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Members navigate career curves at Carolinas event

Wednesday, September 24, 2014  
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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NEW members learned to navigate their careers in the right direction at the NEW Carolinas event, Sept. 18, 2014 at Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, N.C.

Senior executives Peggy Allen, executive recruiter for David Perry Associates; Pete Bonneau, owner of Bonneau Handyman Services; Rhonda Curry, vice president of human resources for Charlotte Hornets; NEW Board member Tammy DeBoer, senior vice president of food merchandising for Family Dollar Stores; and Lauri Luker, vice president of sales operations and planning for WhiteWave Foods, shared career advice during the "Navigating Career Curves — Success is Not a Straight Line” discussion. Harvey Smith, president of Carolina Business Coach, moderated.

"Every opportunity is a gift to own your career development," DeBoer told nearly 250 NEW members at the learning event.

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Allen emphasized the importance of being authentic at work, advising members to "do something you are passionate about and that excites you."

"Do what's right for you," Curry agreed. "Be true to yourself."

The executives stressed the importance of networking and developing relationships with strong mentors. "Always nurture those relationships," Bonneau said. "You don't know what role those people will play in your future."

Luker agreed: "You never know where life will take you. Networking and maintaining contacts is key to managing your career."

NEW members shared their enthusiasm about the regional event and the Network's commitment to career advancement. "The diverse backgrounds and experiences of the panelists brought a richness to the dialogue that kept me hanging on every level," said Christine Motherwell, senior director of customer management for The Coca-Cola Company. "It was an honor to spend the afternoon with the panelists and hear their advice on life, both at the office and at home."

Companies sending large delegations to the event include The Coca-Cola Company, Delhaize Group, Family Dollar Stores Inc., PepsiCo Inc., Frito-Lay North America and Kellogg Company.

Moderator Harvey Smith of Carolina Business Coach is joined by panelists Peggy
Allen of David Perry Associates, Lauri Luker of WhiteWave Foods, Pete Bonneau
of Bonneau Handyman Services, NEW Board member Tammy DeBoer of Family Dollar Stores and Rhonda Curry of Charlotte Hornets.

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