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NEW honors region and officer of the year

Thursday, October 23, 2014  
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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The Network of Executive Women honored its region of the year and regional officer of the year at the third annual Celebrating Excellence Awards, Oct. 23, 2014 in Atlanta. More than 1,100 attendees at the NEW Leadership Summit feted NEW Northwest Arkansas and Nicole Rasmussen, senior audit manager at Deloitte & Touche.

Rasmussen, who serves as treasurer of the NEW Cincinnati region, received the 2014 Bobbie O’Hare Regional Leader of the Year Award. Each year, members of the Network’s 20 regions nominate one person as their "best of the best” committee member. These members are honored during each region’s fall event and are eligible for the Regional Leader of the Year Award.

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"During her three years as treasurer she has put her strong financial skills to use, coached and mentored fellow team members and helped NEW Cincinnati be a model in strategic planning,” said NEW Chair of Regional Activities Marla Thompson of Catalina. "She has sustained partnerships with more than 45 sponsor companies. And she has played a key role in producing Cincinnati’s hugely popular learning events.”

Northwest Arkansas is Region of the Year

Members of the NEW Northwest Arkansas leadership team accepted the 2014 Region of the Year Award. "This region excels on every level -- including community and college outreach, mentoring, membership and sponsorship,” Thompson said.

The officers and 50 volunteers of this regional group "have a passion for change and innovation,” Thompson said. "They have built a high profile for NEW in one of our industry’s most important business centers.”

In the past year, the region hosted its fourth LPGA Women’s Day event, obtained extensive local media coverage and leveraged social media. Another successful initiative: a mentoring program supported by two mentoring events.

"The officers and volunteers of this region are a model of the transformation we hope will sweep our entire industry, and they deserve all the thanks and recognition we can give them,” Thompson said.

The Network also presented seven group achievement awards. NEW Toronto was recognized for financial excellence. NEW Northern California was honored for excellence in operations. The award for superior college outreach was presented to NEW New York Metro. NEW Twin Cities was honored for its outstanding mentoring program. NEW Southern California received an award for achievements in programming and events. NEW New England was honored for its excellent public relations and social media/Internet efforts. NEW Atlanta was recognized for its achievements in sponsorship. An achievement award for financial excellence was presented to NEW Toronto.

"The Network’s regional officers and committee members are on the front lines of our movement, driving workplace transformation in 20 regions that stretch from Toronto to L.A., Seattle to Tampa -- and our newest region, NEW Denver,” Thompson said. "Run entirely by volunteers, our regions host more than 100 learning events and mixers each year. They facilitate mentoring. Enroll regional sponsors. Use social media and PR. Introduce college students to our industry. Recruit new members. And advance women’s leadership in their companies and communities.”

More than 650 NEW members served as a regional officer, committee member or volunteer in the past year, honing their leadership skills, raising their profile and making valuable connections, Thompson added. "These leaders didn’t just help the Network, they helped drive transformation at their organizations and in our industry.”

NEW Regional Activities Chair Marla Thompson of Catalina congratulates
Nicole Rasmussen of Deloitte, with Board member (emeritus) Bobbie O'Hare
and NEW Regional Development Manager Christina Cole.

NEW Northwest Arkansas is recognized as Region of the Year.

NEW feted NEW Toronto, NEW Northern California, NEW New York Metro, NEW Twin Cities, NEW Southern California, NEW New England, NEW Atlanta and NEW Toronto 
with achievement awards.

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