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Happy 10th, New York Metro and Northwest Arkansas

Thursday, August 28, 2014  
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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Network of Executive Women members and supporters will fête a decade of dedication to women’s leadership at events celebrating the 10th anniversaries of NEW New York Metro and NEW Northwest Arkansas in September and October.

More than 750 NEW members participate in the NEW New York Metro region and nearly 800 members are active in NEW Northwest Arkansas.

"The Network of Executive Women has grown in size and impact since its founding in 2001, and our two 10-year anniversaries this season celebrate dedication to women’s advancement,” said NEW President and CEO Joan Toth. "NEW New York Metro consistently delivers strong-content learning events under the guidance of an exceptional steering committee. NEW Northwest Arkansas shares leadership knowledge through a variety of channels that includes a strong mentoring community. We look forward to more learning and networking with these two exemplary regions.”

"I am humbled by how far we have come and the amazing work that the regional chapters are doing in support of the mission of NEW," added NEW Board member emeritus Bobbie O'Hare, vice president of business development at JOH. "The regional officers and committee members are the real champions and without them none of this would be possible. They spend real time engaging sponsors, members and attendees and that is what makes it all work! I am grateful to each and everyone in our regions."

O'Hare, whose commitment to NEW included developing the Network's regions, recalled NEW Northwest Arkansas' first meeting and the inception of NEW New York Metro.

"In New England, when I stood at the podium to open the meeting and looked out at all the attendees, I was taken back for a moment and actually felt like Kevin Costner in 'Field of Dreams,' when he said, 'If you build it, they will come.' Well, we built it, and they came," O'Hare said. "I said to myself, 'Wow, now what are we going to do? New York Metro!' We knew if we could start a region in New York that we could do it anywhere!"

NEW New York Metro will celebrate Sept. 9 at a learning event with Jeffery Tobias Halter, president of YWomen, who will share his thoughts on "Executive Success: What Men Aren’t Telling Women.”  Festivities will include a selfie photo booth and special anniversary-themed surprises. The event, to be held at the Liberty House Restaurant in Jersey City, N.J., will be led by the NEW New York Metro steering committee; NEW Board member emeritus Bobbie O’Hare of JOH, and NEW New York Metro founding members Ellen Compesi of Diamond Foods, Candace Corlett of WSL Strategic Retail, Barbara Lyons of Advantage Sales & Marketing, and Cheryl Williams of Wakefern Food Corp.

NEW members will celebrate NEW Northwest Arkansas’ anniversary at two events this year. On Sept. 23, a NEW Northwest Arkansas mixer at Theo’s Restaurant in Rogers, Ark., will feature photo booths, anniversary-related networking activities and a theme of empowerment urging celebrants to finish the statement "I’m a 10 because….”

On Oct. 9, the NEW Northwest Arkansas learning event will focus on leadership with the presentation "The First Person You Must Lead is You,” led by Brig. Gen (retired) Becky Halstead at John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers, Ark. The event and its anniversary celebration, sponsored by Mondelēz International, will honor NEW members instrumental in the founding and growth of NEW Northwest Arkansas.

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