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NEW Northwest Arkansas focuses on positive images

Wednesday, September 25, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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More than 350 NEW members learned to develop positive self-images and professional reputations at the NEW Northwest Arkansas fall networking event, Sept. 19, 2013 at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers, Ark.

"Positive Imaging: Who are you and how do you want to be seen?” was led by award-winning author and sociologist Dr. Bertice Berry, who encouraged attendees to let go of the past to be open to new experiences. "If you don’t clean your filter, it becomes the window through which you see the world,” she said.

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Berry encouraged attendees to follow their passions and her example. Overcoming a childhood of poverty, abuse and neglect, Berry earned a PhD at age 26. "Had I listened to the folks with the formulas, I wouldn’t be here, but you wouldn’t, either.”

Instead of striving to be all things to all people, she said, "put your best thoughts forward. What we give energy to expands.”

Berry’s personal story and advice inspired introspection, said Mary Lea Dinwiddie of Geometry Global. "She offered serious points to think about in a humorous way that kept the entire crowd engaged.”

Among the organizations sending large delegations to the event were Altria, Bentonville Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce, Crossmark, Hallmark Cards Inc., Kellogg Company, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Kraft Foods Group Inc., Mondelez International Inc., Nestlé Group, Procter & Gamble, Tyson Foods Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

KNWA-TV news story 

(From left) Wal-Mart's Jody Pinson greets keynote speaker Bertice Berry
and colleagues Ashley Bruce and Bridgette Woodell at the Northwest
Arkansas fall event, Sept. 19, 2013 in Rogers, Ark.

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