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CBT Distinguished Alumna to visit WIU-Macomb, Speak in Moline

April 6, 2011

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MACOMB, IL - - Kathleen McEntee, a 1974 graduate of Western Illinois University and founder and president of Kathleen McEntee and Associates, Ltd., has been named the College of Business and Technology's 2011 Distinguished Alumna.

McEntee will be on the WIU campuses Monday-Wednesday, April 11-13, and will deliver a presentation, "Front Stage, Back Stage and Juggling Competing Priorities: Distinguishing Your Company, Your Brand, Yourself," at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12 at MetroLINK Centre Station, (1200 River Drive), Moline.

McEntee's firm, located in Chicago and La Quinta (CA), specializes in business management and development, sales and marketing communications. Her business experience spans consumer and nutritional products, pharmaceuticals and health care for Fortune 50, publicly- and privately-held organizations. She has held leadership positions in global sales, business development, marketing, and general management.

In her speech in Moline, McEntee will discuss points such as "Stretching the Dollar: Catching Low Hanging Fruit and Planting Seeds for Bigger Budgets," "Riding the Wave of Social Media: Mixing the Batch of Marketing Mania" and "The Great Divide: Corporate, Entrepreneurial, Non-Profit, Public Service."

McEntee earned a Bachelor of Business degree from Western, and gained subsequent professional development in the Strategic Coach Master's Program, the executive leadership development programs of Abbott Laboratories and Cardinal Health, and the Leadership Coachella Valley program. She is chair of the CBT Advisory Council at WIU and is an accredited associate of The Institute for Independent Business.

She has been involved in the leadership committee for the American Heart Association's Coachella Valley Division, serving on the advisory board for the Arthritis Foundation's Desert Chapter, and on the executive committee of the La Quinta California Chamber of Commerce. She is a regular columnist for "The GEM," a publication of the La Quinta Chamber, and has been recognized by the City of Chicago for her participation in the Principal for a Day program.

The Moline presentation is open free to the public, but seating is limited. To RSVP, contact Margie Carle in the CBT at (309) 298-2442 or

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