NEW members named 'Women of Influence'
Friday, April 27, 2012
Network of Executive Women members represent nearly half of the 2012 Women of Influence in the Food Industry, recognized by Griffin Publishing Co., publishers of The Griffin Report of Food Marketing.
Twenty-one of the 54 industry leaders named Women of Influence are NEW members. They include Network Board members Beverly Grant of Procter & Gamble and Lisa Klauser of Unilever.
"My best advice for young executives is to focus on those business opportunities that truly allow you to make a unique contribution to your team and organization that will also enable you to meet your personal needs, wants and desires as a professional,” Grant told The Griffin Report.
Added Klauser: "My advice for upcoming executives is that there is no substitute for hard work and perseverance. Don’t wait for things to happen; make things happen!
Other NEW members named 2012 Women of Influence were Barbara Brown, Deb Colombo and Laura Reynolds of Acosta Sales & Marketing; Julie Cummings, Kendra Kannally, Patty King, Tracy Pawelski and Gail Scavetta of Ahold USA Retail; Carol deWitt of BI-LO and Seena Cushman of Coca-Cola Refreshments.
"My advice for upcoming younger executives is to create your own destiny, don’t be bound by career paths, love your teammates and your people, take several lateral moves that give you depth and breadth of experiences and manage people early in your career so you can make mistakes when the stakes and egos are lower,” Cushman told The Griffin Report, adding, "Enjoy each day!”
Also recognized as Women of Influence were Karen Fernald of Delhaize America; Robin Kay of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters; Ann Raider of inStream Media; Tonie Michel Williams of The J.M. Smucker Company; Amy Roy of The King Arthur Flour Company; Lisa Delventhal of Nestle Purina PetCare; Debbie Rookstool of Safeway Inc.; Amy Breault of Sara Lee Corporation and Mary Beth DePersio of World Finer Foods.
"If there is any advice I can offer to upcoming young executives,” DePersio said, "it would be to live by the words of Abraham Lincoln: ‘Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.’ Staying customer-focused and being flexible, versus worrying about your own gains, will allow both to evolve naturally.”