Members look to accelerate career at NEW Carolinas event
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
300 Network of Executive Women members and supporters received advice for
overcoming mental barriers to move their careers forward, faster, at the NEW
Carolinas spring networking event May 16, 2012 at The Great Wolf Lodge in
Attendees heard from executive coach Mary Davis Holt
of Flynn Heath Leadership, who shared the top reasons why women don’t get
promoted and presented examples of faulty assumptions that keep women from
reaching their potential.
Women have believed their underrepresentation in leadership roles is tied to skills,
activities and behaviors, Davis Holt said. "What we now know is it begins with
Holt challenged members to "Break your own rules, lock arms and support each other -- and stay the
keynote speaker "provided a great perspective on the differences between male
and female thought processes and how they can hold back or help propel your
career,” said Katie Pollock, divisional vice president of strategy and insights
for Family Dollar. "All of head-nodding from both the males and the females in
the audience was a comforting indicator that her message resonates with everyone
and many of us have similar challenges to overcome.
"The NEW events are always a great way to take a few hours to
reflect on your own career development and reenergize yourself to work toward
your personal goals,” she added.
NEW members also offered positive feedback after the event. "I would highly recommend the NEW events, as they provide the [opportunity]
to network with industry peers and make lasting connections,” one attendee
wrote on her post-event survey. "They don't feel predominately sales-pitch
oriented and the speakers are high quality.”
Network’s regional events "create an atmosphere that promotes the ability of
women to be in leadership roles,” another member wrote. "It's very positive and
you leave with a feeling that you can accomplish whatever you set out to.”
the many companies sending delegations to the event were Acosta, Bi-Lo,
Delhaize America, Family Dollar Stores, Harris Teeter, Nestlé Purina PetCare, PepsiCo
and Procter & Gamble.
from Kraft Foods attend the Carolinas event. From left are Linda
Julie Jackyra, Monika Izydorczyk-Canales, Briana Lee, Riana
Frazier and Jackie
Carolinas committee members come together at the region’s spring event May
2012 in Concord, N.C.