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NEW Toronto celebrates workplace collaboration

Friday, March 21, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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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 discussion.

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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 shine through.”

"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.

Werynski recommended "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.”

Organizations sending large delegations to the event included Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Kraft Canada, Lowes Companies Canada, Nielsen and Walmart Canada.

Panel moderator Jeffery T. Halter of YWomen chats with
NEW members at the learning event in Mississauga, Ont.

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