The Network of Executive Women honored NEW Cincinnati as its region of the year at the fifth annual NEW Celebrating Excellence Awards gala. The awards were presented Thursday evening, Sept. 29, 2016 at the NEW Leadership Summit 2016 in Orlando.
The awards celebrated the leadership and achievements of more than 1,000 volunteers furthering NEW's mission throughout 20 regions across North America. Jody Pinson, vice president, merchandising beauty for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., received the Bobbie O'Hare Award as top regional leader for 2016. Pinson serves as co-chair, programs for NEW Northwest Arkansas.
"It seems she’s everywhere at once," said NEW Regional Advisory Chair Marla Thompson, senior vice president of partnerships at Angie's List. "She helps boost attendance, shape programming and deliver PR. A high-ranking executive herself, she finds time to address mentoring and sponsorship events and recruit senior leaders, like Campbell Soup Company CEO Denise Morrison, as speakers. She supports NEW’s diversity initiative and has enrolled top male leaders from her company."
Speaking of Region of the Year NEW Cincinnati, NEW Vice President of Member and Regional Services Stephanie McFee said, "This year’s recipient has not just had a great year, but a proud record of achievement throughout its history. With them, it all starts with planning. They plan their events six to 12 months in advance, they establish their budgets two years out and they have succession planning for their leadership, too."
Thompson agreed, adding that NEW Cincinnati "delivered NEW's mission like a rock star."
Regional achievements honored
NEW also presented six group achievement awards. NEW Greater Philadelphia was recognized for outstanding work in college outreach. This year, NEW Greater Philadelphia continued its successful engagement with Saint Joseph’s University, launched a new partnership with Shippensburg University and brought the benefits of NEW to college campuses by working with faculty and student groups, bringing speakers and panels, hosting workshops and facilitating mentoring.
NEW North Texas was honored for achievement in public relations and social media. The region keeps thousands of social media followers regularly informed with updates on upcoming events, blogs from group members, a monthly member spotlight and curated content on career development and industry trends.
The award for operational achievement went to NEW Twin Cities. In the last year, the region enrolled industry leaders to host and underwrite events, helping the region create a surplus that allowed them to lower their registration fees and accomplish their strategic goals.
This year's honoree for financial excellence is NEW Southern California. Skilled in keeping event prices low and event value high, the region's events – held throughout Southern California, from Los Angeles to San Diego – continue to break even while keeping professionals engaged with maximum learning, networking and fun.
NEW Mid-Atlantic was feted for outstanding programming and events. After researching NEW members' areas of interest, the region's event calendar focused on relevant topics with two successful executive panels, "Breaking through Barriers" and "Finance for Non-Finance Managers," and more high-content events being planned.
NEW Toronto was honored for sponsorship excellence. The region was recognized for its proactive approach to regional sponsorship, leveraging event attendees and volunteers to discuss sponsorship with their employers. Also noted was NEW Toronto's high renewal rate, driven by committee engagement and reinforced by sponsor recognition and incentives.