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Members move beyond "balance" in NW Arkansas

Wednesday, February 25, 2015  
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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"Stop talking about balance — and start talking about satisfaction," author and business consultant Matthew Kelly told more than 370 Network of Executive Women members and supporters at the NEW Northwest Arkansas event Feb. 23, 2015 at the DoubleTree in Bentonville, Arkansas.

We work in a culture where 88 percent of employees surveyed say they have trouble balancing personal and professional priorities, Kelly said, and more than 90 percent of employers believe people work best with a balance of those priorities.

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With work-life balance second only to compensation for driving employee attraction and commitment, Kelly noted the importance of selecting your obligations. "Start to say 'no' more -- especially to the things that don't support your personal and professional plan."

Accentuate positives in your life, he said. "Don't let what you can do interfere with what you can do."

Work can be a rewarding part of our lives, if we don't set work and life against each other. "Life is choices," Kelly reminded the crowd. "Make the choice you can own."

Later, NEW Vice President of Marketing & Engagement Nancy Krawczyk encouraged attendees to become involved with the Network's "It's Time" Movement for women's leadership.

Organizations sending large groups to the event include Acosta Sales & Marketing, Campbell Soup Co., The Clorox Company, ConAgra Foods Inc., Nestlé Group, Procter & Gamble, Tyson Foods Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

NEW Northwest Arkansas committee members gathered for the region's
learning event, Feb. 23, 2015 in Bentonville.

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