NEW Toronto celebrates workplace collaboration
Friday, March 21, 2014
Posted by: Barbara Francella
More than 160 Network of
Executive Women members and supporters learned the importance of collaborating
for business growth and career advancement at the NEW Toronto learning event,
March 4, 2014 in Mississauga, Ont.
Members heard from
panelists Donna Desrosiers, senior vice president, merchandising, apparel at
Walmart Canada; Elem Rinomato, president of Torino Drywall; Graham Kaufmann,
senior vice president, coaching and facilitation at Horn Training and
Consulting; and Paul Werynski, director, customer and business development,
Kimberly-Clark Corporation, who shared their insights on men and women working
together to engage team members, elevate women to leadership roles and
strengthen business. Jeffery Tobias Halter, president of YWomen, moderated the
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"Engagement is a
function of productivity, not just a measure of satisfaction,” Halter said.
Diverse teams are most
productive if members share values, Werynski said. "Diversity doesn’t work if
the inclusion isn’t working,” he said.
Women’s values are
taking on greater importance in the workplace, Kaufmann noted, as organizations
are becoming "more empathetic, expressive, collaborative and ‘other’-oriented,”
an evolution that is changing the gender dynamic in the workplace considerably.
Shared values also are
critical when seeking out a sponsor. Rinomato advised attendees to "look for
someone who has the same ethical values as you and joy and passion in their
life. Choose someone who can help you up and help you fly.”
A positive attitude
underpins successful collaboration, Rinomoto said. "Give it your all, it will
"I hold myself
accountable,” Desrosiers noted. "There is no wiggle room; you have to hold
everyone on the team to the same standard.”
Panelists emphasized the
importance of authenticity and perseverance. When working to advance your
career, "be true to who you are,” Rinomato urged.
"knowing what you do that is unique and leveraging it.”
"It’s okay to be outside
of your wheelhouse,” Desroisers added. "[Consider] where you started and the
opportunities that come your way.”
large delegations to the event included Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Kraft
Canada, Lowes Companies Canada, Nielsen and Walmart Canada.
moderator Jeffery T. Halter of YWomen chats with
NEW members at the learning event in