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Ferrero U.S.A. Inc.

Sponsor since 2013

Ambassador
John Kennington
Vice President of Sales

Headquarters
Somerset, N.J.

Number of employees
300

Mission statement
To bring high-quality crafted products with the utmost freshness to the consumer by careful selection of the finest raw materials with focus in Confectionary and Spreads.

A few words about diversity
As a global company, Ferrero supports the protection of human dignity as well as the absolute and unconditional respect of human rights, wherever the Ferrero Group companies operate. The primary goal of our employment strategy is to establish long-lasting relations, inspired by the principles of professional growth and recognition of merit bringing a wide variety of diverse backgrounds to the organization to further our success. We put people before process and rejoice in collective success before individual accomplishment.

A few words about NEW
Ferrero USA joined the Network of Executive Women to support the principles of the Ferrero Global Mission to build diverse organizations. NEW helps us build a broader and stronger organization. By building and supporting networking opportunities for women, NEW positions each individual for greater success. NEW offers exciting, dynamic events that help all members improve their networking skills and learn more about the industry. We look forward to expanding our participation and partnership.



Nestlé Waters North America

Sponsor since 2007

Ambassador
Jane Bullinger
National Channel Director – Supermarket

Headquarters
Stamford, Conn.

Number of employees
More than 7,500

Mission statement
Nestlé Waters North America is the largest bottled water company in North America with leading bottled water brands. As part of the Nestlé S.A. family of companies, Nestlé Waters North America embraces the tenets of Creating Shared Value. We align with the values of Creating Shared Value through our focus in water as healthy hydration, water responsibility, building community vitality and packaging responsibility.

A few words about diversity
Our goal to be the leading healthy hydration company means that we need the best brands, the best talent and the best culture. As part of our diversity and inclusion goals, a key opportunity we have been pursuing for the past few years is gender balance. Studies from both McKinsey and Catalyst have shown that Fortune 500 companies with more gender balance in their leadership teams have superior financial results than those with no women on their teams. Our gender balance program will help us attract, develop and retain women who will contribute to the company’s growth, value creation and health positioning of our business. This is why Nestlé Waters North America has created Balance4Performance, to create opportunities for women and their male counterparts to be equal contributors to helping our company reach its full potential as the leading bottled water company in North America.

A few words about NEW
Nestlé Water’s focus on gender diversity or "balance” began in 2007 in our retail organization. Our first initiative was to become a NEW sponsor, learn about what other organizations were doing in this area and define our activities for the next few years. NEW is an important asset. Nestlé Waters’ relationship with NEW provides our employees with access to career development opportunities. We have 100 members who are leveraging NEW resources and events. Members and other employees are exposed to leadership skill development opportunities through the regional meetings, national events and other resources, such as the NEW Leadership Academy. We have many engaged regional committee members in both Canada and the United States and participate in both the NEW Leadership Summit and the Executive Leaders Forum. NEW also offers a great environment to build critical relationships with our industry colleagues and partners, which enhances our corporate reputation.


Daymon Worldwide Inc.

Sponsor since 2013

Ambassador
Michelle Tonner
Director of Business Development

Headquarters
Stamford, Conn.

Number of employees
28,550

Mission statement
To help our partners create ownable, differentiated brands in the marketplace

A few words about diversity
At Daymon Worldwide, diversity is about variety. We aspire to have a diverse workforce that reflects the complex tapestry of today’s societies and acts as a catalyst for creativity and innovation. Daymon embraces an inclusive workplace culture, one in which associates feel they belong and are respected and appreciated. Our overarching goals include developing an associate population that mirrors the consumers we serve, attracting top talent with diverse skill sets and experience and creating a respectful and inclusive culture that supports our efforts to engage and retain our best people across the organization.

A few words about NEW
NEW is a great compliment to the culture of diversity and inclusion that Daymon supports. It is an excellent platform that members of the Daymon community utilize to further their development by participating in the NEW Leadership Academy and regional networking events. NEW has been an invaluable asset in providing assistance to the Daymon Women’s Network, providing content, knowledge and guidance.


 

The WhiteWave Foods Company

Sponsor since 2013

Ambassador
Kristina Cole
Vice President, Customer Development & Sales Operations

Headquarters city
Broomfield, Colo.

Number of employees
2,635

Mission statement
WhiteWave’s mission is to be the earth’s favorite food company. WhiteWave Foods is focused on providing consumers with innovative, great-tasting food and beverage choices that meet their increasing desires for nutritious, flavorful, convenient and responsibly produced products.

