Northern California sells out event with male executive panel
Thursday, November 3, 2011
More than 400 NEW members and
supporters had the "Best of Both Worlds” at a Northern California networking
event featuring a panel of top male cpg/retail executives who shared their
thoughts on women and leadership. The record-setting event was held Oct. 28,
2011 in Pleasanton, Calif.
Ken Barnett CEO of MARS Advertising; Kevin Cleary, president and COO of Clif
Bar; John Foraker, CEO of Annie's Inc.; Kelly Griffith, president of Safeway
Consumer Demand; and Steve Sprinkle, vice president, domestic sales for E&J
Gallo Winery, offered their take on the differences between men and women,
common misperceptions about both, defusing workplace tension and increasing
gender diversity. The event, held at the Palm Event Center, was facilitated by
executive coach Kathleen Stinnett.
The panel revealed scientific data
about the differences in male and female brains and how they work. The
implications of these hardwired differences are that men typically want to
problem solve and make a decision quickly, while women spend more time thinking
about the connections and relationships around a given situation. Utilizing
both of these approaches will lead to better decisions, the executives noted.
Men are typically more comfortable
taking credit, while women usually give credit to others, added Griffith, who
offered a tip for women. "Say ‘My team did a great job on that project,’ so
that you are taking credit for the team while also sharing credit.”
Julie Oxner, category development
account executive at Procter & Gamble, said the program helped her under
understand the fundamental differences between men and women and how to
leverage the strengths of each. "I will use what I learned not only at work,
but also at home with my husband,” she said.
Among the companies represented at the sold-out event were Clif Bar, The
Clorox Co., Del Monte Foods, E&J Gallo Winery, The Hershey Co., Kraft
Foods, Mars Advertising, Nielsen, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Safeway,
Slalom Consulting and Walmart Stores.