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‘Have a Plan B,’ Wal-Mart Canada CEO Broader advises NEW members

Monday, January 30, 2012  
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When career planning, always have a Plan B, Wal-Mart Canada President and CEO Shelley Broader advised the sold-out crowd at the inaugural NEW Canada networking event, Jan. 25, 2012, at the Mississauga Convention Centre.

The Wal-Mart CEO, who has worked for Hannaford Bros, Michael’s and Sam’s Club, related the story of growing up believing she’d be a broadcast journalist, only to realize while interning that she hated journalism. She later worked in the finance industry, before settling into retailing. "You may think you can plan every step of the way, but life finds you,” she told 450 NEW members and guests at the event.

"Realize your skills are transferable,” she added, noting that people often sell themselves short when assessing their ability to move around an organization.

Broader gave an up-close-and-personal account of her path to success, sharing many thought-provoking and inspiring gems along the way. Among them: "Find your passion -- you’ll know it when you do.”

In the subject of diversity and inclusion, Broader said "the numbers don’t lie; companies that embrace diversity win. We have an opportunity to make cpg/retail the destination career.”

Asked by a NEW member if she thought a glass ceiling still exists, Broader said she sees glass "umbrellas” in some companies that impede women’s success. Given the competitive marketplace and business advantages inherent in gender diversity in the workplace, Broader advised women to work for companies that appreciate them.

The Wal-Mart Canada CEO was joined on the program by NEW Canada Co-Chair Karen Young, general manager, Nestlé Waters Canada, and NEW Canada Co-Chair Logistics Michele Hardinge, senior vice president of Ontario Operations for Wal-Mart Canada.

"For NEW Canada there was an important lesson in one of Shelley’s many inspirational perspectives,” Young said. "‘When you’re excellent where you are, the next great thing comes faster.’ Based on the exceptional turnout and excellent response to its first event, it’s clear NEW Canada is on an exciting path to the next great thing.”

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NEW Canada Co-Chair Michele Hardinge of Wal-Mart Canada (left) joined
 Wal-Mart Canada President and CEO Shelley Broader and NEW Canada
Co-Chair Karen Young
of Nestlé Waters Canada.

NEW Canada committee members came together at the region’s inaugural networking event, Jan. 25, 2012, at the Mississauga Convention Centre.

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