A few words about diversity
To achieve our mission, WhiteWave Foods has created a culture that drives the development and appreciation of unique perspectives and backgrounds. Inclusion at WhiteWave means collaborating to create a culture where differences are not only tolerated, but deeply valued. Our goal is to foster an environment where people feel involved, respected and connected, where the richness of ideas are leveraged to create business success, a deeper understanding of our external stakeholders and to drive higher levels of employee engagement and performance.

A few words about NEW
As a company that celebrates and values both diversity and individuality, WhiteWave shares NEW’s mission of supporting women’s leadership within our industry. We look forward to collaborating with this network of talented women and the many valuable training and growth opportunities for our employees.


 

Tyson Foods Inc.

Sponsor since 2013

Ambassador
Julie Kegley
Director, Investor Relations

Headquarters
Springdale, Ark.

Number of employees
115,000

Mission statement
Making Great Food. Making a Difference.

A few words about diversity
Diversity is more than gender, race or ethnicity. Diversity of thought and experience is essential to any company’s success and growth.

A few words about NEW
Tyson Foods is very excited about our sponsorship of NEW and the development opportunities it will create for our women leaders.


Altria Group

Sponsor since 2013

Ambassador
April Drummond
Section Sales Director

Danielle Keck
Section Sales Director

Headquarters
Richmond, Va.

Number of employees
9,100 (Altria Group Inc. and subsidiaries)

Mission statement
Our mission is to own and develop financially disciplined businesses that are leaders in responsibly providing adult tobacco and wine consumers with superior branded products. In pursuing our mission, we have established the following goals for Altria Group and its subsidiary companies: Invest in Leadership, Align with Society, Satisfy Adult Consumers and Create Substantial Value for Shareholders.

A few words about diversity
At Altria Group and its companies, we foster diversity and inclusion among our workforce, consistent with our leadership responsibilities and core values. We define diversity as the unique characteristics and experiences that define each of us as individuals ― it is about who we are. This includes, but is not limited to, race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship status, veteran status or other legally protected characteristics. We define inclusion as creating an environment where different perspectives are encouraged and valued ― it is about how we work. Our dual commitment to a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace can foster greater employee productivity and creativity while offering our businesses a competitive edge. Read more

A few words about NEW
Our partnership with NEW will support Altria’s talent strategies to develop more female leaders, who play increasingly critical roles across all functions in today’s consumer package goods industry.


Nestlé Nutrition

Sponsor since 2011

Ambassador
Denise Willson
Vice President, Medical Sales, US Maternal and Infant Nutrition

Headquarters
Florham Park, N.J.

Number of employees
Approximately 2,400

Mission statement
Our mission is to help nurture a healthier generation, one baby at a time. Our vision is to be the recognized leader in early childhood nutrition. At Nestlé Maternal and Infant Nutrition, supporting the healthy growth, development and eating habits of children from infant to preschooler remains at the heart of everything we do. With the strength of our Gerber, Graduates and Good Start brands, we develop products, education and services that will enable us to become the trusted nutrition authority for consumers, retailers, healthcare professionals and regulatory agencies.

A few words about diversity
Diversity has only just reached the top of most corporate agendas, but at Nestlé it’s been the foundation of what we do for years. Strong, multicultural diversity has shaped our success and culture. We work hard to integrate in every community to which we belong ― and we place the highest value on the unique perspectives that our people bring us. We’re open about the motivations behind this. Yes, we believe we have a social responsibility to promote diversity, but equally we know it sharpens our performance and gives us an advantage over our competitors.

One of the areas in which diversity makes the biggest difference is in the gender mix. We’ve made it a priority to make sure we’re making the best of the talents of both men and women. Again, this isn’t simply because it’s the right thing to do ― it’s also because we’ll only achieve our potential if all our people achieve theirs. So we’re working hard to develop an environment, culture and leadership approach that provides equal opportunities for everyone, in every level.

A few words about NEW
We have found the Network of Executive Women to be a valuable resource for leadership development, networking and overall exposure to the high-performing leaders within the consumer products industry. We leverage the Leadership Academy within the Nestlé community by hosting the webinars at our headquarter campus and encouraging participation of all on-site associates. We recently began utilizing the NEW Job Bank to attract high-potential talent to our organization. The variety of leadership learning opportunities combined with the regional and national education and networking events is remarkable and underscores the power and potential of NEW.


Unilever

Sponsor since 2006

Ambassador
Kathy O’Brien
Vice President of Marketing to Shoppers

Headquarters
Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

Number of employees
10,000 in the United States; 171,000 worldwide

Mission statement
The four pillars of our vision set out the long-term direction for the company―where we want to go and how we are going to get there. They are:

  • We work to create a better future every day.
  • We help people feel good, look good and get more out of life with brands and services that are good for them and good for others.
  • We will inspire people to take small everyday actions that can add up to a big difference for the world.
  • We will develop new ways of doing business with the aim of doubling the size of our company while reducing our environmental impact.

