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Members 'break the rules' at Northern California event

Tuesday, October 14, 2014  
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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A sold-out crowd of 500 NEW members learned strategies for maximizing their skills and advancing their careers at the NEW Northern California learning event, Oct. 3, 2014 at Blackhawk Museum in Danville, Calif.

Valerie Oswalt, vice president at Mondelēz International; Lori Carlin Proctor, senior retail supply leader at Procter & Gamble; and Linda B. Segre, executive vice president of chief strategy and people officer at Diamond Foods offered their advice for "Breaking Your Own Rules: Reaching Your Full Potential." The discussion was moderated by Mary Davis Holt, partner at Flynn Heath Holt Leadership.

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Holt introduced "six new rules" to replace ineffective ideas:

  • Take center stage, instead of focusing on others)
  • Project personal power, instead of being modest
  • Proceed until apprehended, instead of seeking approval
  • Thinks "both/and," not "all or nothing"
  • "Play to win," not "play it safe"
  • Be politically savvy, instead of working harder

The panelists agreed that success requires bold thought and action. "A head full of fears has no place for dreams," Oswalt said.

"Transferable skills add great value," Segre said, but persistence is key to a winning career. "The mark of a champion is how fast you get up after you fall.”

"Make your own path," Proctor advised. "Be your best. Remember, performance does count.”

Organizations sending large groups to the event included Big Heart Pet Brands, Chevron Corporation, E.& J. Gallo, Frito-Lay North America, Procter & Gamble, Ross Stores Inc. and Safeway Inc.

Annette Flores of Clif Bar & Company networks with PepsiCo Inc.
teammates Arnette Barredo and Kristin Virts at the regional event.

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