President and CEO
Network for Executive Women
Sarah Alter is president and CEO of the Network of Executive Women, a nonprofit learning, leadership and advocacy organization that represents 11,000 members, 950 companies, 105 corporate partners and 21 regional groups in the United States and Canada. NEW advances gender equality and diversity in the retail, consumer goods, financial services and technology industries. Alter joined NEW in 2017 and has wide-ranging experience in the markets NEW represents. She served as vice president for Discover Financial Services; vice president for digital sales and marketing for online retailer Quill.com; and was chief marketing officer for General Growth Properties, where she developed marketing strategies for 200 shopping mall properties and their top retailers. Alter has served on a number of non-profit boards and is an accomplished fundraiser. She is an organizer of Chicago’s annual JDRF Gala, which has raised millions of dollars for Type 1 diabetes. Alter received a B.A. in economics from Northwestern University and her MBA from Harvard Business School.