Women in CE CEDIA Breakfast a Success
Women in CE's breakfast at CEDIA Expo in Atlanta last week drew over 130 industry professionals, the industry organization said. The purpose of the sold-out event was to encourage membership, networking and discuss the importance of mentoring.
The event's sponsors included Monster, CEDIA, Toshiba, CTPG, Runco, Stewart Filmscreen, PPC, Chief, Sanus, Nuvo and Elan. More Women in CE networking events are planned for the next year, starting with an event during International CES in Las Vegas on Jan. 6.
Nellie Myers, CEO of Glam-Mother delivered the keynote, addressing The Mentoring Edge: Partnering for Career Success. Myers hails from a long career as a business strategist and coach with a passion for mentoring programs. She brings corporate experience and savvy to the advancement of women in the financial and human resources sectors of the global marketplace. Her expertise on the advancement of women in corporations and professional firms, workforce demographic trends and the business case for women’s career development has been honed by her recent role as National Client Group Leader and Portfolio Executive at Hewitt Associates.
Helen Heneveld and Jeannette Howe spoke about the Women in CE mentoring program and encouraged the audience to sign up to be mentors and mentees. Women in CE recognizes the value of mentoring and introduced a Mentoring Program at the CEDIA Breakfast last year. The purpose of the Mentoring Program is to enhance professional and personal development among women in the consumer electronics industry by connecting them with others who can provide advice on a variety of work-related issues, including career planning, job skill enhancement and industry involvement. All members of Women in Consumer Electronics can apply to be a Mentor or Mentee, depending on their needs and goals. Mentors can come from all levels of experience, and Mentees do not need to be new to the workforce.
Veronica Esbona, Director of Home Entertainment for Wall Street Communications, was awarded the Women in CE 2010 Volunteer of the Year Award, for her continual support and help within the organization. A call for nominees was announced for the 2011 Legacy Awards, honoring women in the CE industry that truly serve as role models and industry pioneers.
Stay tuned on the site for a video from the Women in CE breakfast.