Fawn Germer inspires change at Greater Philadelphia event
Friday, May 25, 2012
Nearly 200 Network of Executive Women members and
supporters learned to re-think their approach to their careers at the NEW
Greater Philadelphia spring networking event, May 23, 2012 at The Hershey
Company’s corporate headquarters in Hershey, Pa.
Fawn Germer, author of seven business books,
including The NEW Woman Rules, told the sold-out crowd that many people, especially
women, find reasons to talk themselves out pursuing a goal. "We need to
recognize this bad habit and stop ourselves from falling into this trap,” she
Change is inevitable, she added. "Do you want to
keep chasing it from behind or lead from the front and be prepared for the
changes that you are driving? Most of what we worry about never happens, so why
do we spend so much time worrying about it? Live your life to the fullest and
aspire for big things in your professional and personal life.”
After the event, NEW members praised Germer’s
presentation. "Fawn shared ‘makes you think’ observations,” said Paul Hagerty
of The Hershey Company. "One that crystallized for me: Even those of us who
think we don't have negative thoughts about ourselves do. Realizing this,
we can work to recognize, understand and eliminate negative thoughts, take
charge and build on our strengths.”
The best-selling author shared advice everyone in the room could connect with,
according to Amy Hahn of The Hershey Company. "My favorite line from Fawn was ‘Don't
be invisible!’ To be viable is to be visible. At work,
be engaged and deliver results. And in life, live with purpose and
conviction. It can all change in an instant."
Germer’s keynote address made NEW Greater
Philadelphia Co-Chair Programs Shilpa Pai of Deloitte & Touche "sit up and
realize I need to be the change agent in driving my career and my life,” she
said. "The personal stories Fawn shared resonated with me. I realize how
lucky I am, and how I need to appreciate and use what I have.”
The event also included a wine-and-chocolate
tasting seminar led by Shawn Houser, senior manager of chocolate excellence for
The Hershey Company.
"Our inaugural event to reach the 'greater reaches' of the Greater Philadelphia region was a resounding success," according to Christine Hartman of Saint Joseph’s University. "The event served our Central Pennsylvania members in the sweetest possible way!"
Among the companies sending
delegations to the event were Acosta, Ahold USA, Campbell Soup Company, Giant
Food Stores, The Hershey Company, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft Foods and
Nearly 200 NEW members and supporters attended the Greater
Philadelphia spring networking event, May 23, 2012.
The Hershey Company’s wine and chocolate tasting
team sets up.
Shawn Houser of The Hershey Company offered advice on pairing
wine and chocolate.
Sue Rorke-Lawler of SUPERVALU; Ilea Evans of Campbell Soup Company; Shilpa Pai
of Deloitte & Touche; and Linda Gilroy of JOH join author Fawn Germer; Michele Buck and Amy Hahn, both of The Hershey Company; Sherry Caldwell of SUPERVALU and Shawn Houser of The Hershey Company.
(Front row, from left): NEW Greater Philadelphia committee members Christine Hartman of Saint Joseph’s University, Roberta Kitchenoff of Kitchenoff & Associates, Co-Secretary Sue Rorke-Lawler of SUPERVALU and Co-Chair Programs Shilpa Pai of Deloitte & Touche networked with keynote speaker Fawn Germer, Treasurer Linda Gilroy of JOH and Co-Secretary Sherry Caldwell of SUPERVALU. Joining them were (back row, from left) Paul Hagerty of The Hershey Company, Christine Bokunewicz of Ahold USA, Deepti Modgekar of Deloitte & Touche, Co-Chair Logistics Ilea Evans and Courtney Piper, both of Campbell Soup Company, Donna Sheetz of Donovan Advertising and Margot Hoerner of Proctor & Gamble.