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March 4, 2009

In Any Economy, Smith College Women Mean Business

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – In turbulent economic times like these, it is more important than ever for women interested in business to connect with successful, like-minded women.

With that imperative in mind, a group of accomplished Smith alumnae leaders in business will share their career strategies and personal stories during a two-day conference, “Smith Women Mean Business,” March 26-27.

Their advice spans the realms of entrepreneurial ventures, corporate boards, philanthropy, family businesses and the test of time.

One session, “Ethics in Business,” is free and open to the public at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in Weinstein Auditorium. Panelists include Betsy Stark ’78, business correspondent for ABC News; Lynn Sharp Paine ’71, John G. McLean Professor at the Harvard Business School; and Linda Chatman Thomsen '76, former director, Security and Exchange Commission Division of Enforcement. Smith’s John Connolly, Five College 40th Anniversary Professor of Philosophy, will act as moderator.

In addition to that panel, conference speakers – a veritable list of “Who’s Who” women in the business world – are available for interviews during their time on campus.

They include such renowned business leaders as Shelly Lazarus ’68, former CEO and now chair of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, one of the world’s largest advertising agencies; Dolores Kunda '77, president and CEO of Lápiz, one of the country's largest Hispanic marketing firms; Eileen Fisher, chief creative officer, Eileen Fisher Inc.; and Linda Smith Charles ’74, the deputy director and chief operations officer in the Office of Human Resources at the Ford Foundation.

More recent graduates include Monique King-Viehland ’99, executive director of the Capital City Redevelopment Corporation in New Jersey; Dr. Laryn Callaway ’90, founder and CEO of Callaway Consumer Products, parent company of Organic Bistro Whole Life Meals; and Sue Zesiger Callaway, regular contributor to Fortune and, and automotive consultant, who was most recently vice president and general manager of Jaguar Cars North America.

The conference was planned by the Smith Alumnae Association with the support of Liberty Mutual, Smith’s philosophy department, ethics program, and the Women and Financial Independence Program.

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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