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Texas now served by two NEW regional groups

Monday, October 17, 2011  
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Everything’s big in Texas. So big, the Network of Executive Women is doubling its presence in the state to better serve its cpg/retail members. NEW North Central Texas will serve the Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin and surrounding areas; NEW South Texas will be based in Houston.

Both regions will continue outreach to other markets in the state.

"The addition of a Houston-based regional group is in direct response to our Texas members’ active participation in growing the Network’s reach; their desire to cultivate their careers in the cpg/retail industry; and their determination to grow their company’s business by tapping into the experience, creativity and potential of women leaders,” said Joan Toth, NEW president and CEO.

The NEW North Central Texas fall networking luncheon, Oct. 27 in Frisco, will feature Connie Glaser, who will address the gender communication gap in the workplace.

NEW South Texas, in partnership with The Coca-Cola Co., is hosting a NEW 10th Anniversary Celebration, Nov. 3 in Houston, site of the first Network of Executive Women Leadership Summit. The event will feature special guests Mike St. John, president of Minute Maid, and Jerry Wilson, Coca-Cola’s senior vice president, chief customer and commercial officer.

In September, The Kroger Co. hosted a luncheon to determine interest in formalizing a Houston-based region. Fifteen women representing companies such as Frito-Lay, The Coca-Cola Co., Acosta and Kraft Foods participated.

"With more than 8,000 associates in the Houston area, a local region of NEW will benefit many Kroger associates with many opportunities to enhance leadership competencies and network with others in the industry,” noted NEW South Texas Co-Chair Logistics Martha Freitas, assistant human resources manager, The Kroger Co.

Other NEW South Texas officers include Co-Chair Logistics Kim Hryhorchuk of The Kroger Co. and Co-Chairs Programs Melanie Cangemi and Laura Wayne, both of The Coca-Cola Co.

NEW North Central Texas is led by Co-Chair Programs Melody Orrantia of MarketSphere Consulting and Co-Chair Logistics Christina Clarke of Frito-Lay; Treasurer C.J. Boss of GameStop; and Co-Secretaries Trish McBratney of Deloitte and Jill Spitzer of ConAgra Foods.

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