NEW members find their ‘authentic selves’ at Twin Cities event
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
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.
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
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.
Adams of Target Corporation, Laurie Altman of 3M and
Natalie Doyle of General
Mills shared their personal stories of living
Twin Cities committee members came together Oct. 9, 2012, at the region’s
fall event in Bloomington, Minn.