NEW Forum explores workplace empowerment
Monday, July 29, 2013
Posted by: Barbara Francella
300 industry executives focused on career opportunities — from thriving
during workplace upheavals to cultivating valuable relationships — during eight learning
sessions at the Network of Executive Women Executive Leaders Forum, held July
23-25, 2013 at Terranea Resort outside Los Angeles.
times of change, "ask tough questions, but accept that many
times the answers are still being defined," Janel Haugarth, executive vice
president and president, independent business and supply chain services at
SUPERVALU Inc., advised Forum attendees during "How to Win Amid Chaos and
Change," one of the Leadership Circles offered at the NEW Forum. "Never
allow yourself to get defensive, no matter what. Sometimes I need to totally
get out of the environment — lunch in my car, the park — to recharge."
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participants also shared personal experiences at these other Leadership Circles: "Entering
the C-Suite: Taking Your Seat at the Table," facilitated by Brad J.
Davidson, president, Kellogg North America and senior vice president for
Kellogg Company; "Navigating the C-Suite: Politics Is Not a Dirty Word"
with Suzan Kereere, senior vice president and general manager, national client group
at American Express; "Critical Capabilities for Today’s Leaders" with
Nina Leigh Krueger, president, Golden Products Division for Nestlé Purina
PetCare Company; "Organization Transformation: Leading Cultural Change
with Aidan Tracey, president of Acosta Mosaic Group; and "Starting from
Nothing: What It Takes to Fulfill Your Destiny" with by Suzi
Weiss-Fischmann, executive vice president, artistic director at OPI Products
shared his insights on the importance of mentoring and sponsorship, saying, "Sponsors
find ways to give people access,” and noting he always looks to mentor "someone
who wants to advance."
Traits of a leader
her thoughts on the capabilities leaders need to succeed in today's
marketplace, Krueger said executives must "remain relevant and be present,
approachable and aware.
questions," she advised. "What is going right? What needs to change?
If you had a magic wand you could wave to change one thing, what would it be?”
Emerging leaders often outgrow their mentors and need to find new ones, Krueger
added. "You need to seek advice from people who can help you with the
challenges you face today, not the challenges you face from yesterday.
isn’t a person, it’s a role, and you need to build it and receive it wisely.”
is time for women to forge meaningful partnerships and take greater responsibility
for each other's success, Livers coached Forum attendees to map their social
How a woman is raised, her
economic background, size of her family and other factors have implications
when forging authentic connections with other women, she noted. "Who I am may
not at all be who you think I am.”
Janel S. Haugarth