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Erby Foster recognized for continuous commitment

Thursday, November 10, 2011  
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Network of Executive Women Board member Erby Foster Jr. was recognized for his "continuous commitment to assisting organizations and individuals to reach new levels of success” by the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants, Nov. 3, 2011.

Foster, director of diversity and inclusion for NEW title sponsor The Clorox Company, received the Tom Williams Jr. Men of NABA Award in a ceremony at the Claremont Resort and Spa in Berkeley, Calif. Foster received the award for his "commitment to the community.” Ivor Nanton, senior manager, internal audit, for Clorox, presented the award recognizing Foster’s local and national community efforts.

Since 1969, the National Association of Black Accountants has worked to expand the influence of minority professionals in the fields of accounting and finance.

Clorox Senior Manager Ivor Nanton (left) presented the Tom Williams Jr. Men of NABA Award to NEW Board member Erby Foster Jr.

BJ's and Bigelow Tea chiefs offer insights on leadership

Bigelow Tea Company President Cindi Bigelow and BJ’s Wholesale Club CEO Laura Sen, plus top executives from Ahold USA and Ocean Spray, offered their insights on cultivating leadership to more than 420 Network members at the NEW New England workshop and luncheon Nov. 4, 2011, at the Marriott in Newton, Mass.

Bigelow and Sen were joined by Paula Price, executive vice president and CFO of Ahold USA, and Ken Romanzi, COO of Ocean Spray, who shared real-life examples of the leadership skills they’ve found to be most valuable during their careers.

Kim Zilliox, vice president of leadership development for Women’s Leadership Coaching Inc. kicked off the event with tips on creating a strong leadership presence. Zilliox outlined 10 key components of leadership: approachability, being present, communication, confidence, emotional intelligence, influence, integrity, ownership, passion and vision.

Panelists then shared their thoughts on leadership traits. Integrity, Price said, is key to her role at Ahold USA. "It is my job to make complicated financial matters simple so that people can take action,” she noted. "I also work hard at being approachable, because I am an introvert, which is one reason I wanted to participate in today’s panel.”

Sen focused on emotional intelligence, which she defined as "the ability to listen, watch and process what is inside a person, so that you understand their thinking and can position your communication to be effective.”

Everyone has hot spots or areas that can stoke the passion needed to manage and be effective, Bigelow said. "Passion is a critical tool that can be used in managing, leading and motivating.”

Importance of listening

Romanzi of Ocean Spray spoke to the importance of listening and setting a vision that people can rally around. "Everyone is a leader and a title does not define your leadership ability,” he said. "I surround myself with the best people who have passion and confidence and our results define us. We do not tolerate weak links in our team, because then everyone on the team has to work harder!”

NEW members celebrated the Network’s 10th anniversary with a cupcake toast and honored the inaugural CPG Retail Diversity Hall of Fame inductees, who received the William J. Grize Diversity Hall of Fame Award at the NEW Leadership Summit in September. The award is named in honor of the late CEO of Ahold USA; NEW Board member emeritus Bobbie O'Hare presented the award to Grize's wife Lynne.

Also recognized were NEW New England founding companies. Representatives attending included Mark McGowan, president of Stop & Shop New England Division; Mike Stigers, president of Shaw's Supermarkets; Mimi Ingalls, supply chain analyst for Hannaford Bros.; Diane Roberts, vice president, national retail sales, Coca-Cola Refreshments; Mike Tobia, director of sales for PepsiCo; and Lynne Powell-Pinto, senior manager for Procter & Gamble.

Marilyn Tillinghast, immediate past chair of NEW New England and senior vice president, sales and customer service for C&S Wholesale Grocers, was recognized with the region's "Best of the Best” award for her dedication and work to advance the Network’s mission.

NEW Director of Client Services Nancy Krawczyk encouraged attendees to register for the NEW Leadership Academy. The 2011 webinar series concludes Dec. 2, 2011 with a workshop on coaching techniques. The 2012 Leadership Academy begins Feb. 3, 2012 with a webinar exploring emotional intelligence.

Among the companies at the NEW New England event were Acosta, Ahold USA, C&S Wholesale Grocers, CROSSMARK, Dean Foods, Delhaize America, Garelick Farms, JOH, Kraft Foods, Nestlé USA, Ocean Spray, PepsiCo, Shaw’s Supermarkets and SUPERVALU.

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Panelists included Bigelow Tea Co. President Cindi Bigelow, Ahold
USA CFO Paula Price, BJ’s Wholesale Club CEO Laura Sen, Ocean Spray
COO Ken Romanzi and Kim Zilliox of Women’s Leadership Coaching Inc.

NEW New England committee members came together at the event in Newton, Mass.

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