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Senior executives offer male perspective at NEW Florida event

Friday, September 28, 2012  
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More than 275 Network of Executive Women members received strategic career advice from a panel of senior executives at the NEW Florida fall networking event, Sept. 21, 2012, at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Fla.

Panelists Scott Corley, market vice president for Walgreens; Jesse Garcia, vice president of sales for MOM Brands; Randall Onstead, president and CEO of Bi-Lo/Winn-Dixie; and Juan Pablo Zamorano, vice president of marketing for Colgate-Palmolive, shared the male perspective on women in leadership roles during a discussion moderated by NEW President and CEO Joan Toth.

"Females in the industry know what women need,” Garcia said.

Listening styles are a key difference in the communication styles of men and women, the executives agreed. ”Listen twice, talk once,” Zamorano advised. Leaders have "an obligation to listen,” Onstead noted.

Success for females is not dependent on cracking the male code, Scott said, advising women to "be who you are.” 

"Managerial courage and business acumen are two of the main core competencies of any leader,” Garcia added.

Among the organizations sending delegations to the event were Acosta Sales & Marketing, Bi-Lo/Winn-Dixie, Catalina, Coca-Cola Refreshments, Colgate-Palmolive, The J.M. Smucker Company, Kellogg Company, Kraft Foods, Publix, PepsiCo, Sweetbay Supermarkets and University of Florida.

Michele Conklin Williams of Taylor Farms, Randall Onstead of Bi-Lo Holdings, Trish Brynjolfsson of Catalina Marketing, Jesse Garcia of MOM Brands, Nicki Floyd of
Colgate-Palmolive, Scott Corley of Walgreens, NEW President and CEO Joan Toth
and Juan Pablo Zamorano of Colgate-Palmolive network at the NEW Florida event.

NEW Florida committee members gather at the region’s fall networking event. 

More than 275 NEW members received strategic career advice at the NEW Florida
fall networking event in Tampa, Fla.

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