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Live blog of NEW Summit 2015

Tuesday, October 6, 2015  
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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Friday 10/2 9:50am

NEW President and CEO Joan Toth asks, "Did you unlock your power this week?"

"We've talked about transforming the industry. Here's how NEW can help transform YOU. NEW offers free member webinars, 2 national conferences, more than 125 regional events, plus research, resources and content."

Toth shares about 3 new signature learning programs: NEW Executive Institute for emerging senior leaders; NEW Career Accelerator Workshop for high-potential women; and NEW Rising Stars for Mid-Level Leaders.

Rising Stars includes individual coaching, 5 online sessions and two in-person learning events. Registration is open now.

A few final acknowledgements: Officers and Board Members, Summit Committee Chaired by Tracie Kambies, Summit volunteers and Summit and Network staff.

Next year's Summit is September 28 to September 30, at the Omni Champions Gate in Orlando, and there are 100-plus regional events before then.

Friday 10/2 8:30pm

Using Personal Power to Transform Your Leadership
Carla Moore
Vice President of Talent Acquisition

Vice President-Sales, North America eCommerce and New Capabilities for Procter and Gamble Amy Eskoff Garrett introduces HBO's Vice President of Talent Acquisition, Carla Moore.

"This is it, NEW! Here we go!" Carla Moore gets the crowd up on its feet to "Let's Go!" "We're gonna do this!"

Traveling home from business, she was overwhelmed with knowledge that "I was behind 3 months in expense reports, my SVP was due to visit in two weeks, and I was just not present in all."

Then she crashed her car head-on into the median. An EMT told her it was unbelievable that she'd survived. She realized:

"If I'd had died today, I would have died not living the life I had imagined."

Since college, she'd wanted 4 things:

To lose half of her body weight (she was nearing 300 pounds)

Wanted to be fit and healthy

To be active in community, church and organizations

To travel internationally

That day she decided nothing would keep her from what she imagined. She went on to lose over 100 pounds, ran a marathon, became active in her community and saw Rome, for starters.

"The life you imagine is about choosing it…. choices shape destiny."

"I didn't know the power I already had to change my very own life."

"Walking in your dreams is an amazing feeling, and I haven't looked back since… and that's why I'm here, NEW. That's why I'm here in Dallas. To help you unlock your own personal power."

"I wholeheartedly believe that the effectiveness of your leadership is directly tied to your own level of self-awareness, your own clarity, your own personal enlightenment."

Clarity: Conscious knowledge of your feelings, motives and desires.

Enlightened leadership:

Enlightened leaders create team environments, inspire employees to come to work with their best ideas, or just… come to work!

"There's no need for micromanaging things if there's a shared idea of where the team is, and where they want to go."

"I believe that when leaders change, businesses change. And sometimes it takes a personal transformation to lead a business transformation."

"Passion plus purpose equals power. I've lived these years with these 3 P's as my guidepost."

Passion will help you accomplish anything you set your mind to. You have to get back to what you love if you're not there already.

"We've got to stop sometimes and stand in the space of gratitude, and show appreciation for what we've already been given… because if we don't pause, we'll start to feel inadequate."

Rebounding from her life-changing accident, Moore felt the need to plug back in to her Higher Power, to leave the "dark place," a place she knew her mother, a spiritually devout and forthright woman, would not stand for having.

"I began to lead from a place of peace and authenticity, no longer feeling a need to compete and prove. I carried a humble confidence about who I am and what I wanted to do." Sales improved, territories expanded, career trajectory took off.

Purpose is the 'why' behind it all. It's usually singular and focused. Passion is for you, and purpose is for others.

Millennials in particular are looking for work that allows them to fulfill personal and social goals. "Any workplace that lags behind in inspiring passion and fulfilling purpose will suffer, losing employees."

On finding a purpose: "Don't overwhelm yourself -- you don't need an all-consuming purpose. You do need something to take you away from Facebook sometimes. So my purpose? To connect engage and inspire others to live the life they've imagined, carve a path, help others see more."

