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NEW invests in rapid-growth initiative

Thursday, October 1, 2015  
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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 Joan Toth, President and CEO, Network of Executive Women

The Network of Executive Women is investing in new technology and learning programs to best support the advancement of women and workplace transformation, NEW President and CEO Joan Toth told a sold-out crowd of 1,200 industry leaders attending the 15th annual NEW Leadership Summit, Oct. 1 in Dallas.

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To achieve its vision of "a workplace with no limits," NEW is positioning itself for rapid membership growth, from its current 10,000 members to 25,000 members by 2020 and 50,000 members by 2025. In the past 10 months, the Network has unveiled a new mission — "to advance women, grow business and transform our industry’s workplace through the power of our community" — and introduced three signature leadership development programs, the NEW Executive Institute, NEW Rising Stars and Career Accelerator Workshops. NEW also strengthened its infrastructure and created a Board-level Inclusion Committee to increase the organization's diversity.

"We've made a remarkable start. But if we’re going to achieve our mission, we need to do more," Toth said. "To truly transform our industry's workplace and finally move the needle on women's leadership in our industry, we need a bigger and more powerful Network."

NEW is working on three fronts to achieve its new mission.

  • Talent management. "Lifting individual leaders has always been job one for the Network," Toth said. "But we must do more of it if we are going to transform our industry and create a better workplace for all. Which is why we have set an audacious membership goal. Each new member will impact dozens around her, creating a groundswell of change."
  • 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, led by our NEW Inclusion Committee headed by Charles of General Mills."
  • 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 and our lives, Toth said. NEW has started work on new services, programs and ways to connect using the latest Cloud and mobile technologies. "Our digital reach will be global and our 20 regional groups in North America will be empowered as never before," she said.

"[With member and partner support,] we will build a new, disruptive Network," Toth said. "We can do it. We have to do it. Because what got us here will not take us where we want to go — a workplace with no limits."

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