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The Women's Leadership Institute at Bentley Hosts "Gearing Up: Strategic Tools For Career Advancement"

May 10, 2006

Sharon Allen, chairman of the board of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, will be the featured speaker at the Women's Leadership Institute (WLI) at the Bentley College event: Gearing Up: Strategic Tools for Career Advancement on Friday, June 9, from 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the Executive Dining Room, LaCava Campus Center on the Bentley campus.

Targeted toward women in the first decade of their careers, the day-long conference will provide practical career guidance. Featured topics will include negotiation, mentoring and presenting your best self - along with a range of other issues pertinent to today's young working women who are looking to progress in their careers.

"We recognize that many junior, professional women possess the drive and desire for career advancement, but may be uncertain about how to realize their potential," says WLI Director Marianne DelPo Kulow. "Not only will these workshops provide attendees with practical skills required for career advancement, but workshop facilitators will be women who have achieved significant success and are willing to share their 'secrets.' In addition, we have designed these workshops to include skill-building exercises so that attendees will leave not only inspired, but also in possession of the practical knowledge they need to move ahead. This will be a Friday workshop dedicated to acquiring skills that can be used on Monday morning."




Sharon Allen is the first woman elected chairman of the board of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP and the highest-ranking woman in the organization's history. Recently, she received the Private Sector Woman of the Year Award from the Financial Women's Association; she is the only woman in professional services ever to achieve this honor.


"Ms. Allen is the perfect executive to personify our message that young women must realize they will not get noticed unless they are proactive in promoting themselves," says DelPo Kulow.

Five workshops, each led by a professional and a Bentley faculty member, will be repeated throughout the day. Topics are:

  • Negotiating for You: Skills that Will Pay the Bills
  • Managing Up: Finding Advancement Opportunities
  • When Work and Life Collide: Balancing Personal and Professional Health
  • Standing Up, Standing Out: Getting Noticed and Respected for the Right Reasons
  • Mentoring 101: The New Face of Mentoring


    Facilitators include:

    • Sandra L. Fenwick, CEO, Children's Hospital Boston
    • Pamela F. Lenehan, President, Ridge Hill Consulting LLC
    • Josita D. Todd, CEO, CMGI, Inc.
    • Christine S. Manfredi, partner, Wellington Management
    • Patricia C. Foye, executive vice president of global marketing and alliances, MRO Software, Inc.
    • Joanie Winberg, founder/president, Happy Wednesday, Inc.

    The conference runs from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and concludes with a working lunch, during which participants can continue the morning topics in less formal conversations at 'topical tables' anchored by business professionals.

    The event is presented with support from State Street Bank and Deloitte & Touche USA LLP. For further information or to register, please visit

    Funded in part by the Patrina Foundation, the Women's Leadership Institute at Bentley was created in 2003 to train and support a new generation of effective, diverse, socially responsible, and ethical women business leaders.

    BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit

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