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South Texas debates male and female leadership

Thursday, October 2, 2014  
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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Women should "step up, lean in and ask for the opportunity” to lead, Sonja Hubbard, CEO of E-Z Mart Stores Inc., advised more than 100 NEW members at the NEW South Texas learning event, Sept. 24, 2014 at Hotel Icon in Houston.

Hubbard joined Rob Chumley, vice president of innovation at 7-Eleven Inc.; Don Dyess, vice president of grocery procurement and general manager/HBC of Grocers Supply and Mayerland Harris, vice president of human resources for HEB for "The Big Debate: Should Women and Men Lead Differently?” Helayne Angelus, partner at Kalypso, moderated the discussion.

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Effective leaders stay true to themselves, Hubbard said. "Figure out what you stand for and then stand out for that," she advised.

Regardless of gender, effective leaders have an eagle eye’s view of the business. "It is important to understand all parts of the company, not just your own function," Harris said.

To advance your career, "get caught working," Dyess said. "What might not look like an opportunity may actually be one."

Organizations sending large delegations to the event include Altria, The Coca-Cola Company, HEB, Kalypso and The Kroger Co.

Altria colleagues Melanie Dunn, Yadira Torres and Stacey Fregoso
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