We highly recommend the following industry groups for CPG Professionals:
The Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG) is a community of top marketing executives that is indispensable for professional success. Membership in this community provides you with that essential connection to executives like you who are facing similar business challenges.
MENG fosters excellence by sharing information, knowledge, and relationships for professional growth.
MENG members are marketing, sales or general management executives whose primary focus is marketing. Members must be at a VP level or above in their organization, and receiving a base salary of $150,000 or higher.
Currently 84% of our members have Fortune 500 experience. Additionally, 70% have graduate or post-graduate degrees with over 50% of these from Top 20 Business Schools. Over 21% of MENG members have attended an Ivy League school.
MENG has local chapters in 12 major cities in the US. The purpose of these local chapters is to provide an opportunity for members to network with peers, exchange local company information and industry news, and to stay up to date with current marketing trends.
Not all interaction is local, which is why MENG also offers 12 Special Interest Groups. These Groups are either industry specific (ex. Cosmetics) or marketing focus specific (ex. direct marketing).
MENG members have a variety of tools and resources available to them when they join MENG. OneSource is a tool that provides high-end business information covering 1.7 million companies and 6 million executives. Our Preferred Recruiter Program provides our members with a list of top marketing recruiters to hire when filling positions in their companies and to reach out to during a search. We have a member-created Resource Library with advice from members on an extensive list of corporate and marketing topics, as well as a licensing partnership with MarketingProfs.com that allows MENG members to view all 3000 of the MarketingProfs.com articles on the MENG website. A 32-page Guide to Executive Job Search is available for members in transition. We also have partnerships with Netshare, ExecuNet, TheLadders, PrivateEquityInfo and Salary.com that provide discounts to MENG members. Of course, our best resource is our over 1600 members and their unsurpassed expertise!
Mass Partner Group focuses on training and consulting for Consumer Products professionals. The Mass Partner Group meets on a bi-monthly basis and touches on current events affecting the retail and consumer products world. The Mass Partner E-mail updates are fast becoming an industry standard for CPG professionals in terms of keeping up-to-date with the latest news.
The mission of the Network of Executive Women is to attract, retain and advance women in the retail and consumer products industry through education, leadership and business development
Women make up more than half of the nation’s managerial and professional workforce but represent only 16 percent of its corporate officers and a miniscule 1.6 percent of the country’s CEOs. The Network of Executive Women, Consumer Products and Retail Industry, is working to change that.
The Network approaches its mission from two directions: It educates industry leaders about the benefits of gender diversity and provides best practices to help achieve it; and it directly supports the career development of the senior-level and emerging industry leaders who comprise its membership.
Founded in 2001, the Network is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization with more than two thousand active members representing three hundred companies in the fast-growing consumer products and retail industry, including grocery, chain drug, mass retail, wholesalers, manufacturers, associations and trade media. The Network has more than 50 corporate sponsors representing the most influential organizations in the CPG/retail industry.
The Network promotes gender diversity, career development and networking online and face-to face at national leadership conferences, educational workshops, and regional networking events in more than 15 American cities. National events include the Network’s Annual Leadership Summit, Executive Leaders Summit and Multicultural Workforce conference. Other Network activities include research, mentoring and coaching programs, and the Network’s “Deep Dive Into Career Development” workshops.
Because nearly two-thirds of the nation’s workforce is comprised of women and minorities, NEW is interested in the broad spectrum of diversity management issues. The Network’s Women of Color and Multicultural Workforce task forces are an example of the Network’s leadership in this vital arena.