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NEW Executive Leaders Forum 2012
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7/31/2012 to 8/2/2012
When: July 31 to August 2, 2012
Where: Terranea Resort
6610 Palos Verdes Drive South
Rancho Palos Verdes, California  90275
United States
Contact: Lauren Martinez

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Creating – and living – your legacy

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.

Mark your calendar for the NEW Executive Leaders Forum 2012 outside Los Angeles. It’s more than a meeting of senior-level industry executives — it’s a moving adventure designed to help you create your personal and professional legacy and to start living that legacy today. You’ll be inspired by women who have escaped the ordinary to accomplish the extraordinary. Discuss how you can step up and develop other women leaders to create a living legacy for yourself. Break through your daily demands to make a lasting mark on your organization and leave with a design for living that accomplishes your most cherished life goals.


Who should attend Senior cpg/ retail industry leaders, vice president-level and above
By invitation only
Early bird rate $2,250 (expires 6/29/12)Standard rate $2,750

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Cancellation and refund/transfer policy
Full refund or registration transfer is available 10 business days prior to the event date. Please click here to complete your electronic registration transfer or refund request no later than Tuesday, July 17.


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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





Tuesday, July 31


3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Legacy Lab
Work with another senior-level leader to get the conversation started and discuss work, family and the legacy you want to leave in your organization and in the world.

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Welcome Reception and Dinner
Relax and dine with your fellow senior-level executives. Icebreaker: What woman in history has inspired you and why?

Wednesday, August 1


6:45 am – 7:45 am Networking Breakfast


8:00 am ­ – 8:30 am Welcome
NEW Board Chair Michelle Gloeckler SVP, Home, Walmart US

8:30 am ­ – 8:45 am Connection Session
Introduce yourself to others at your table and discuss what you hope to achieve at the Forum.

8:45 am ­ – 9:30 am Opening Keynote
Take on the World: Building Your Courage Quotient
Blythe McGarvie CEO, LIF Group


Learn what it means to be a woman with power and find the courage to use that power to create a lasting legacy that impacts the world. McGarvie will share insights from her book, Shaking the Globe: Courageous Decision-Makers in a Changing World, and discuss how women can stop playing it safe and lead change around the world. McGarvie, the former CFO of BIC and a board member for Accenture, Viacom and Wawa, will share her personal experience as a senior leader in the Fortune 500, provide practical insights on how to drive change and take your questions.


9:30 am – 10:00 am Briefing
Advancing Women: Where We Stand Today
Janice Madden Economist


Women comprise 51 percent of the industry’s managerial and professional workforce but only 18 percent of its corporate officers. Why is that — and what can senior female leaders do about it? In this session, economist and author Janice Madden unpacks the numbers and examines the cultural, social and economic changes needed to advance women to leadership roles in cpg/retail. Madden, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, is the author of five books on workforce economics, including Mommies and Daddies on the Fast Track. She has served as an expert consultant in gender discrimination litigation and wrote a 2004 study that contributed to the increased hiring of African American coaches in the National Football League.

10:00 am – 10:30 am Morning Break

10:30 am – 11:30 am Executive Dialogue
Advancing Women: What It Takes to Drive Change
Lynn Marmer
Group Vice President, Corporate Affairs, The Kroger Co.
Nancy Croitoru President and CEO, Food & Consumer Products of Canada
David Williams Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP
Kelly Semrau SVP, Global Corporate Affairs, Communication & Sustainability, SC Johnson


A panel of senior officers looks at how they made the decision to become advocates for advancing women in the workplace. They will share their perspectives on gender diversity and discuss strategies for advancing and retaining female leaders in the consumer products and retail industry. These diversity advocates will offer concrete solutions from their own organizations and experience and discuss what it takes to find the courage to be a change agent.


11:30 am – 12:15 pm Featured Keynote
Pioneer, Role Model, COO: A Legacy in Progress
Gisel Ruiz EVP and Chief Operating Officer, Walmart US


Gisel Ruiz is one of the highest ranking women – and women of color – in the consumer products and retail industry. In this compelling keynote, Ruiz will discuss her personal journey, explore what it means to be a pioneer and role model for other women and outline what the world’s largest retailer is doing to advance women.

