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Moravian College to Host conference "Women and their Work" – March 31

Dee Dee Myers and The Guerrilla Girls among featured presenters

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) – Moravian College will host a conference for Lehigh Valley college students, "Women and their Work" on Wednesday, March 31, from 1-9 p.m. The purpose of this conference is to build awareness of issues and challenges affecting women and their work, to empower women through tools, strategies, skills, and knowledge-building, and to provide opportunities to network and have access to mentors. The conference is being sponsored by Moravian College, The Morning Call, and St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network.

Featured speakers will include Guerrilla Girls On Tour, who have used humor and performance art to expose sexism and racism in cities throughout the world, and Dee Dee Myers, the first woman and the youngest person ever to serve as White House Press Secretary. The conference will also feature three workshop sessions led by local businesswomen. Each session will contain three workshops focusing on mentoring and networking, career-building, and contemporary challenges.

A pre-conference workshop entitled "Smart Women Finish Rich" will kick off the day at 11 a.m., which is being sponsored by Lincoln Investment Planning.

At 1 p.m., Guerrilla Girls On Tour will take center stage with their program to raise awareness about sexism and racism in today's culture. Guerrilla Girls On Tour, an internationally acclaimed anonymous theatre collective founded by three former members of Guerrilla Girls, creates original plays, street actions, visual work and residency programs that dramatize women's history and advocate on behalf of women and artists of color in the performing arts.  Each member of GGOT uses the name of a of a dead woman artist and performs wearing a gorilla mask.  They have toured through 25 states and 5 countries bringing their brand of satirical performance art and activism against discrimination, sexism and racism to places like North Dakota, eastern Europe and South America. The 20 members of GGOT are a diverse group of theatre artists and comediennes and three of them will present a 70 minute energetic romp through their herstory, an up-to-date account of their latest actions in politics, theatre, media and the entertainment industry and a lively discussion with the audience on the current cultural trends for women and artists of color.  They and their work have been featured in the Village Voice, BackStage, Mother Jones, The New York Times, i-D Magazine, American Theatre, Antiborder Conference Warsaw, LA Times, In Theatre, the BBC, French Channel 2, Wysokie Obcasy, Palais de Tokyo Paris, The Tony Awards, NWSA Journal and the A.S.K. Common Ground Festival.

At 2:15 p.m., the first series of workshops will begin. These include Connections between Mentor and Protégé: How Mentoring Works by Donna B. Goss, Co-Director, leadership Development Institute, Center for Business and Industry; The Keys to Planning for Career Success by Jessica Glick, Human Resource Coordinator, Rodale, Inc.; and Balancing Work & Life: The Juggle & Struggle for Women Today by Joyce Brill, Lygia Bellis, and Michelle S. Laughlin. After a short break, the second group of workshops will start at 3:45 p.m. These are Connections with your "Audience": The Power of Communication by Amy Holtzman, Assistant Director of Career Development, Lehigh University; The Keys to Public Service Careers by Erlinda Agron, Jennifer Kastle, Rozann Kern, and Jean Zweifel; and Balancing Demand & Supply: Real World Economies by Susan L. Averett, Professor and Department Head, Economics and Business, Lafayette College. The final set of workshops will begin at 4:45 p.m. and will include Connections to your Personal "Web": The Value of Networking by Alison Hawkins, Technology Transfer Associate for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.; The Keys to Entrepreneurship by Amy Hawley, President and Owner, NAI/Hawley Realty; and Balancing Theory with Practice: Transition from Student to Employee by Ayesha Selden, C.F.P., Manager, American Express Financial Advisors.

Dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m., followed by the closing session with keynote speaker, Dee Dee Myers. Myers served under former president William J. Clinton during the early years of his administration. Myers quickly earned respect for her sharp political instincts, sense of humor, and ability to explain complicated subjects in clear, understandable terms. Since leaving the White House, Myers has worked as a political analyst, commentator, and writer. She spent two years as the liberal co-host of the CNBC talk show Equal Time. Myers is currently a contributing editor to Vanity Fair magazine and a consultant for the NBC television drama, The West Wing. Myers is a graduate of Santa Clara University,

Honorary co-chairs of the conference are Dr. Elaine C. Thompson, president of St. Luke's Hospital in Allentown and L. Susan Hunt, publisher of the Morning Call. The principle sponsors of the conference include Moravian College, The Morning Call, St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network, Lehigh Cement Company, Air Products. To date, additional conference sponsors include Joanne & Curtis H. Barnette, HealthSpring, PPL, Molewski Financial Partners, and Wachovia Bank.

Registration for the conference on Women and their Work is just $5 for high school and college students, $25 for faculty and staff, and $50 for alumni. To attend only the lecture by the keynote speaker, registration is $10. To attend only the dinner and lecture by the keynote speaker, registration is $25. For more information or to register, please contact Dr. Stacey B. Zaremba or Dr. Santo D. Marabella at 610-807-4444 or visit the website at http://www.moravian.edu/events/wtw/index.htm.