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