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The Women's Leadership Institute at Bentley Presents Gearing Up: Strategic Career Tools for Women in the First Decade of their Career, May 11

April 8, 2007

The Women's Leadership Institute (WLI) at Bentley College will present Gearing Up: Strategic Tools for Career Advancement on Friday, May 11, from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the LaCava Executive Dining Room on the Bentley campus.

Targeted toward women in the first decade of their careers, the day-long conference will offer innovative workshops to provide practical career guidance. Featured topics - including negotiation, professional and personal presentation, and managing personal finances - cover a range of issues pertinent to today's young working women who are looking to advance in their careers.

"This event is unique in two ways," says WLI Director Marianne DelPo Kulow. "It is designed exclusively for junior professional women, who are an underserved group in the marketplace of professional development conferences. The event also teams seasoned professional businesswomen with faculty members to ensure that attendees are not only inspired by successful women role models but also empowered immediately by acquiring practical skills they can begin to implement when they return to work on Monday morning."

Six workshops, each led by a practitioner and a Bentley faculty member, will be repeated throughout the day. Topics include:

  • Managing Your Own Career: Spotting and Creating Opportunities for Advancement
  • Standing Up, Standing Out: Effective Professional and Personal Presentation
  • Negotiating for You: Effectively Advocating on Your Own Behalf
  • Building Productive Workplace Relationships: Coworkers, Managers, Clients
  • Taking Charge of Your Personal Finances: Wealth Health
  • Balancing Personal and Professional Lives: Success Without Giving Up Your Life

Facilitators include:

  • Lisa M. Austin, AAMS financial consultant, AG Edwards & Sons, Inc.
  • Beth I.Z. Boland, partner, Bingham McCutchen, LLP
  • Diane Darling, CEO, Effective Networking, Inc., and author of The Networking Survival Guide: Get the Success You Want by Tapping Into the People You Know
  • Pam Everhart, senior vice president, Fidelity Investments
  • Sandra L. Fenwick, COO, Children's Hospital Boston
  • Pamela F. Lenehan, author of What You Don't Know and Your Boss Won't Tell You: Advice From Senior Female Executives on What You Need to Succeed
  • Christine S. Manfredi, partner, Wellington Management
  • Sharon Teitelbaum, work-life and career coach, and author of Getting Unstuck Without Coming Unglued: Restoring Work-Life Balance

The conference runs from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and concludes with a cocktail hour, during which participants can practice the tools they will learn during the luncheon workshop devoted to effective networking.

The event is presented with support from Teradyne, State Street, Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, and St. Paul Travelers. 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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