Male execs offer views on women leaders in Chicago
Friday, May 09, 2014
Posted by: Barbara Francella
Five male senior executives offered their perspectives on women’s leadership at the
NEW Chicago learning event, May 8, 2014. More than 200 NEW members attended the
event at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg.
Bridges, director of information systems at Mondelēz International; Andy
Callahan, president of retail at Hillshire Brands; Luke Emery, vice president,
Chicagoland Market for The Coca-Cola Company; Ralph Kindred, enterprise
strategy and architecture at Microsoft; and Todd Morris, president, North
America at Catalina shared their experiences and offered advice to emerging
leaders. Teri List-Stoll, executive vice president and chief financial officer
at Kraft Foods Group Inc., moderated the discussion.
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will come through authenticity, potential and purpose, NEW members were told.
Be yourself, give your best every day to reach your potential, and determine
what your purpose is and live it.
people some place they can’t go on their own,” advised Bridges, who recommended
NEW members read Give and Take by Adam Grant. Courage and generosity, he said,
are leadership essentials.
bold and humble — it’s okay if some feelings get hurt,” Emery added. Don’t
avoid speaking up because you are worried what someone else will think. Women leaders, he said, "must take a stand [and] set the tone
to empower women.”
that men may hold back in their responses to women leaders, Morris urged women
to "ask the tough questions so you make it easy to get the feedback.” Men,
he said, need to lean in and listen. Guys don’t always listen. [We need to]
make it comfortable for women to share.”
encouraged NEW members to actively seek a mentor or sponsors. "You own
your own development,” he said. "Get busy yourself. If you are sitting
around waiting for a sponsor and they actually show up in your office, you are
lucky if that happens.”
may not know they present barriers to women’s success, Morris noted.
"Raise your hand. Help them understand how to balance things. Be the
sending large groups to the event include Catalina, The Coca-Cola Company,
Hillshire Brands, Kraft Foods Group Inc., Sears Holdings Corporation and Topco
Moderator Teri List-Stoll
joins panelists Markel Bridges, Todd Morris,
Ralph Kindred, Andy Callahan and