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NEW leaders talk game-changing tactics at NACDS

Thursday, August 15, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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Leaders from Network of Executive Women sponsor companies offered their insights on gender diversity in the workplace at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Total Store Expo, at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, held in Las Vegas, Aug. 10-13, 2013.

NEW President and CEO Joan Toth moderated the Aug. 12 roundtable discussion "Changing the Game: Strategies for Harnessing the Power of Female Talent,” featuring Shannon Curtin, general merchandise manager, beauty and personal care for Walgreen Co.; Vicki Gardner, senior vice president, global business services for Nielsen; NEW Sponsorship Chair Margarita Rossi, senior director, corporate communications for Johnson & Johnson; and Cia Tucci, senior director, store brands at CVS Caremark Corporation.

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The women offered their views on the advancing women and the bottom-line benefits of gender equity. Key takeaways included advice for women on "getting to the next level.”

"Create your own network,” said Curtin, "no one is going to do it for you.”

"Sponsorship is earned,” Gardner added.

While mentors and sponsors are key to building a career, Rossi said "There is a level in between mentorship and sponsorship, which is advocacy.”

Tucci emphasized the need for constructive communication and applying what you learn. "Part of getting to executive leadership is to be respectively vocal," she said. "Be accountable and getting feedback is essential."

The roundtable also shared the best career advice they had ever received. "Look for clarity,” Gardner said, "not certainty.”

"Serve and celebrate those who serve and celebrate you,” Rossi advised.

Curtin urged attendees to "lead with your heart and your mind.”

Tucci, who began in stores and operations with CVS, advised emerging leaders, "Don’t forget where you came from.”

Roundtable panelists Vicki Gardner of Nielsen, Cia Tucci of CVS Caremark Corporation, Shannon Curtin of Walgreen Company and Margarita Rossi of Johnson & Johnson at the NACDS Total Store Expo on August 12, 2013. 

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