100 Rising Stars boost skills in New Orleans
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Posted by: Rufino Cabang
More than 100 mid-level executives kicked off the NEW Rising Stars program in New Orleans.
More than 100 NEW members convened in New Orleans, April 15,
for the kickoff session of NEW
Rising Stars, a six-month leadership development program for mid-level
NEW Rising Stars participants spent the day learning powerful
leadership lessons from senior women leaders, networking and receiving small-group
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Judy Spires, chairman and CEO of AG Supermarket Holdings,
shared her insights on "Enhancing Your Leadership Brand.” Spires offered this
advice and inspiration for building your reputation and leadership skills:
- Be authentic, hold true to your personal values and lead by
- Compliment people. Magnify their strengths, not their
- You can’t do a good job, if your job is all you do.
- Just because the past didn’t turn out like you wanted it to,
doesn’t mean your future can’t be better than you ever imagined.
Ancella B. Livers, senior faculty at the Center for Creative
Leadership, led NEW members through the NEW Career Accelerator Model,TM
which outlines eight key competencies and five derailers that can make or stall
a woman’s career in the retail, consumer goods and services industry.
Later, professional development mentor Finka Jerkovic
offered strategies for avoiding communication breakdowns, adding value in the
workplace and making it easy for others to understand what you bring to the
NEW Rising Stars participants also learned techniques to
boost their professional visibility during a panel discussion featuring Amie
Best, vice president, pest control, global research, development and
engineering for SC Johnson; Tara Jaye Frank, corporate culture advisor for
Hallmark Cards; and Maura Scott, vice president, region sales for Altria
Group Distribution Company. The panelists shared how their leadership brand has
evolved, steps they took to enhance their brand, and the challenges they’ve
faced and overcome as a female leader. Vicki Felker, vice president, market
development organization for Nestlé Purina PetCare, moderated.
The mid-level executives also received feedback on 360
assessments and broke into smaller groups for coaching.
NEW Rising Stars consists of two one-day, in-person sessions
with leading business experts and executive coaches; five interactive,
competency-building webinars; 360-degree skill assessment; and group coaching.
A special, online-only experience includes six learning webinars, 360-skills
assessment and on-line group coaching. Registration for NEW Rising Stars 2017
will open in July.