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Network of Executive Women releases ‘2012 Annual Report’

BY Antoinette Alexander

CHICAGO — The Network of Executive Women, whose mission is to attract, retain and advance women in the retail and consumer products industry through education, leadership and business development, has unveiled its "2012 Annual Report."

The report opens with the personal stories of 10 network members, who explain how their engagement with NEW changed their companies, careers and lives. Among those features are Kim Tisdale, manager of expense payables at Wal-Mart Stores, and Chris Albi, VP merchandising at Kroger.

Additional highlights within the report include:

  • Membership grew 38% to nearly 7,000 in 2012;

  • Organizations represented grew 53% to more than 700;

  • Sponsors increased from 73 to 84, including 13 first-time sponsors;

  • National conference attendance grew 27%; and

  • 19 regions hosted 92 events, an increase of 37%.

To view the report click here.

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CVS Caremark, U.S. Sen. Reed take part in ‘March for Meals’ campaign

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — To help raise awareness of senior hunger in Rhode Island, CVS Caremark VP workforce strategies and chief diversity officer David Casey teamed up this week with U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island executive director Heather Amaral to deliver hot meals to homebound seniors in Cranston.


Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island client and Cranston resident Emilio Rao (sitting) receives a meal from CVS Caremark VP workforce strategies and chief diversity officer David Casey (standing on right) as part of the March for Meals event. Standing from left to right are U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, Rao’s daughter Lucille Pereschino, Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island executive director Heather Amaral, and Casey.

The deliveries by this group are a core part of Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island’s “March for Meals,” a month-long campaign created to draw attention to senior hunger and to encourage the local community to take action. CVS Caremark is premier sponsor of the campaign.

“March for Meals is an important program that will raise awareness about the need for seniors who are homebound or disabled — to have access to healthy and nutritious meals,” stated Eileen Howard Boone, SVP corporate communications and community relations for CVS Caremark. “This program aligns nicely with our company purpose of helping people on their path to better health by supporting our local seniors in need and addressing the issues they face on a daily basis.”

Sen. Reed’s involvement kicked off the congressional delegation support of March for Meals. His fellow members of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation will follow suit throughout the month, showing their support of the campaign by delivering meals to Rhode Island seniors in need.

Other sponsors and patrons of this campaign are presenting sponsor Webster Bank, AAA of Southern New England, Brown University Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research, Cox Communications, Income Protection Partners, Johnson & Wales University, Mandel & Tracy; Partridge Snow & Hahn; The Rhode Island Geriatric Education Center at the University of Rhode Island, Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage; and Washington Trust.

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Wisk releases new Deep Clean PowerBlasts

BY Jason Owen

WILTON, Conn. — Wisk, a Sun Products brand, launched today a new detergent to its cleaning lineup: Wisk Deep Clean PowerBlasts.

Wisk Deep Clean PowerBlasts dissolve completely in the wash, even in cold water, and are safe for all washing machines — high-efficiency, non-high-efficiency, front loaders and top loaders. PowerBlasts are sealed in a water-soluble film that dissolves completely, even in coldwater, to release the active detergent throughout the wash.

Wisk Deep Clean offers six varieties: Original, High-Efficiency, Oxi Complete, Fresh Breeze, Free & Pure, and new PowerBlasts. PowerBlasts are available in 24-count, 48-count, and 84-count sizes, at Walmart, Target, Food Lion and other major retailers nationwide starting at just $5.99.


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