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Womens Symposium on challenges in the workplace
Gathering will discuss issues that impact women in business
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The first Business Women’s Symposium scheduled for Nov. 5 in Modesto, aims to present attendees with insights, inspirations and motivational ideas from successful business and educational leaders.


Communicating across generations, financial stability and success and embracing a work life balance are a few of the core topics that will be discussed.


The event is headlined by Gallo Center for the Arts Chief Executive Officer Lynn Dickerson as well as UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland and is presented by the Small Business Development Center and the Stanislaus Business Alliance.


“We’ve assisted hundreds of small businesses in Modesto, Merced and Tuolumne Counties over the years and saw a real need for this type of event,” said Kurt Clark, SBDC director. “Business women are an integral part of company leadership, yet there has not been a forum explicitly designed to address the essential challenges they face in their jobs and their personal lives. We’re delighted to have such well-recognized speakers support this event and share their expertise.”


Although it is focused on issues directly impacting women in the workplace, Clark noted that the event is open to everyone because these issues affect men as well as women.


Seating is limited and reservations are highly recommended. The event is being sponsored in part Ambeck Mortgage Association and New York Life, and numerous gold sponsors from throughout the area.


“We’re getting a tremendous response,” said Katy Winders, SBDC Assistant Director. “We’re honored by the number of companies that have stepped up to sponsor and support this symposium.”


The symposium is hosted by Greens on Tenth Street in Modesto from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., is $20 to get through the door and includes a breakfast buffet, raffle entry and bag.


There will also be a question and answer session held during the event with an opportunity to network. 


Panelists include Julia Rhodes founder and president of KleenSlate Concepts LP, Christine Schweininger Vision Magazine CEO and vice president of the Central Valley Chamber of Commerce and Ann Endsley founder and owner of Greens Table.


To register for the event, call 567-4910 or visit