Women’s conference all set to get ‘wild’


Things are going to get “wild” this year at Gannon University’s Women in Leadership Development conference.

WILD, an outlet for empowering businesswomen, was founded eight years ago by the Small Business Development Center at Gannon.

The goal is to support and inspire businesswomen, those presently working and those studying to be in the field, by making a network in which women help women.

The speaker at this year’s event, which will take place April 29, is Dr. Janet Rose Wojtalik, an educator with a focus of women in leadership positions.

Wojtalik has traveled the country sharing her research on women and leadership, and will bring that knowledge to the stage at the WILD conference.  The intended outcome of her speech is to inspire women to stand against inequality in the work place and to use their natural skills to become leaders.

The day is broken down into eight different sections where conference participants will have the opportunity to meet, network and develop leadership skills in smaller groups.

Those in attendance can pick a certain focus for the day: Women Business Owners/Entrepreneurs, Executive Leadership or Risking Leaders.  Morgan Thompson, a senior biology major, said that seeing Dr. Rose is a great opportunity for women leaders to get some advice.

“It seems like their guest speaker this year, Dr. Janet Rose, will give some great advice to all women about leadership, especially those going into business,” Thompson said.

The event takes place in the Ambassador Banquet and Conference Center of Erie.  Registration is ongoing for the event, which does require a $100 payment for the experience.

For more information, visit http://wild.sbdcgannon.org/.



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