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Women's Conference hosted by McKeon at COC Saturday

Carly Fiorina slated to deliver keynote speech

Posted: February 11, 2010 6:49 p.m.
Updated: February 12, 2010 4:21 p.m.
The 2010 Women's Conference hosted by Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) is set for Saturday, Feb. 13, in the cafeteria/student center building at College of the Canyons' main campus in Valencia from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

This is the first year McKeon has hosted such an event, and it has created buzz around the region.

"A lot of work has gone into making Saturday's Women's Conference something meaningful for the community of Santa Clarita Valley and the 25th Congressional District," McKeon said in a statement.

"We certainly hope that the topics covered over the course of three hours Saturday will make a difference in the day-to-day lives of women in the area. As a father of three lovely daughters and husband to my wife Patricia, I know the unique role women play in a family -- often filling the shoes of family nurse, caretaker and provider in many cases.

"I know our speakers, who include Carly Fiorina as keynote, will be able to offer a great deal of advice and steps to take in achieving a work-life balance -- and to do so successfully." McKeon said.

Fiorina, former chairman and chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard Company and first woman to run a Fortune 20 company, will headline the conference with her keynote speech at 11:30 a.m.

There will be a total of six speakers, including Dr. Dianne Van Hook of College of the Canyons. In addition, several nonprofit groups and organizations will attend to provide resource material for women interested in getting more involved in the community or gathering information about a variety of groups.

Suzon Gerstel, who plans to attend Saturday's Women's Conference and also raise awareness for the nonprofit Prayer Angels for the Military, is excited about the event.

"We have a lot of wonderful women in the Santa Clarita Valley, and this gives us a chance to meet one another and hear from some great speakers as well. I think this is a terrific opportunity." Gerstel said.

The conference will also have two break-out sessions on subjects such as health and fitness, finance, starting a business and getting involved in the community.

Light breakfast bagels, coffee, and water will be provided.

This story is posted in The Signal's SCV Raw section. Click here for more information on SCV Raw.


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