A few words about diversity
Diversity at Unilever is all about inclusion ― creating an environment in which all employees are comfortable bringing their total self to work. Simply put: Inclusion means more than acknowledging and accepting that we are all different. Rather, it is only through leveraging our collective differences to inspire innovation, optimize employee performance and drive business growth that we are able to realize the true benefits of a diverse and inclusive culture.

The journey to creating such a culture begins with having a strong foundation based on the premise that diversity and inclusion is everyone’s responsibility. Beginning with the commitment from Unilever’s senior leadership team to our employees in our manufacturing facilities, diversity and inclusion are driven and championed throughout our entire organization. From our seven business resource groups to our functional diversity teams, we take a comprehensive and strategic approach to creating a culture that enables us to attract talent, win within our communities, win with our consumers and win in the marketplace.

A few words about NEW
NEW has a mission that effectively supports Unilever’s diversity objectives, namely to attract, retain and advance women in the consumer products and retail industry through education, leadership and business development. This has provided many rich opportunities for Unilever women to participate in multiple national and regional events that take place throughout the year, offering opportunities to expand networks and develop leadership skills.




The Dannon Company

Sponsor since 2013

Ambassador
Kelley Raleigh
Corporate Team Leader

Headquarters
White Plains, N.Y.

Number of employees
Approximately 1,400

Mission statement
To bring health to the greatest number of people across America through the benefits of our products.

A few words about diversity

The Dannon Company values diversity in all of its forms because we believe a more broadly informed discussion with diverse perspectives results in a better informed process and resulting decision. Simply put, diversity is good for business.

A few words about NEW
We make the investment in NEW because it allows us to learn from and grow with our colleagues in many areas, both professionally and personally. Because we share a commitment to diversity with other members, we are able to transcend some of the boundaries of traditional transactional relationships. Furthermore, we appreciate the benefits of the trainings that are offered and the leadership forum.




Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co.

Sponsor since 2012

Ambassador
Tiffany Menyhart
Sales Director

Headquarters
Chicago

Number of employees
More than 17,000

Mission statement
Wrigley. Creating simple pleasures to brighten everyone’s day.

A few words about diversity

At Wrigley, diversity and inclusion is not a program - it is who we are and how we live. It is valued in the decisions we make on behalf of our company and inherent in our core values. By celebrating and developing the unique talents of our female associates with high potential, we are positioning our company for exceptional performance.

A few words about NEW
Wrigley’s partnership with NEW provides opportunities to the women of Wrigley to grow both professionally and personally, while also connecting with an inspiring network of successful women. By teaming up with this type of organization, Wrigley is poised to be best in class within the consumer goods industry in supporting and retaining high-performing female executives.



H.J. Heinz Company

Sponsor since 2013

Ambassador
Cheryl VanValkenburgh
Region Sales Manager

Headquarters
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Number of employees
Approximately 32,000

Mission statement
As the trusted leader in nutrition and wellness, Heinz – the original Pure Food Company – is dedicated to the sustainable health of people, the planet and our company.

A few words about diversity
At Heinz, we are committed to maintaining an inclusive culture of excellence that values the diverse talents and contributions of all employees. A workforce that is diverse in thought, culture, experience and talent creates a sustained competitive advantage for the continued growth and success of Heinz.

A few words about NEW
We are excited about unleashing the potential of our organization through our partnership with NEW. Our vision is to embed the unique experiences, perspectives and voices of our colleagues into the fabric of our organization to drive strong business results. NEW will help us to further develop our colleagues through learning and networking opportunities with extraordinary industry role models, while also influencing the professional growth of our leaders.



 

Heineken USA

Sponsor since 2012

Ambassador
Julie Kinch
Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer

Member Liaison
Kelly Drew
National Category Manager

Headquarters
White Plains, N.Y.

Number of employees
500 employees in the United States; 70,000 worldwide

Mission statement
To support Heineken USA’s goals by empowering women to expand their influence and increase visibility by providing a forum where they can unite, network and leverage best practices within a group of peers.

A few words about diversity
Heineken is firmly rooted in the local communities in which we operate and draws strength from the differences between people and cultures. The responsibility we feel for our surroundings and our people has shaped our alcohol, social and environmental practices as a company.

A few words about NEW
NEW expands professional development opportunities for our employees and offers access to an extraordinary leadership organization. NEW has been very successful convening the leaders of today and helping to develop leaders of tomorrow.



