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Industry leaders give career advice to Greater Philadelphia

Thursday, April 18, 2013   (0 Comments)
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A panel of senior consumer products and retail executives shared their insights and career experiences with nearly 250 Network of Executive Women members at the NEW Greater Philadelphia Spring Event, April 10, 2013 at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, N.J.

Brian Fischel, vice president of national grocery for Campbell Soup Company; Elise Gautier, principal, Food Product Center of Excellence at Deloitte & Touché; John Saidnawey, president and COO of JOH; and NEW Board member Sue Sears, vice president of global marketing and sales for Kimberly-Clark Corporation, offered practical advice for advancing a career and shared their outlooks for the future of the industry. The panel discussion was moderated by Margarita Rossi, senior sales and shopper marketing executive for Johnson & Johnson

"Know your strengths and opportunity areas and take on projects to fill your gaps,” Fischel suggested. "Lateral moves can often fill these gaps, so have the courage to take them.”

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Externally, be known as someone who consistently adds value by teaching your business partners something new whenever you interact with them, he said. "Be the supplier they are looking forward to seeing.”

"Ask business partners what’s important to them and solve their problems,” Sears advised. "Build great relationships with your customers by bringing solutions to drive top-line growth and help reduce expenses [and you’ll] be seen as a valued added partner.”

Be a great listener, be patient and understand the needs of all of your stakeholders, Saidnawey said. "Do your homework and be consistent in all your efforts and interactions to build your personal brand. Trust is key and trust is built through consistent interactions.”

Know yourself and what special skills and talents distinguish you from others, Gautier suggested. "Cultivate the image of what you want to be known for and promote it. Use tweets to build your brand, relationships and your credibility.”

"The from-the-heart perspective of our panelists was shared in such an articulate, engaging way, it made the education portion of our evening extremely relevant for our group of women and men attendees,” said NEW Greater Philadelphia Co-Chair Logistics Roberta Kitchenoff of Kitchenoff & Associates.

Also during the event, NEW Greater Philadelphia Co-Chair Programs Shilpa Pai of Deloitte was recognized as the 2012 Best of the Best Committee member.

Organizations sending delegations to the event included  ACME, Acosta Sales & Marketing, Campbell Soup Company, The Coca-Cola Company, Delhaize America, Deloitte & Touche, Giant Food Stores, GlaxoSmithKline, The Hershey Company, Hess Corporation, JOH, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, St. Joseph’s University, Staples, UTZ Quality Foods Inc., and Wawa Inc.

Susan Rorke-Lawler of ACME and Virginia Pigeaire of
Kimberly-Clark Corporation present Shilpa Pai of Deloitte with
the 2012 Greater Philadelphia Regional 
Leader of the Year Award. 

NEW Board Member Margarita Rossi of Johnson & Johnson,Elise
Gautier of Deloitte & Touche, John Saidnawey of JOH, NEW Board
Member Suzanne Sears of Kimberly-Clark Corporation and Brian
Fischel of Campbell Soup Company shared their insights.

NEW Greater Philadelphia committee members (standing, from left) Sherry
Caldwell, NEW Vice President of Sales and Marketing Nancy Krawczyk, Deepti
Modgekar, Jill Griffin, Maria Maggio, Karen Chin, Donna Sheetz, Paul Hagerty,
Christine Hartman, Donna Gray and Lauri Bookholdt join committee members
(seated, from left) Linda Gilroy, Shilpa Pai, Susan Rorke-Lawler, Roberta
Kitchenoff, Virginia Pigeaire and Melissa Lozano Blodgett. Not pictured are
Sarah Maxwell, Christine Bokunewicz, Courtney Piper Flora, Beth Hough
Gorecki and Margot Hoerner.

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