Georgetown; M.T.S. Theology and Culture, Harvard; PRSE, Harvard; MA, Government, Georgetown; PhD, Government, Georgetown.

Mary D’Amato is an International Strategic Leader/Organizational Development Executive with over 20 years’ experience as a strategic business partner in the areas of leadership development, human capital strategy, executive and performance-based coaching, talent management, and organizational development. Mary operates a niche coaching and consulting firm analyzing client issues to quickly identify talent, team, management and leadership gaps; create a strategic framework for addressing them, and a coaching and development program to correct them. With an OD (Organizational Development) perspective, emphasis is on transforming leadership style, interpersonal relationships and communication, and providing practical strategies and processes which improve leadership, employee relations and operational effectiveness.

Mary has a MS Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, is certified with Empower World (an International Coach Federation accredited program), has been trained in Positive Intelligence and is an active member of the Virginia Chapter of the International Coaching Federation, (ICF). She is a Jersey Girl, now living in Virginia, who has lived and worked in five different states, Washington, DC and the Middle East, where she created a coaching program for managers at Georgetown University, Qatar.

Mary has also been an Adjunct Instructor at Georgetown University, where she taught Coaching for HR Professionals for their Master’s program in HR. Previously she was  

Adjunct Faculty at Cornell University, Extension Division, New York, NY for sixteen years where she researched, developed and presented two-day intensive courses for Cornell Certification programs in Employee Relations (ER) and Advanced ER, training HR professionals and managers in coaching and counseling, strategic partnering and team building. Mary has also designed and teaches a Coaching and Consulting process used by managers in several industries including but not limited to education, manufacturing, media, finance and healthcare.