UW-Milwaukee: Powerhouse of local, national women leaders headline UWM conference

Milwaukee sets the scene, March 30, for an inspirational day with influential women from across the nation

MILWAUKEE, March 5, 2012 – Women leaders throughout the area are gearing up for a day of eye–opening education, camaraderie and inspiration during the third annual UWM Women Leaders Conference – March 30, 7am-5pm, at the Pfister Hotel.

“There is a lot of excitement surrounding this year’s event,” says Patricia Arredondo, Dean of the UWM School of Continuing Education. “We are honored to welcome such an amazing group of influential women.”

This year’s lineup of keynote speakers includes leading feminist activist, Gloria Steinem, The Pampered Chef Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Doris Christopher, and President of Purdue University, Dr. France Córdova.

They will cover critical topics including women’s progress in the workplace, empowering women, self reinvention, parenting and work, and mentorship.

Additional presenters include Pat Nazemetz (Xerox Corporation), Betty Cortina (NBC) and local leaders including Brenda Bowers (Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare), Tami Garrison (MillerCoors), Lora Hyler (Hyler Communications) and Sarah Jelencic (Foley & Lardner).

“These accomplished women will reveal their secrets for success and what kept them inspired along the way,” Arredondo explains. “Conference attendees can harness that energy to empower themselves. Everyone walks away with ideas to implement both professionally and personally.

Hosted by the UWM School of Continuing Education, the conference unites women that have pioneered their fields with those who are currently striving to succeed.

The day concludes with a new World Café session, 4-5pm, that provides a chance to speak one-on-one with Steinem and other presenters as well as small-group networking. For more information, visit sce-womenleaders.uwm.edu .

Contact: Briena Jacob, [email protected], 414-227-3305

About the School of Continuing Education

As one of 14 schools and colleges that comprise the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, SCE meets the needs of participants through an assortment of courses, programs and workshops. With 19,000 participants each year, SCE is the largest provider of noncredit continuing education in Southeastern Wisconsin. Its mission is to generate knowledge and learning opportunities for individuals who are interested in developing professional skills in business, technology, and human services, enriching their lives with classes in the arts and humanities, and/or simply looking for a new intellectual challenge.