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Members look to accelerate career at NEW Carolinas event

Tuesday, May 22, 2012  
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More than 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 Concord, N.C.

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 our thinking!”

Davis Holt challenged members to "Break your own rules, lock arms and support each other -- and stay the course!"

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.

Other 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.”

The 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.”

Among 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.

Members from Kraft Foods attend the Carolinas event. From left are Linda
Holcombe, Julie Jackyra, Monika Izydorczyk-Canales, Briana Lee, Riana
Frazier and Jackie Mason.


NEW Carolinas committee members come together at the region’s spring event May
16, 2012 in Concord, N.C.

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