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Walmart and Sam's Club are first NEW Foundation sponsors

Monday, November 1, 2010  
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Walmart and Sam's Club have committed $100,000 as the Network of Executive Women's first Foundation Sponsor, renewing their support of the Network’s mission to attract, retain and advance women in the retail and consumer products industry through education,leadership and business development.

Walmart, operator of 8,650 Walmart stores and Sam’s Club locations in 15 countries and employer of more than 2 million associates worldwide, has been a Network sponsor since 2004.

"Walmart values diversity in all aspects of the business," said NEW President Michelle Gloeckler, Walmart’s senior vice president, merchandise execution. "The Network of Executive Women has a mission that we support. We are proud to offer our Walmart U.S. and Sam’s Club associates the opportunity, benefits and value that NEW brings to our industry."

As a Foundation Sponsor, Walmart and Sam's Club will receive exposure at national and regional events and be able to leverage the Network's engagement opportunities, educational experiences and other tools and support to advance its diversity and inclusion values and strategies.

"As the environment continues to change at a hyper pace, diversity and inclusion becomes increasingly important for companies who are aiming to create an insulating advantage," said Regenia Stein, vice president business performance, industry development and communications for Kraft Foods, who serves as NEW board member and sponsorship chair. "Seeking and leveraging diverse perspectives provides for a more holistic, 360-degree view of issues and possible solutions. These varied opinions allow for faster, more complete outcomes that can be executed in the marketplace to the delight of our customers and shoppers.

"I applaud Walmart's commitment to developing women by becoming the Network of Executive Women's first Foundation Sponsor. Their visionary leadership continues to set the standard for the CPG industry to follow."

The Foundation sponsorship enables the Network to accelerate its planned growth in 2011, said Joan Toth, NEW's executive director. "New offerings for sponsors include a greater number of corporate memberships, more best practice reports and the recently launched leadership academy webinars."

Seventy of the cpg/retail industry's largest companies are committed to the Network’s goals. Ninety-five percent of the Network's sponsors renew their commitment each year.

For complete details of sponsor benefits click here or contact Nancy Krawczyk, director of client services-East, at (215) 327-4861 or nkrawzcyk@newonline.org, or Stephanie McFee, director of client services-West, at (561) 459-5540 or smcfee@newonline.org.



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