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March 2005 Women's Conference Focuses On Success


February 17, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - Women constantly balance work, home, family and personal success. At this year's Women's Conference at the Ketchikan Campus, participants will attend workshops to learn how to achieve success and balance in their lives.

Focus on Living: Women's Paths To Success will be March 4-5, 2005 at the University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan Technical Center. Women of all ages, from all walks of life will find workshops that benefit their personal goals and offer an opportunity to meet and interact with other women interested in similar topics.

UAS Ketchikan Assistant Director Cathy LeCompte will kick off the conference Friday, March 4 from 7:00 to 9:00pm with an energetic keynote presentation entitled "Success & You." LeCompte will guide participants through a series of self assessments to help them identify their strengths and communication styles. Participants will begin to develop a plan for their path to personal success. An interactive session, the evening will also feature time to get to know fellow participants, refreshments and door prizes.

On Saturday, March 5, participants have a full day of workshops to build on the previous evening's assessment and activities. The morning begins with an optional yoga session led by certified yoga instructor MJ Turek. A continental breakfast will be followed by the morning keynote speaker, Erin Hollowell. Ms.Hollowell will share her knowledge and experience writing personal journals and explain how the act of writing in a journal can assist a person in identifying and achieving goals. The presentation will be interactive and Ms. Hollowell will offer many different ways to journal. Participants will be able to find the journaling technique that best suits them.

The morning presentation will be followed by a choice of four workshops. Participants can choose to improve their personal finances. Jennifer Naylor, an adjunct business department faculty member with UAS Ketchikan, will offer successful ways to save money, budget, and eventually get perfect credit. Participants interested in finding a successful career can attend "Successful Career Searches." Marty Miller and Melissa Cruise from the Ketchikan Job Center will help participants identify their career strengths through a career assessment. Karen Polley, UAS Ketchikan campus director, will share her experiences in becoming a successful friend. Another interactive workshop, participants will identify what it means to be a friend, especially during times of success and struggle. Participants can also choose to attend "Assertive Communication," designed to teach participants the difference between assertive, non-assertive and aggressive communication styles. Patti Hauser, LCSW will teach participants how positive assertive communication can be applied in private and professional life.

The morning will wrap up with a presentation from Donna Smith, MD. Dr. Smith will share insights and information about women's health issues throughout life. She will discuss healthy living at age twenty, age thirty, age forty and beyond. The presentation will focus on treating health matters positively and proactively, thus successfully throughout a woman's life.

A special lunch celebrating International Women's Day and Women's History Month will be catered by Bar Harbor Restaurant and offered to participants as a way to continue networking with each other.

Afternoon workshops give the participants four more choices in personal success issues. Diversified Investments, Inc. owner Angela Salazar will show participants how to invest their money, how ever much they have, to the maximum success. Eileen Small, CNM will share her practical experiences starting a business and the considerations every woman should be aware of before opening a business. Joann Flora, certified acupressurist will offer principles and techniques to reduce daily stress. The workshop will identify physical, spiritual and nutritional approaches to living stress free. A fourth choice, "Leadership for Success," presented by Dawn Allen-Herron will teach participants how to identify their personal leadership style and how to use that style to improve their success in a variety of leadership situations.

The day will end with a special keynote presentation by Native Weaver Delores Churchill. Ms. Churchill will offer a look into her life as a native weaver and successful woman. She will tell her story of how her mother, Selina Harris Adams Peratrovich, influenced her decision to become a successful and well respected weaver in her own right and on her own terms.

Registration for this conference is open now and costs $75.00. Scholarships are available. Registration is limited and early registration is encouraged. For more information, contact UAS Ketchikan at 228-4514.

The conference is made possible through the support of Ketchikan Indian Community. The University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan provides a wide variety of educational courses and programs to Ketchikan and the surrounding communities throughout the year. Many course offerings are available both locally and through distance avenues including web-based, audio conference, teleconference and satellite offerings. Through these offerings, students can achieve certificate, associate, bachelor and master degrees

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