"Our inability to access personal power is fear."

"I'm always still learning, I'm always still looking for something new," says Moore, who shares that an instructor with a coaching program Moore has nearly completed offered this: "The true goal of coaching is to help others and ourselves find connection and alignment with the Self. And the Self is the very core of who you are."

"I'm not saying that there's no fear… bravery is not the absence of fear, it's pushing through it. Moving beyond self-doubt in order to get to something greater. On the other side of fear is greater."

"Don't wait to be great… let's go!"

Accessing personal power:

· Strong desire. "You have to want whatever you want, really badly. Not accepting any other alternative than what it is you're after. Write it down each day and look at it. A goal not written down is simply a wish."

· Break old habits. "Bring some change. You can't keep doing what you're doing and expecting a different outcome. If you want 'different,' do 'different.'"

· Get real. "We have to look at how we got here. We have to look at the decisions we've made to be here. Look at your role in 'it' and how you can change 'it.'"

· Focus. Your ability to focus your energy on completing a given task is essential.

"You don't have to reinvent the wheel. Start where you are, and go from there. Use what you have."

"Life's preparing me, preparing you," Moore sings to the room. "Preparing us for greater."


Friday 10/2 8:54am

Executive Leadership Roundtable
View from the C-Suite: Living a Powerful Life

Joan Toth welcomes the crowd to a rousing final day of the NEW Leadership Summit, and thanks last night’s sponsors, PepsiCo, Brown-Forman, Hallmark and Hershey -- and all of this year's Grand Sponsors, our other Summit sponsors and recognizes WhiteWave for providing this morning's breakfast.

On to the panel discussion, sponsored by Coca-Cola Company and featuring:

Senior Vice President of Corporate Brand Development at Hallmark Cards, Ellen Junger

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global Merchant Services, for American Express, Suzan Kereere

Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Ahold USA, Kathy Russello

On navigating the way to success:

"Tradeoffs are some of the most important things you do as you grow up." – Suzan Kereere

"'Stretch' is really jumping in without knowing what you're doing. I want to be known for my knowledge and expertise… but the times I've learned the most and grown the most are the times when I've thought, 'I don't really know if I can do this.'" – Ellen Junger

"Don't let the butterflies in your stomach hold you back." – Ellen Junger

Kereere acknowledged the support of her husband for giving her strength through a particularly difficult career experience, on an assignment with a difficult client.


Power is a word that is often connoted to mean 'men.' – Kereere

"Everyone has a different definition of power – my definition is the ability to impact," says Russello, including the influence, the ability to change the direction of, and "fill in the gaps for the organization."

"I've had a very conflicted relationship with power," says Junger. In business school, she was asked by an old-guard alumnus if she wanted power, prestige or money. "I just needed a job… it all comes down to, for everyone, what 'power' means."

As an introvert, Junger had to develop her own voice and style to create an impact. "I think power comes from that."

"I find myself in my quiet," says Kereere. "Doing things like this [moderating the panel] takes a lot from me. I have to back home and fill myself up from what I've depleted throughout the day."

Ups and downs.

"When you own up to your failures, then you can partner, move forward and learn from it." – Junger

Russello agrees: "When I think about failure and people who take risks, I also look at those people and I can predict how successful they will be. And it's really about how resilient they are, how they'll pick themselves up and how they'll address it."

Kereere asks, "Can one have it all?"

"You make choices at different times. Hopefully you plan your career in a way that it will evolve." – Russello

"People talk about 'balance,' and that's almost as if your weighing things against each other… I've learned to be more transparent about engaging my family in my work." – Junger

Questions from the audience, beginning with…

Three words to describe you:

Kereere: "I'd like to think that the 3 words some people would say about me is caring, courageous and curious."

Junger: "Passionate, smart and committed."

Russello: "Honest or direct, passionate and I would also say committed… and that could go either way. Some people say I should be committed."


"When you get to a certain level, people start talking about you, not to you." – Junger, who added that she has a network of people she can trust.