SC Johnson

Network sponsor since October 2009

Ambassador
Cheryl Elise Truesdale
Director, Global Internal Audit

Employees worldwide
Nearly 13,000

Mission
SC Johnson has been guided by certain basic principles since its founding in 1886. "This We Believe” states our benefits in relation to the five groups of people to whom we are responsible and whose trust we have to earn. Employees: We believe that the fundamental vitality and strength of our worldwide company lies in our people. Consumers and users: We believe in earning the enduring goodwill of consumers and users of our products and services. General public: We believe in being a responsible leader within the free market economy. Neighbors and hosts: We believe in contributing to the well-being of the countries and communities where we conduct business. World community: We believe in improving international understanding. "The goodwill of the people is the only enduring thing in any business. It is the sole substance… the rest is shadow!”--H.F. Johnson, Sr. 1927

A word about diversity
At SC Johnson we aim to ensure: The best people of all backgrounds, doing their best work, supported by a culture of inclusion and fairness, to drive innovation, quality and results.

A word about NEW
SCJ is excited in becoming a NEW title sponsor. The resources that are available from NEW help develop, attract and retain female employees within the organization. We also see additional benefits of NEW with personal and professional growth for all employees through the networking events.



 

Walgreen Company

Sponsor since 2008

Ambassador
Madelynn Macur Brousil, Corporate Manager, Executive Development & Succession

Headquarters
Deerfield, Ill.

Number of employees
247,000

Mission statement
To be the most trusted, convenient multi-channel provider and advisor of innovative pharmacy, health and wellness solutions, and consumer goods and services in communities across America. A destination where health and happiness come together to help people get well, stay well and live well.

A few words about diversity
Diversity and inclusion are key aspects of our company’s strong value system and culture, which have carried us through more than a century of service to our communities. Our vision is to be a next practices company for diversity and inclusion whose culture, people, perspectives, and workplaces will reflect the current and future customers we serve, while delivering superior business performance.

A few words about NEW
Walgreens values the unique perspectives and depth of expertise that women, and all of our employees, contribute to our overall success. Our partnership with NEW enhances our rich portfolio of initiatives and programs designed to empower emerging leaders to reach their potential.

 

Hillshire Brands

Network sponsor since 2001
Co-Ambassadors
Lori Brown, Vice President, Customer Management
Amy Crihfield, Director, Talent Development

Headquarters
Chicago

Number of employees
Approximately 9,000

Vision statement
To become the most innovative meat-centric food company in the United States.

A few words about diversity
At Hillshire Brands, we operate in a multicultural marketplace. Therefore, we believe that having a workforce comprised of people from different backgrounds and life perspectives working in every level and area of the organization is key to our success. To truly flourish, diversity demands a culture of inclusiveness. An inclusive environment uses the talents of a diverse group of individuals to help the company achieve its business goals, while allowing employees to work in a setting where differences are embraced, respected and appreciated. These differences can contribute to the richness of our products, ideas and innovations.

A few words about NEW
Hillshire Brands is proud to be a long-time sponsor of NEW. Our employees have opportunities to learn, network and grow their careers through active participation through the programming and benefits that NEW offers. The professional and personal development of our women leaders is a key advantage in helping us ensure our workforce is diverse, which ultimately drives the overall success of the organization.



 

3M

Network sponsor since 2012

Ambassador
Pauline Allison, Marketing Director

Headquarters
St. Paul, Minn.

Number of employees
84,000

Mission statement
3M is a global innovation company that never stops inventing. Over the years, our innovations have improved daily life for hundreds of millions of people all over the world. We have made driving at night easier, made buildings safer and made consumer electronics lighter, less energy-intensive and less harmful to the environment. We even helped put a man on the moon. Every day at 3M, one idea always leads to the next, igniting momentum to make progress possible around the world.

A few words about diversity
Our success depends on diversity, as well as cultural savvy and agility, as we work with colleagues around the world. We provide training, tools, networking opportunities and a variety of mentoring programs to all employees who demonstrate leadership potential.

A few words about NEW
3M values diversity in the workforce and in the global markets and communities we serve. We are excited about our partnership with NEW and the opportunity it brings to further increase our efforts within our consumer businesses.

 

Henkel Consumer Goods Inc.

Network sponsor since 2012

Co-Ambassadors
Wendy Warus, Vice President, Winning in Store
Sarah Culbert, Associate Brand Manager

Headquarters
Dusseldorf, Germany (International)
Scottsdale, AZ (North America)

Number of employees
47,265 (International)
5,233 (North America)

Mission statement
We aspire to be a global leader through the trust and appreciation we earn from our employees, customers and consumers. "Excellence is our Passion” is a commitment that unites all of us who work at Henkel. It represents a performance challenge to ourselves and a performance promise to our customers – day by day, around the world.

A few words about diversity
Henkel values commitment and diversity within the organization as critical factors in driving success. The variety of backgrounds, knowledge and expertise of our diverse employee base makes the difference in a competitive environment. A top focus in recent years has been women in management. Over the past six years, the proportion of women in management has steadily risen each year and the trend is expected to continue.

