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Event Celebrates Contribution of Women Leaders

November 2, 2009

An event celebrating the contributions of Wyoming's outstanding women leaders will be held Friday, Nov. 13, from 4-9 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn and University of Wyoming Conference Center. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m.

"On the Road to Distinction: Recognizing Women Leaders of Wyoming" will offer a variety of workshops, followed by the Women of Distinction dinner and award ceremony at 7 p.m. Workshop topics include health & wellness, women in diversity, leadership engagement, women in politics, feminism and leadership/personal development.

"These workshops will create awareness about different issues and help women find their own voice or use what they learned to make a difference on campus," says Jennifer Kay Syvertson, event organizer. "We would like to continue the success of past years and plan an event that will open doors for women and influence public debate in areas such as education, politics, civil rights or other areas where women's voices need to be heard."

The newest addition to the conference is the Women of Distinction Awards. The UW Women Student Leaders committee selected five women from around Wyoming to receive the award.

"These awards honor women who have made extraordinary contributions in their professions or their communities," says Syvertson. "The ceremony not only honors excellence, but also ingenuity and the ability to overcome barriers that still exist for women."

The women to be honored are Ann Redman of Cheyenne, Margaret "Peg" Tobin of Laramie, Jackie Pickinpaugh of Casper, Dana Walton of Laramie and Carmina Oaks of Jackson. Each will discuss what their leadership involvement has meant and share inspirational thoughts for future leaders.

Conference sponsors are Student Leadership and Civic Engagement, Vice President for Student Affairs, Panhellenic Council, Women's Center, College of Education, Residence Life & Dining Services, Pi Beta Phi, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Sigma Lambda Gamma, Women's Action Network and Associated Students UW.

For more information and to register for the conference visit the Web site, e-mail or call (307) 766-2889.



Posted on Monday, November 02, 2009

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