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Six NEW scholars awarded $14,000

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The Network of Executive Women has awarded scholarships totaling $14,000 to six women pursuing careers in the retail, consumer goods and services industry. Scholarships for 2017 were awarded to undergraduate students Lauren Carroll, Karlee Hancock and Lauren Hillsburg of Western Michigan University; Jessica Knobloch of St. Joseph’s University; and Melinda Russell of Clemson University; and MBA student Celia Lynch of University of Florida.

Each recipient will receive a three-year membership to NEW and is invited to attend the NEW Leadership Summit 2017, September 27-29 in Washington, D.C., where the scholarship winners will be honored at the Summit awards gala.

“NEW is proud to invest in tomorrow’s industry leaders,” said Kathy Bayert, NEW vice president of learning and advisory services. “These six women represent the talent and dedication our industry needs to succeed.”

2017 scholar recipients

Carroll, Lauren web_0.jpgLauren Carroll majors in food and consumer packaged goods marketing and integrated supply management and minors in business analytics at WMU. With professional experience interning at SC Johnson and externing at Ford Motor Company, Carroll serves as chief operations officer for APICS and social media director for Food Marketing Association.>

“Lauren will no doubt be a leader in the CPG industry,” says Kurt Unkelbach, senior director of category and trade solutions at SC Johnson, “and I look forward to seeing her flourish as her career unfolds.”

KarleeHancock.jpgKarlee Hancock will graduate from WMU in 2018 with a major in food and CPG marketing and minors in business analytics and general business. The Allegra Marketing intern and executive board member of American Marketing Association’s WMU chapter is also an active member of the Food Marketing Student Association.

“Both as a student and a member of the Food Marketing Association, Karlee stands out for her intellectual curiosity, commitment and leadership abilities,” according to WMU professor Marcel M. Zondag.

Hillsburg Lauren 2017 intern.jpg“Double-majoring in food and consumer packaged goods marketing and human resource management at WMU, Lauren Hillsburg is campus brand ambassador for AWAKE Chocolate. She recently served as vice president of professional events on the Food Marketing Association executive board and looks forward to interning in category management and analytics at Hormel Foods.

“Lauren is also a member of WMU’s Lee’s Honor’s College,” notes Frank Gambino, professor and director of WMU's food/CPG marketing program, “and I cannot think of a more worthy candidate to represent the Network of Executive Women.”

JessicaKnobloch_0.jpgSaint Joseph’s University student Jessica Knobloch will graduate in 2019 with a major in food marketing and a minor in business intelligence and analytics. The Presidential Academic Scholarship recipient has served as a data analyst at IRI’s corporate office and as an IRI onsite analyst at Pinnacle Foods while maintaining her standing on the SJU Women’s Track and Field team.

“Jessica has always prioritized her studies, while balancing athletics and her career,” says Dean Janeway, chief executive officer of Key Food Stores Co-Operative Inc. “Her ability to multitask and work as a team member and analytical skills are advanced for someone her age.”

CLynch Photo_0.jpgCelia Lynch will graduate from University of Florida in 2019 with a master's degree in business administration and has extensive product development experience as a scientist with Zentis North America and as a technologist with PepsiCo Inc. Having already earned a master’s degree in food science and human nutrition from University of Florida, she welcomes challenge and the opportunity to lead.

“Celia continues to collect industry data and presents her findings in ways that bridge the gaps of understanding,” says George L. Baker IV, professor of food science and seafood specialist at University of Florida. “She’s affable, considerate and can earn respect quickly, allowing her to lead a group that will achieve their goals.”

Clemson University student Melinda Russell will graduate in 2018 with a major in food science and technology and a minor in chemistry. The recent research and development intern for Perdue Farms and Alphi Phi Omega president is a Clemson University Product Development Competition winner and looks forward to a career as a culinologist.

MelindaRussell_0.jpg“Melinda has been a great addition to our Perdue family. She is excited about learning new things and takes the initiative to go beyond her assignment to learn more,” Perdue Farms Food Technologist Cheryl Hopkins says.

NEW scholarship recipients were selected by the NEW Scholarship Committee: Chair Joy Nicholas of JN Retail Connections, Donna Adam of Kellogg Company, Debbie Grosh of DLG Strategies, Michele Hanson of ExecuInsight LLC, Luci Sheehan of Strategic Sales & Marketing Initiatives LLC, Karin Thrift of Clif Bar & Company and Janet Wilson of Family Dollar.