"Have alliances that help you move the business forward, vs. just getting ahead." -- Junger

"The easy part of politics is going along, playing the game and being in. The real part of politics is ssaying no and having your own point of view and saying, Hang on… when you say No, that's when the politics begin.

On reaching for a job you're not fully prepared for:

"Make sure you have people who will help you, carry you, at least support you until you get that expertise." – Russello

"You can't have all of that in your bandwidth… you're never going to be competent in everything. It's all about how you build a team." – Junger

"You have to find something that you can be an authority of… you must find a domain that you can own. And when that opportunity comes, use that domain to center you." -- Kereere


Thursday 10/1 8:30pm

Celebrating Excellence Awards - continued

Marla Thompson, the Network’s Regional Advisory Chair and senior vice president, U.S. strategy, for Catalina steps onto the stage to present Celebrating Excellence Awards. She introduces NEW Vice President, Member and Regional Services Stephanie McFee and Regional Development Manager Christina Cole as co-presenters.

McFee addresses NEW Regional Officers and volunteers: "You are the heart, soul and outstretched hands of this Network."

Regional awards:

Outstanding achievement in College Outreach goes to NEW Carolinas.

Outstanding achievement in mentoring goes to NEW Toronto.

Outstanding achievement in PR, Social Media and the Internet goes to NEW Mid-Atlantic.

Outstanding achievement in operational achievement goes to NEW Atlanta.

Outstanding achievement in financial excellence goes to NEW New York Metro.

Outstanding achievement in sponsorship goes to NEW Northwest Arkansas.

Outstanding achievement in programming and events goes to NEW Cincinnati.

Thompson calls Bobbie O'Hare, vice president of business development for JOH and NEW's first Regional Chair, to the stage to honor the Bobbie O'Hare Award recipient for 2015. The Bobbie O'Hare Award celebrates that NEW member who advances the Network’s mission in her region and in her company.

The winner is Dr. Angela Joyner, vice president and general manager for ConAgra Foods, Regional Co-Chair, NEW Chicago. Joyner steps onto the stage.

Thompson applauds Joyner as "a true Network star."

Thompson announces the Network's Region of the Year: NEW Southern California.

Thompson shares that NEW Southern California "has had an extraordinary year and a proud record of achievement throughout their history. They excel across the board -- in programming, events, social media, member on boarding, succession planning, college outreach and fundraising."

NEW Southern California takes the stage.

The celebration is loud, proud and thrilling – and heading out of the ballroom. Now to the Afterparty!  

Thursday 10/1 8:10pm

Celebrating Excellence Awards

NEW president and CEO Joan Toth thanks Summit attendees and all the Network’s 10,000 members, all of our corporate partners, NEW Ambassadors and tonight’s Banquet sponsor, PepsiCo, and afterparty sponsors, Hallmark, Hershey and Brown-Forman.

Toth introduces the founder and principal of JN Retail Connections, Joy Nicholas, NEW's first membership chair and the lead of the scholarship committee since its inception.

Nicholas names the recipients of 2015 NEW scholarships.

Kristen Adams, Lauren Eccleston, Caitlyn Fichtner and Angela McMaster of Saint Joseph’s University

Alexis Arguello from the University of Arkansas

Brianna Amat of Western Michigan University

Nicolette Schillhahn-Amos of Arizona State University

Adams, Fichtner and Schillhahn-Amos are not present but all are honored with high praise.

"These women are the best of the best," says Nicholas. "They combine scholastic achievement with community service -- and several are already working in our industry as full- or part-time employees."


Thursday 10/1 7:20 PM

Celebrating Excellence Banquet

NEW Chair of Marketing and Communications Lisa Walsh, SVP of Sales and Marketing, Frito-Lay NA, PepsiCo Inc., welcomes the ballroom full of leaders to the Celebrating Excellence Banquet, sponsored by PepsiCo.