A few words about NEW
Henkel is excited about our partnership with NEW as it provides another path to support diversity within the workplace. We feel NEW provides a valuable resource in helping to develop even stronger future leaders through exposure to opportunities around networking, committee work, conferences and educational programs.

 

Yes To Inc.

Network sponsor since 2012

Ambassador
Joy Chen, CEO

Headquarters
San Francisco

Number of employees
25

Mission statement
Yes To brings the power of positivity to help you take care of yourself naturally. We create a line of natural skin and hair care that works, is guilt free, made with fruits and veggies and brings positivity to people’s lives! And, of course, we give back so that things come full circle. The Power of Yes mantra is: "Yes To health. Yes To organic fruits and vegetables. Yes To caring as much about what you put on your body as what you put in it. Yes To benefits of antioxidants. Yes To being low maintenance and highly fabulous. Yes To happiness. Yes To being you!”

A few words about diversity
There are 25 in the Yes To team, and we’re growing. The work environment is positive, fast paced and collaborative. We take time to celebrate success and have fun! CEO Joy Chen is fully committed to bringing diversity into the workplace. Sixty-five percent of the Yes To team has a diverse background -- gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation -- and the company celebrates that diversity.

A few words about NEW
"I have seen what diversity can bring in terms of results, and I want to nurture it,” said CEO Joy Chen said. "NEW has been a great support for my career and has inspired me to take chances with my career choices. I am grateful for that. I now want to provide the women at Yes To with the same opportunity I had and nurture their talents to do great things.”



 

jcpenney

Network sponsor since 2012

Ambassador
Kelley Johnson, Director of Diversity and Emerging Talent

Headquarters
Plano, Texas

Number of employees
Approximately 150,000

Mission
Over 110 years ago, James Cash Penney founded his company on the principle of treating customers the way he wanted to be treated himself: fair and square. Today, rooted in its rich heritage, J. C. Penney Company Inc. is re-imagining every aspect of its business to reclaim its birthright and become America’s favorite store.

A few words about diversity
Diversity in any organization only becomes an important focus when the organization’s leadership understands the value of unique points of view. We are focused on building a pipeline for diverse talent, fostering a culture of inclusion for all and connecting with our customers on many different levels. At jcpenney, diversity and inclusion are highly valued and that value is understood at all levels of leadership.

A few words about NEW
jcpenny strives to attract and retain the best women in retail, which is why our partnership with NEW is a perfect fit.

 


Time Inc. Lifestyle Group

Network sponsor since 2012

Ambassadors
Diane Oshin, Group Publisher
Amy Olmsted, Director

Headquarters
New York, N.Y.

Number of employees
600

Mission statement
We in the Lifestyle Group at Time Inc., including All You, Coastal Living, Cooking Light, Health, Real Simple, Southern Living and Sunset magazines, serve the everyday needs of and provide value to 54 million power shoppers through our trusted brands.

A few words about diversity
Growth in the media industry has come increasingly from international and U.S.-based multicultural markets. Audiences are becoming more diverse, both in ethnicity and nationality, and are expecting greater diversity in content. We are trying to become more diverse as a company, both in our content and in our workforce. We believe that achieving more diversity in these areas will enable us to identify the best growth opportunities, deliver the best customer value, and create the greatest returns for our stockholders.

A few words about NEW
Our mission is completely congruent with the mission of NEW, with a bit of a twist: NEW enriches the professional lives of women in our industry; the Time Inc. Lifestyle group enriches the everyday lives of women shoppers.



 

Coupons.com Inc.

Network sponsor since 2011

Ambassador
Jennifer Meyer, sales director

Headquarters
Mountain View, Calif.

Number of employees
Approximately 400

Mission statement
Our goal is to provide coupons to consumers everywhere across the digital domain, including websites, social media, mobile, in-store kiosks, shopping carts, consumer electronics and more.

A few words about diversity
Coupons.com supports and celebrates diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and empowerment of all employees across the company’s global footprint.

A few words about NEW
Coupons.com is thrilled to be partnering with NEW. We’re off to a strong start establishing an internal NEW leadership committee, leveraging networking events, building communication plans and providing leadership development resources to our members.



 

Starbucks Coffee Company

Network sponsor since 2011

Ambassador
Michelle Bonam
Vice president, Partner Resources Channel Development Organization

Headquarters
Seattle

Number of employees
123,000

Mission statement
To inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time.

A few words about diversity
Starbucks embraces diversity and "strives to create an environment where every partner can bring their whole-self to work each and every day. It is our goal to always treat each other with respect and dignity and value diverse opinions.”

