Last chance to register for NEW multicultural event
Respond now to attend “survival course” for today’s economy
The two-day program, which is designed for CPG/retail executives and emerging leaders, HR managers, and diversity and inclusion officers, will include three keynote speeches, breakout sessions, peer learning and panel discussions. The conference will focus on ways to retain key talent, recruit high-potential leaders and optimize the effectiveness of work teams with practical solutions from industry executives and diversity and inclusion officers (see agenda below).
“We all know times are tough,” says session leader Trudy Bourgeois, president of the Center for Workforce Excellence. “Which is why this conference is focused on real-world solutions to help your business. It could not be more timely.”
Bourgeois announced that Chelle Moore, Walmart's vice president for international human resources, has been added to the program as the opening keynote speaker. "This conference is a unique opportunity for retailers and suppliers to have a dialogue on diversity," Bourgeois said. "I can think of no better person to start that dialogue than Chelle, who represents the industry's largest retailer."
In addition to Moore, the conference will include keynote addresses by John Saguto, vice president and managing director, customer development group, for Nestlé Purina PetCare, and Bridgette Heller, global president of baby care for Johnson & Johnson. Andrés Tapia, chief diversity officer and emerging workforce solutions leader of Hewitt Associates, will give a luncheon address.
The NEW Multicultural Workforce Conference is reserved for a limited number of Network members (memberships are available online for $200 per year). Registration is $995 for employees of NEW’s national corporate sponsor companies and $1,295 for all other NEW members.
All events will be held at the Hyatt Lodge retreat on the McDonald’s Campus in Oak Brook, Illinois, 11 miles from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. A discount room rate of $159 is available on a first-come, first-served basis until Monday, March 23. Call (630) 990-5800 and mention the NEW Multicultural Workforce Conference.
NEW MULTICULTURAL WORKFORCE AGENDA
Tuesday, April 21
Evening Welcome reception
Wednesday, April 22
Connecting to the Present Opportunity
Trudy Bourgeois, CEO and Founder, Center for Workforce Excellence
The Internal and External Impact of Diversity and Inclusion
Chelle Moore, VP, International Human Resources, Walmart Stores
Leveraging An Inclusive Team to Drive Results
John Saguto, Vice President and Managing Director,
Customer Development Group, Nestlé Purina PetCare
Building Intercultural Competencies
Alicia Petross, Senior Diversity Group Manager, Talent
Kathy White, VP, Human Resources, Jamba Juice
White Men as Allies and Diversity Champions
Bill Proudman, Principal
White Men as Full Diversity Partners (facilitator)
Steve Adkins, Senior Vice President, Operations, Jamba Juice
Chris Baldwin, President, Snacks, Kraft Foods
Pete Williams, Senior Vice President, The Kroger Co.
Bill Woolston, VP, Labor Relations and HR, QTG Division, PepsiCo
Leveraging Employee Resource Groups
Wynona Redmond, Public Affairs Director, Dominick’s Finer Foods (moderator)
Vicki Felker, Managing Director
Nestlé Purina PetCare
Tonie Leatherberry, Principal, Deloitte & Touche
Sherri Toney, VP, Diversity and Inclusion & Employee Engagement
The Kellogg Company
Wednesday, April 22
Luncheon keynote address
Andrés Tapia, Chief Diversity Officer and Emerging Work Solutions Leader, Hewitt Associates
Concurrent sessions repeat
Best Practices Panel: The Business Impact of Diversity
Tonie Leatherberry, Principal, Deloitte & Touche (facilitator)
Darnell Allen, Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, SuperValu
Dr. Rohini Anand, SVP and Global Chief, Diversity Officer, Sodexo
Tom O’Brien, Vice President, Global Health & Beauty Care
Procter & Gamble
Special networking event
Thursday, April 23
Taking Diversity and Inclusion Global
Bridgette Heller, Global President, Baby Care
Johnson & Johnson
Best Practices Panel: Real Life Stories from the Global Front
Melody Justice, Executive Vice President, the Coca-Cola Company
Olu Fajemirokun, VP, Customer Development
Mars Snackfood U.S.
A Word About Accountability
Erby Foster, Director, Diversity and Inclusion
The Clorox Company
Going Forward: Building A Plan of Action
Donna Rae Smith, Founder and Chair
Bright Side Inc.
Remarks and Farewell
NEW President Alison K. Paul, Principal, Deloitte
This agenda is subject to change. Conference ends promptly at noon followed by a lunch. Please plan to stay for the entire session.
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More than 350 executives told that “opportunity abounds”
The “East Room” of the Nixon Presidential Library provided a glittering back drop for the launch of the Network’s Southern California group March 11 in Yorba Linda, Calif.
Annual report outlines the Network’s progress in 2008
Network sets new records in challenging year
“Thanks to all of you for a tremendous year and for your ongoing support and leadership,” NEW President Alison K. Paul said in a message to the Network’s champions and leaders. “Despite the challenges of the economy, NEW continues to deliver value while remaining true to our mission of attracting, retaining and advancing women and diversity in our industry. This is real testament to the need for NEW and the hard work and creativity of our members and sponsors.”
The 16-page report provides an overview on NEW programs, the growth of the Network and its regional groups and the value of sponsorship. The report also profiles the Network’s membership and offers useful data on the business case for gender and cultural diversity, including the cost of turnover, the continuing pay gap, and how the CPG/retail stacks up against other industries in number of women officers. It concludes with a series of charts showing the strong correlation between Network sponsorship and top rankings by independent diversity groups.
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Member-driven website will offer new resources and tools
The Network is preparing to launch a powerful new website this June with a host of new networking tools, including enhanced profiles, member messaging, regional group home pages, expanded news and calendar pages and more.
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