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NEW rolls out leadership development for every level

Friday, June 19, 2015  
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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The Network of Executive Women unveiled a revitalized approach to advancing women's leadership — including three leadership development programs for professionals at every career stage — during the first-ever NEW Smartcast, "Unlock Your Power and Influence through NEW Learning," June 16, 2015.

Before developing the programs, NEW talked to more than 1,500 Network members and industry leaders "to find out what kept them up at night and how we could better meet their needs," NEW vice president, marketing and corporate partnerships Nancy Krawczyk told online viewers.

The result was the Network's breakthrough Career Accelerator ModelTM, developed in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership, which outlines eight critical success factors and five potential career derailers that apply to women in the retail, consumer goods and services industry. These core competencies are detailed in "Accelerators: Success factors for women leaders," available for free download.

The Model is the foundation of all of the Network's leadership development initiatives, including three new programs:

  • Custom-built NEW Career Accelerator Workshops, which include individual 360-degree assessments on skills critical for success, an aggregate report for groups of 20 or more, an executive panel discussion and a Development Planning Guide.
  • NEW Executive Institute, a 12-month leadership development experience for emerging women executives the includes three off-site immersion sessions, including one at Ahold world headquarters in Amsterdam; a series of webinars and conference calls; executive coaching; and access to the NEW Executive Institute Alumni Support Network. Applications are being accepted through June 26.
  • NEW Rising Stars, a six-month mid-level leadership program that reenergizes and expands mid-career professional's leadership capacity. This career catalyst includes a 360 skill assessment; two one-day, in-person sessions with leading business experts; five interactive, competency-building webinars; and small-group coaching. Registration opens October 1.

NEW members may register for the first-ever open Career Accelerator Workshop, "Navigating the Organization," Sept. 30, prior to the NEW Leadership Summit 2015 in Dallas. A $650 fee for the three-hour workshop includes a personal 360 assessment and feedback. The workshop also features insights from a panel of senior industry executives. Registration closes July 29 and attendance is limited.

Download the NEW Smartcast slides or view the 30-minute recording at

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