Grace Killelea, CEO of GKC Group, is the featured speaker at this year’s Southern Roots luncheon. ( Photo courtesy Southeast Produce Council )

This year, the ladies of Southern Roots are taking their annual luncheon on a two-hour tour aboard the luxury Yacht Starship.

The venue will bring together attendees to further the group’s mission, said Stephanie Hilton, marketing and business development representative for Tom Lange, and the recently-appointed chairwoman of Southern Roots.

“From its inception, Southern Roots was designed as a forum where women could come together and share experiences, values and learn from one another,” Hilton said.

“As a committee, we have worked to provide programs that are meaningful, relevant and have a take-away for everyone.”

Hilton said this year’s speaker is luncheon speaker is Grace Killelea, CEO of Philadelphia-based GKC Group, a speaker who focuses on four key roles in leadership: reputation, relationships, results and resiliency.

Killelea’s approach is to mix honesty with humor to provide advice on leadership development, personal branding and professional development, according to her professional biography.

“I can’t think of a more fun way to spend an afternoon — on the water with friends and enjoying a time to further develop my leadership skills,” said Teri Miller of The Fresh Market, former chairwoman of Southern Roots.

The luncheon, scheduled for March 2 from 12:30-2:30 p.m., boards at noon, by invitation only.