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Empowerment expert Bertice Berry to open NEW Summit 2012

Monday, August 20, 2012  
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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 their careers.”

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 collaboration tools.  

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