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Senior leaders to share diversity strategies at NEW Diversity Forum Super Sessions

Thursday, January 19, 2012  
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Senior leaders from some of the nation’s largest cpg/retail companies will offer their insights on talent management, multicultural consumers and the benefits of working with diverse suppliers during three educational Super Sessions at the Network of Executive Women CPG Retail Diversity Forum, the industry’s largest diversity and inclusion event.The CPG Retail Diversity Forum will take place March 6-8, 2012, in Dallas.

Among those sharing their experiences will be Sue Johnson, global head of gender balance and diversity for Nestlé Group; Linda Singh, senior marketing director, fragrances for Coty Inc.; Ernest Freeman, senior manager, supplier diversity for PepsiCo; and Gleatha Glispie, director of supplier diversity for Walgreen Company.

Joining Johnson for the "Workplace: Retaining Diverse Talent” Super Session will be Kenneth Charles, vice president, diversity and inclusion for General Mills, and Katherine Giscombe, vice president, diverse women and inclusion research for Catalyst Inc. The three experts will share their best-in-class talent retention strategies.

"Marketplace: Building Bridges to Diverse Consumers” will feature Singh and Jackie Reynolds, CEO of The ShopShop Inc. This Super Session will focus on using U.S. Census data to identify and target consumers and ways to develop authentic relationships with them.

Joining Freeman and Glispie at the "Supplier Diversity: The Secret to Better Business” Super Session will be Bridgette Porter, senior human resource manager, diversity for Procter & Gamble, who will serve as panel moderator; Dr. Melvin Gravely, author and founder of The Institute of Entrepreneurial Thinking; and Kathryn Mazon, senior business development lead, supplier diversity, for Target Corporation.

The NEW Diversity Forum 2012 will open with a Dinner Dialogue featuring Tom Greco, president of Frito-Lay North America; Grant LaMontagne, senior vice president, chief customer officer for The Clorox Company; Sue Dodsworth, chief diversity officer for Kimberly-Clark Corporation; and Debra Sandler, chief consumer officer for Mars Chocolate NA. The industry leaders will offer their thoughts on diversity and the role it plays in their business strategies.

The program also includes special remarks from Sharon Orlopp, global chief diversity officer for Walmart Stores Inc.; Anthony Carter, global chief diversity officer for Johnson & Johnson; andCheryl Pearson-McNeil, senior vice president, public affairs and government relations for The Nielsen Company.

Other headliners include Linda Clement-Holmes, chief diversity officer and senior vice president, global business services for Procter & Gamble, who will share her experience in driving innovation through diversity and inclusion, andLynn Fantom, chairman and CEO, ID Media, who will address the use of digital media to reach multicultural consumers.

During the Diversity Forum Fireside Chat, a panel experts, including Maria Campbell, director of diversity for SC Johnson; Diane Cooke, vice president, human resources for Schwan's Consumer Brands; and Armando Martín, president, CEO and co-founder of XL Edge/XL Alliance,will address the connection between building strong cultural competencies in the workplace with business advantages in the marketplace.

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