Network’s achievements are ‘just the beginning’

Network’s achievements are ‘just the beginning’

The Network of Executive Women had record members, corporate partners, industry support and engagement last year, according to the Network’s 2014 Annual Report. But historic engagement levels are "just the beginning,” the organization said.

"Last year, NEW set the groundwork for a new Network and our "It's Time" Movement for women’s leadership and workplace change," said NEW President and CEO Joan Toth. "We created a new mission and vision. We strengthened our infrastructure and expanded our staff. We created a Board-level Inclusion Committee. We redesigned our brand. And we expanded our learning programs to help the retail and consumer goods industry as never before.

Highlighting its transformation, NEW produced a one-minute "It's Time" Manifesto video featuring eight NEW members, which will premiere Thursday, April 23, at 2  p.m. ET. 

Download the NEW Annual Report 2014

Last year, NEW membership grew to nearly 9,000 women and men representing 737 companies in 20 regions across North America. More than 1,000 NEW members volunteered their time, talents and resources as an officer, volunteer, Champion or Ambassador.

Active regions

NEW regional groups hosted 128 learning events and mixers, which drew a record-setting 16,080 members and supporters, an increase of 6.5 percent. Attendance at the members-only NEW Leadership Summit and NEW Executive Leaders Forum, NEW Leadership Academy webinars and NEW-hosted events at industry and corporate partner meetings reached more than 7,750.

National and regional partner support increased 7 percent to more than $3 million. The Network’s 102 corporate partners, including eight new partnering companies, contributed $2.82 million, up from $2.64 million and 97 national sponsors a year ago.

National sponsorship represented almost half (48.8 percent) of the Network’s record $5.77 million income. The Network’s sold-out national conferences — NEW Executive Leaders Forum and NEW Leadership Summit — were responsible for 29 percent of total income. Regional events and sponsorship contributed 15.3 percent.

NEW stars

Members of the Delhaize America team — NEW Board Director Meg Ham, HanMi Fann, Linda Johnson, Maia McNair, Vanity Oakes, Garland Scarboro, Tracy Stone and Mike Vail — are featured on the Annual Report front and back covers.

Testimonials and photos of 26 NEW members supporting the Network's "It's Time" Movement for workplace transformation are also included in the report. They are:

NEW Board Secretary Regenia Stein of Ingenuity Consulting
NEW Inclusion Chair Ken Charles of General Mills
NEW Board Director Tammy DeBoer of Family Dollar Stores
Susan Allen of Schwan's Consumer Brands
Tom Ashworth of CVS Health
Preetha Balamohan of PepsiCo Inc.
Kate Barnhill of Inmar
Jane Bullinger of Nestlé Waters NA
Trudy Bourgeois of The Center for Workforce Excellence
Anthony Campanelli of Deloitte
Mei-Ling Sha Campbell of Altria
Charmaine Chua of Altria
Elena B. Cortero of The Clorox Company
Luke Emery of The Coca-Cola Company
Ron Cole of Nestlé Purina Petcare
Sally Grimes of Tyson Foods Inc.
Laura Harris of Kraft Foods Group
Ron Haskell of Mars Chocolate NA
Stephanie Johnson of Walgreens
Angela Joyner of ConAgra Foods
Alma Lopez of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Jamice Obianyo of Ecolab Inc.
Alexandra Oles of The Hershey Company
Valerie Oswalt of Mondelēz International
Chaly Moyen of The Coca-Cola Company
and Subriana Pierce of Navigator Sales & Marketing

Balamohan, Bullinger, Chua, Emery, Harris, Johnson, Joyner and Haskell also participated in the "It's Time" Manifesto video.