Retail guru Julie Gilbert Newrai to keynote Leadership Summit
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Julie Gilbert Newrai
Retailing and branding expert Julie Gilbert Newrai, former
senior vice president of Best Buy, will address women and the future of retail
at the NEW Leadership Summit 2012 , Oct. 22-23 in Dallas.
Gilbert Newrai, president of WOLF, a consulting
firm specializing in brand building and enterprise-wide cultural
transformation, will blend real-lifebusiness stories, data and actionable
advice in her keynote presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 23. During her 18
years as a corporate senior executive and four years heading her own firm,
Gilbert Newrai has built growth for companies such as Motorola, Lifetouch,
Microsoft, Major League Baseball and Target.
"While in retailing, Julie Gilbert Newrai became increasingly
aware of women’s influence and spending power here and abroad,” noted NEW
President Joan Toth. "She recognized that the voices of customers and customer-facing
employees were unheard and responded by creating teams of customers and
employees who connected with business leaders who could implement the best
ideas across functions -- with outstanding results. The Network looks
forward to sharing her vision and experience.”
The NEW Leadership Summit 2012 will kick off Monday, Oct.
22, with two one-hour NEW Leadership Academy workshops. The afternoon also will
offer NEW regional officers a session on best practices, member-company
affinity group meetings and a networking workshop for first-time NEW Leadership
The NEW Town Hall 2012 will include the Network’s annual members meeting, plus
special remarks from sociologist, educator and former talk show host Dr.
Bertice Berry, author of the best-selling memoir The Ties That Bind: A Memoir of Race, Memory, and Redemption.
Opening night gala
An opening night gala will feature the annual NEW Silent
Auction, which benefits the Network’s scholarship fund; a cocktail reception
and regional awards banquet, which will honor the Network’s regional leaders
and regional best practices; and an afterparty celebration.
Attendees also will choose from concurrent educational
sessions fitting their experience level and interest: "Owning your career”
workshops for emerging leaders, "Delivering results in tough times” sessions
for managers and "Developing strategic focus” workshops for executives.
During the Leadership Summit, an executive roundtable of
industry leaders will share their experiences getting to and working in the
c-suite. The panel will include Irene Chang Britt, president of Pepperidge
Farm; Tom Falk, president of Kimberly-Clark Corporation; Susan Chambers, chief
people officer for Walmart; and Bhavdeep Singh, executive vice president,
operations for Ahold USA. The discussion will be moderated by NEW past-chair
Alison Kenney Paul, vice chairman, U.S. retail leader and principal for
In a closing keynote address, extreme athlete Yvonne Camus,
a participant in the world champion racing adventure Eco-Challenge, will offer
her insights on "Leading a High-Performance Life.” Camus will share her
experiences as a member of the first rookie team to complete the grueling
competition and speak about teamwork and rising to the challenges of training,
preparation and execution.
More than 900 industry leaders and emerging leaders are
expected to attend the NEW Leadership Summit 2012. NEW members are invited to
register for the event at the early bird rate of $695, $100 off the standard
rate of $795, before Sept. 21, 2012. To join the Network, contact your
Ambassador or join now for $200 as an individual member and
receive 12 months of NEW benefits, including invitations to national
conferences and full access to the Network’s online networking and