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Walmart’s Kim Sentovich delivers at NEW SoCal

Monday, May 19, 2014  
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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Walmart executive Kim Sentovich delivered 40 minutes of clear and concise career advice to nearly 300 NEW members and supporters May 15, 2014 aboard the historic Queen Mary liner docked in Long Beach harbor.

Outgoing regional Co-Chair Kendra Doyel, vice president of public relations and government affairs for Ralphs, opened the learning event with stats from the Network’s 2013 Annual Report. She received a crystal trophy in recognition of her service from Co-Chair Kitty Dunning-Boozari, senior vice president of Don Jagoda Associates.

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Sentovich, Walmart's senior vice president for the Pacific Division, advised the crowd of retailers and consumer goods manufacturers to "live on the edge of your comfort zone.” She gave an example from her own career when she was abruptly transferred from merchandising to operations just days after 9/11. She worked through her fear, she said, and discovered "I was more ready than I thought.” Regarding work/life balance, she told the audience that "you need to bake your pie everyday” and allocate pieces of each day’s pie to work, family or fun.

Keynote speaker Shannon Cassidy, founder and CEO of Bridge Between, explained her "5 Degree Principle,” how seemingly small changes can have a big impact when done consistently over time.

Cassidy shared her "syntax for success" with a simple mantra: "Be, do, have. Rather than focusing on having material items and getting things accomplished, we should first slow down and just 'be.'"

Cassidy urged the NEW audience to have realistic standards while watching out for negative voices inside their heads. Eighty percent of our internal thoughts are questions, and we have the ability to change those questions from negative to positive.

"There is the road of resentment and there is the road of resolution,” Cassidy said. "You can either be in fear or you can be in love.” Cassidy took questions from the floor and got a standing ovation.

Attendees came from the industry's leading retail and consumer goods companies, including Acosta Sales & Marketing, Advantage Sales & Marketing, Bristol Farms, Brown-Forman, Catalina, Clif Bar, The Coca-Cola Company, Deloitte, Frito-Lay, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Kraft Foods Group Inc., Mondelēz International, Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo Inc., Ralphs, Smart & Final, Southern Wine & Spirits, Unified Grocers, Valassis and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

The NEW Southern California  leadership team met on the Queen Mary:
Kendra Doyel, Ralphs; Kitty Dunning-Boozari, Don Jagoda Associates;
Nancy Chan, Safeway; Anita Alvarez, MDI Worldwide; and Courtney
Carpenter, Catalina.

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