February 9, 2007

Annual conference provides mentoring opportunities

As part of the University’s celebration of Women’s History Month, Sacramento State will present the third annual “Women Mentoring Women” conference on Friday, March 2 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the University Union Ballroom.

“This year’s theme is ‘Creating Understanding Across Generations,’” says Pat Grady, director of the Women’s Resource Center and conference committee member. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our students to focus on intergenerational issues in both their professional and personal lives, as well as seek an opportunity to learn and collaborate with leaders in their fields of interest.”

More than 50 mentors from fields such as health care, government, education, law and technology will be matched up with students who are just beginning their work in their chosen careers. Mentors and their students will begin the day-long event with a breakfast and welcome from Gloria Gonzalez, committee chair. Other morning events include ice-breaker exercises and a keynote address from Sylvia Silva and her two daughters, Renee Lopez and Maria Lopez. All three women have earned doctorate degrees.

Following the address by the “trio of two generations of high achievers” will be a luncheon and panel discussion. Panel participants include retired Sacramento State vice president for Student Affairs Shirley Uplinger, Associated Students director Pat Worley, Kathryn Palmieri, coordinator of the Academic Advising program and Sacramento State student Leslie Barron.

Both morning and afternoon workshops will feature a variety of topics including financial planning, health and wellness, leadership and networking.

The conference is sponsored by the University’s Office of the President, Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, the Career Center, University Enterprises Inc. and the Women’s Resource Center.

Students are encouraged to register early at http://saweb.csus.edu/students/wmw/. For more information, contact the Sacramento State Women’s Resource Center at 278-7388 or visit www.csus.edu/wrc/wmw/index.stm. Media assistance is available by contacting the Sacramento State Public Affairs office at 278-6156.