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Joan Toth

President & CEO
Network of Executive Women
Joan Toth

Joan Toth is president and CEO of the Network of Executive Women, the largest diversity organization serving the consumer products and retail industry. Toth, who was named executive director shortly after the association’s establishment in 2001, was appointed president and CEO in 2011. She is responsible for executing the Network’s mission to advance women, grow business and transform our industry’s workplace. She directs the Network’s staff, is responsible for its programs and services, and works closely with the Network’s Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Champions and committee chairs to develop and execute strategy. Toth has presided over the organization’s rapid growth. The Network is a mission-driven organization with nearly 10,000 members, more than 100 national partners and 20 regional groups in the United States and Canada. NEW hosts two national conferences and more than 100 regional events annually, is an industry leader in diversity research and best practices, supports a national scholarship program and provides leadership opportunities and career development for thousands of executives each year. Prior to joining the Network, Toth launched Go-To-Market Strategies, a retail industry consulting firm, and led print, event and web business development activities for the retail/food industry publications of Bill Communications. Toth previously served as vice president and publisher of Convenience Store News and group publisher of the retail and distribution publications of Macfadden Trade Communications. Toth has served on numerous industry boards and committees, including the Supplier Board of Directors of the National Association of Convenience Stores. She is a frequent speaker at industry organization events such as Food Marketing Institute (FMI), Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), among others. She recently completed board service for Foundations of Music (formerly Rock for Kids), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide music education to underserved children in Chicago public schools. She is active in Sister Cities International.

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