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The Women's Leadership Institute at Bentley Hosts Gearing Up: Strategic Tools for Career Advancement, Friday May 9, 8 am- 4:30 pm

May 6, 2008

Waltham, Mass. – Tory Johnson, CEO of Women for Hire and “Good Morning America” consultant, will be the featured speaker at the Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) Bentley College event Gearing Up: Strategic Tools for Career Advancement on Friday, May 9, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the LaCava Executive Dining Room on the Bentley campus.

Targeted toward women in the first decade of their career, the day-long conference will provide practical career guidance and interactive skill building seminars. Topics include:

• Strengthening Workplace Relationships: How to Identify your Work Style and that of Bosses, Coworkers and Managed Employees to Optimize Group and Individual Interactions
• Negotiating, Persuading, and Influencing: How to Communicate More Effectively to Get What You Want (and Need)

“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. “We design our workshops to include skill-building exercises so that attendees will leave not only inspired by the keynote and the panelists, but also in possession of the practical knowledge that they need to move ahead. This will be a Friday dedicated to acquiring skills that can be used on Monday morning.”

Executive-in-Residence at WLI Toni Wolfman, a veteran litigator and staunch advocate for the advancement of women in business, will moderate a luncheon panel of highly accomplished business women who will share personal experiences and give practical tips on how to best achieve professional and personal success. The panelists include:

• Mara Aspinall, most recently President of Genzyme Genetics

• Deya Corzo, MD, Senior Medical Director, Clinical Research, Genzyme Corporation

• Lisa Murray, Senior Vice President in Middle Market Lending, Citizens Bank of Massachusetts

• Cathleen Schmidt, President, Citizens Bank, New Hampshire and Vermont

• Laura Sen, President and Chief Operating Officer of BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.

• Cathleen Warren, Vice President, Manager of Inventory Control and General Accounting, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.

About Tory Johnson: Career expert Tory Johnson is the founder and CEO of Women for Hire, a producer of high caliber recruiting events for women. Johnson is also the Workplace Contributor on ABC’s Good Morning America, where she reaches more than five million viewers on a wide range of job-related issues and challenges, and anchor of Home Work on ABC News Now, the digital channel.

In addition to her television and online segments, Johnson writes a column for in which she addresses topics related to work/life balance, job searching, and career advancement. She is also a Business & Career Coach for AOL and a Career Expert for Yahoo! HotJobs where her column "Be Gutsy at Work" is regularly featured. She is also the co-author of Women For Hire: The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Job, which has received tremendous acclaim since its 2002 publication. Her second book, Women for Hire's Get-Ahead Guide to Career Success was published in 2004. And her third—TAKE THIS BOOK TO WORK: How to Ask For (and Get) Money, Fulfillment and Advancement—was published in September 2006 by St. Martin's Press. Her fourth will be published in Fall 2008.

The event is presented with support from the Patrina Foundation, as well as from corporate sponsors Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, National Grid, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Teradyne, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Putnam Investments, and Vitale, Caturano & Company. For further information or 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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