A few words about NEW
While our relationship is just beginning, Starbucks is very excited about our emerging partnership with the Network of Executive Women. NEW provides a forum for developing emerging leaders through networking, committee involvement and education. We expect this to be a long and fruitful relationship.


 

MillerCoors

Network sponsor since 2011

Ambassador
Georgie Cummins, Manager, Human Resources

Headquarters
Chicago

Number of employees
More than 8,000

Mission statement
MillerCoors vision is to create America’s best beer company.

A few words about diversity
At MillerCoors, a diverse workforce helps us better understand our consumers and keeps us ahead of our competitors. Diversity is a key part of how we’re creating America’s best beer company. Diversity and inclusion is about more than developing programs; it’s how we do business and it extends from the workplace to the marketplace. Also, knowing that people are at the heart of all we do, we’re committed to building lasting relationships with diverse communities and suppliers. We’ve embarked on a diversity and inclusion journey that begins with our most important ingredient: our people.

A few words about NEW
As a company that is committed to diversity and inclusion, we are proud to partner with the Network of Executive Women to help us as we work toward increasing the number of women in leadership positions within the company. As a company that is committed to diversity and inclusion, we are proud to partner with NEW to help us as we work toward increasing the number of women in leadership positions within the company.

 

PetSmart Inc.

Network sponsor since 2010

Ambassador
Cathie Spain, Director, Associate Relations

Headquarters
Phoenix

Number of employees
More than 46,000

Vision
To provide Total Lifetime Care, for every pet, every parent, every time.

A few words about diversity
At PetSmart, we value our associates’ diverse backgrounds, experiences and ideas because it makes us a stronger company. Diversity and inclusion enable us to solve problems, generate new ideas and enhance our brand. These help us execute effectively and allow us to deliver results that drive shareholder value. When we embrace and appreciate a wide range of people and perspectives, we create an environment where associates can do their best work, partners enjoy engaging with us and pet parents have an unmatched customer experience.

A few words about NEW
At PetSmart, we’re excited to start connecting with the Network of Executive Women (NEW) to help us promote gender diversity and career development for our women in leadership. NEW helps us put needed focus on women in leadership, an important facet of the diverse and inclusive culture we’re working to cultivate. We’re looking forward to a long-term partnership where we can learn and benefit from NEW leadership conferences, workshops and networking events, while providing value and insight from our experience as a retailer addressing the need for greater diversity within our culture.

 

Sears Holdings Corporation

Network sponsor since 2011

Ambassador
Shawntee Reed, diversity manager, talent and human capital services

Headquarters
Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Vision
We are committed to improving the lives of our customers by providing quality services, products and solutions that earn their trust and build lifetime relationships.

Mission
To build customer relationships, make more money and improve every day.

A few words about diversity
Diversity is embedded in our culture and expressed through our vision, our mission, our pace and our values. We value diverse people. Our formula for success is sharing ideas, communicating honestly and respecting each other.

A few words about NEW
The Network of Executive Women is an awesome organization focused on elevating the dialogue regarding the recruitment, retention and advancement of women in the workplace.

 

CROSSMARK

Network sponsor since 2009

Ambassador
Jennifer Genson, Communications Specialist

Headquarters
Plano, Texas

Number of employees
Approximately 30,000

Mission
To be the best sales and marketing services company in the consumer goods industry by consistently delivering growth solutions with exceptional service to manufacturers and retailers.

A few words about NEW
Partnering with the Network of Executive Women provides great opportunities for the CROSSMARK team.On an individual basis, it offers a way to provide training and development for our associates through a multitude of learning opportunities. Companywide, we gain access to a broader network of talent within the consumer goods space with which to share ideas and build our business. We are very excited about our partnership with the Network of Executive Women and feel it will bring immense value to our associates.

 

Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc.

Network sponsor since 2011

Ambassadors
Martin Mitchell, Staffing and Diversity Manager
Jen Packard, Regional Business Manager

Headquarters
Middleboro-Lakeville, Mass.

Number of employees
2,000

Mission
To provide our grower-owners with a superior value proposition for their membership, comprised of competitive commodity payments plus world-class value from the processing and marketing of their fruit.

A few words about diversity
Diversity at Ocean Spray is defined as "all of the ways that we are different and similar to each other.” We value diversity as it is found in not only ethnic and cultural backgrounds, but also in different ways of thinking and different lifestyles. At Ocean Spray, we are incorporating diversity and inclusion into how we do business every day. We have an active diversity and inclusion advisory committee, quarterly Diversity News articles and regular intranet postings of cultural information. We have partnered with community organizations and are actively recruiting candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds. We know there is still much more work to be done because we believe diversity and inclusion is a journey, not a destination.

