At last week’s Sweets & Snacks Expo, the first-ever NCA Woman of Influence Award was presented to Libby Taylor in recognition of her 27-year career at NCA and incredible impact on the confectionery industry.
The Woman of Influence Award, which was presented on Tuesday, June 22, at the Sweets & Snacks Expo’s Award Ceremony & Keynote alongside the Golden Candy Dish Awards, the Most Innovative New Product Awards and others, recognizes the lifetime leadership and industry contributions of a woman in the confectionery industry. The recipient is selected by NCA’s Women’s Leadership Group, a forum for women in the confectionery industry to connect and share their experiences.
NCA President & CEO John Downs presented the award to Taylor, who praised her leadership and ability to bring the confectionery industry together as a community.
“In her 27 years at NCA, Libby left an indelible impression on just about everything – and certainly everyone,” Downs said. “A friend to all, Libby’s legacy at NCA is one of utmost integrity and selflessness. Her influence can be seen in many of our most successful programs and events – starting with the All Candy Expo, which has blossomed over the course of the last 24 years into the Sweets & Snacks Expo.”
Taylor retired from her position as NCA’s vice president of membership and meetings in August 2020, and she is now enjoying her retirement with her family in State College, Pennsylvania. By her side as Taylor accepted the award was Shelly Clarey, vice president of sales and marketing for Adam & Brooks and a founding member of NCA’s Women’s Leadership Group.