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Olympian Mary Lou Retton inspires NEW Cincinnati

Monday, November 5, 2012  
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More than 450 Network of Executive Women members gained "the competitive edge” courtesy of Olympic gold medalist Mary Lou Retton, at the NEW Cincinnati fall event, Nov. 1, 2012, at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza.

"It takes the same qualities to become a champion in the workplace as it does an athlete: hard work, dedication, determination and believing in yourself and your abilities,” the gold medalist told the crowd. "You only get out what you put into it.”

To make the medal stand, Retton had to take risks, seek out challenges, recognize her strengths and make them work for her, she said. "Most importantly I had to seize the moment that was given to me.

"When you see your door of opportunity smacking you in the face, you’ve got to go through it.”

Raising the bar is the fight against yourself and "seeing someone succeed and saying ‘I can do that better than them.’ Find the courage by being prepared.”

People who can adjust and adapt are those who are going to be mentally strong and able to become champions, she noted. "Don’t let other people put limits on you! You can do extraordinary things if you rise above your limits, both real and imaginary.”

Commenting on Retton’s message, NEW Cincinnati Co-Chair, Logistics Mindy Thompson-Sherwood of Procter & Gamble said, "Competition is different for everyone and how you use competition in the workplace needs to be balanced.”

Among the organizations sending delegations to NEW Cincinnati’s 10th sold-out event were Acosta, Advantage Sales & Marketing, Catalina Marketing, Clorox, The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive, ConAgra Foods, Crossmark, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, dunnhumby, Energizer Personal Care, Harlow-HRK Sales & Marketing, The Hershey Company, Johnson & Johnson, KAO USA, Kraft Foods, Kroger Co., Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, Pepperidge Farm, PepsiCo Inc., Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, SC Johnson, Shankman & Associates, White Wave Foods and Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company. 

Gold medalist Mary Lou Retton offered advice on
gaining a competitive edge in the workplace. 

NEW scholarship recipient Brittany Bishop, who
attends the University of Dayton, was recognized
at the NEW Cincinnati event.

NEW Cincinnati officers and committee members came together with Olympian
Mary Lou Retton (seated, center) at the region’s fall event.  

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