Empowerment expert Bertice Berry to open NEW Summit 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
Empowerment expert and educator Dr. Bertice Berry, author
of the best-selling memoir The Ties That
Bind: A Memoir of Race, Memory and Redemption, will encourage members to
"Profit from Your Life Experiences” at the NEW Leadership Summit 2012, Oct.
22-23 in Dallas.
Berry will offer insights on becoming your best self and
helping others to do the same by reviewing past experiences. The mother of
five, former talk show host and award-winning comedian will provide tools for
personal and professional growth.
"Dr. Berry believes everyone is the sum of their experiences
and that everyone needs to maximize these experiences to be their absolute
best,” said NEW President and CEO Joan Toth. "This message of life’s past
adversities enabling future success resonates with women at every level in
Two other keynote speakers will be featured at the
Leadership Summit. Julie Gilbert Newrai -- former vice president of Best
Buy and CEO of WOLF, a consulting firm specializing in brand building and
cultural transformation -- will blend real-life business stories, data and an
action agenda in her keynote presentation "The Future of Women and Retail.” In
a closing keynote address, high-performance motivator Yvonne Camus will offer
her insights on "Leading a High-Performance Life.”
The two-day program includes three tracks of concurrent
educational sessions for emerging leaders, mid-level leaders and senior
executives. The sessions will feature Becky Shambaugh, president and CEO of
Shambaugh Leadership; CNN personality Nadia Bilchik, president of Greater
Impact Communications; Simon T. Bailey, founder of Brilliance Institute;
renowned leadership guru Cy Wakeman, president of Cy Wakeman Inc.;
economist Sylvia Ann Hewlett, founding president of the Center for Talent
Innovation; and Madelyn Yucht, principal consultant for Linkage.
Executives join the discussion
Also during the NEW Leadership Summit, an executive
roundtable of industry leaders will offer their thoughts on the power of women
in tomorrow’s consumer products/retail industry. Panelists include Irene Chang
Britt, president of Pepperidge Farm; Tom Falk, president of Kimberly-Clark
Corporation; Susan Chambers, chief people officer for Walmart; and Bhavdeep
Singh, executive vice president, operations for Ahold USA. The discussion will
be moderated by NEW past-chair Alison Kenney Paul, vice chairman, U.S. retail
leader and principal for Deloitte.
The NEW Leadership Summit 2012 will kick off Monday, Oct.
22, with a two-part NEW Leadership Academy workshop, "Facilitating
Challenging Conversations." Moderated by leadership coach Kim Zilliox, the
workshop will include a panel discussion, featuring Melissa Donaldson, director
of diversity networks and communication for Walgreen Co. and Cathy Horgan, vice
president, specialty retail and acquisitions, Coca-Cola Refreshments.
The afternoon also will offer NEW regional officers a
session on best practices, member-company affinity group meetings and a
networking workshop for first-time NEW Leadership Summit attendees. The Summit’s Regional Awards Gala will feature the annual
NEW Silent Auction, which benefits the Network’s scholarship fund; a cocktail
reception and regional awards banquet, which will honor the Network’s regional
leaders and regional best practices; and an afterparty celebration.
Nine hundred industry leaders and emerging leaders are
expected to attend the NEW Leadership Summit 2012. NEW members are invited to
register for the event at the early bird rate of $695, $100 off the standard
rate of $795, before Sept. 21, 2012. To join the Network, contact your
company's NEW Ambassador or join now for $200 as an individual member and
receive 12 months of NEW benefits, including invitations to national
conferences and full access to the Network’s online networking and
NEW Leadership Summit 2012
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