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Nine industry leaders will share insights at NEW Forum

Wednesday, March 20, 2013  
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Nine of the consumer products and retail industry’s top executives will share their experiences and offer career guidance during concurrent educational sessions at the seventh annual NEW Executive Leaders Forum, July 23-25 at Terranea Resort near Los Angeles. More than 250 senior industry executives are expected to attend the invitation-only event.

Guided by the Forum’s "Bold and Authentic Leadership” theme, the nine Leadership Circles will address challenges and opportunities facing executives in today’s industry.

"As the NEW Executive Leaders Forum has grown, we have worked to create opportunities for participants to engage with experienced senior executives and industry leaders in small group settings," said NEW Vice President of Learning and Advisory Services Kathy Bayert. "These Leadership Circles of 25 to 30 participants will give individuals the opportunity to have a dialogue with incredible leaders, who generously agreed to share their time, their wisdom and experience.”

Senior executives leading the Leadership Circles include Brad J. Davidson, president, Kellogg North America and senior vice president of Kellogg Company, who will lead the "Entering the C-Suite: Taking Your Seat at the Table” session and Vicki Escarra, CEO of Opportunity International, who will explore "Authentic Leadership: Being Comfortable in Your Own Skin.”  

Janel Haugarth, president of independent business and business optimization at SUPERVALU Inc., will share advice on "How to Win Amid Chaos and Change.” Suzanne Kereere, senior vice president and general manager, national client group for American Express, will address "Navigating the C-Suite: Politics is Not a Dirty Word.”

Nina Leigh Krueger, president of the Golden Products Division for Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, will address the importance of "Remaining Relevant: Critical Capabilities for Today's Leader” and Ancella Livers, senior faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership, will guide participants through a discussion of "Women Supporting Women: Forging Authentic Connections.”

Kim Rucker, executive vice president, corporate and legal affairs for Kraft Foods Group Inc., will explore "Using Power: What Every Female Leader Needs to Know.” Aidan Tracey, CEO of Mosaic Sales Solutions at Acosta Sales & Marketing, share his thoughts on "Organization Transformation: Leading Cultural Change.”

Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, executive vice president and artistic director of Coty Inc.'s OPI Division, will offer her insights on "Starting from Nothing: What It Takes to Fulfill Your Destiny.”

Major keynotes

Also during the NEW Forum, Muhtar Kent, CEO of The Coca-Cola Company will offer his global perspective on the power of women in leadership roles during a special dinner event.

Keynote speakers include Mindy Grossman, CEO of HSN Inc., will share her insights on "How to Succeed by Being Yourself” and Laysha Ward, president of community relations and Target Foundation at Target Company, who will encourage attendees to "Think Big, Take Risk, Have Impact.”

Closing the NEW Forum, Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis, who founded the nonprofit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, will encourage NEW members to live "an award-winning life” and find their own, personal greatness.

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