About Us

The Network of Executive Women was founded in 2001 by a small group of industry executives who believed there were not enough female leaders in consumer products and retail — and that everyone would benefit if there were. Today the Network is the industry’s largest learning and leadership community, with more than 8,000 members, 700 companies, 96 national sponsors and 20 regions in the U.S. and Canada. Our education, events, best practices, research and leadership development programs advance women, build business and lead the way to a better workplace for all.

"As a senior leader, NEW continues to support me and others who have reached the industry’s top levels. It is my belief that your work is never done. There is always an opportunity to contribute, learn, grow and develop.”

Beverly Grant
President, Retail Client Solutions
Member since 2001



Scroll over the years to view NEW’s milestones

Network of Executive Women

Founded: 2001
Structure: Not-for-profit 501(c)(3)
Headquarters: Chicago
Members: more than 8,000
Organizations: 700

National sponsors: 96
Regions: 20
National events:
NEW Leadership Summit
NEW Executive Leaders Forum

Regional events:
Nearly 100 per year
Additional programs:
Scholarships, Best Practices
research and webinars

The Network makes its industry debut at FMI Midwinter Jan. 22.
NEW is incorporated as a 501(3)(c) effective April 1.
Michele Hanson of Minute Maid is named Network’s first President.
Nearly 100 attend first-ever NEW Leadership Summit.
NEW ends first year with 150 members, 18 sponsors and 20 Champions.

Network Secretary Joan Toth is named Executive Director.
Second NEW Leadership Summit at P&G headquarters draws 125.
NEW has 300 members and 26 national sponsors.

NEW launches its first regional group in New England.
Kim Betts of Ahold USA begins three-year tenure as President.
Third NEW Leadership Summit draws nearly 200.
Network launches newonline.org.
NEW has 800 members and 27 national sponsors.

New regional groups launch in New York Metro, Northwest Arkansas and Western Michigan.
New introduces redesigned website and monthly ezine.
NEW Leadership Summit attracts 200 in Chicago.
NEW has 1,000 members and 29 national sponsors.

NEW Dallas/Fort Worth region holds inaugural event.
First Best Practices report outlines advantages of gender diversity.
NEW Leadership Summit attracts record crowd of 250.
NEW has 1,450 members and 27 national sponsors.

Fifth anniversary is marked by extraordinary growth.
More than 2,500 attend 14 regional events.
NEW regions launch in Florida, Greater Philadelphia and Twin Cities.
Helayne Angelus of P&G is elected President.
NEW ends 5th year with 1,900 members and 38 sponsors.

First NEW Executive Leaders Forum attracts 70 senior leaders.
New regional groups launch in Chicago and Northern California.
Network publishes The NEW Woman Rules – book profiling 52 industry women.
NEW publishes fifth Best Practices report.
NEW has 2,000 members and 42 national sponsors.

New regional groups are created in Carolinas, Cincinnati, Mid-Atlantic and Southern California.
Alison Kenney Paul of Deloitte begins two-year tenure as President.
First NEW Multicultural Forum is held in New York.
NEW Leadership Summit draws sold-out crowd of 550 in Minneapolis.
NEW has 2,000 members and 52 national sponsors.

NEW unveils new website, logo and brand design.
NEW Leadership Summit attendance grows 36% to 750.
Network releases landmark study on White men and diversity.
Six scholarships are awarded — total scholar support by NEW tops $60,000.
NEW has 2,364 members and 59 national sponsors.

Seattle and Portland groups join to create NEW Pacific Northwest.
Michelle Gloeckler of Walmart is elected NEW Board Chair.
Joan Toth is named President and CEO of Network.
NEW launches NEW Leadership Academy webinar series.
Walmart and Kraft become Network’s first Foundation sponsors.
Network has 3,307 members and 72 national sponsors.

Tenth anniversary awareness campaign makes 2 million impressions on industry.
New regional groups launch in Atlanta, Phoenix and South Texas.
Ten leaders are inducted at NEW Diversity Hall of Fame gala.
100,000 copies of NEW10 supplement are distributed in 7 industry publications.
NEW ends 10th year with 5,009 members and 73 national sponsors.

Walmart CEO Mike Duke is inducted in NEW Diversity Hall of Fame.
NEW Leadership Summit attracts sold-out crowd of 1,000.
Catherine Lindner is elected NEW Board Chair.
Network launches Phase I of NEW 2020 initiative to better serve industry.
NEW Regional Awards gala honors Network’s officers and volunteers.
NEW has 7,000 members and 84 national sponsors.