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JAN 2017

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88 Convenience Store News | JANUARY 2017 | WWW.CSNEWS.COM NEW Horizons EXPERT'S VIEW NEW's latest special report, "Green Lights and Stop Signs: The Road to Gender Parity in Retail and Consumer Goods" (written with the Center for Creative Leadership), uncovers three critical support factors that women say drive their careers forward: organizational commitment to gender diversity, developmental support through business relationships and company initiatives, and support from a professional network. E ach year, I log tens of thousands of miles to meet with women and men at every job level throughout the retail and consumer goods indus- try. No matter where I go, I hear this same question: "The business case for more women leaders in retail is clear, so why aren't there more women in senior roles?" The short answer: built-in bias — in society, in our corporate cultures and in the choices women are forced to make. Women of every age, circumstance and job level experience barriers that frustrate their career goals — and dampen business results. But here's the good news: By working together, the convenience store industry's talent and the companies they work for can abso- lutely create workplaces that allow everyone to reach their potential. Change is happening. We see progress toward gen- der equality at companies like The Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc., The Hershey Co., and many others. But change is not happening everywhere and not nearly fast enough. Green Lights & Stop Signs Don't let common career barriers hold you back By Nancy Krawczyk, Network of Executive Women Convenience Store News is pleased to continue this series of exclusive educational columns by the Network of Executive Women (NEW), coinciding with the annual CSNews Top Women in Convenience awards given out each fall. More than 60 female managers, executives and directors who work in the convenience store industry were honored in our 2016 program. In addition to being a presentation sponsor for the Top Women in Convenience program, NEW TOP WOMEN IN CONVENIENCE and CSNews have partnered to develop this series of columns directed at helping corporate leaders drive more inclusive com- pany cultures. Sponsored by:

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