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Forum Luncheon
Lunch and network with fellow senior executives. Discussion: Building a tribe to help create your legacy.

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Concurrent Sessions

Influence: Expand Your Influence, Create Your Legacy
Angela Joyner
Vice President, General Manager, Refrigerated Portfolio, ConAgra Foods
Donna Giordano President, Ralphs Division, The Kroger Co.
Roz Hudnell Chief Diversity Officer, Global Director of Education & External Relations, Intel Corporation


Learn how to build on the legacy left by powerful women throughout history in this unique, interactive workshop. You’ll join top women leaders in self-searching exercises designed to help you align your strengths with your aspirations and your passions with your life. This session features an action agenda to help you develop the influence you need to create and live your legacy.


Sustainability: Building a Lasting Legacy at Your Organization
Kellie McElhaney Professor and Faculty Director, Center for Responsible Business, UC Berkeley
Christy Consler Vice President of Sustainability, Safeway
Bruce Karas Vice President, Environment & Sustainability, Coca-Cola Refreshments

What lasting impact will you make on your organization? A panel of sustainability experts will look at what it takes to create a lasting legacy and how to be a responsible steward for your company and community. Assess where you currently stand and explore ways to further impact how your organization does business.


Diversity: Becoming a Powerful Champion for Other Women
Robin Ely Senior Associate Dean for Culture and Community, Harvard Business School
Jenna Dudevoir Director of Marketing, Kalypso
Sandra Finley President, League of Black Women
Lisbeth McNabb CEO and Founder, w2wlink

In this session we’ll explore how you can make a difference and become a powerful champion, advocate and sponsor for other women. We’ll examine the blockers to women supporting other women and look at the unique challenges faced by women of different ethnicities, ages and backgrounds. What worked for you may not work for the next generation or for women of color. This session will give you a new appreciation of what it takes to help advance women, transform your organization and leave a lasting legacy of change behind you.


3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Afternoon break

3:30 pm ­– 5:00 pm Concurrent Sessions repeat

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm One-to-One Debrief
You and a learning partner you choose will review the day’s highlights together in a one-to-one strategy debrief session.


6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Evening at the Forum
Relax, dine and network with fellow attendees and discover why the Forum is famous for its evening programs.


Thursday, August 2


8:00 am – 8:30 am Discovery
Sue Klug
Formerly President, Southern California, SUPERVALU
Marie Quintana CEO, Quintana Group and formerly SVP, Multicultural Sales, PepsiCo


Review what you’ve learned with Forum Co-Chairs and share your insights with fellow Forum attendees.


8:30 am – 9:15 am Briefing
Build Your Legacy with NEW
NEW Vice Chair Catherine Lindner Vice President, Retail Marketing, Walgreen Co.


The Network’s new vice chair reviews NEW 2020, NEW D&IQ and other initiatives designed to help you build your legacy. Includes Q&A session and partner exercises.

9:15 am – 10:15 am Featured Address
Fearless: Challenging Boundaries to Reach Your Full Potential
Larree Renda EVP and President, Safeway Health, Safeway Inc.


Larree Renda started her career at Safeway at the bottom while still in her teens and became the youngest store manager, district manager and retail manager in the chain’s history. In this inspirational address, Renda will share her personal experience as an industry pioneer, explain how you can stay on task and offer advice on what you can do to blaze a trail for others.


10:15 am – 10:45 am Morning break


10:45 am – 11:15 am Planning Session
Work with fellow attendees to plan your strategy after the Forum.


11:15 am – 12:00 pm Closing Keynote
Erin Brockovich
Legal consultant Erin Brockovich became a living legend by being herself and fighting harder than anyone else. Find out what it means to fight for others and stay true to yourself in our
dramatic closing keynote.

12:00 pm – 12:15 pm Farewell Remarks
NEW Board Chair Michelle Gloeckler SVP, Home, Walmart US
Sue Klug President, Southern California Division, SUPERVALU
Marie Quintana SVP, Multicultural Sales, PepsiCo


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