A few words about NEW
Despite how far the world has come in the 50-plus years since women in business became commonplace, women still face challenges to a degree different from men. Work/life balance, career advancement and leadership opportunities continue to be concerns for women. That’s no different here at Ocean Spray, where about half of our employees are female.That’s why in 2011 Ocean Spray became a national sponsor of NEW. We believe the Ocean Spray-NEW partnership will help Ocean Spray retain, develop and engage our employees. Not only will our employees benefit from personal enrichment and development opportunities through NEW, our business will benefit from more engaged employees.

 

Safeway Inc.

Network Sponsor since 2008

Ambassador
Debbie Rookstool
Director, Learning and Leadership Development

Headquarters
Pleasanton, Calif.

Employees
More than 186,000

Mission
We earn the loyalty of the people we serve by first anticipating, then fulfilling their needs with our superior quality products, a unique shopping experience, customer-focused service and continuous innovation while generating long-term profitable growth for our shareholders.

A word about diversity
Diversity and inclusion is a key component of our programs for recruitment, development and training of employees and leaders. We recognize and appreciate the variety of backgrounds and characteristics that make individuals unique, while providing a work environment that promotes and celebrates individual and collective achievement.

We have been honored with numerous local, state and national awards for our hiring of persons with disabilities in the United States and Canada and were honored with the Supermarket News Champion of Diversity Award for the second consecutive year.

We also provide opportunities for employees to contribute their ideas, talents and enthusiasm to the company’s success by engaging with other employees through participation in various employee resource and network groups, such as the Women’s Network Group, Hispanic Leadership Network Group, Asian Network Group, Safeway African American Leadership Network group and GALA (Gay and Lesbian Alliance). Safeway’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and thoughtful people practices is a core element of the company’s philosophy.

A word about NEW
NEW expands our ability to deliver on our diversity and inclusion commitment. NEW provides important exposure for leadership and professional development that augments and supports our internal programs to develop world class leaders. Attendance at national and regional events is used to develop our employees on a broad range of relevant topics.

A word about Safeway Inc.
Safeway Inc. is one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America. As of Sept. 11, 2010, the company operated 1,702 stores in the Western, Southwestern, Rocky Mountain, Midwestern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States and in Western Canada. In support of its stores, Safeway has an extensive network of distribution, manufacturing and food processing facilities. Safeway holds a 49 percent interest in Casa Ley, S.A. de C.V., which operates 161 food and general merchandise stores in Western Mexico.

 

Kalypso

Network Sponsor since 2007

Ambassadors
Pamela Soin, Manager
Jenna Dudevoir, Marketing Director

Headquarters
Beachwood, Ohio

Employees
100 employees in the United States, Europe and Asia

Mission
To help clients deliver on the promise of innovation.

A word about NEW
Kalypso is a silver sponsor of NEW. While NEW provides an excellent network of women and men who believe in the power of connecting, it is much more than that. NEW is a catalyst for personal development and growth opportunity.

A word about diversity
Kalypso is a diverse group of professionals – "characters with character” – with a common set of core values that shape our culture and set us apart. We believe the diversity of thought in innovation creates teams that are more reflective of the diverse clients, customers and consumers served.

 

 

CVS Caremark

Network sponsor since 2008

 

Mission
We provide expert care and innovative solutions in pharmacy and health care that are effective and easy for our customers.

Ambassador
Janine Dempsey, Diversity Project Manager

Headquarters
Woonsocket, R.I.

Employees
More than 200,000

A word about diversity
At CVS Caremark, we encourage and value differences among people and seek everyone’s contribution. Diversity in our company enables us to know and serve our customers, increasing their satisfaction and broadening our customer base; to attract, develop and retain the best talent in the marketplace, which is a critical component to our success; and to welcome different opinions, ideas and perspectives that help make CVS Caremark a place where all CVS Caremark colleagues can contribute to our success.

A word about NEW
CVS Caremark is proud to be a national sponsor of the Network of Executive Women. It is critical to our organization’s success that we attract, develop and retain top talent in the marketplace through professional development, education and industry networking opportunities. NEW’s unique committee structure offers development on a National and Regional level, which enables CVS Caremark colleagues the ability to take advantage of these opportunities locally.

A word about CVS Caremark
CVS Caremark delivers an unmatched breadth of health care capabilities. Our combination of health care services and offerings are enabling us to provide end-to-end solutions that impact everything from pharmacy plan design to the ultimate delivery of products and services to customers. Our capabilities include industry-leading clinical and health management programs, specialty pharmacy expertise, leadership in retail clinics, customer service excellence and a deep knowledge of the consumer gained through the more than 4 million customers who visit our CVS/pharmacy stores every day.

 

Novartis Consumer Health, Inc.

