Network honors founders with History site
Friday, March 20, 2015
Posted by: Barbara Francella
Network of Executive Women members and supporters are
invited to share their memories and photos of the Network's early years on the NEW History webpage devoted
to NEW founders and its first leaders.
The pioneers who helped launch the Network before its
incorporation April 1, 2001, include founding president Michele Hanson of
ExecuInsight, NEW CEO Joan Toth, Debbie Grosh of DLG Strategies, Joy Nicholas
of JN Retail Connections, Jennie Jones of S&D Coffee, Jamice Obianyo of
Ecolab, former GMA executive Hilary Hoting, Priscilla Donegan of Avanade, Susan
Sato Ellerbe, Kimberly Betts of Deloitte, Betsy Cohen of the St. Louis Mosaic
Project, the late Hedy Halpert, Andy Lapayowker, T.C. Richards and Laura
Canty-Swapp of Catalyst. Read more about the industry's early champions of
These industry leaders held organizational meetings in
Atlanta, New York and other cities in 2000-2001. They gave the Network its
name, its mission and the push it needed to get started. Five thousand dollars
in seed money was provided by The Minute Maid Company, whose CEO Don Knauss,
now CEO of The Clorox Company, was an early champion. Ahold USA CEO Bill Grize
was the first major male retail leader to lend his support.
NEW held a kick-off meeting at the FMI Midwinter Executive
Conference, Jan. 22, 2001, and the Network’s first official meeting was held
April 2, 2001 at VNU headquarters in New York City. On June 1, 2001, the
Network held its second official meeting and elected its first Board and
"Many of the founding members remain active with NEW
today," Toth said. "Without their leadership, there would be no
Network now. We salute the pioneers who had the courage to say, 'It’s Time,'
when it so many felt it wasn’t."
Email Director of Communications and Engagement Rob Wray with your memories and photos.