For Immediate Release
Contact: David Jwanier, media relations associate, 610-740-3790

Power of Women Program Features Deputy Secretary for Pa. Dept. of Public Welfare

Allentown, Pa. (Feb. 29, 2012)—Power of Women at Cedar Crest College will present its spring professional development program titled, “Live, Learn, Lead…Succeed,” on Monday, March 5. Registration opens at 9 a.m. and seminars begin at 10 a.m. in Tompkins College Center.

The event includes professional development seminars presented by Cedar Crest College faculty who are noted authors and recognized experts in their fields, as well as a keynote address from the Women of Influence Award winner; the opportunity to network; lunch; and much more.

The Women of Influence Award winner and keynote speaker is Karen Deklinski, deputy secretary for administration for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. Deklinski helps to manage an agency with nearly 17,000 employees and a budget of $27 billion, making it the largest state agency in the United States.

Deklinski’s remarks titled, “How Does She Do It & Who Does She Know?” chronicle her extraordinary career in business, politics, entrepreneurship, and motherhood. She will provide insight on how to successfully pursue multiple career and life paths with wit and humor. She is available for media interviews from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

The goal of the program is to help women develop their potential and leadership skills for maximum success in every aspect of their lives. Power of Women—a Lehigh Valley-based women’s empowerment organization “dedicated to providing opportunities for women to reach their goals and their potential”— joined Cedar Crest College in the fall to bring the best in educational programming, lectures, and networking opportunities to women in the Lehigh Valley and beyond.

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Schedule of Events

9–10 a.m.: Registration and networking

10 –10:45 a.m.: Professional Development Session I – Choose one of these three topics:
“The Psychology of Relationship: A Mind-Body Connection”
Micah Sadigh, Ph.D., professor of psychology

“Redefinition: Be a Woman on Your Own Terms”
Elizabeth Meade, Ph.D., acting provost

“Influence: Who’s Got the Power?”
Gaetan Giannini, MBA, business department chair

11:05–11:50 a.m.: Professional Development Session II – Choose one of these three topics:
“Representations of Women in Mainstream Advertising”
Elizabeth Ortiz, M.A., assistant professor of communication

“The Psychology of Relationship: A Mind-Body Connection”
Micah Sadigh, Ph.D., professor of psychology

“Redefinition: Be a Woman on Your Own Terms”
Elizabeth Meade, Ph.D., acting provost

11:50 a.m.–12:55 p.m.: Lunch

1:05– 2 p.m.: Welcome, Introductions, and Award Presentation:
Carmen Twillie Ambar, President, Cedar Crest College, and Representatives of the Power of Women Advisory Board

Woman of Influence Award Presentation, Pamela Varkony, Founder, Power Of Women

Keynote Remarks, Karen Deklinski, Deputy Secretary, Dept. of Public Welfare, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

2– 2:30 p.m. Networking, Browsing, Business Card Exchange

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