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Nov. 7, 2008

Goodbye Bored Room – Women in Business Discuss Careers in the Industry

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Under the slogan “Gals, it’s no longer a bored room,” two foundations will offer a business career lab at Smith College Wednesday, Nov. 12, to explore how the industry is changing and encourage young women to be part of the change.

The organizations, Forté Foundation and Robert Toigo Foundation, developed a four-hour program directed to young women within the Five College community. More than 220 students have registered.

The discussions will address such topics as career search secrets – “10 Absolute Musts for Finding and Landing Your Dream Job” – as well as introductions to the industries of finance on and off Wall Street, entrepreneurship and marketing. The final session of the evening will also address how business can be civic-minded.

Speakers include Smith’s vice president for advancement, Patricia Jackson, and the following seven alumnae:

Jane Brown ’79, head of strategy and corporate development, ING Americas; Carol Pierson Holding ’76, president of branding strategies, Holding Associates, Inc.; Carolyn Brodsky ’80, president, Sterling Rope Co., Inc.; Anna Onishi ’97, vice president, strategic marketing, Mullen Advertising; Cynthia Mackey ’73, vice president of marketing, Boston’s Museum of Science; Gwen Ricks Spencer ’81, associate director, Ernst & Young Office of Public Policy; and Margaret Green ’84, assistant treasurer, United Rentals.

The mission of both sponsoring foundations includes directing talented women towards leadership roles in business in the global economy.

Smith College educates women of promise for lives of distinction. One of the largest women’s colleges in the United States, Smith enrolls 2,800 students from nearly every state and 62 other countries.


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