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Last year was record breaker, NEW Annual Report says

Wednesday, March 20, 2013  
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The Network of Executive Women set new records in membership, sponsorship and industry engagement last year, according to the Network’s just released 2012 Annual Report.

Network membership grew to an all-time high of nearly 7,000, up 38 percent from the year before, according to the report, which opens with the personal stories and portraits of 10 NEW members from across the country. Members represented more than 700 organizations last year, a significant gain compared to the 461 organizations represented in 2011.

The number of national sponsor companies grew from 73 to 84, helping boost total sponsor contributions 14 percent from $2.1 million in 2011 to $2.4 million last year.

National sponsorship, at nearly $2.2 million, accounted for nearly half of the Network's $4.6 million income. Three national conferences ― the NEW Diversity Forum, NEW Executive Leaders Forum and NEW Leadership Summit ― contributed nearly 31 percent of income. The Network’s 19 region’s accounted for more than 15 percent of income.

Nearly 700 volunteers

Nearly 700 NEW members served the Network as regional group officer or committee member, a 32-percent increase from 2011. Nearly 11,000 members and supporters attended 33 regional learning events and 59 networking mixers and outings in the United States and Canada.

Last year the Network delivered more information and education through more platforms than ever before. The three national conferences set new attendance records: The NEW Diversity Forum increased attendance by nearly 8 percent, the NEW Executive Leaders Forum grew by more than a third and the NEW Leadership Summit grew nearly 30 percent to a record-breaking 1,015 attendees.

More than 3,600 members participated in NEW Leadership Academy webinars live and thousands learned through viewing the webinars later in NEW's online Study Hall.

The Network also published two Best Practices reports. "Women, Leadership and the Power of the Purse: Gender Diversity in Canadian CPG/Retail” offered insights gleaned from a survey of 428 industry executives in Canada. "Changing the Game: Strategies for Harnessing the Power of Female Talent” was mailed to c-suite executives throughout the industry and shared with members online during two Town Hall webinars.

NEW Annual Report 2012

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