Board Chair Michelle Gloeckler welcomed more than 1,000 industry leaders and emerging leaders from 40 states, 11 countries and 170 companies to the NEW Leadership Summit 2012 in Dallas. Texas sent the most attendees. With more than 100 attendees, PepsiCo was the company with the largest delegation at the Summit.
During the Town Hall, the Network recognized its 2012 scholarship recipients and scholar Sharon Hapeman of the University of Texas, Dallas (pictured) shared her enthusiasm for the industry and the scholarship's importance to her life and future.
"Passion turns mountains back into molehills," Hapeman said. "Passion energizes and motivates. It is the same passion that I have seen demonstrated by members of the Network of Executive Women."
Gloeckler also shared her personal thoughts, addressing the crowd for the last time as NEW Board Chair and thanking the collective efforts that continue to yield extraordinary achievements.
"I look forward to working with you as we build NEW 2020 -- the next-generation Network."
A video highlighting the Network's growth and influence entertained and informed the crowd, before Immediate Past Chair Alison Kenney Paul of Deloitte oversaw the election of the 2012-2013 slate of Board members and officers, including seven new Board members. Catherine Lindner, formerly of Walgreen Co., was elected NEW Board chair. Annie Zipfel of REI was elected vice chair.
Representing Network foundation sponsor PepsiCo, which sponsored the evening's Regional Awards Banquet, Vice President and General Manager, Sales Lisa Walsh emphasized her company's support. "We believe in the power of NEW because we believe in the power of women," Walsh said.