Condoleezza Rice to keynote NEW Executive Leaders Forum 2017 in August in California

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On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, New announced that Former U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice will offer her insights on “leadership, the long game and winning with integrity” August 2 at the NEW Executive Leaders Forum 2017. The event is hosted by the 10,000-member Network of Executive Women, the largest women’s leadership organization serving the North American retail and consumer goods industry.

This year’s Forum — themed “Our Daring Future” — will be held August 1-3 at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California. More than 300 senior retail and consumer goods leaders are expected to attend the invitation-only Forum, which will spotlight gender parity and the business benefits of women’s leadership.

Swimming legend Diana Nyad will give a closing keynote address on “the power of determination” August 3.

The Forum will feature top industry leaders, including Mayra Gonzalez, president and managing director of Nissan Mexicana; Tim Brown, president and COO for Chobani; and Carolyn Tastad, group president, North America at Procter & Gamble.

Other general sessions will reveal emerging trends in talent management and best practices for leveraging gender diversity. The panel discussion “Gender Equality: A Sustainable Advantage,” will feature insights from Michelle Freyre, president of U.S. Beauty at Johnson & Johnson, among others.

“4IR: Promise or Peril?” will zero in on emerging trends in talent management and the far-reaching implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution with EY Principals Kathryn Gramling and Richard Essigs.

Wendy Davidson, president of U.S. specialty channels for Kellogg Company, and Latriece Watkins, senior vice president and general merchandise manager, consumables and OTC at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., will share their personal stories of their rise to the top.

The NEW Forum is an invitation-only event for senior leaders, vice president-level and above. To see if you qualify, contact your NEW Ambassador. Early-bird registration rate is $2,995 until June 14.


Founded in 2001, the Network of Executive Women, Retail, Consumer Goods and Services, represents more than 10,000 members, 950 companies, 100 corporate partners and 20 regions in the United States and Canada. Its mission is “to advance women, grow business and transform our industry’s workplace through the power of our community.” For more information on NEW events, learning programs and best practices visit

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