Network sponsor since 2010

Ambassador
Sharon Belto, Senior Team Lead, Walmart and Sam’s Club

U.S. headquarters
Parsippany, NJ

Employees
More than 4,500 OTC associates worldwide

Mission
We want to discover, develop and successfully market innovative products to prevent and cure diseases, to ease suffering and to enhance the quality of life. We also want to provide a shareholder return that reflects outstanding performance and to adequately reward those who invest ideas and work in our company.

A word about diversity
Our vision is to become the world's most respected and successful healthcare company by cultivating an inclusive and engaging high-performance environment that values and leverages diversity. The Novartis definition of diversity is an inclusive one that embraces many visible and invisible differences including, but not limited to: thinking style, leadership style, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age and experience. Inclusion values and integrates differences while working toward a common purpose and staying true to the Novartis core values and behaviors. An inclusive business culture enables people to be themselves, give their best and grow professionally.

A word about NEW
At Novartis, we consider diversity and inclusion to be the key to the company’s long-term success. To operate successfully as a global organization, it is essential that our people reflect the rich cultural, ethnic and gender diversity of our markets. Novartis Consumer Health is proud to be a national sponsor of the Network of Executive Women. We support the advancement of women throughout the company and believe that our associates should take full advantage of the tools and opportunities NEW provides to help develop their full potential.

 



Catalina Marketing Corporation

Network Sponsor since 2008

Ambassador
Claire DeMatteis, EVP and General Counsel

Headquarters
St. Petersburg, FL

Employees
1,200 employees in North America, Europe and Asia

Mission
To be the global leader in shopper-driven media and marketing solutions --whenever and wherever consumer goods and health care products are sold.

A word about diversity
Catalina Marketing firmly believes thought leadership and industry innovations are developed through expanded collaboration. As an equal opportunity employer, we understand the value of diverse thinking and perspective. We commend and support the Network’s focused efforts in this important area.

A word about NEW
Catalina Marketing is a gold sponsor of NEW. We are proud to be a part of an organization that encourages industry collaboration and the advancement of women through leadership development and networking opportunities.

 

Valassis

Network sponsor since 2010

Ambassador
Eva Kohn, Senior Vice President, Strategic Sales

Headquarters
Livonia, MI; Locations in 28 states and eight countries

Employees worldwide
Approximately 7,000

Mission
To deliver value to consumers – how, when and where they want.

About Valassis
Valassis is one of the nation’s leading media and marketing services companies, offering unparalleled reach and scale to more than 15,000 advertisers. Its RedPlum media portfolio delivers value on a weekly basis to more than 100 million shoppers across a multimedia platform – in the mail, the newspaper, in-store and online at redplum.com. Valassis is widely recognized for its associate and corporate citizenship programs, including its America’s Looking for Its Missing Children® program. The company has been reuniting children with their families in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the U.S. Postal Service for 25 years.

For more information
www.valassis.com or www.redplum.com

 

Coty

Network sponsor since July 2009

Ambassadors
Mary van Praag
Rebecca Lax

Headquarters
New York

Employees
More than 8,000 worldwide

Mission
Our mission is to deliver extraordinary fragrance and beauty products to consumers worldwide. As an organization, and as individuals, we value honesty, integrity, empowerment, and openness. By consistently aiming for breakthrough experience in creation, design, and experience, we believe we will stay close to our consumers and communities. "Faster, Further, Freer.”

A word about NEW
NEW has been a great partnership for Coty. It has offered Coty employees the opportunity to network, expand their knowledge, to get involved and to further develop in both their personal and professional lives. We also appreciate the exposure to and with our business partners and retailers. It is a great vehicle to share best practices and to continue to build on our relationships with our external partners.

A word about diversity
Coty is committed to providing a work environment in which every person is treated with dignity and respect and is able to function free from harassment and discrimination of any kind. We conduct our business and ourselves with superior moral and corporate ethics. We create an environment that fosters personal development and growth and value excellence, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

 

The Campbell Soup Company

Network sponsor since 2002

Headquarters
Camden, N.J.

Employees
More than 16,000 worldwide

Mission
Together we will build the world's most extraordinary food company by nourishing people's lives everywhere, every day.

 

A word about NEW
Campbell's sponsorship of the Network of Executive Women reinforces its commitment to diversity and the mission of the Women of Campbell network to foster improved communication, professional development, and mentoring to help our women leaders achieve and demonstrate their full potential.

A word about diversity
At Campbell we truly believe in creating an environment where everyone can contribute to their greatest capability and achieve their highest potential. We know that this is a major component of our competitive advantage as an organization. Each member of the Campbell family offers a unique viewpoint that allows us to understand ourselves, with the goal of understanding the world around us. Building on our strength, diversity and creativity, together we will build the world's most extraordinary food company.