"For those of you that are here, experiencing NEW for the very first time this week, we hope you recognize how powerful, supportive and inspirational the Network can be for you."

PepsiCo has been a NEW Partner for over 10 years, with more than 500 members who participate in NEW activities. Walsh says PepsiCo is not alone, acknowledging the Network's 10,000 members, 750 participating companies, 20 regions and 100 corporate partners.

Walsh highlights the Network's vision of a workplace with no limits.

"Speaking on behalf of NEW, I want to thank everyone who's working to make that vision possible, especially all of the incredible volunteers and all of the regions that we are here celebrating tonight. It's time for transformation."

Thursday 10/1 1:48 PM

Keynote – Denice Torres (continued)

Torres advises: Remember to unpack your backpack, to open up and release the things weighing you down.

Coming out as gay to her parents felt traumatic… until her mother reassured her that they'd known all along.

"We can't get to self-celebration until we get through the doors of self-acceptance," Torres shared.

An unexpected and complicated pregnancy in college led Torres to the realization that all she wanted was to be this baby girl's mommy. "I'll never forget being so attached to this teeny-tiny 10 oz. baby."

Born hearing impaired with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and other challenges, "that girl is amazing," Torres said. "She's a technology girl… she's an old soul."

It was part of an extended life-lesson Torres is still going through. You can remain in anger, or numb, or say, "I'm pretty damn lucky."

That was a conscious choice on Torres's part. "I felt this gratitude that I can put her to bed and that she's in that bed."

"While we don't choose many of life's events, we certainly control how we react to them. Choose gratitude."

"Finding meaning comes through simplicity, courage, boldness and action."

If you're saying to yourself, "I'm thinking of doing 'fill-in-the-blank.' Well, do it! Take action."

Essential for happiness? Balance.

"We could die in our jobs. So balance. Be healthy."

"Hold on to those friends. You love those friends up."

"Careers are a series of ups and downs. When you get those highs, don't get so excited. Maintain. Humility is the best jacket you can put on." In the lows, remember that the fall, the decline, is "for today."

"Pain and questioning does great growth -- if we listen to it."

"I encourage you: pursue your dreams. What holds us back is fear. "

"Practice positive self-talk; find the humor… what we say to ourselves is what we believe."

"Do not let others define our path."

"Get back up when you fall."

And finally:

"Unearth your Inner Badass."


Thursday 10/1 1:25 PM

Denice Torres
Chasing Happiness: Where Purpose, Passion and Leadership Intersect

Denice Torres is co-chair of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies North America and President of McNeil Consumer Healthcare. Denice joined Johnson & Johnson in 2004, and has served in a variety of leadership roles. She has worked as a lawyer and advertising executive and has three advanced degrees.

Torres grew up in Gary, Indiana, where a nun at Torres's Catholic school told her, "The only way you're going to college is if your father builds you one."

Voted her high school's Best Athlete, with the Best Sense of Humor – two qualifications she knew wouldn't be her ticket to the top, Torres felt her inner monologue call to her, first with two words, "Bull sh**" and then another two words, "We'll see."

She worked in the steel mills as a women janitor. "My office was actually the bathroom. I would have to find a place to go when other women had to go." Considering how far she could go, as well as the fear that surrounded her dreams, she felt a patter of thought-pattern forming with each job:

I should get promoted
Why am I not promoted
I hope I'm not fired

Remember, "Your past does not contain you, control you or define you."

Also, "Everyone has something to teach us."

Thursday 10/1 1:08 PM

Creating a Collective Voice
NEW Inclusion Chair Ken Charles
Vice President of Global Inclusion & Staffing
General Mills

"The theme to this conference is "Unlock Your Power" – there's a reason for that – you're all locked out," Charles says.

"Men and women start out together but men's representation rises at leadership levels, and women's representation falls. We also want to unlock this thing called 'pay.' "

"This isn't an association, or an event. This is a Movement. '

"We've woven Inclusion Into the four NEW areas of Learning, Marketing, Regions and Sponsorship – it's not a bolt-on."

