Execs discover their own path at NEW Summit
‘You don’t have to wear pinstripes,’ keynoter tells group
“This was our most successful Summit ever,” according the NEW Executive Director Joan Toth. “We not only had a great program and a substantial increase in attendance, we had a very successful board session and our first-ever membership meeting.”
Network President Kimberly Betts, a manager in human capital for Deloitte LLP, said, “I continue to be energized by the momentum of this organization. Every time I attend a NEW event, I am impressed by the level of commitment among our members to advance this issue and the quality of discussion around how we are going to make that happen.”
Betts kicked off Tuesday’s main program and welcomed the crowd. She introduced the day’s emcee, former McDonalds executive Lynn Crump-Caine, president of Outsidein, Inc.
The day’s morning session was kicked off by Gail Evans, former CNN executive and author of She Wins, You Win and Play Like A Man Win Like A Woman, business bestsellers that urge women to take charge of their own success.
She scoffed at past excuses explaining why women have not been promoted to top positions. “First they said it was a lack of education,” she said. “Then they blamed the pipeline. Then they said it was lack of mentoring. Then they said it was the lack of informal networks… The newest excuse is that ‘Women just don’t want it.’” None of these adequately addresses the real reason women have not been promoted to senior positions in large numbers, according to Evans.
Men are born “on the same team and play that way,” she said. “We need to start playing like that. Our success is connected.” Her remark was interrupted by applause from the packed ballroom at Atlanta’s Renaissance Concourse Hotel.
Evans commented that women don’t “have to be junior men” to win in business. “You don’t have to play golf if you don’t want to…you don’t have to wear pinstripes.” The key to gender diversity in management is women working together, she said.
The former newswoman and White House aide said everyone had “an obligation to mentor someone younger.” Women should “like each other…and give (their) ideas away.”
Evans was followed by Susan Bulkeley Butler, the first woman partner of Accenture and author of Become the CEO of You, Inc. She urged executives present to follow her four-step process to success: Set a clear vision; build a team that supports you; develop a detailed plan; and navigate your journey. “Make something happen for you, don’t just let things happen to you,” she said.
A sit-down networking lunch was followed by four action learning breakout sessions. Jan Hill, founder of Hill Enterprises, Inc., led a packed workshop called “Excuse Me, My Life Is Waiting.” The session explored new ways to “evaluate your life and realize your dreams.”
Trudy Bourgeois, a member of NEW’s board and CEO and founder of the Center for Workforce Excellence, led the day’s second workshop, “Redefining Diversity for the 21st Century.” The well-attended session outlined the roles that everyone needs to play in “creating the diverse leadership teams” needed now.
Lynn Crump-Caine moderated a panel on setting boundaries titled “When and How to Say ‘No.’” The panel discussion featured Rose Kleyweg Mitchell, vice president of education and government affairs for Hy-Vee, Inc.; Julie Washington, vice president, market development, for the Gillette Company; and Bonnie Wurzbacher, senior vice president, global accounts, for the Coca-Cola Company.
A best practices discussion called “Winning Strategies: Executing with Excellence” looked at the habits and practices of successful women executives. The panel was moderated by Susan Bulkeley Butler and featured Kathleen Guion, executive vice president, store operations and development for Dollar General; Maura Havenga, senior vice president of the Restaurant Solutions Group for McDonalds Corporation; Sandi Karrmann, vice president, human resources-sales, for Frito-Lay North America; and Anne Marie Kehoe, vice president, intimate apparel and ladies legwear, Wal-Mart.
Triumph of the spirit
The day’s emotional high-point was the closing keynote address by Trisha Meili, the author of I Am the Central Park Jogger: A Story of Hope and Possibility. Meili, a former Wall Street executive who was raped, bludgeoned and left for dead in a shocking act of brutality, focused on her remarkable recovery.
Meili talked about the power of prayer and intention; the resilience of the mind and body; the value of touch; the danger of resentment; the importance of action; and the indispensability of others.
Meili recounted the outpouring of support and love she received from her family, friends, healthcare workers, co-workers and strangers. As she relearned how to do simple things, such as rolling over, telling time, buttoning her blouse and identifying simple objects, Meili credited this support with helping her achieve “the miracle of her recovery.”
Trisha Meili gives her time to organizations vital to her healing: The Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program (SAVI) at Mount Sinai Hospital, Gaylord Hospital where she did much of her rehabilitation, and the Achilles Track Club. The former competitive runner received an enthusiastic ovation from the crowd when she held up the medallion she won competing in the New York City Marathon in 1995.
The Network Summit was followed by the 2005 NEW Facilitated Mentoring Orientation session, moderated by Sandra Bushby, senior managing partner of Ultimate Achievement. More than twenty mentor-protégé pairs attended the daylong event. The pairs learned more about mentoring as they kicked off a 12-month partnership facilitated by the Network.
Northwest networking at NEW/FILC event Oct. 17
Panel, networking and Trudy Bourgeois in Portland
Food industry executives and emerging leaders will have formal and
informal networking opportunities at NEW’s Northwest Networking Event
on Monday afternoon, October 17.
Betsy Hosick named NEW treasurer
Grize and McGurl joined board of directors
Elizabeth (Betsy) Hosick, global commodity manager for Chevron/Texaco,
has been named the new treasurer of the Network of Executive Women
replacing Debra Grosh, director of supply chain optimization for
Coca-Cola North America.
Working Mother names top family friendly companies
NEW sponsors Accenture, Deloitte, and P&G make cut
Working Mother magazine has
named its “100 Best” companies for 2005 and NEW sponsors Accenture,
Deloitte & Touche and Procter & Gamble were included.
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