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New England fetes 10 years with industry leaders

Wednesday, October 9, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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More than 270 Network members "celebrated the past and embraced the future” at NEW New England’s fall networking event, which marked the region’s 10th anniversary, Sept. 19, 2013 at the Boston Marriott in Newton, Mass.

Keynote speaker Shelley Broader, president and CEO of Walmart Canada, was joined by a discussion panel with NEW Chair, Regional Activities Maria Edelson, founder and president of Sales & Capability Development LLC; Maureen McGurl, president of Sutton Place HR Consulting Group; NEW Board member (emeritus) Bobbie O’Hare, vice president, business development at JOH; and Kate Chin, account executive at Procter & Gamble. NEW Board Chair Catherine Lindner, managing partner, Sagres Consulting, served as moderator.

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NEW President and CEO Joan Toth honored O’Hare, who was instrumental in launching NEW New England, the Network’s first regional outpost.

"Bobbie had the foresight to know that while a national organization made sense in our industry, the best way to provide impact for our members was through local regions,” Toth said. "Soon, Bobbie was rolling that concept out to region after region. New York Metro, Philadelphia, Northwest Arkansas, until today, when NEW has 19 U.S. regions and one in Canada.

"Our sponsors routinely tell us that serving on a regional committee is the most impactful benefit of their NEW membership ― and there’s just one woman at the very beginning of that.”

Among the organizations sending delegations to the event were Ahold USA, C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc., JOH, Stop & Shop and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

NEW New England 10th anniversary video

NEW Board Chair Catherine Lindner of Sagres Consulting; NEW Board member
(emeritus) Bobbie O'Hare of JOH; NEW Chair, Regional Activities Maria Edelson
of Sales and Capability Development LLC; Maureen McGurl of Sutton Place HR
Group; and Kate Chin of Procter & Gamble celebrated NEW New England’s
10th anniversary.

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