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Hershey’s women’s council taps into NEW

Monday, September 26, 2011  
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More than 130 members of The Hershey Company’s Women’s Council came together to learn ways to better draw on the networking opportunities and career tools offered by the Network of Executive Women.


Members of the Women’s Council in the United States and Canada attended the Lunch and Learn session in person at Hershey’s headquarters in Hershey, Pa., and via webcast, Sept. 15, 2011.


NEW Director of Client Services Nancy Krawczyk presented an overview of the Network’s educational outreach and networking tools. She was followed by Hershey executives -- three at the event and two offsite  -- who shared their Network experiences. On the panel were Susan Angele, vice president, global deputy general counsel; Jill Broschard, vice president, global operations business development; NEW  Treasurer Rosa Stroh, vice president, treasurer; Julie Nee, team leader, Dollar Channel and Shannon Syms, MCD Safeway/Far West.


"This event perfectly married out Women’s Council mission with the company values,” said Hershey Women’s Council Chair Leanna Meiser, corporate social responsibility manager. "Our mission as a Women's Council is to provide employees with opportunities to get connected, feel empowered and grow professionally and personally, delivering positive benefits for the company that will enhance the retention and advancement of women. Our Hershey values are being open to possibilities; making a difference, growing together and ‘One Hershey.’ NEW provides all Hershey employees, male and female, across the United States and Canada geography, the opportunity to connect with resources and to begin relationships with mentors, providing professional and personal support.”


Krawcyzk demonstrated the ease of participation, while the panel brought to life the authentic benefits received, Meiser said.


"I was introduced to NEW by an executive friend, Carin Troy, then a sales leader at Kellogg,” noted Paul Hagerty, HR business partner at Hershey and NEW Greater Philadelphia member. "She knew of my love for the industry and my firm belief that women are a dynamic group who give much to the success of our industry and each other. I attended my first meeting and was committed from that moment.

"I have benefitted as my [personal] network has grown over the last several years. I highly recommend the Network to any woman or man interested in supporting success in our industry. There is a bonus: We have fun while getting business done!”


Hershey executives Jill Broschard, Susan Angele and Rosa Stroh shared their Network experiences with colleagues at a Lunch in Learn event Sept. 15.


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