Thursday, August 1, 2013

Women's Voices Needed to Advance Women's Economic Status

“Women, Power, and Influence” roundtable event to feature female civic and professional leaders, focus on strategies


CHICAGO –Women Employed will host an engaging and provocative roundtable discussion on August 5. Women, Power, and Influence will feature author Rebecca Sive, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, and Susan Sher, former Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama, and will focus on how women can build influence and exercise power in civic, professional, and political life.

“We know that if we are going to ensure that all women have access to real opportunities to advance economically, women need to use their influence effectively, whether in public office, in civic organizations, or in their local communities,” says Anne Ladky, Executive Director of Women Employed, who will moderate the event. “Our panelists have made an impact in various spheres of influence and bring great experience to the conversation.”

Sive is the author of Every Day is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to the White House, and is a recognized speaker on American women’s pursuit of public leadership, influence, and power.

Kelly is the State Representative for the 2nd district of Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives. As a former state representative and official in Cook County government and the State Treasurer’s Office, Kelly championed consumer protection, financial literacy, economic development, and workplace reforms like the minimum wage.

Sher is currently the Executive Vice President for Corporate Strategy and Public Affairs at the University of Chicago Medical Center and Senior Advisor to the University President. She was formerly Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama and served as Associate White House Counsel focusing on health care reform.

The roundtable participants will share strategies for elevating issues and exercising influence in the decisions that affect women’s lives and opportunities. There will be a networking reception preceding the discussion, and audience Q&A immediately following.

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Photos of Sive, Kelly, Sher, and Ladky are available to press upon request.

About Women Employed
Women Employed mobilizes people and organizations to expand educational and employment opportunities for America’s working women. Founded in 1973, this year we celebrate four decades of opening doors, breaking barriers, and creating fairer workplaces for women. For more information, visit Visit us on social media at Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.