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NEW sets membership and sponsorship records

Sunday, March 30, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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The Network of Executive Women reached new heights in membership, sponsorship and event attendance last year, according to the Network’s just released 2013 Annual Report to its stakeholders.

"Last year, the Network helped more women advance their careers and more companies better their workplaces and strengthen their businesses than ever before,” said NEW President and CEO Joan Toth. "With the launch of the NEW 2020 initiative, 2014 promises to be a game changer for the Network and our stakeholders.”

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The NEW Annual Report 2013 features in-depth profiles highlighting NEW’s impact on four Network members — Donna Giordano of Ralph’s Grocery, Latoya Conners Gray of Sears Holdings Corporation, Shilpa Pai of Deloitte and Vicki Schwartz of Schwan’s. A case study of Ahold USA shows how the grocery company leverages NEW to increase gender diversity, build leadership skills and boost its bottom line.

Membership soars

Membership grew 23.7 percent to more than 8,500 in 2013, and the number of companies represented by NEW grew by 42 to 749. More than 800 NEW members -- nearly one in 10 -- served as a national regional leader or Ambassador.

NEW regions grew from 19 to 20 last year following the launch of NEW Denver. These regional groups hosted 121 learning events and mixers, which drew a record-setting 15,100 members and supporters, an increase of 23 percent.

Attendance at members-only national conferences and learning events, NEW Leadership Academy webinars and NEW-hosted events at industry meetings reached 7,100.

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Contributions from the Network’s 97 national sponsors equaled $2.63 million, up from $2.18 million from 84 national sponsors a year ago. Twenty new national sponsors joined the Network.

National sponsorship represented almost half (48.7 percent) of the Network’s record $5.4 million income. The Network’s sold-out national conferences — NEW Executive Leaders Forum and NEW Leadership Summit — were responsible for 27.3 percent of total income. Regional events contributed 11.8 percent, regional sponsorship comprised 3.6 percent and membership dues contributed 2.7 percent.

NEW in 2013

Successful Network initiatives included the April redesign of the Network’s website with more than two dozen career and industry bloggers; two mobile apps for national conference attendees; NEW SmartBrief, a weekly newsletter on women’s leadership; and the framework development for NEW 2020, the Network’s ongoing strategic initiative designed to shape the Network’s future.

Focus groups, executive interviews and survey results completed for NEW 2020 inspired a 36-page report, "Women 2020: The Future of Women’s Leadership in Retail and Consumer Goods.” The comprehensive report — part of the Network’s Women’s Leadership Series — looks at the benefits and barriers to women’s leadership in retail and consumer goods. It was distributed to more than 40,000 members, supporters and industry c-suite executives.

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