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Senior leaders offer career advice at New York Metro event

Tuesday, April 23, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Three top industry executives shared their thoughts on advancing a career and nurturing a motivated, high-performing workplace at the Network of Executive Women New York Metro spring event, April 16, 2013 in Jersey City, N.J.

More than 500 NEW members and supporters heard from Tanya Domier, CEO of Advantage Sales & Marketing LLC; Brian J. Driscoll, president and CEO of Diamond Foods Inc.; and Joseph Sheridan, president and COO of Wakefern Food Corporation. The discussion was moderated by Helayne Angelus, principal with Kalypso.

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Adding value by always delivering results is essential to short- and long-term career success, Angelus said. "Women need to evaluate their unique strengths, communicate their goals, take high-profile assignments and create long-lasting ‘win- win’ relationships. To do this, women need to step up, speak up and go for the important roles to achieve their personal and professional goals.”

When meeting with customers, leave the PowerPoint presentation behind, Driscoll advised. "Keep it personal and have a real conversation. Truly connect. What’s most important is what happens after the meeting.”

Sheridan encouraged members to be ready to receive feedback from colleagues and to stay in the moment. "Put the electronics down. Take time to recognize when you have a human moment.

By serving others, people will follow you," he added. "Have a purpose and make a difference.”

To best nurture relationships, pick up the phone and make a call, Domier suggested. "We miss the personal touch.”

For a more satisfying career and personal life, think about the legacy you want to leave and work backward, Domier advised. "Don’t let fear hold you back. Use your gifts. Women don’t always have the confidence they need. They are frightened of promotions. Women say they are not ready -- but no one is ever ready -- just go for it. Men do!”

Many women take care to build a resume before getting the job they want, then stop focusing on building their resume once in a position, Sheridan added. Women need to take stock periodically and continue to grow their resumes. "People remember good stories," he said, "make sure yours is a great story that is repeated frequently and you will sell yourself.”

Among the companies who sent delegations to the event were The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Acosta Sales & Marketing, Advantage Sales & Marketing, Ahold USA, American Express, Catalina Marketing, The Coca-Cola Company, Crossmark, Deloitte, Diamond Foods Inc., ESM Ferolie, General Mills Inc., Hess Corporation, H.J. Heinz Company, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg Company, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Kraft Foods Group Inc., Mondelēz International, Nestlé USA, Nielsen, Novartis, PepsiCo Inc., Procter & Gamble, Ralph Lauren, RDD Associates, SC Johnson, Seton Hall University, Stop & Shop, Unilever and Wakefern Food Corporation.

Tanya Domier, CEO of Advantage Sales & Marketing, connects with John
Kennington, vice president of sales at Ferrero USA.

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