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The power of parity to make waves at NEW Forum 2017

Diana Nyad

More than 300 senior retail and consumer goods leaders will focus on the business benefits of gender diversity and women’s leadership at the 11th annual NEW Executive Leaders Forum, August 1-3 at Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California.

This year's Forum, themed "Our Daring Future," will underscore the importance of gender parity with appearances by top industry leaders, including Indra Nooyi, chairman and chief executive officer of PepsiCo Inc.; Brian Cornell, chairman and chief executive officer of Target Corporation; Tim Brown, president and COO for Chobani; and Carolyn Tastad, group president, North America at Procter & Gamble.

Swimming legend Diana Nyad will motivate NEW Forum attendees with an inspirational keynote on the power of determination.

Other general sessions will reveal emerging trends in talent management and best practices for leveraging gender diversity. The panel discussion “Gender Equality: A Sustainable Advantage,” will feature insights from Michelle Freyre, president, U.S. Beauty at Johnson & Johnson; Abbe Luersman, chief human resources officer at Ahold Delhaize; and Timothy A. Massa, group vice president, human resources and labor relations at The Kroger Co.

“4IR: Promise or Peril?” will zero in on emerging trends in talent management and the far-reaching implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution with Kathryn Gramling, principal at EY. 

Senior women executives will share their personal stories of their rise to the top. Offering their perspectives will be Wendy Davidson, president, U.S. specialty channels for Kellogg Company; Latriece Watkins, senior vice president, general merchandise manager, consumables and OTC at Wal-Mart Stores Inc.; and Mayra Gonzalez, president and managing director for Nissan Mexicana.

The NEW Forum is an invitation-only event for senior leaders, vice president-level and above. To see if you qualify, contact your NEW Ambassador. Early-bird registration rate is $2,995 until June 14; standard rate, $3,595.  

NEW Forum 2017