Charles shared NEW's 10-20-30 formula for the Network's diversity and inclusion inititiative:

10% of NEW's membership will be male
20% will be the "NEW Gen" – the future of NEW, the Millennial generation needs to be part of this Movement to move forward
30% of NEW's membership will be multicultural

Men truly need to be engaged in the Movement for workplace transformation: "When I was in college, a man in a room with a thousand women was called 'brave.' Now, when I was in college, that was called 'smart.'"

We need to remember that a man listening to and advocating for women's leadership is smart – and that we all have a part to play in making this change.

"Each of us can make the expectation that people should be judged by their character a reality for younger generations."

"Are we going to keep people in a box, or are we going to empower people? You have to invest, value and stretch all of your employees equally, and be a great manager for all."


Thursday 10/1 9:30 AM

Keynote: Debora Spar (continued)

Spar wants to put a ban on the phrase 'having it all' – "Nobody asks men if they're 'having it all.' We evaluate women on their professional accomplishments… and everything else," Spar says.

How can women get to the top?

"We have to go – and stay – in the workforce. If women want to be in the workforce, and advance to positions of power, they have to stay there. "

"No one is fully qualified for a job they do not yet have. That's why they're called 'promotions.' You have to be ready to be thrown into those promotions, and be prepared to be knocked down… we have to have the guts and audacity to go into these things."

On work and children:

"If women want to be in the workforce and want to be mothers, you just have to figure it out. There's no way around it. It's quite do-able… but you have to grapple with the fact that it's not easy. And it never gets easy."

"You have to, crucially, have the right partner. In whatever form that partner takes."

"Get help, get more help. Outsource... get somebody else to crochet the 'princess dress.'"

"You don't have to be the perfect school volunteer if you're already running a hospital."

On style:

"You have to find a style that works for you. Find a version of your persona that you take to the workplace. You have to be yourself. And you have to hone that persona so that it registers truthfully."

Women do exercise power differently than men. We have to understand these differences so that we manage through and around them:

Women are more consensual.
Women tend to be less hierarchial.
Care more about building relationships, not hurting feelings.
People expect women to be more nurturing (and when you're not, people blame you for it. That's a particular danger for women.)

Unless we get men into the room, we're not going to solve these issues. Men don't feel comfortable entering the conversation unless women show that it's a safe place... that they can have a voice in these issues.

"We all have to figure out how to put these many pieces together to build lives that matter."

"If we believe that we have to be perfect, by definition, we're going to fail, over and over again. Take perfection off the table and resolve to be good at what matters. Be less good at what doesn't matter. And understand that there are trade-offs."

Feminism was never about perfection. It was about building better lives for the community. The goal of the Women's Movement was to liberate women, to free them, to give them the power to do what they wanted.


Thursday 10/1 9:08 AM

Debora Spar
Wonder Women: Sex, Power and the Quest for Perfection

Debora Spar became seventh president of Barnard College in 2008. Has spearheaded initiatives including the Athena Center for Leadership Studies and Barnard’s Global Symposium, an annual gathering of high-profile female leaders from around the world. She has degrees from Georgetown and Harvard and is a director of Goldman Sachs. She is the author of numerous books, including "Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection," also the topic of her discussion today.

Spar opens with three questions:

"Where do American women stand today?"
"Why haven't we come any farther?"
"How do we move ahead, as individuals and as a group?"

The percentage of women at top levels of power remains stuck at 16% -- the 16% ghetto, as Spar calls it.

Yet girls are dominating high school, have better grades and higher SAT numbers than boys. Women are 60% of college students in this country, equally represented at medical and law school. The pipeline is full of young women.

"What happens is women fall out mid-career. They fall out right at the point at which they would be ascending to the c-suite, to positions of power. Why is this happening?"

Spar calls attention to traditional division of labor – men did heavy lifting, women were to look relatively pretty, have babies, raise children.

