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NEW Executive Leaders Forum 2011
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7/19/2011 to 7/21/2011
When: July 19 - 21, 2011
Where: Terranea Resort
6610 Palos Verdes Drive South
Rancho Palos Verdes, California  90275
United States
Contact: Lauren Martinez

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The NEW Executive Leaders Forum is an invitation only event for senior leaders in the consumer products and retail industry. Consult your Network Ambassador for information.

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All sessions and events will be held at the world-renowned Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, 17 miles south of LAX.

Terranea Resort
100 Terranea Way | Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Information 310.265.2800 | Reservations 866.802.8000
For driving directions, please use: 6610 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275


Business or business casual attire recommended for sessions and events. Casual attire or resort wear suggested for our Wednesday evening picnic and party overlooking the Pacific on July 20. Weather may be cool and breezy at this outdoor event; please dress accordingly and wear sturdy shoes.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Refund and ticket replacement requests must be made in writing via email to Lauren Martinez at no later than July 5 (10 business days prior to the event date).
Please allow 3 business days for processing.


Tuesday, July 19

2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Bonus career workshop | Becoming an Agile, Able and Powerful Leader
Second City Improv Troupe

Learn how to improve your performance and image at this game-changing experience led by the corporate trainers of Second City Improv. Watch as members of the world-famous troupe act out scenes from your own business life and join in as you craft solutions to the challenges presented. You’ll see yourself and your career in a new light after this fun and interactive bonus session.

6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Poolside reception and buffet

Wednesday, July 20

6:45 am – 7:45 am
Networking breakfast

8:00 am – 8:30 am
Welcome | Opening remarks

NEW Board Chair Michelle Gloeckler, Senior Vice President, Merchandise Execution, Walmart
Joan Chow, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, ConAgra Foods
Catherine Lindner, Vice President, Retail Marketing, The Walgreen Company

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Opening keynote | Building A Strategic Framework
Michael Bender, EVP and President, West Business Unit, Walmart Stores

You need more than vision to make your strategy a reality: You need a framework that brings all the complex components together and a diverse team to make it happen. Michael Bender will outline the key drivers of building a successful strategy in a volatile, uncertain, ambiguous and chaotic marketplace – like retail. He’ll draw on his experience as both a manufacturer and retailer and share how he leads the West Division of all Walmart stores through business and people challenges, plus areas like legislation, PR, logistics, weather, emergencies, analyst and investor visits and more.


9:30 am -10:15am

The Female Vision: Unlocking Your Real Power at Work
Sally Helgesen, Author

Best-selling author Sally Helgesen explains why the agility, empathy and ability of women leaders to see around corners are needed now more than ever. You’ll learn how to bring your unique vision to bear in today’s volatile and uncertain markets and how to unlock your talents to help transform your organization. Helgesen’s latest book, The Female Vision: Women’s Real Power at Work, has been hailed as "powerful and fresh” by Newsweek’s Tina Brown and "indispensable’’ by Matthew Winkler, editor-in-chief of Bloomberg News.

10:15 am –10:45 am
Networking break

10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Roundtable | Board Service: Steer Your Company and Career in a New Direction

Moderator Maureen McGurl, President, Sutton Place HR Consulting Group LLC
Marilyn Alexander, Alexander & Friedman LLC / Strategic Planning and Communications;
Board and Audit Committee Member, Tutor-Perini Corporation
M. Ann Harlan, Vice President, General Counsel, The J.M. Smucker Company
Lucinda Baier, Director, Bon-Ton Stores Inc. and CFO, Central Parking System
Anne Lim O’Brien, Partner, Consumer Markets and CEO/Board Practices, Heidrick & Struggles

Women are still vastly underrepresented in America’s boardrooms — and that means many organizations have boards that do not reflect the needs of their customers. In this session you’ll learn how board service can help you steer your organization in new strategic directions, advance your career and expand your horizons. You’ll learn how to gain entry into the boardroom and what to do when you get there. Panelists will discuss their experience as board members and share ways you can position yourself for board service.

