A week prior to their Orlando Summit, I joined the BrandSource buying group as the director of membership. As a member of the Women in Consumer Technology (CT) group, I was excited to learn Anitra Brase was hosting a Women In Business luncheon on Monday, Feb. 29. Brase works for BrandSource as the appliance program director and is also championing Women In Business, a group formed in early 2014 to support female professionals in the appliance, furniture, mattress and CE space. With the theme of empowerment, education and inspiration, the gathering didn’t disappoint. The house was packed with more than 65 women and men, leaving standing room only.
The program, moderated by Brase, featured four guest executive speakers including: Leigh Donadieu, senior accounts manager/buying groups, Electrolux Corp.; Carol Campbell, vice president of NAPCO Media and founder of Women in CT; Elizabeth Door, vice president of North America-global strategic sourcing, Whirlpool Corp.; and Dawn Secklinger, head of talent and leadership management LG Electronics. Each woman presented unique philosophies and shared her take on staying true to your ‘word’ and your ‘story.’
Additionally, participants discussed resources on how to connect and network with other individuals in the industry, how to successfully build up leadership teams, statistics on how women are taking over male-dominated industries all over the world, and how to bridge the gender gaps in our professions. And imagine really healthy food being served at a convention luncheon!