NCA Announces 2023 Woman of Influence

NCA Announces 2023 Woman of Influence

Audra Vogler to be Celebrated at the State of the Industry Conference

WASHINGTON – The National Confectioners Association today announced Audra Vogler, CEO of Hoffmann Vogler, as the recipient of the 2023 Woman of Influence Award. Created by NCA’s Women’s Leadership Group, the award honors a woman who has demonstrated superior leadership and industry mentorship and has a proven record of growth, success and influence in the confectionery industry. This year, the Woman of Influence Award will be presented at NCA’s State of the Industry Conference.

“Audra’s dedication to mentoring and encouraging women, especially young professionals just getting started in their careers, embodies the spirit of this prestigious honor,” John Downs, NCA president & CEO, said. “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 Program in 2015 and has twice served as a mentor to women in the program. 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. A well-respected member of the confectionery broker community, Vogler has been a notable contributor to NCA’s strategic direction through her active participation on NCA’s Broker Advisory Committee. Her meaningful contributions to the industry were also celebrated with her 2019 induction into the Candy Hall of Fame and receipt of NCA’s 2018 Golden Candy Dish, an award that recognizes outstanding broker achievements.

Established in 2021, the Women of Influence Award shines a spotlight on female leaders within the industry who are influential, creative, innovative, dedicated and trusted. The 2022 award was presented to Emily Edmondson, Galerie, and the inaugural award in 2021 was given to Libby Taylor, who retired from NCA in 2020 and was the driving force within the association in launching the Women’s Leadership Group.

This year marks the first time Woman of Influence Award will be presented at the State of the Industry Conference. Previously, winners were announced at the Sweets & Snacks Expo. Vogler will receive her award at the State of the Industry Welcome Reception & Awards Ceremony on Sunday, March 5, beginning at 5:30 p.m.


About the National Confectioners Association (NCA):
The National Confectioners Association is the leading trade organization for the U.S. confectionery industry, which generates $42 billion in retail sales each year. NCA advocates for an environment that enables candy makers to thrive and works to ensure that chocolate, candy, gum and mints are celebrated for their contributions to culture, society, the economy and everyday moments of joy. The industry employs nearly 58,000 workers in more than 1,600 manufacturing facilities across all 50 states and supports an additional 635,000 jobs in related fields. The U.S. confectionery industry has made a commitment to increasing transparency, providing more portion guidance options and educating consumers about the role of confectionery in a happy, balanced lifestyle. Learn more at or follow NCA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.