Symposium will help women overcome barriers to successful business careers

Symposium will help women overcome barriers to successful business careers
November 20, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094

Thinking about changing careers or jobs? Have you been a stay-at-home mom and are ready to get back into the workforce? Perhaps you want to start your own business. Making a change in one’s career can be frightening. Starting a business can be expensive and risky. Going back to work after a long layoff can be confusing and frustrating. But Benedictine University and DuPage Woman newspaper want to give women the tools and the confidence to achieve their career goals. Benedictine University and DuPage Woman will present “Ignite Your Life: Women’s Career Symposium – Modify, Amend or Transform Your Career” from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 24 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center on the Benedictine campus. Among the dynamic and successful professional women who will speak at the symposium is Maureen O’Brien, owner, O’Brien & Son, an exterior decorating company, and founder of Celtic Connections, an organization for women who lead and are making a difference in the world. O’Brien’s keynote address is titled “Develop Transferable Customer Service and Leadership Skills.” Also scheduled to speak is Anne Schwab, publisher of DuPage Woman newspaper, a certified financial planner and an inspirational speaker, entrepreneur and author. Schwab’s keynote address is titled “Overcoming Barriers,” in which she uses her own life experiences to inspire others to overcome their barriers in order to discover and live their life’s passion. Other speakers include Barbara Dwyer, president of Inspire! Ministry for Women; Tamara Fay, founder of Tamara K. Fay Consulting, a management and human resources consultant firm; Vicki Austin, founder of CHOICES Worldwide who offers career coaching, strategic planning and training and development to the professional service industry; and Alice Wood, founder of Wealth Watchers International. Holly Smith, founder and president of U-Connect, Inc., a health insurance consulting and software and entrepreneurial services company, will serve as master of ceremonies. Women who register before December 19 receive a reduced rate of $50. Registration after December 19 is $79. To register online, go to www.ben.edu/wcs. For sponsorship or exhibitor information, contact Anne Schwab at (630) 707-7147 or schwab@dupagewoman.com.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.