Walgreen’s CDO offers leadership lessons at New England event
Monday, November 12, 2012
More than 350 Network of Executive Women members learned the
value of servant leadership and mentoring at the NEW New England fall networking
event, Nov. 2, 2012 at the Boston Marriott Newton in Newton, Mass.
The crowd heard career advice from keynote speaker Steve
Pemberton, chief diversity officer for Walgreen Company, who previously
served as the first CDO for Monster.com. Pemberton, author of Chance in the
World: An Orphan Boy,
a Mysterious Past and How He Found a Place Called Home, shared his
experiences at Walgreens and recounted his powerful personal story of
growing up in foster care and the long search for family.
"Bitterness is being defeated again,” he
said. "At some point you have to ask, ‘What do I build now?’ I wanted to build
something different and I couldn’t do that if I was bitter.”
At work, he noted, women aren’t getting the feedback they
need, especially from male managers, hindering advancement.
An optional morning mentoring workshop featured Michele M.
Hanson, a founding member of NEW and CEO of ExecuInsight LLC. "If someone asks you to be a mentor,” she advised,
Women with active mentors have a 27 percent higher salary
than women without a mentor, Hanson said.
She emphasized the difference between a mentor and a sponsor and said it is
crucial to have both to advance your career. "Sponsors can give chips on your behalf and can advocate for
you in meetings,” Hanson said. "Mentors give you time and sponsors give you the
Mentees should set
goals, know what they want and ask for it, she said. One mentor can’t provide
all of a protégé’s needs. "Finding a mentor that
gives you wings is crucial,” she said.
Three outstanding NEW members
were recognized at the event for their work. Cathy Doyle, formerly a regional
sales manager for General Mills, was honored as the Network of Executive
Women’s 2012 regional leader of the year. Doyle, who has served as NEW’s New England co-secretary, accepted the
Bobbie O’Hare Award at the Network’s NEW Leadership Summit, Oct. 22, 2012 in
Dallas. Doyle was a founding member of NEW New England and helped start a
robust college mentoring outreach program that serves as a benchmark for all
Alexandra Fenelon, account executive for Nestlé DSD, and Sian
Blackwell, IT manager EDI/eCommerce for Ocean Spray, were honored for their groundbreaking
work on Internet and social media for NEW New England.
Among the organizations sending delegations to the event were
Acosta, Ahold USA, Associated Grocers of New England, Bentley University,
Bryant University, C & S Wholesale Grocers, Crossmark, CVS Caremark
Corporation, Delhaize America, Greater Boston Food Bank, JOH, Kellogg Company, Kraft
Foods, Nestlé Waters, Nestlé Purina PetCare, Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc., PepsiCo
Inc., Roche Bros. Supermarkets, Shaw’s, Stop & Shop, UNFI and Walgreen
The NEW New England spring networking event, to be held April
26, 2013, will feature Shelley Broader, president and CEO of Walmart
(From left) NEW New England Co-Chair, Programs
Christine Szymura Colwell of Agar Supply Co. joined keynote speaker Steve
Pemberton of Walgreen Co., featured
speaker Michele M. Hanson of ExecuInsight
LLC and NEW Board member emeritus
Bobbie O’Hare of JOH at the NEW New England