Daily Schedule

We start each day’s session promptly at 9 a.m. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to check-in and receive materials on the first day. We fit in a few 15-minute breaks, take an hour for lunch, and end by 6 p.m. daily.

To make the most of your 3-day experience we strongly recommend staying until the end of the seminar, at 6 pm on Thursday. If your travel plans call for you to leave early you'll miss critical content to help you implement what you've learned.

Travel & Transportation

Parking: Please plan to arrive by 8:45 am. Parking at the hotel is free.

Flying: We recommend airline reservations to Boise Intl. Airport (Airport Code: BOI), arriving on Monday, Oct. 15. If you’re flying back home on Thursday night, please choose a flight departure time after 7:30 pm to allow yourself enough time to get to the airport and check-in. For most people it will make sense to travel home on Friday, Oct. 19. Be sure you have a valid passport if traveling internationally.

Ground Transportation from the Airport: To get to our seminar hotel from the airport you can rent a car, take a taxi, or summon an app-based ride. A ride using UberX is estimated at $16. Our seminar hotel is a short 12-minute ride from the airport.


Please refer to the Participant List at left to review the details of your reservation, and have your confirmation number handy at check-in. Your room reservation at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Boise West - Meridian is within our event block, so please contact us (and not the hotel) if you have any questions or need to make any changes to your reservation. The hotel's check-in time is 3 pm. Your prepaid lodging fee covers room and tax only, and a credit card will be required at check-in to cover any incidentals.

At Holiday Inn Express & Suites Boise West - Meridian you’ll enjoy the latest in contemporary design, modern styling and amenities including:

  1. Refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, and luxurious new bedding

  2. Free wireless Internet, flat-screen TV with premium cable channels

  3. Full hot breakfast buffet

  4. Free use of 24-hour fitness room, indoor swimming pool and whirlpool

Meals & Evenings

Your seminar registration includes catered natural foods lunches from our host store. Please check the Participant List at left to verify your lunch preference.

UPDATED! Tuesday evening you’re invited to join us for a reception at Boise Co-op’s North End store. We’ll provide transportation and look forward to your joining us to nosh and network with new colleagues.

UPDATED! Wednesday evening we’ll enjoy dinner and a behind-the-scenes store tour at Boise Food Co-op’s nearby Meridian store. Again, we’ll provide transportation and hope you’ll join us!

Dinners on Tuesday and Thursday nights are on your own.

Your lodging reservation includes a a complimentary hot breakfast buffet. If you’re not staying at our seminar hotel, breakfast is on your own.

Our seminar room will be well-stocked with healthy and tempting organic snacks and beverages, including organic coffees provided by Equal Exchange.

If you have any concerns about food, let us know.

What To Bring

Casual attire will be fashionably appropriate and we recommend you dress in layers for optimal comfort in our seminar room. Please check the weather forecast before you leave so you can pack appropriately.

We’ll have everything you’ll need during the seminar. Please bring your best self, with a good night’s rest and a mind toward participating in a chance to grow and improve -- not just as a grocer and a leader, but as a whole person.

Thanks for planning to share your time with us at Rising Stars. We’re looking forward to creating and sharing another terrific seminar with you and we’ll see you there in


Boise, Idaho

October 16-18, 2018

Changes & Refunds

Here are a variety of options if you need to change or cancel a registration.

  1.   3 seminar days, 9 am to 6 pm

  2.   Seminar Handbook with key systems, forms and documents

  3.   Great natural foods lunches, abundant snacks and beverages

  4.   Dinner and a behind-the-scenes store tour at our Host Store

  5.   An evening reception with beer, wine and appetizers

  6.   Access to our exclusive participant websites – featuring hours of video and audio clips, downloadable seminar documents, and more

  7.   Discounted lodging options at our seminar hotel


Seminar Package Includes

Seminar Details

Hosted By Boise Food Co-op

We’ll enjoy catered lunches, plus dinner and an evening store tour from:


and Request Refund

Your Seminar Participant

Participant & Lodging Changes

Free through 9/13/18

$100 per person per change thereafter

Seminar Cancellations, Refund Less

$150/seat for notice by 8/25/18

$300/seat for notice by 9/6/18

$600/seat for notice by 9/13/18

No credit or refund after 9/13/18

Lodging Cancellations

Full refund for notice by 9/13/18, 50% thereafter

Note for Term-Payment Registrations: Lodging refund reduced as needed to cover seminar cancellation fee

Carolee Colter

Produced & Presented by

Mark Mulcahy

Allen Seidner

Participant List

Your name is abbreviated for your privacy. Please review your lunch preference and lodging info and have your hotel confirmation number available at check in. 

Need to change your lunch or lodging plan?

Details in this listing last updated:

October 8, 2018 at 9:50 AM Pacific Time

Rising Stars 2

Our Advanced Seminar Experience

An intensive introduction to natural foods

store and department excellence

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Lunch Codes

C = Chicken or Turkey

V = Vegetarian

N = Vegan

GF = Gluten-Free

(  ) = We have your additional food- or diet-related info

--- = We do not have your food or lodging info

Need to change your lunch or lodging plan?


Seminar Location

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Boise West - Meridian

2610 E Freeway Dr, Meridian, ID 83642

Phone: (208) 288-2060

Important: Please contact us – not the hotel – about any lodging additions or changes.

Seminar Registration


Registration Fee



Single- and double-occupancy rooms are available at highly discounted group rates when you reserve lodging through our registration website by 9/28/18.

For a place that’s more than 40 years old, Boise Co-op is about as fresh and homegrown as it gets. The Co-op was founded in 1973 by health-conscious individuals searching for nutritious, great-tasting food at a reasonable price. Since then, we've grown into a community of more than 24,000 co-owners and have become a reliable resource for fresh, delicious foods.

With locations in Boise and Meridian

All Participants

FREE! 6th Participant

Registration Limit:

40 total participants

15 per organization



The Last Ever Presentation of Rising Stars 2, Our Advanced Seminar Experience

We’re retiring our program after a Special 20th Anniversary Event in 2019.

Things To Do

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