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NEW Pacific Northwest spreads "influence" at Women's Forum

Wednesday, October 26, 2011  
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Nearly 100 students and emerging cpg/retail industry leaders learned to become "people of influence” at the Women’s Leadership Forum, a collaboration between Portland State University’s Food Leadership Center and the Network of Executive Women Pacific Northwest.

Featured keynote speaker Jo Miller, CEO of Women’s Leadership Coaching Inc., offered attendees ways to gain credibility, get buy-in for ideas and make a larger impact in business through understanding the mechanisms of power and influence.

The annual event, held Oct. 19, 2011, at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, also featured a panel of industry executives, who explored trends that will change the cpg/retail industry in the coming decade. Panelists Amanda Martinez, vice president of manufacturing operations, U.S. grocery, Safeway; Gillian Crossan, strategic relationship management, Deloitte Services LP; and Katie Slick, human resources director, Pacific Seafood, are all Network members. The panel was moderated by Kevin Coupe, "content guy” for, an industry news source.

"The Network’s involvement in the Women’s Leadership Forum spurred the creation of NEW Pacific Northwest last year,” noted NEW President and CEO Joan Toth. "This great collaboration with Portland State University helps the Network support the industry’s desire to attract more high-potential women to cpg/retail careers.”

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