The award recognizes a female in the confectionery industry who has demonstrated superior leadership and industry mentorship and has a proven record of growth, success and influence in the industry.
Vogler will be presented with the award, Developed by NCA’s Women’s Leadership Group, at next month’s NCA State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) in Miami.
“Audra’s dedication to mentoring and encouraging women, especially young professionals just getting started in their careers, embodies the spirit of this prestigious honour,” said John Downs, NCA president & CEO. “Her efforts to help women achieve their goals are inspiring and a proud reflection of the confectionery industry’s commitment to empowering diverse voices.”
Vogler was part of the group of industry professionals that first conceived of and established NCA’s Future Leadership Programme in 2015 and has twice served as a mentor to women in the programme. She continues to help the next generation of confectionery leaders by participating as part of NCA’s Young Professionals Network Committee where she has also taken on mentorship roles.
This year marks the first time the Woman of Influence Award will be presented at the State of the Industry Conference. Previously, winners were announced at the Sweets & Snacks Expo.
“Audra personifies what the WLG Woman of Influence Award is all about,” says Shelly Clarey, senior vice-president of sales and marketing, Adams & Brooks, Inc., and founding and current chair of the NCA Women’s Leadership Group. “Her influence is seen across the industry in her mentoring, involvement with young professionals and her business savvy.”