More than 100 NEW members convened in New Orleans, April 15, for the kickoff session of NEW Rising Stars, a six-month leadership development program for mid-level women executives.
NEW Rising Stars participants spent the day learning powerful leadership lessons from senior women leaders, networking and receiving small-group coaching.
Judy Spires, chairman and CEO of AG Supermarket Holdings, shared her insights on "Enhancing Your Leadership Brand.” Spires offered this advice and inspiration for building your reputation and leadership skills:
- Be authentic, hold true to your personal values and lead by example.
- Compliment people. Magnify their strengths, not their weaknesses.
- You can’t do a good job, if your job is all you do.
- Just because the past didn’t turn out like you wanted it to, doesn’t mean your future can’t be better than you ever imagined.
Ancella B. Livers, senior faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership, led NEW members through the NEW Career Accelerator Model,™ which outlines eight key competencies and five derailers that can make or stall a woman’s career in the retail, consumer goods and services industry.
Later, professional development mentor Finka Jerkovic offered strategies for avoiding communication breakdowns, adding value in the workplace and making it easy for others to understand what you bring to the table.
NEW Rising Stars participants also learned techniques to boost their professional visibility during a panel discussion featuring Amie Best, vice president, pest control, global research, development and engineering for SC Johnson; Tara Jaye Frank, corporate culture advisor for Hallmark Cards; and Maura Scott, vice president, region sales for Altria Group Distribution Company. The panelists shared how their leadership brand has evolved, steps they took to enhance their brand, and the challenges they’ve faced and overcome as a female leader. Vicki Felker, vice president, market development organization for Nestlé Purina PetCare, moderated.
The mid-level executives also received feedback on 360 assessments and broke into smaller groups for coaching.