NEW: Network of Executive Women to offer success strategies in September


Contact Joan Toth, Executive Director, Network of Executive Women (NEW)

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Networking and learning top agenda in Atlanta

Three powerful women will headline this year’s Network of Executive Women Leadership Summit. The Network, which promotes diversity and the advancement of women in the consumer products and retail industry association, meets September 26-27 in Atlanta.

Authors Gail Evans, Susan Bulkeley Butler and Trisha Meili will headline the fifth annual event, which will be held at the Renaissance Concourse Hotel at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Hundreds of men and women executives are expected to attend.

Evans, author of such bestselling books as She Wins, You Win and Play Like A Man, Win Like A Woman, will discuss how women can create their own networks to be more competitive, individually and as leaders. Butler will address personal empowerment in her session, titled “The CEO of You, Inc.” Meili, author of I Am the Central Park Jogger: A Story of Hope and Possibility, will explain how she survived personal tragedy to reclaim her life and become an advocate for others.

The Summit is designed to “bring people together in a learning environment,” according to NEW Education Chair Debbie Wildrick, director of process foods for 7-Eleven. Wildrick noted that in addition to the speakers and learning sessions there will be multiple opportunities for attendees to rub elbows, including a welcome reception and buffet dinner Monday evening, September 26, a breakfast and networking luncheon on Tuesday, and Connections Café, a networking break area open throughout the event.

The Summit will also offer four action learning breakout sessions designed to help attendees “claim their success.” The sessions will explore these topics:


How executives can use boundaries to achieve greater success, fulfillment and respect in their professional and personal lives. Panel discussion of top female executives led by Lynn Crump-Caine.


Best business and career practices from leading women executives.

Panel discussion of top female executives led by Susan Bulkeley Butler.


Learn how gender impacts performance – and discover new ways to evaluate your life and realize your dreams. Workshop led by Jan Hill.


Learn why “everyone has a role” in creating the diverse teams needed to lead American business today. Workshop led by Trudy Bourgeois.

“This is our most powerful program yet,” according to NEW Executive Director Joan Toth. “Our board and Summit task force members have worked hard to craft an event that addresses the real needs of executive women in the CPG and retail industry today.”

Executives who want to extend their learning for an entire year by being paired with a mentor or protégé can register for the Network’s optional Fall Mentoring Orientation Session on Wednesday. Advance registration is required.

All events will be held at Renaissance Concourse Hotel at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, One Hartsfield Centre Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30354. For hotel reservations telephone (404) 209-9999 and mention NEW.

For meeting registration and more information on this and other Network events contact Anna N. Duran, NEW member services, (713) 888-5305.

One thousand strong

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 North America, 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, ACNielsen, The Hershey Company, 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 and its education, mentoring, networking and leadership development programs, contact Executive Director Joan Toth at (312) 373-5682 or visit