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Halstead offers leadership lessons at Cincinnati event

Wednesday, May 2, 2012  
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A crowd of more than 450 Network of Executive Women members and supporters learned leadership lessons from retired Brig. Gen. Becky Halstead at the NEW Cincinnati spring network event, April 26, 2012 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza.

The West Point graduate, who commanded support troops during Operation Iraqi Freedom, told attendees that discipline is the number-one characteristic of leadership. "Be successful or be significant; leadership is a choice,” she said.

Character is leading with a purpose and making a difference, Halstead said, and success is a team sport. The military leader advised NEW members top write down their top five values, then align their values with their behavior.

Halstead also stressed the importance of knowing your organization and understanding the rules and structure by which it is governed. "Challenge those rules where appropriate,” she said, "and use your talents and experience to best support the advancement of the organization.”

The event’s sold-out attendance was driven by the efforts of NEW Cincinnati Public Relations Chair Amy Armstrong Smith of Brown-Forman and public relations and Internet committee members Mary Stehle of The News Group, Kelly Justice of Sunflower Group, Jennifer Gosney of dunnhumbyUSA and Jennifer Grant of Colgate-Palmolive. The region’s marketing campaign included 16 20-second radio spots on WGUC 90.9 public radio and morning show interviews with Halstead, Smith and NEW Regional Development Chair Maria Edelman, founder of Sales and Capability Development LLC, on local CBS and Fox stations.

"Our goal is to always expose more companies to our mission,” said NEW Cincinnati Co-Chair Programs Lisa Holsclaw of Kroger Company. "Our passion is catching on. We get engaged. We get involved. We help others grow. We want quality of membership and expect people to get involved and lead to make a difference. Look at our membership – our diverse group makes this industry stronger by working together with women and men.”

Added NEW Cincinnati Co-Chair Logistics Mindy Thompson-Sherwood of Procter & Gamble: "It is so amazing how we’ve watched women advance and grow their careers in this group. Now we have to help other women build a career path and advance.”

Among the companies sending large delegations to the event were Acosta Sales & Marketing, Advantage Sales & Marketing, Campbell Soup Company, Catalina, Coca-Cola Refreshments, Colgate-Palmolive, ConAgra Foods, dunnhumbyUSA, GlaxoSmithKline, Harlow-HRK Sales & Marketing, Kao USA, KCBS, Kellogg Company, Kimberly-Clark and Kraft Foods. Other organizations well represented included Kroger, Nestlé Purina PetCare, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, PL Marketing, SC Johnson, Shankman and Associates, Unilever, White Wave, Wrigley and Xavier University.

Retired Army Brig. Gen. Becky Halstead offered leadership advice
at the NEW Cincinnati Spring Networking Event.
NEW Cincinnati Co-Chair Logistics Mindy Thompson-Sherwood of Procter & Gamble
(left) joins retired Brig. Gen. Becky Halstead and NEW Cincinnati Secretary Felicia
Mooty of Nestle Purina PetCare.

NEW Cincinnati committee members came together at the sold-out regional event.

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