In the '70s, things changed. "That's great – but we added all of that work burden to women's lives, and we never changed the expectations of who was going to stay home and make dinner." We didn't create another labor force to make that adjustment.

Women add extra time for commutes, "and a proclivity to move away from our families when we need them the most."

Spar explains: "Even as women have taken substantial loads of the workplace… we never got rid of all of the expectations of looking pretty, getting married, having babies and cooking dinner… instead, women today spend more hours on housework and childcare than women did in the '60s."


Thursday 10/1 8:52 AM

Kimberly Betts, director of Retail Practice at Deloitte, introduces NEW Board slate at NEW Annual Members Meeting.

Betts thanks outgoing NEW Board members: Education and Research Chair Maria Edelson of Sales & Capability Development and directors at-large Sarah Chartrand of Ahold USA, Dian Emerson of Safeway, Tonie Leatherberry of Deloitte, Marnette Perry of Kroger and Greg Warren of Walmart.

A special round of applause goes to outgoing Board Chair, Betsy Hosick of Chevron.

Betts explains that the Network's Nominating Committee -- chaired by Betts and past and present Network officers -- selected a Slate of Candidates from nominations submitted by NEW membership. This slate was announced August 7 and every Network member was sent a copy via email.

New and returning officers and Board:

Network Board Chair Karen Stuckey of Walmart; Immediate Past Board Chair Betsy Hosick of Chevron; Education Chair Sue Sears of Kimberly-Clark; Regional Chair Marla Thompson of Catalina; and At-Large Board Members Carmen Bauza of Walmart; Tammy DeBoer of Family Dollar and Nicola Johnson of Deloitte.

The Officers and Board are now voted in – it's official. Applause all around.

"Get to know them and get active in the Network if you aren't already," Betts tells the crowd. "Volunteer at the national or regional level. Attend one of our upcoming regional events listed on our website. Stay in touch on social media. And urge your leaders and direct reports to get involved with NEW. The mission is transformation. The time is now."


Thursday 10/1 8:42 AM

Day 2

President and CEO of Network of Executive Women Joan Toth welcomes a record number of attendees – 1,223 – to the 15th annual NEW Leadership Summit, here at the Omni Dallas Hotel. Fourteen percent higher attendance than last year!

Of our attendees: 1 in 4 is multicultural, 1 in 8 is under 30, 1 in 12 is male. Largest state representation is from Texas. Company with largest delegation is PepsiCo.

"If we're going to achieve our new mission of a transformative workplace, we're going to need to do more… we need a bigger and more powerful network," says Toth. "NEW is working on three major fronts to address…

"First is talent management. Lifting individual leaders has always been Job One for the Network. But we must do more of it if we are going to create a better workplace for all. Which is why we have set this audacious goal: 25,000 members by 2020 and 50,000 members by 2025. Each new member will impact dozens around her, creating a groundswell of change that will achieve our mission to transform our industry.

"Second is inclusion. Our workforce is diverse, and changing demographics will make it even more so in the future. But our leadership is still dominated by white men -- even though our customer base is not. We need inclusion in our industry and in our Network, and we are taking bold steps on this front…

"Third is technology. New trends in e-tailing, real-time data, mobile and social media and the Internet of Things are radically transforming every aspect of our industry. NEW must keep pace with this change."

Wednesday 9/30 4:06pm

Men's Workshop: The NEW Male Champion – continued

Four NEW Male Champion aspirations discussed today, in order of their popularity with attendees:

Flexible work scheduling
Fostering cultural change to advance women w/o disenfranchising men
Better succession planning
Understanding female customers

Carter thanks the crowd, urges everyone to consider the impact if we can be in this room next year, and talk about our successes as NEW Male Champions over the past 12 months.

Wednesday 9/30 3:41pm

Men's Workshop: The NEW Male Champion – continued

Two female role models brought up today:

'My supervisor… demonstrates the skills to which I aspire.'
'A CEO friend of mine, who has faced a number of challenges and demonstrated ability to adapt to those situations.'

"There are plenty of women at this conference who have the power to be role models," Carter says.

