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Sylvia Ann Hewlett to explore ‘the sponsor effect’ at Summit

Wednesday, July 25, 2012  
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Renowned economist Sylvia Ann Hewlett, founding president of Center for Talent Innovation, will share her insights on the value of sponsors and their impact on women’s career goals at the NEW Leadership Summit 2012, Oct. 22-23 in Dallas.

Hewlett, the author of 11 books, will address "The Sponsor Effect” and demystify the sponsor-protégé relationship during one of the Summit’s six concurrent educational sessions, tailored this year to emerging leaders, mid-level leaders and senior executives.

"We are thrilled to bring Sylvia Ann Hewlett’s expertise to the senior executives attending the Leadership Summit this fall,” said NEW President and CEO Joan Toth. "She’ll present a framework for successfully developing a culture of sponsorship -- a culture that helps all employees realize their potential.”

An additional concurrent session will address senior executives: "You Can’t Lead Without It: The Art and Science of Collaboration,” which will be presented by Madelyn Yucht, a principal at Linkage.

Emerging leaders may choose from two educational sessions: "It’s Not a Glass Ceiling, It’s a Sticky Floor” with Becky Shambaugh, president & CEO of Shambaugh Leadership and "Elevating Your Personal Presence for a Winning Edge” with Nadia Bilchik, president of Greater Impact Communications. Sessions customized for mid-level leaders include "Release Your Brilliance” with Simon T. Bailey, founder of Brilliance Institute and "Reality-Based Leadership” with Cy Wakeman, president of Cy Wakeman Inc.

Three keynote speakers

The NEW Leadership Summit program also includes three keynote addresses. Sociologist, educator and author Bertice Berry, author of the best-selling memoir The Ties That Bind: A Memoir of Race, Memory and Redemption will encourage members to "Profit from Your Life Experiences.” Retailing and branding expert Julie Gilbert Newrai, president of WOLF, a consulting firm specializing in brand building and enterprise-wide cultural transformation, will blend real-life business stories, data and actionable advice in her keynote presentation "The Future of Women and Retail.” In a closing keynote address, high-performance motivator Yvonne Camus will offer her insights on "Leading a High-Performance Life.”

Also during the NEW Leadership Summit, an executive roundtable of industry leaders will share their experiences getting to and working in the c-suite. Panelist are 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 Deloitte.

The NEW Leadership Summit 2012 will kick off Monday, Oct. 22, with a two-part NEW Leadership Academy workshop, "Facilitating Challenging Conversations." Moderated by leadership coach Kim Zilliox, the workshop will include a panel discussion. 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 Summit attendees.

The Summit’s Regional Awards 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.

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 company's NEW 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 collaboration tools.

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