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Women's Center to Sponsor National Symposium Broadcast April 11

April 2, 2002

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MACOMB, IL -- Heroism at work, developing successful networks and how to create a corporate culture where people want to work are just a few of the topics that will be covered at the annual Womenfuture national teleconference, "The Main Event," Thursday, April 11.

The interactive videoconference will be broadcast live to the Western Illinois University campus from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Stipes Hall 121. The event is open free to the public. A new feature this year includes a live interactive webcast, making it possible for persons to participate in "The Main Event" from their computer. Beginning at 9 a.m., registrants can join for one hour live and access the program, or up to one month following April 11, for a fee of $29. Registration is available online at

According to WIU Women's Center Director Janine Cavicchia, "The Main Event" is a premier leaderships skills training program. Featured speakers include Charlotte Beers, Undersecretary of State and former chair of J. Walter Thompson; J.C. Herz, British Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, Minister for Women and e-Minister in Cabinet; Debra L. Lee, president and CEO, Black Entertainment Television; Pat Mitchell, president and CEO, Public Broadcasting Service; Anne Mulcahy, president and CEO, Xerox; Joyce Roché, president and CEO, Girls, Inc.; Rayona Sharpnack, president of the Institute for Women's Leadership; Elizabeth J. Smith, general manager and managing director for General Electric IBM Corporation; and Kathleen M. Sullivan, dean, Stanford Law School.

"This program is an excellent opportunity to learn about women's issues, leadership and business from the world's foremost business professionals," Cavicchia said.

Featured discussions included "Carpe Diem: Finding Heroism in Our Work" (9-9:50 a.m.); "E.T., Phone Home: How Can You Leave the Office if You're Always 'There?'" (9:50-10:30 a.m.); "Going the Full 360: The Best Leadership is Gender Neutral" (10:30-11:20 a.m.); "Think Globally, Act Locally (and Vice Versa): Developing the Killer Network" (11:20 a.m.-12:10 p.m.); and "Not Your Father's Workplace: How to Create - and Find - a Corporate Culture Where People Want to Work" (12:10-1 p.m.).

The program is sponsored locally by the Women's Center, Western's College of Business and Technology (CBT), Faculty Development and the School of Extended and Continuing Education. For more information, contact the Women's Center at 309/298-2242 or Tara Westerhold, CBT, at 309/298-1313.

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