In what situations have I been the only male, and what have I learned?

'Communications styles are different; where the connection points are, there's a different approach.'
'Women on the team enjoyed having the 'token' guy on the team – for most of their careers, they weren't the majority in a group setting.'

On cultural competency: Carter points out importance of knowing the bridges as well as seeing the differences. Adaptability can be key: 'I can put myself in another's shoes, see another point of view.'

Wednesday 9/30 3:27pm

Men's Workshop: The NEW Male Champion – continued

From Carter, an approach men can engage to advance women – work with those not in HR, not in diversity, in ways that can better them.

Carter links NEW Career Accelerator ModelTM to men's professional development, with aspirations of women's advancement.

Carter calls back to the leadership and championship traits named earlier. "Think about 'visionary,' 'communicating,' 'leading by example'… we are living up to our ground rules. We are not succumbing to fears."

Wednesday 9/30 3:12pm

Men's Workshop: The NEW Male Champion – continued

Session leader Kevin Carter of Inclusion Innovates asks, "What is your challenge or aspiration with respect to advancing women at your company?" The tables are busy with conversation.

A few minutes later, some thoughts, ideas and situations – from men and their companies:

'Our initiative is to improve succession planning.'
'Retain principal talent.'
'Recruiting, training; building awareness – we have a great Women's Network, but no men in it.'
'How do we accelerate women and minorities without alienating talented white men?'
'Being a 365 retailer, distributor and having that work/life flexibility you'd like to offer, but it just doesn't seem possible.'
'To have a diverse, ready-now surplus bench for all critical roles in the organization.'

Wednesday 9/30 2:48pm

Men's Workshop: The NEW Male Champion

Kevin Carter of Inclusion Innovates lets us know: It's time to talk about The NEW Male Champion. It's truly a working session: Carter asks – 'Who's posted in the app once, twice, three times?' – and gets a volunteer to upload info/images on the Summit app for attendees.

From the men attending, just a few of the traditional qualities of a leader: Listener, visionary, authentic, communicator, coach, mentor.

A few of the traditional qualities of a champion: Outspoken, owner, sponsor, supporter, driven, change agent, lead by example.

"What's the NEW in the NEW Male Champion?" Carter asks. The crowd shares ideas: Empathetic, flexible, advocate, challenges traditional thought.

Carter offers his perspective: "The NEW Male Champion is a champion who can connect a network of women to business success."

Wednesday 9/30 2:25pm

NEW Leadership Academy: Intrapreneurship

Today's supersession shares advice on how to make the leap from employee to intrapreneur and how to embed an intrapreneurial culture in your organization.

From American Heritage Dictionary, an intrapreneur is "a person within a large corporation who takes direct responsibility for turning an idea into a profitable finished product through assertive risk-taking and innovation."

Jo Miller, CEO of Women's Leadership Coaching and NEW Leadership Academy facilitator shares 7 qualities of an intrapreneur:

Coalition building
Challenges the status quo
Highly creative
Great conviction

The panelists offer personal experiences and professional advice.

Dagmar Boggs, president, 7-Eleven global customer team for The Coca-Cola Co. tells the crowd, "I had to grow into being a risk-taker. Some of the risks I took slapped me in the face and I feel down. But more often than not, they were successful."

Jill Sando, SVP of merchandising for Target Corporation: "If you put your heart and soul into something because it's right for your team and your company, you can make things happen."

Ena Williams, SVP of international operations for 7-Eleven Inc., shares, "Part of being a leader is creating an environment for others to be intrapreneurs."

Tuesday 9/29

Welcome to our live blog, bringing you to NEW Leadership Summit 2015, September 30-October 2 at the Omni Dallas Hotel.

We'll begin real-time reporting on Wednesday, September 30 as the Summit opens to more than 1,220 expected industry leaders, a record number of attendees for this prestigious 3-day women's leadership event.

Unlock your power -- and remember to join the conversation on social media @newnational #newsummit.

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