Women leaders to impart key lessons at career conference
October 8, 2009
By Darla Martin Tucker
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – ( www.lasierra.edu ) Women can maximize career success when they are clear on their purpose and priorities and are willing to take risks and receive guidance.
Cari M. Dominguez, a director with staffing giant Manpower Inc. and former chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, will discuss these strategic career path ingredients and other perspectives from her experiences when she delivers a keynote speech for the LeaderShaping ’09 conference next week. The event, designed to empower women in their careers, will take place Sun., Oct. 18 at the La Sierra University Church, 4937 Sierra Vista Ave., Riverside, from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The event includes two addresses by Dominguez.
She will give an opening session talk titled “Secrets of Strategic Risk-Taking Throughout Your Career.” Dominguez will also provide a closing session speech titled “Spiritreneuring – Leading With Your Heart,” a presentation about career choices that are based upon a desire to make a difference in the world.
“A spiritreneur combines her spiritual calling with her professional calling. It allows individuals to listen to their spiritual voice – their heart, and devote themselves to the higher purpose of their work,” Dominguez said. “Our next generation of worker is extremely mission connected so you will see more and more of them gravitating toward careers that protect the environment, reduce pain and suffering in underdeveloped countries and actively promote a society that is inclusive and free of prejudice.”
“LeaderShaping -- Women@Work” will feature a panel discussion and workshops by women business and community leaders in the Riverside area. Participants will include: La Sierra University alumna Deisy Ruiz, citywide internship coordinator for the Riverside mayor’s office; Rose Mayes, executive director, Fair Housing Council of Riverside County Inc.; Deborah Meredith, county manager, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Riverside/San Bernardino; Susan Gyi, attorney, past president, Arlington-La Sierra Rotary Club; Rose Girard, executive director of The Unforgettables Foundation; Jane Block, community organizer on women’s issues, children and the environment; La Sierra University Vice President for Communications and Integrated Marketing Marilyn Thomsen; Dulce Peña, associate general counsel, Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center; Kim Davidson Morgan, public relations/fund raising consultant, archeologist; Kishori Reddy, board director, International Relations Council of Riverside, vice president, Riverside International Film Festival, information technology professional.
Workshop topics will run the gamut from career journeys, co-mentoring, juggling career and family to what employers expect in a changing workplace.
“Though technical women are some of the most accomplished people in the information technology industry today, we still need more of them,” commented Reddy. Her career in information technology included serving as a project manager for PeopleSoft and Oracle, work that entailed traversing the United States. “In the [Information Technology] role, there is no excuse to say ‘it can’t be done’ and women are always up to any challenge.” The most common challenges facing professional women include restrictions to career entry, promotion and retention, she said. Her mother, an economics professor and other women mentored Reddy. “…they most definitely shaped who I am today,” she said.
LeaderShaping ’09 is a two-in-one conference weekend. The Fri., Oct. 16 and Sat., Oct. 17 conference sessions are titled “Women and the Word” and are structured around the theme of “Authentic Sexuality.” Friday’s session begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s events will proceed throughout the day from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pastors Chris Oberg, Alicia Patterson, Andrea Trusty-King, Elizabeth Talbot, Cindy Tutsch, and Dilys Brooks will be featured speakers. Breakout sessions Saturday afternoon will feature the following topics: “The Woman in the Mirror,” “The Invitation to Be Still,” “Sexual Abuse: How to Help a Friend,” “Finding Healthy Sexuality: the Adulterous Woman of John 8,” and “Praying for Family & Friends: What It Is & What It Isn't.”
La Sierra University Women’s Resource Center and the Andrews University Center for Women Clergy in Berrien Springs, Mich. are coordinating the conference. Cost for the three-day conference is as follows: LeaderShaping ’09 weekend, $175; “Women and the Word” (Friday evening and Saturday only), $85; “Women@Work” (Sunday only), $99. Conference registration and lodging information is at www.AdventistWomensCenter.org. Call (951) 785-2470 for more information. Costs for vegetarian meals at La Sierra University’s Dining Commons are $9 each for Saturday lunch and supper and $15 for the Sunday luncheon.
In 2008, 46.5% of U.S. women aged 16 and older were either employed or looking for work out of a total 154.3 million persons in the civilian labor force. Median weekly earnings for full-time wage and salary workers last year rang in at $638 for women and $798 for men, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
“LeaderShaping’s goal is to provide inspiration and practical tools for women to develop and maximize their skills for the workplace and community,” said Heide Ford, director of La Sierra’s Women’s Resource Center and organizer of the LeaderShaping conference. “Women are known for being service-oriented and improving working conditions. Now research shows that having more women in leadership also increases an organization’s performance and bottom line. LeaderShaping seeks to empower women to learn, grow and make the best use of their talents to transform the pressing needs of today.”
PR Contact: Larry Becker
Executive Director of University Relations
La Sierra University