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Forum luncheon

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Concurrent sessions

Session I Assembling the Team and Building the Strategy

Moderator Marie Quintana, Senior Vice President, Multicultural Sales, PepsiCo
Karen May, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Kraft Global
Mel Parker, Vice President and General Manager, NA Consumer, Small and Home Office Business Unit, Dell
Deborah Sabo, Vice President of Marketing Services, The Walgreen Company

The first step in making your vision reality is building your team and crafting your strategy. In this session you’ll learn how to create cross-functional teams that use diverse thinking and unleash the talent hidden in your organization. Your empowered teams will not only create better strategies, they’ll execute and evangelize your shared vision inside and outside the organization.

Session II Connecting the Strategy to the Consumer

Moderator Helayne Angelus, Principal, Kalypso
Moderator Mike Friedman, Principal, Kalypso
Claire Miller, Director of Global Marketing, Kimberly-Clark
Olu Fajemirokun, Vice President, Global Shopper, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Group
Linda Severin, Vice President, Corporate Brands, The Kroger Co.

When the needs of your customers meet the capabilities of your organization, it’s magic. In this session a panel of consumer experts will explore how you can consistently satisfy your customers by crafting experiences that meet and exceed their expectations. You’ll learn how to discover what consumers want and how to leverage your strategy to deliver it.

Session III Executing the Strategy as a Team

Moderator Catherine Farley, Managing Director, Talent & Organization Performance, Accenture Management Consulting
Vincent Campana, Vice President, National Client Group, American Express
Sabine Ritter, Executive Vice President, Consumer Goods Forum
Kathie Day, Vice President, Market Development Organization, Nestlé Purina PetCare
Kim Warmbier, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, JC Penney

The best strategies are only as good as the team that implements them. Join a panel of senior industry executives as they explore the final, critical mile to success: execution. You’ll hear how poor teamwork can derail your vision and learn ways to build a team that is efficient, aligned and empowered.

3:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Concurrent sessions repeat

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
One-on-one strategy sessions

Pair up with another executive for a head-to-head strategy session. You’ll be amazed at the insights you get when you strategize with a colleague.

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Lawn Party by the Sea

It’s more than dinner — it’s a chance to make and remake connections that will last long after this year’s Forum is over.

Thursday, July 21

6:45 am – 7:45 am
Networking breakfast

8:00 am – 8:30 am
Conference recap
Joan Chow, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, ConAgra Foods

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Special remarks | Ten Business Lessons I Learned by Heart
Craig Herkert, President and CEO, Supervalu

One of retailing’s most powerful executives presents insights gathered during a lifetime in the consumer satisfaction business. Craig Herkert will outline how to project confidence, courage and clarity as a leader, how to get the right people in the right seats

and how to inspire your team. Herkert heads Supervalu, one of the largest grocery retail companies in the U.S. Herkert joined Supervalu in 2009 from Walmart, where he served as president and CEO of The Americas. Facilitated interaction will follow.

9:30 am – 10:15 am

Featured remarks | Brilliant Teams, Brilliant Results
Shauna Ryan King, Vice President for Finance and Business Operations, Yale University

King advances a culture of high performance on the business end of one of the world’s most prestigious universities. In this address, the former consumer products executive will explore how to build high-performing teams that execute strategies under evolving market conditions, sustain success in a slow economy and balance short-term profits with long-term growth opportunities. Before joining Yale, King was an executive at PepsiCo, where she served as president of PepsiCo Shared Services, global chief information officer and chief transformation officer.

10:15 am – 10:45 am
Networking break

10:45 am – 11:15 am

When You Get Back to the Office: A Challenge for You
Joan Chow, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, ConAgra Foods
Catherine Lindner, Vice President, Retail Marketing, The Walgreen Company

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Closing keynote | From Politics to the Boardroom: Being A Fearless Leader 
Arianna Huffington, Editor-in-chief, The Huffington Post

In today’s uncertain times, it is hard to figure out what is best for yourself, your employees and your business. Huffington, a successful entrepreneur and business leader who has triumphed over naysayers, self-doubt and a turbulent economy, demonstrates how difficult times can be turned into an opportunity for growth—both personally and professionally. Co-founder and editor-in-chief of the highly successful Huffington Post, Huffington is an expert at showing people how to thrive in the face of adversity—leading both people and businesses through the toughest of times.

12:15 pm – 12:30 pm

NEW Board Chair Michelle Gloeckler, Senior Vice President, Merchandise Execution, Walmart

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Farewell luncheon

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