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UW Students Host Event to Learn Opportunities for Women Professionals

November 5, 2009
Member of President Obama's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy, Tahira K. Hira is one of the women leaders who will speak at the conference "Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Stories of Successful Women Professionals" Thursday, Nov. 12, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Wyoming Union East Ballroom.

University of Wyoming students wanting exposure to the opportunities -- and the challenges -- for women professionals are bringing in three speakers for a presentation Thursday, Nov. 12.

The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) Wyoming student group is sponsoring "Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Stories of Successful Women Professionals" from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Wyoming Union East Ballroom. The event is open to the public.

The group, whose members are students in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Agriculture, has been planning the event for a year, says Natalie Ferguson, president of the Wyoming AAFCS group. The group is open to any student interested in the mission of improving the lives of individuals, families and communities.

"We proposed the event to expose women to the foundations necessary to be a successful professional woman," says Ferguson, a junior from Highlands Ranch, Colo. "We hope that, by the end of the event, students will have gained confidence and motivation to follow their dreams."

The speakers will stay in Laramie and visit with students and work with Department of Family and Consumer Sciences faculty members Friday.

They are Tahira Hira, professor and executive assistant to the president, Iowa State University; Penny Ralston, professor and dean emeritus and director of the Center on Better Health and Life for Underserved Populations, Florida State University; and Ann Collins Chadwick. She has served as the USDA acting assistant secretary for food and consumer services, USDA director of the Office of the Consumer Advisor, director of the Consumer Affairs for Hormel and Company and executive director of the AAFCS, now retired.

More information about the event is available by clicking on the link at

Posted on Thursday, November 05, 2009

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