Lead­ers lend ad­vice Brewer back­ers golf, gather at gala

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - PROFILES - Colum­nist Carin Schoppmeyer can be reached by email at cschopp­meyer@nwadg.com.

More than 600 pro­fes­sion­als, mostly women, gath­ered June 22 at the 10th an­nual Women’s Day at the LPGA net­work­ing break­fast, pre­sented by the Net­work of Ex­ec­u­tive Women North­west Arkansas and Kim­berly-Clark. The morn­ing in­cluded aQ & A with Liza Lands­man, Jet.com pres­i­dent, fa­cil­i­tated by Tracey Brown, Sam’s Club se­nior vice pres­i­dent of op­er­a­tions and chief ex­pe­ri­ence of­fi­cer.

The event was one of sev­eral tied to the LPGA Wal­mart NW Arkansas Cham­pi­onship from June 20 to 25.

Top­ics for Lands­man in­cluded: ■ Work/life bal­ance: As a physics ma­jor in col­lege, she’s not a fan of call­ing it bal­ance. “Per­fect bal­ance is not achiev­able … you can have a rich and ful­fill­ing work life and a rich and ful­fill­ing real life.”

■ Cre­at­ing a per­sonal brand: “You build your per­sonal brand by do­ing the best work you pos­si­bly can all the time.”

■ Why di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion mat­ters: “When your lead­er­ship has gen­der di­ver­sity and is in­clu­sive, you get bet­ter de­ci­sions … Ev­ery­one is bi­ased. You have to be vig­i­lant and call it when you see it.”

■ What she wishes she would have been ad­vised when start­ing her ca­reer: “Be very in­ten­tional about your choices.”

She also said, “And it is never too early to start mois­tur­iz­ing your neck.”

Karen Stuckey, na­tional NEW board chair­woman and Wal­mart se­nior vice pres­i­dent for pri­vate brands, pri­vate mer­chan­dise, told those at­tend­ing the break­fast the group’s mis­sion is “to ad­vance women, grow busi­ness and trans­form our in­dus­try’s (re­tail and con­sumer goods and ser­vices) work­place through the power of our com­mu­nity.”

The 16-year-old na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion boasts some 10,500 mem­bers in 22 re­gions with 105 cor­po­rate part­ners. Stuckey said NEW

“de­liv­ers, de­vel­ops and in­spires lead­ers through cur­ricu­lum.”

Among those net­work­ing over break­fast were Karen Stuckey, Chris Lam­son, Jody Pin­son, Jay Allen, Sarah Sem­row, Lori Brown, John Sc­holes, Deb­bie McEl­roy, Sara Brown, Tracy Neal, Janet Han­nay, Kim Malec and Kim Tis­dale.

The sec­ond an­nual Celebrity Golf Tour­na­ment on June 22 at Par­adise Val­ley Golf and Ath­letic Club in Fayet­teville and the sev­enth an­nual A Night with the Stars: Go­ing for the Gold gala June 24 at the Fayet­teville Town Cen­ter ben­e­fited the Ron­nie Brewer Foun­da­tion. The non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion “sup­ports com­mu­ni­ties in at-risk sit­u­a­tions while pro­mot­ing ed­u­ca­tion, phys­i­cal fit­ness and the im­por­tance of work­ing to­gether as a team.” Hol­i­day gift bas­kets for those in need and col­lege schol­ar­ships are among the group’s ini­tia­tives.

Those gath­er­ing for the golf tour­na­ment in­cluded NBA vet­eran Ron­nie Brewer Jr., Ver­lyn Gul­ley, Theresa Lewis, Candice Gra­ham, Erica Franken­berger, Bren­nan Sharpe, Robert Kel­ley, Doug Moore and John Mosier.

For more event pho­tos — nwadg.com/pho­tos/so­ci­ety.

CARIN SCHOPPMEYER

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Lori Brown (from left), Tracey Brown, Liza Lands­man and Sarah Sem­row gather at Women’s Day at the LPGA break­fast net­work­ing event June 22 at the John Q. Ham­mons Cen­ter in Rogers.

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Deb­bie McEl­roy (from left), Janet Han­nay, Kim Malec, Tracy Neal and Sara Brown en­joy Women’s Day at the LPGA on June 22.

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Ver­lyn Gul­ley (left) and Theresa Lewis, Ron­nie Brewer Foun­da­tion board mem­bers, wel­come golfers to the ben­e­fit tour­na­ment June 22.

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Chris Lam­son vis­its with Jody Pin­son at Women’s Day at the LPGA.

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Erica Franken­berger (left) and Candice Gra­ham help out at the Ron­nie Brewer Foun­da­tion golf tour­na­ment June 22 at Par­adise Val­ley Golf and Ath­letic Club in Fayet­teville.

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John Sc­holes (left) and Jay Allen, North­west Arkansas Cham­pi­onship tour­na­ment chair­man, at­tend Women’s Day at the LPGA.

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Bren­nan Sharpe (from left), Robert Kel­ley, Doug Moore and John Mosier help sup­port the Ron­nie Brewer Foun­da­tion.

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