Diversity is personal, says Southern California panel
Thursday, October 13, 2011
diverse cpg/retail leaders discussed the personal and professional importance
of diversity and inclusion at the Network of Executive Women Southern
California fall event, October 12, 2011, at the Museum of Latin American Arts in Long Beach.
Gonzalez, co-president and chief operating officer of Northgate Gonzalez Markets; Bob Lim, vice
president, west area sales for Kraft Foods; Subriana Pierce, senior vice
president, sales and merchandising of Albertsons; and Jocelyn Wong, group vice
president, shopper marketing of Safeway, spoke to a record crowd of nearly 350 industry members at the event. The panel was moderated by Marie Quintana, senior
vice president, multicultural sales for PepsiCo.
introduced the multicultural panel saying, "Diversity is what we have in
told the group diversity was important to her personally and for her children,
adding, "We need diversity to sell products.”
said she didn’t get involved in diversity, "diversity got involved with me.” The
retail executive encountered racism after her recent move to Southern
California, when someone in her neighborhood sent a letter to her neighbors
"warning” them that an African-American family was moving in. Business, she
added, needs to move past diversity – just hiring a diverse workforce – to
inclusion, integrating diversity into leadership and decision making.
a second-generation Chinese-American, shared how his father had to acculturate
to succeed; there weren’t any other options. Today, Lim celebrates his cultural
heritage and is actively involved in groups like the Organization of Chinese
is about so much more than the color of skin,” Wong said. "It’s more about
style and thinking.”
are all diverse,” Quintana added. "How can we work together to change the
consumer products and retail industry?”
NEW Southern California Co-Chair Sue
Klug, president of the Southern California division of SUPERVALU, emceed the event and received the 2011 Bobbie O’Hare Award on stage from
Bobbie O’Hare. The award, also presented at the NEW Leadership Summit
in Orlando, recognizes the "best of the best" committee member, chosen from all regional winners, for outstanding service to the Network.
companies represented at the event were Albertsons, Brown-Forman, Catalina, The Coca-Cola Co., Kraft Foods, The
Kroger Co., Smart & Final Stores,
PepsiCo, Southern Wine & Spirits and Unified Grocers.
Lim of Kraft Foods (left), Subriana Pierce of Albertsons, Jocelyn Wong of
Safeway, moderator Marie Quintana of PepsiCo and Oscar Gonzalez of Northgate
Gonzalez Markets addressed a record crowd of more than 350 area executives, Oct. 12 in Long Beach, Calif.
Bobbie O’Hare of JOH (left)
presented the Bobbie O’Hare regional service award to outgoing NEW Southern
California Co-Chair Sue Klug of SUPERVALU. Fellow Co-Chair JoAnn Murdock of
Unified Grocers joins them (right).