Photo Release -- NEW Event Shares Successful Strategies for Leading Through Change

Photo Release -- NEW Event Shares Successful Strategies for Leading Through
Change

LOS ANGELES, May 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- More than 300 Network of
Executive Women (NEW) members and guests learned to "lead through change" at
the NEW Southern California spring event, May 14, 2013, at the historic
Millennial Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

NEW Southern California spring event
 (From left to right) Stephanie McFee,
 NEW Vice President Member and Regional
 Services, Kendra Doyel, Ralphs Grocery
 Company, NEW Co-Chairperson Southern
 California, Caryn Olson, Nestle USA,
 Panelist, Carmen Moch, Target
 Corporation, Panelist, Tanya Domier,
 Advantage Sales, Panelist, Tom Herman,
 Northgate, Moderator, JoAnn Murdock,
 Unified Grocers, NEW Co-Chairperson
 Southern California, Subriana Pierce,
 Navigator Sales & Marketing, Moderator,
 Bryan Kaltenbach, Food4Less, Panelist

A photo accompanying this release is available at
http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=18868

Region co-chair Kendra Doyel, vice president, public relations at Ralphs/Food
4 Less/FoodsCo, kicked off the event and briefed the audience on the Network's
mission and the Southern California region, outlining ways that industry
members could get involved. The half-day event included an opening reception,
buffet dinner, silent auction and a "scavenger hunt" networking game using
photos from attendees' cell phones.

Tom Herman, senior vice president, merchandising and procurement for Northgate
Gonzalez Markets, and Subriana Pierce, managing partner of Navigator Sales and
Marketing, then moderated a panel discussion focused on leadership in the
midst of change. Pierce introduced the panel and reviewed the powerful changes
reshaping the consumer goods and retail industry. She noted that gender roles
in the home were changing, with more women becoming the prime breadwinner and
men assuming more household duties. She also noted that the population is
getting older and there are more blended families and mixed-race couples. The
panelists included Bryan Kaltenbach, president of Food 4 Less; Tanya Domier,
CEO of Advantage Sales & Marketing; Caryn Olson, division vice president,
category and shopper development at Nestlé USA; and Carmen Moch, senior group
vice president at Target.

"Leaders are the architects of change and have to remain in the moment and
accept adaptive change," Kaltenbach said. "Technology has created this amazing
amount of information (about our customers) and it's happening extremely fast.
Change is just one day after the next and we have to keep ahead of it. The
companies that will be world-class tomorrow are ones that have associates that
understand that."

"Industry leaders buy into change much earlier than others, and you have to
bring everyone along," Domier explained. "It can help to lay out how you, as a
leader, got to the acceptance of that change. The fear of not changing should
be greater than the fear of changing."

Olson said, "To embrace and leverage the opportunities that come with change,
leaders must create a sense of urgency among the entire organization, not just
at the top." It's important to set the stage for people and get them almost
riled up about having the change. Find where the change is working and
celebrate those successes."

Moch encouraged attendees to stay team-focused during change, which she called
"a part of life." Understand where everyone is in the process of change, she
advised. "Check in often. Compassion is important."

At the conclusion of the event, attendees were provided Change Leadership Tip
Cards with quotes and suggestions to help navigate change in their
organizations. They also received gift bags and had many opportunities to
network with other NEW members and guests. 

This special NEW event was made possible by the generous support of the
following regional sponsors: ATA Retail Services, Brown-Forman, La Croix,
Learning Evolution, Mission, Northgate Markets, One Source Industries,
PopChips, Samuel Adams, SignCo, Smart&Final, Social Sampling, Sunrise
Growers-Frozsun Foods, Sunset, Southern Wine & Spirits of California, Inc.,
Unified Grocers, and USC Marshall Executive Education.

About the Network of Executive Women

The Network of Executive Women is the consumer products and retail industry's
largest diversity organization, with more than 7,000 members representing 700
industry companies. The Network has 90 national sponsors and 20 regional
groups in the United States and Canada. For more information visit
www.newonline.org.

The photo is also available via AP PhotoExpress.

CONTACT: SUE KLUG
         Tel. 323.881.4249
         sklug@unifiedgrocers.com

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