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Network honors regional leaders at NEW Summit

Wednesday, October 23, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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Cheryl Williams, vice president of marketing for Wakefern Food Corporation, and the NEW Chicago regional committee have been recognized by the Network of Executive Women for their leadership and commitment to the Network’s mission to attract, retain and advance women in the consumer products and retail industry. They were honored at the Celebrating Excellence Awards Gala during the NEW Leadership Summit,Oct. 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, attended by more than 1,000 Network members.

Williams received the 2013 Bobbie O’Hare Regional Leader of the Year Award in recognition of her efforts to drive excellence in regional programming, retailer engagement and leadership support. She has served NEW New York in many roles, including co-chair. Each year, members of the Network’s 20 regions nominate one person as their "best of the best” committee member. These members are honored during each region’s fall event and are eligible for the Regional Leader of the Year Award.

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"Cheryl Williams has been a champion of the Network since the founding of NEW New York Metro,” said Bobbie O’Hare, NEW Board member (emeritus), who was instrumental in the formation of the Network’s regional strategy. "She has been a rock of stability for the region and has gone above and beyond in her role as regional co-chair."

By recruiting regional committee members, Williams has helped double the size of the NEW New York Metro committee. "She walks the walk,” O’Hare said. "She recruits sponsors, participates in the college outreach program and drives attendance for events. I am thrilled that Cheryl Williams is the 2013 Recipient of the Bobbie O’Hare Award and I’m grateful for her on-going leadership and support of NEW.”

NEW Chicago named Region of the Year

Members of the NEW Chicago leadership team accepted the 2013 Region of the Year Award.

NEW Chicago "is at the heart of our Network, in more ways than one,” said outgoing NEW Regional Activities Chair Maria Edelson, founder and president of Sales & Capability Development LLC.

"In its six-year history, NEW Chicago has been known for its well-attended and well-designed events, and this year has been no exception,” Edelson. "The lifestyle transitions mixer in June was truly innovative and drilled down on the real-life issues faced by women and men in our industry. This region performed with excellence throughout the year in logistics, programming, finance, outreach and communications.”

The Network also presented seven group and individual achievement awards. NEW Atlanta was honored for outstanding achievement in programming and events. NEW Cincinnati was recognized for superior college outreach. The award for best mentoring program was presented to NEW Northern California. NEW Northwest Arkansas was honored for achievements in public relations and social media. NEW North Central Texas received an award for achievements in fundraising and sponsorship.

Machelle Selbe, vice president, principle at Gifford Operating Company, of NEW Northwest Arkansas, was named 2013 Regional Secretary of the Year. Victoria Francis, finance director at ConAgra Foods, of NEW Southern California, was honored as 2013 NEW Regional Treasurer of the Year.

"The Network's 20 regional groups in the U.S. and Canada bring our mission home to the communities where we live and work,” Edelson said. "They produce learning events open to everyone, host mixers, facilitate mentoring, enroll local sponsors, use social media, reach out to college students and recruit new members. Nearly one in 10 NEW members — 664 in total — served as a regional leader or volunteer last year, building their leadership skills and making priceless connections.”

NEW Chair, Regional Activities Maria Edelson (left) and
Bobbie O'Hare (right) present Cheryl Williams of Wakefern
Food Corp. with the NEW Regional Leader of the Year Award.

Achievement awards were presented to seven NEW regions and two individuals.

NEW Chicago was honored as Region of the Year at the NEW Summit.

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