Network of Executive Women: awards six scholarships


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Winners come from Arizona State, St. Joseph’s, Maryland, Portland State and WMU

CHICAGO (May 23) — The Network of Executive Women, Consumer Products and Retail Industry, has awarded six scholarships to women majoring in retailing and consumer packaged goods related marketing programs.

This year’s award recipients were: Sadia Asghar from the University of Maryland, Michelle Bond of Portland State University, Amanda Lerette of Western Michigan University, Rebecca Meyers of St. Joseph’s University, Olga Rusmanova of Portland State University and Lorrie Stys of Arizona State University East.

The NEW scholarship is underwritten by Ahold USA, the Friends of the Industry consortium and PepsiCo. The program is open to juniors, seniors and graduate students who are majoring in retail or consumer packaged goods-related marketing programs at accredited universities in the U.S. Application forms and procedures for next year’s scholarships can be found on the NEW website at

The NEW scholarship program began three years ago as a result of the “generous support” from the Friends of the Industry group of food retail industry suppliers, led by Bill Kies of Kies Consulting, Inc. and is underwritten by the Friends of the Industry, Ahold USA and PepsiCo, the Network reported.

NEW scholarship chair Joy Nicholas, principal consultant of Cascades Retail Technologies, LLC, said, “The college students who are eligible for these scholarships are very enthusiastic about a career in the retail and CPG industry and they are very bright. They bring new ideas to the industry and may eventually end up working for one of the sponsoring companies.” Nicholas thanked the scholarship sponsors who “benefit the entire industry, as well as their companies, by investing in the industry leadership of the future.”

One thousand members

The Network of Executive Women, Consumer Products and Retail Industry, is comprised of more than 1,000 individual members, including senior executives, emerging leaders and academics and students. They represent more than 300 organizations, including grocery, chain, drug and mass retailers, wholesalers, CPG manufacturers, consultants and sales agents, and associations and media.

The Network is supported by its membership and its corporate sponsors, including Accenture, PepsiCo, Ahold USA, Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Wal-Mart/Sam’s, Johnson & Johnson, ConAgra Foods, Leadership Network Corporation, Deloitte, 7-Eleven, The Gillette Company, Trade Marketing Group, GSP Marketing Technologies, Tyson Foods, Kraft Foods, US Smokeless Tobacco, AC Nielsen, Hershey Foods, Campbell Soup Co., Kellogg’s, Del Monte Foods, Sara Lee Coffee & Tea, Cadbury Adams, Flowers Foods, Daymon Worldwide, Mass Connections, Giant Eagle, Meijer, J.B. Hunt and Morton Salt / Rohm and Haas

For more information on the Network of Executive Women, its upcoming Leadership Summit Sept. 26-27 and its education, mentoring, networking and leadership development programs, contact Executive Director Joan Toth at (312) 373-5682 or visit