NEW invests in rapid-growth initiative
Thursday, October 01, 2015
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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
"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
- 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
"[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."