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Execs share insights at Greater Philadelphia event

Tuesday, November 12, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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Nearly 200 Network of Executive Women members learned leadership lessons from senior retail executives at the NEW Greater Philadelphia fall networking event, Nov. 6, 2013 at Hershey’s Chocolate World.

Manuel Haro of Ahold US, Cathy Pulos of Wawa Inc. and June Youngs of CVS Caremark Corp. offered their insights on "Dynamic Leadership in the Evolving Retail Environment.” The discussion was moderated by NEW Board member at-large Amy Hahn, vice president and general manager of The Global Hershey Experience at The Hershey Company.

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Making decisions that align with an organization’s values drives business, the panelists agreed. For example, Wawa’s decision to offer no-fee ATMs meant passing up significant revenue, but was in line with the company’s values and "the right thing to do for our customers,” said Pulos, adding that Wawa encourages team members to ‘innovate with discipline.”

"I love how Wawa leaders are encouraged to share their failures,” said NEW Greater Philadelphia Secretary Virginia Pigeaire of Kimberly-Clark Corporation. "That is the greatest way to learn from each other and grow as an organization. Leaders need to feel supported to take risks and innovate.”

Nicole Calianno of CROSSMARK said the leaders’ discussion "inspired, refreshed and grounded my vision of my future. It was a priceless evening with like-minded people who were caring and passionate about making a difference in their career. It is obvious why [NEW] has touched so many parts on a map and continues to grow in numbers.”

During the evening event, NEW Greater Philadelphia Treasurer Linda Gilroy of JOH was honored as the region’s 2013 Best of the Best volunteer.

After dinner and networking, members turned in their name tagsand received gift bags with items donated by regional sponsors.

"It was wonderful to see how emerging leaders truly did get access to executives in the industry during all aspects of our event,” said NEW Greater Philadelphia Co-Chair Logistics Roberta Kitchenoff of Kitchenoff & Associates. "Opportunities were afforded during both the upfront and concluding networkingsegments, as well as during thepanel discussion. This is what the Network is all about!”

Organizations sending large delegations to the event include Acosta Sales & Marketing, Altria Group Distribution Company, Bottom Dollar Food, Deloitte, Donovan Advertising & Marketing Services, Giant Food Stores - Carlisle, The Hershey Company, JOH, Nielsen, Penske Truck Leasing, St. Joseph’s University and UTZ Quality Foods Inc.

NEW Vice President, Member and Regional Services Stephanie McFee
connects with NEW Greater Philadelphia Treasurer Linda Gilroy and 
Co-Chair Programs Shilpa Pai, NEW Board member at-large Sue Sears,
NEW Chair Sponsorship Margarita Rossi, NEW Board member at-large
Amy Hahn, and NEW Greater Philadelphia Secretary Virginia Pigeaire
and Co-Chair Logistics Roberta Kitchenoff.

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