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Network appoints Kathy Bayert as learning director

Wednesday, November 9, 2011  
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Kathy Bayert has joined the Network of Executive Women as director of learning and advisory services. Bayert will drive the development of education programs for NEW sponsors and members, supporting the Network’s mission to attract, retain and advance women in the cpg/retail industry.

Bayert previously served as senior manager, organizational effectiveness, for the Sara Lee Corporation's Organizational Development Global Center of Excellence.

She will oversee and develop training tools for Network members and develop content for the Network’s educational programs and national conferences, including the NEW CPG Retail Diversity Forum, NEW Executive Leaders Forum and NEW Leadership Summit. In addition, Bayer will help advise NEW sponsors and members as they work to build and sustain workplace inclusion.

"Learning and advisory services are a critical part of the Network of Executive Women value equation for sponsors and members,” noted Joan Toth, NEW president and CEO. "Kathy Bayert will better align our national and regional educational opportunities and enhance the Network’s educational offering to strengthen our members’ core competencies.”

At Sara Lee, Bayert designed and implemented strategic initiatives aimed at building a high-performance culture. Her work involved talent and organizational development, including leading the identification and development of critical roles, designing a framework for strategic workforce planning, planning and analysis for the company’s Global Employee Engagement Survey and launching a comprehensive Leading Change Model to guide organizational change across Sara Lee. She also led the effort to broaden the use of flexible work arrangements.

Previously, Bayert worked as a principal consultant in organizational and change strategy for IBM Business Consulting Services (formerly PricewaterhouseCoopers), where she led projects focused on organizational transformation, leadership development and strategic organizational design. Earlier, she served as campaign manager for several political campaigns in Texas and started her career as a political consultant.

Bayert holds a master of business administration degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and an undergraduate degree in organizational communications from the University of Texas at Austin.

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