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Kellogg women’s group hosts NEW at empowerment conference

Wednesday, October 19, 2011  
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More than 300 Kellogg Company employees found inspiration, information and career advice at Kellogg’s 2011 Women of Kellogg Empower Yourself Conference, which offered workshops and networking opportunities and highlighted the benefits of Network of Executive Women membership.

The two-day event, held in Chicago Oct. 6 and Oct. 7, featured remarks from Women of Kellogg executive steering committee members, motivational speaker Patricia Russell-McCloud and NEW President and CEO Joan Toth, who shared an overview of the Network’s mission and benefits.

"Kellogg is well known for its diversity and inclusion initiatives. This event is one more example of the training opportunities it presents women,” Toth said. "It was great to talk to a group of women holding positions across functions, many of whom are NEW members.”

Mark King, senior director, diversity and inclusion, shared the company’s commitment to building the value of all six of Kellogg’s employee resource groups. Women of Kellogg Co-Chairs Cheri O’Neill, director of retail sales, and Joanne Courtenay, senior director, morning foods and Kashi, human resources, discussed the group’s history and future strategy, including a commitment to deliver strong national programs and to nurture partnerships with other ERGs and NEW chapters across the United States.

Attendees also participated in a panel discussion featuring Brad Davidson, president, Kellogg North America; Sammie Long, vice president, Kellogg North America human resources; Alan Gravely, senior vice president, marketing, capabilities and solutions; Darryl Riley, vice president, RQT, Kellogg North America; Brian Huff, president, specialty channels; Scott O’Hara, senior vice president, U.S. Regional Sales; and Daniel Turney, senior vice president, Morning Foods Operations.


The event closed with a call to action from Women of Kellogg leaders. Attendees made a commitment to work on three conference takeaways and created a personal message that the group’s leadership team will mail back to them in six months as a reminder of the conference’s main message: "Empower Yourself!”

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