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Sue Klug and Northern California region are NEW's ‘best’

Friday, September 23, 2011  
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Sue Klug, president of the Southern California division of SUPERVALU, and the NEW Northern California regional committee were awarded the Network of Executive Women’s 2011 "best of the best” regional awards at the NEW Leadership Summit, Sept. 20 in Orlando.

The Northern California leadership team was presented the "Best of the Best” regional committee award. Klug, co-chair, logistics, of NEW Southern California, was presented with the Bobbie O’Hare Award as the year's outstanding committee member. Each year, members of the Network’s 17 regions nominate one person as their Best of the Best committee member. These members are honored during each region’s fall event and are eligible for the Bobbie O’Hare award.

"Sue played an instrumental part in the founding, management and engagement of her region,” noted former NEW Regional Chair Bobbie O’Hare, vice president of sales development for JOH, who helped lead Network’s creation of regional groups. "She is a servant leader, an individual that leads a large retail business but also gets in the trenches to get work done.”

When nominating Klug for the award, members of her committee wrote, "We are mentored by just observing how she conducts herself, how she runs our team and how she handles challenging situations. She is a role model to all of us — and to virtually all who know her.”

Klug was "absolutely critical ensuring NEW Southern California’s growth,” added NEW Regional Chair Maria Edelson, founder and president, Sales and Capability Development LLC. "Sue's tenacity and deep belief in NEW's mission and NEW as an organization are key reasons NEW Southern California is the vibrant and successful region it is today. She is a role model of leadership because she leads by doing.”

Northern California leads way

As recipient of the Best of the Best Award, NEW Northern California and its team of nearly 50 committee members were recognized for serving as a constant source of best practices, which are shared by all of the Network’s regions. The group led the way in social media and piloted new succession planning tools, O’Hare noted. NEW Northern California also was the first region to serve as a mentor for a start-up region, a program that will be modeled for every new region.

NEW Northern California is led by Co-Chairs Lori Proct0r of Procter & Gamble and Erica Swanson of Slalom Consulting. They were supported during the past year by outgoing Treasurer Audrey Goins Brichi of Chevron and Secretary Michelle Tonner of Daymon Worldwide.

"Northern California has truly demonstrated outstanding performance over time across every metric,” Edelson said. "They are a role model for other regions. These volunteers have always been willing to share their time for reapplication in other regions. We look for even more great things from them in the future.”

O’Hare lauded all of the Network’s regional leaders and volunteers, recognizing "how much work our regional groups do all around the country, all day, every day.

"This year NEW regional groups will reach close to 8,000 attendees at more than 50 mixers, receptions and educational events," she said. "This program is the lifeblood of NEW, and I want to thank those leaders in every region who made it happen."

NEW Northern California committee members accept the 2011 Best of the Best Award.

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