Kimberly-Clark shares winning diversity formula
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Posted by: Barbara Francella
Advancing women to leadership roles "is not a diversity
initiative, it’s a business imperative,” NEW Board Member Sue Sears, vice president
of global diversity and inclusion at Kimberly-Clark, told nearly 150 NEW
members and supporters at the NEW North Central Texas learning event, April 30,
Sears joined Tina Busch, human resources director for Kimberly-Clark’s
Global CFO Organization, and Martha Feeback, membership manager at Catalyst, to
share insights on Kimberly-Clark's women's
leadership initiatives. Neena Newberry, president of Newberry Executive
Solutions, moderated the discussion.
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In 2010, Kimberly-Clark launched a
company-wide initiative to include more women in leadership and introduce
greater diversity. Last year, Kimberly-Clark’s CEO Thomas Faulk accepted the
Catalyst Award for Strengthening the Business with Women Leaders.
Busch emphasized the importance
of investing in talent, "paying for performance," and addressing the
challenges women face when seeking workplace sponsors. Reverse mentorship --
pairing mature managers with Millennials to keep current with today's evolving
career skills – is a winning strategy, the industry leaders agreed.
Attendees left inspired
to steer their careers. "I am excited about what I learned and the
connections I made," said Kristen Cady of The Kroger Co. "I am
looking forward to the next event!"
"The panelists were
engaging and provided great insight into what it takes to truly drive
organization-wide culture change," said Cristina Rivera Hall of PepsiCo
Inc. "I was engaged every second and learned quite a bit!”
Companies sending large
groups to the event include Crossmark, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, The Kroger
Co. and PepsiCo Inc.
Southern Methodist University students
Erica Martindale and
Blair Wright connect at the NEW North Central Texas event.