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Members build networking skills at inaugural South Texas event

Friday, October 26, 2012  
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Network of Executive Women members learned from a panel of women executives who shared their experiences and advice for strengthening networking skills at the inaugural NEW South Texas event, Oct. 12, 2012 at the Houston Food Bank.

More than 100 NEW members heard from Cynthia Cisneros, vice president, community affairs for KTRK-TV; NEW Secretary Betsy Hosick, general manager, strategic capability for Chevron Corp.; Christine Mei, director of manufacturing for Coca-Cola Refreshments; and Paulette Powell, vice president, corporate human resources for Nestlé USA. Michele Hanson of ExecuInsight LLC moderated the discussion.

The women addressed common networking concerns, such as keeping networking authentic and whether it’s appropriate to network with colleagues who have higher-level positions.

"The discussion was extremely inspirational for me because it showed me the power of women and what we can do and how far we have come in the professional world,” said Karla Vohra of Deloitte, who serves on the NEW South Texas committee.

Among the companies who attended the NEW South Texas event were Acosta Sales & Marketing, Chevron Corporation, Coca-Cola Refreshments, Grocers Supply Company, Kraft Foods, The Kroger Co., Mondelēz International, PepsiCo Inc. and Republic National Distributing Company.

NEW members Madeleine O'Carroll and Karla Vohra network
with NEW South Texas Secretary Lisa Tharaud.

(From left) Executive panelists Paulette Powell of Nestlé USA, Christine Mei
Coca-Cola Refreshments, NEW Secretary Betsy Hosick of Chevron Corp.
and Cynthia Cisneros of KTRK-TV team up with moderator Michele Hanson
of ExecuInsight LLC.

NEW South Texas committee members came together at the region’s inaugural fall
event. Pictured are (back, from left) Co-Chair Logistics Kim Hryhorchuk, Co-Chair Programs Laura Wayne, Treasurer Amy Greene and (front, from left) Co-Chair Programs Melanie Cangemi, Co-Chair Logistics Martha Freitas, Sarah Parrigin and Secretary Lisa Tharaud.

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