Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate – Media, 610-740-3790



Panelists Represent Women’s Success in Business, Education and Academia

Allentown, PA (April 24, 2006) - According to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women make 80 cents to the dollar when compared to men in equal and comparable occupations. Women of color lag even further behind. In an effort to draw attention to this persistent issue, the Cedar Crest College student chapters of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Black Awareness Student Union are co-sponsoring an informative session for the Cedar Crest student body as part of the national Equal Pay Day event on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Harmon Hall of Peace.

Equal Pay Day at Cedar Crest will consist of a panel discussion led by five successful women representing the business, education and academic worlds. The discussion will focus on the root causes of pay inequity and ways to empower women to negotiate an improved salary and position themselves in the work force to obtain future wage increases. Students will have the opportunity to direct questions to the panelists and the goal of the event is to give women the necessary tools to become proactive and empower them to obtain a salary that matches their skill, experience and education.

Panelists for the evening include: Dr. Helene Leonetti, author of a book titled “Menopause: A Spiritual Renaissance,” who is conducting the only clinical trials on the use of natural transdermal progesterone cream for hormonal balance; Dr. Denise O’Neill, associate dean of student affairs at Cedar Crest; Jane Ervin, former Lehigh County Executive; Alisha Ruiz-Orban, a Hispanic Communications Consultant and a free-lance Professional Translator helping businesses and organizations reach the Spanish-Speaking audience; and Sharon Brown, director of institutional diversity at Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary.

Equal Pay Day is part of a larger national focus organized by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE). NCPE was founded in 1979 and is a coalition of women’s and civil rights organizations; labor unions, religious, professional, legal and educational associations.

For more information, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.


Return to Press Release archive