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NEW members find their ‘authentic selves’ at Twin Cities event

Wednesday, October 17, 2012  
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Nearly 500 Network of Executive Women members pondered the question "Who am I?” at the NEW Twin Cities fall event, Oct. 9, 2012, in Bloomington, Minn.

The event, which attracted a NEW Twin Cities record-breaking crowd to the Doubletree by Hilton, featured a panel of women executives who offered advice on "finding your authentic core.” Offering their insights were Trish Adams, senior vice president, merchandising apparel and accessories for Target Corporation; Laurie Altman, vice president and general manager, construction and home improvement markets for 3M; Natalie Doyle, vice president, finance, global supply chain for General Mills; incoming NEW Board member Vicki Felker, vice president, market development for Nestlé Purina PetCare; NEW Board member Linda Johnson, chief diversity officer for SUPERVALU; Stacey Fowler Meittunen, senior vice president, product innovation and development, The Schwan Food Company; and incoming NEW Board member Bethany Quam, vice president of sales- US channels for General Mills. Diane Cooke, vice president, human resources, for Schwan's Consumer Brands Inc., moderated the discussion.

Addressing the benefits of being authentic in all areas of life, Adams highlighted her passion for retailing, while Quam advised NEW members to be true to who they are, rather than who others think they should be. Altman spoke about letting authenticity "evolve.”

Doyle shared her experiences in Brazil, where being authentic brought a business breakthrough. Fowler Meittunen explained how her international experience led to opportunities for self-discovery and challenging norms. Johnson spoke about being purpose-driven, while Felker offered career advice, stressing the importance of acknowledging co-workers’ efforts.

"The breadth and depth of speakers made this a truly standout panel,” noted NEW Twin Cities Co-Chair Annalee Ulsrud. "From their diversity of experience to their candor, humility and honesty, this group of women had our audience captivated the whole time. It's a great reminder to our regional group that often what our audience wants most to hear are real stories from approachable women who have already walked the path they are on themselves. Very inspirational!”

"Member feedback on the panel was very positive as the wide variety of experiences and challenges communicated by the panelists increased their relevance to the attendees,” added NEW Twin Cities Co-Chair Holly Swanson.

Among the organizations attending the event were 3M, The Coca-Cola Company, Concordia University, CSM Bakery Products, General Mills, Hormel Foods, Kellogg Company, Kimberly-Clark, Kraft Foods, Land O’Lakes Inc., MOM Brands, Nestlé Infant Nutrition, Nestlé Purina PetCare, PepsiCo Inc., Procter & Gamble, The Schwan Food Company, SUPERVALU and Target Corporation.

Trish Adams of Target Corporation, Laurie Altman of 3M and
Natalie Doyle of General Mills shared their personal stories of living

NEW Twin Cities committee members came together Oct. 9, 2012, at the region’s
record-breaking fall event in Bloomington, Minn.  

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