Network of Executive Women is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its Northwest Arkansas Region chapter. NEW is composed of more than 13,000 members from 22 regions across the U.S. and Canada. These regions create events in their local markets that support their mission to advance all women.
The first Northwest Arkansas meeting took place in October 2003. NEW’s CEO Joan Toth, Mike Gorshe of Accenture, and Bobbie O’Hare of JOH met with Linda Dillman, CIO, Walmart; Jeri Dunn, CIO, Tyson; and Kay Palmer, CIO, J.B. Hunt, to start organizing what would be the NWA Region team. Currently, the Northwest Arkansas Region has more than 1,200 member and will celebrate its 15-year anniversary at the annual Walmart Women’s Empowerment Summit—a tribute to the past, a celebration of the present and focus on the future.
“The NWA Region was awarded ‘Region of the Year’ in 2014 and 2018 for their programming, succession planning, sponsorship round tables and connections within the community who contribute to their team’s success and individual leadership accolades,” said Julie Basile, NEW VP of regions, community and marketing.
“This group always strives to do better, think differently and challenge the status quo—it’s amazing the support they have received from local companies and C-suite executives, and the women and men from this team are proud to support NEW’s mission while creating lasting friendships in the process,” said Basile.
Members and non-members who would like to connect with other professionals are invited to attend the celebration on Thursday, June 27, from 7:30-11:30 a.m. (Central) at the John Q Hammons Convention Center in Rogers, Arkansas. Attendees can expect “dynamic presentations, networking and learning focused on overcoming obstacles and building passionate careers,” according to NEW.
“We continue to focus on developing strong and confident leaders in our Northwest Arkansas community; we believe that the programming and development we provide our members is great for not only women in the workforce, but also all leaders in the workforce. I’m proud to be a part of NWA and to see the difference we are making within our community,” said Diana Marshall VP/DMM, sports and outdoors Walmart US merchandising.