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Atlanta event sheds light on 'what you don't know'

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More than 250 Network of Executive Women members and supporters learned real-world strategies for advancing their careers at the NEW Atlanta spring event, April 23, 2013, in Atlanta.

Industry leaders Sol Clahane, vice president, director, national retail for Brown-Forman; Jeanine Huebner, vice president, merchandising for The Home Depot; Allison Moran, chief executive officer at RaceTrac Petroleum Inc.; and Theresa Turley, vice president, human resources, operations at The Kroger Co., shared their insights during a "What You Don’t Know May Hurt You” panel discussion. Chaly Moyen, group director, global retail strategy and portfolio for The Coca-Cola Company, moderated.

The senior executives offered advice on distinguishing between mentors, advocates and sponsors; overcoming typical career barriers; and developing the right workplace relationships.

"You have to ask for what you want, like a promotion,” Huebner said. "Do not make the assumption that everyone knows where you want to go.”

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When seeking a mentor, women should consider someone who has done the work before and "who challenges you,” the experts agreed.

On differentiating a mentor from an advocate, Clahane said, "mentors become advocates, because they understand your work. A mentor made a bet on me, so I was always afraid to disappoint them.”

Attendees were encouraged to be their own advocates, too. "[Say] ‘I can do this,’” Moran advised. "If you don’t speak up, no one will for you.”

"Make people aware of what you are doing,” Turley added. "If others don’t know, it doesn’t count.”

Relationship-building was highlighted as an essential component of career advancement. "Make it part of your development, seek relationships,” Turley said. "You cannot exist by yourself.”

Mark Hammond, vice president of sales, U.S. geographies for H.J. Heinz, said the discussion of mentors, advocates and sponsors was relevant for all NEW members. "No matter what level you are in your development, this was a venue in which we all walked away more enlightened.”

Among the organizations sending large delegations to the NEW Atlanta spring event were Altria, Brown-Forman, The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive, Georgia-Pacific, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, PepsiCo Inc., RaceTrac Petroleum, The Clorox Company, The Home Depot Inc. and The Kroger Co.

NEW Vice President Nancy Krawczyk connects with (at left) Deloitte’s
Larry Krupa, director, global strategic clients, and Matt Hunt, director,
consumer and industrial products.

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