NEW leaders talk game-changing tactics at NACDS
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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
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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,”
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.