Members map out careers at Atlanta event
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Posted by: Barbara Francella
"If you think you are
not playing office politics, you are — but you are probably losing,” Helene
Lollis, partner and president of Pathbuilders, told more than 300 Network of
Executive Women members at the NEW Atlanta spring learning event, June 3, 2014
at Atlanta Botanical Gardens.
Lollis offered her
advice for successfully navigating a career from first assignment to visionary
leadership and moderated a discussion with panelists Cindy Elliott, vice
president of global strategic sourcing at The Clorox Company; Dawn Kirk, vice
president of sales and operations, east region for The Coca-Cola Company; Peggy
Prescott, senior director of labor relations at The Kroger Co.; and Jennifer
Wallace, national accounts specialist at Georgia-Pacific.
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Prescott spoke about the
challenges of being one of the few women in her field and how she has worked to
gain acceptance and cooperation. Elliott encouraged attendees to "take that
path that makes you feel afraid” and emphasizing the importance of fully
understanding the business.
"Know what you want to
be known for,” Wallace advised. "Know who can help you."
For Kirk, a willingness
to learn at every stage of a career is critical. "This will enable you to build
career bridges to provide more career options versus building a career ladder
that only leads to one destination,” she said. "As women, it is particularly
important to navigate a variety of life stages.”
Companies sending large
groups to the event include The Coca-Cola Company, Deloitte, Kimberly-Clark
Corporation, PepsiCo Inc., The Clorox Company, The Home Depot and The Kroger
Anne Hall of The Kroger
Co. and Grendel Clark of The Coca-Cola Company
enjoy Atlanta Botanical Gardens
during the NEW Atlanta learning event.