Food Edge is New England’s leading food technology conference, bringing together nearly 400 brands, investors and entrepreneurs to connect, share and find their EDGE. The second annual summit, taking place in Boston and kicking off May 1, will feature speakers that deep dive into industry trends, explore strategies to drive innovation and discover the breakthrough technologies to help food industry companies create the future of food.
Network of Executive Women’s President and CEO Sarah Alter will deliver a keynote address “How Diversity Drives Innovation.” Diversity and inclusion is a core pillar in NEW’s mission of advancing all women, growing business and transforming our workplaces through the power of our community. Alter’s address will include key findings from prominent studies and NEW proprietary research.
Women have a distinct set of leadership traits that can help build and lead more diverse teams, according to 76 percent of IT professionals surveyed by Deloitte and Tech Republic. Companies are recognizing the business benefits of gender diversity, according to the survey. Findings suggest the presence of women in leadership is correlated with higher financial results, positive team dynamics and increased productivity.
“We all know that diverse teams are stronger teams,” Alter has stated. “But most of us are still more comfortable working with people who look or act like we do or share similar beliefs or backgrounds. We tend to favor — and in many cases — promote those people. Whether that bias is conscious or not, it leads to unbalanced — usually very white and very male — leadership teams.”
Network of Executive Women is also proud to be a sponsor of this event.
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