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Emerging leaders learn from mentors at NEW Toronto event

Tuesday, April 23, 2013   (0 Comments)
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More than 50 Network of Executive Women members benefited from the career and life experiences of 18 senior executives at the first NEW Toronto mentoring event, April 17, 2013, in Woodbridge, Ontario.

NEW Toronto Co-Chair Michele Hardinge of Walmart Canada moderated the learning event, which focused on career planning and advancement.

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The importance of personal branding emerged as one of the event’s key topics, as selected groups of mentees participated in formal table discussions with paired mentor discussion leaders. Mentees were urged to know their personal stories to better promote themselves as a brand.

Mentors also stressed "playing to your strengths” and the importance of new learning to enhance core skills. Also fodder for discussion: The willingness to take risks and chances and stepping out of one’s comfort zone to trust and rely on others.

Mentees were advised to "stay hungry and stay scared” by signing up for a stretch role before feeling 100-percent ready for the position.

"As it relates to the mission of NEW to retain, attract and advance women, this event delivered on all fronts,” said NEW Toronto Mentoring Committee Lead Teresa D’Alessandro, director, marketplace services for Deloitte Canada. "It also marked an important milestone for NEW Toronto, signaling the expanded value we continue to bring to members.

"Mentees came away with new contacts and insights and tangible action plans, while mentors shared their advice and stories with emerging leaders.”

Among the organizations sending delegations to the NEW Toronto mentoring event were Coty Canada, Deloitte, Kellogg Company, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Kraft Foods Group Inc., Nestlé Waters Canada, SC Johnson and Walmart Canada.

Nancy Modrcin, senior director of marketing for Metro Inc., Deborah Le of SC
Johnson and Julia Sisnett of Johnson & Johnson networked at the NEW
Toronto event, April 17 in Woodbridge, Ont.

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