Wisconsin Women's Leadership Conference

February 26, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE - UW-Platteville Student Senate will be hosting United Council's 7th Annual Women's Leadership Conference titled "Shattering the Glass Ceilings for Future Generations." All students from the 24 UW System campuses, along with faculty and community members, are invited to attend the three-day event March 28-30.

The Women's Leadership Conference is the largest women's issues conference in the state of Wisconsin. Originally started in 1997 with approximately 130 students involved, the conference now brings more than 250 students from the UW System together to network, build leadership and raise awareness of women's issues.

Amanda Stephens, student senate women's issues director, is hoping for more than 300 students to be in attendance at this year's conference.

"The conference is open to anyone who would like to attend," Stephens said. "There is no charge for students in the UW System, and a minimal charge for faculty and community members to cover food costs."

The conference starts with registration Friday night in the Center for the Arts (CFA) and leads through two days full of student hosted workshops and keynote speakers, with an open forum on Saturday night. Dana Borowski, women's issues director for the United Council, will be available at the forum along with other women in leadership roles to talk and answer questions about women's issues such as pay equity, sexual assault and affirmative action policy.

Two of the keynote speakers will include State Superintendent Libbe Burmaster and Congresswomen Tammy Baldwin.

Registration information is available through Stephens for anyone interested in attending the conference. Those students interested in hosting a workshop for this year's women's leadership conference should contact Stephens by Feb. 26 at the UWP Student Senate Office (608) 342-1495.

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