Stars of screen and industry to address NEW Forum
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Actress and activist Geena Davis;
Muhtar Kent, CEO of The Coca-Cola Company; and Mindy Grossman, CEO of HSN Inc.,
will share their personal and professional experiences at the seventh annual
NEW Executive Leaders Forum, July 23-25 at the
Terranea Resort in Los Angeles. More than 250 senior executives in the consumer
products and retail industry are expected to attend the invitation-only event.
Academy Award-winning Davis founded the nonprofit Geena Davis Institute on
Gender in Media in 2004. The Institute is a research-based organization
working to reduce stereotyping and broaden female characters in children's
entertainment. Its programming arm, See Jane, spotlights gender inequalities
through education, training, strategic guidance and advocacy
"I felt, as a mother, kids should be seeing boys and girls
sharing the sandbox equally,” Davis said in a recent interview. "There are so few female
characters that have positions of authority that are playing the important
politicians, business leaders, law partners. That's what we want to work on,
because if kids don't see it, they're not going to think of wanting to become
that when they grow up.”
1989, Davis received the Oscar for best supporting actress for her role as the
offbeat dog trainer Muriel Pritchett in Lawrence Kasdan's "The Accidental
Tourist.” She was again nominated for an Academy Award for her performance as
Thelma in Ridley Scott's "Thelma and Louise.” She is a former trustee of the Women's Sports Foundation, serves on the
Board of the White House Project, is an appointee to the California Commission
on the Status of Women and is an official partner of UN Women in its effort to
change the way media represents women and girls worldwide.
Kent will offer his
global perspective on the power of women. "Muhtar Kent is a bold leader and
more intentional about advancing women than most of the CEOs in the consumer
products and retail industry,” said NEW Forum conference designer Trudy Bourgeois, founder and president of The Center
for Workforce Excellence. "He recognizes
women’s value as consumers and as leaders -- and it’s paying off for The
Coca-Cola Company, which continues to thrive as the world's most recognized
brand. He has experienced extreme success and is a role model for leading
with a desire to empower women globally.”
Kent joined The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta in 1978, holding
a variety of marketing and operations leadership positions over the course of
his career, including general manager of Coca-Cola Turkey and Central Asia,
president of the company's East Central Europe division and senior vice
president of Coca-Cola International. In 2005, Kent was named The Coca-Cola
Company’s president and chief operating officer of the North Asia, Eurasia and
Middle East Group. Less than a year later, he became president of Coca-Cola
International, leading all of the company's operations outside North America.
He has also served as The Coca-Cola Company’s president and chief executive
officer and, earlier, as its president and chief operating officer.
Active in the global business community, Kent is co-chair of
The Consumer Goods Forum, a fellow of the Foreign Policy Association, a member
of the Business Roundtable, a past chairman of the U.S.-China Business Council and and
chairman emeritus of the U.S.-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian
Nations) Business Council.
HSN's Grossman will open the Forum
Grossman, the event’s opening
keynote speaker, will share her insights on succeeding through bold action
with integrity. "Mindy Grossman is fearless,” Bourgeois said. "She is a demonstration of the power of aligning your
passion, purpose and a desire to serve others. She is a visionary who
dared to go where no one else had the courage to go in terms of redefining the
retail business model. We are excited to have the opportunity to listen and
learn from a great woman of wisdom.”
a retail portfolio that generates more than $3.2 billion in revenue and
encompasses HSN, a leading interactive multichannel retailer that offers an assortment
of exclusive products and top brand names, and Cornerstone, a dynamic
multichannel retailer of lifestyle brands, including Frontgate, Garnet Hill,
Ballard Designs, Grandin Road, Improvements, Chasing Fireflies and TravelSmith.
Grossman also serves on HSN’s board of directors.
Since joining HSN in 2006,
Grossman has been responsible for transforming HSN into a lifestyle network,
diversifying its portfolio of brands and personalities, and spearheading
efforts to evolve the linear network into a multi-platform business. She oversaw
the launch in 2010 of a second 24-hour television shopping channel, HSN2.
Before taking the company public
in 2008, Grossman served as CEO of IAC Retailing, a business segment of
InterActiveCorp. She previously served as global vice president at Nike Inc.
and was responsible for the development and growth of Nike's global women's
business and served as co-chair of its Women's Leadership Council. Prior to
Nike, Grossman was president and CEO of Polo Jeans Company and held executive
roles at Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, Warnaco Inc., Tommy Hilfiger and
In 2012, Forbes magazine named Grossman one of the world’s 100
most powerful women, an honor she has received three times. In 2011, she was
named Corporate Innovator of the Year at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of
the Year® Florida Awards, and was recognized as one of Fast Company's Top 100 Most
Creative People in Business. In 2010 and 2011, Grossman was ranked by
the Financial Times as
one of the top 50 women in world business.
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