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Members map out careers at Atlanta event

Thursday, June 19, 2014  
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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"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 Co.

Anne Hall of The Kroger Co. and Grendel Clark of The Coca-Cola Company
enjoy Atlanta Botanical Gardens during the NEW Atlanta learning event.

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