NEW Chicago shares life-stage lessons
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Posted by: Rufino Cabang
Barb Millen of Unilever, Teresa Carson of The Coca-Cola
Company and Jane Bullinger of Nestlé Waters NA welcome fellow leaders to the
NEW Chicago event.
More than 150 NEW
members and supporters shared insights with peers in similar personal and professional
life stages at the NEW Chicago mixer, Aug. 18, 2016 at PepsiCo Inc. in Chicago.
Attendees were welcomed by PepsiCo NEW Ambassador Emma Smith, senior director,
sales strategy; and Rose Bollman, the company's senior vice president of sales
and nutrition for North America. They were then grouped at 16 tables, each
representing a critical life stage, including early career, mid-career, dual-income
and late-career groups. Discussion at each addressed three key questions:
1. Why did you choose to join the "sort" you are in?
2. At this life stage, what can you give others?
3. At this life stage, what do you need from others?
Members gained insights
from their peers’ personal experiences, including:
Professionals seeking career opportunities
Be confident with what
Leverage your knowledge
to make a connection.
Share the power of positive feedback —
help women eliminate negative internal professional dialogue that can hinder
Speak up, let others
know you have a new reality.
Be and show you are
ready to negotiate your new reality collaboratively.
Dual-income, married household professionals
It's okay to outsource.
Make technology your
food-delivery apps to allow more personal freedom.
Generation X mid-career professionals
Be both mentor and mentee.
Benefit from group
Mentoring comes from everyone
and from all levels.
Dual working professionals with preschoolers
Ask, stand up and push the boundaries to integrate work and life — don't be afraid of what co-workers think if you
need to leave early or come it late.
Have a mentor from every decade for your personal board of directors.
Embrace positivity, be your authentic self, share inspiration and keep dreaming.
NEW Chicago launched a
group mentoring program at the event.