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The Secretary's 21st Century Workforce Office

Women Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century: April 3, 2003 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center


7:45 a.m. Registration

9:00 a.m. Pledge of Allegiance

Singing of the National Anthem
Carissa Darling, Women Impacting Public Policy, Inc.

Morning Keynote
Hector V. Barreto, Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration

Message from the President
Phyllis Hill Slater, President and Owner, Hill Slater, Inc.

  Success Story: Marilyn Ware, Chairman Emeritus, American Water

Introduction: Terry Neese, President and Co-Founder, Women Impacting Public Policy, Inc.

9:30-10:30 a.m. Dollars and Sense: Taking Care of Your Money
Moderator: Henrietta Holsman Fore, Director, United States Mint
Jean Chatzky, Financial Editor, NBC Today Show; Editor-at-Large, Money Magazine
Marion Asnes, Senior Editor, Money Magazine
Terry Keenan, Business Anchor, Fox News Channel
James K. Glassman, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

  Success Story: Cheryl McKissack Felder, President and Chief Operating Officer, McKissack and McKissack

10:30-11:45 p.m. Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Innovative Solutions for Affordable Health Care
Moderator: Julie Weeks, Executive Director, National Women's Business Council
Merrill Matthews, President, Council for Affordable Health Insurance
Marcia Comstock, COO, Wye River Group
Victoria J. Braden, President and CEO, Braden Benefit Strategies, Inc.

Going Global: Exploring New Markets Overseas
Moderator: Maria Cino, Assistant Secretary and Director General of the U.S. & Foreign Commerical Services, U.S. Department of Commerce
Bob Elsas, Regional Manager, International Trade Programs, U.S. Export Assistance Center
Beth Pomper, Chairwoman, Food, Nutrition and Agriculture Network, Business Women's Network
Joanna Savvides, President, World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia
Nancy J. Gilboy, President, International Visitors Council of Philadelphia

Strategies for Marketing your Business Better
Moderator: Kellyanne Conway, President and CEO, the polling company™/ WomanTrend
Myrna Blyth, Editorial Director, More Magazine & New Product Development, Meredith Corporation
Melinda Emerson, President and CEO, Quintessence Entertainment Inc.
Mary Meder, President, Harmelin Media
Barbara Taylor, Corporate Citizenship Consultant

Staying Ahead of the Curve: Tips for Keeping Current on the Tax Code
Moderator: Barbara Kasoff, Vice President and Co-Founder, Women Impacting Public Policy, Inc.
Barbara Weltman, Publisher, Barbara Weltman's Big Ideas for Small Business;, Inc.
Marie Medeck, Philadelphia Area Director, Internal Revenue Service Small Business - Self Employed Division
Barbara Potts, Esquire, Blank Rome LLP
Arlene Kay, Executive Director Systemic Advocacy, Office of Advocacy, Internal Revenue Service

Getting the Contracts: Strategies for Winning Business
Moderator: Susan Phillips Bari, President, Women's Business Enterprise National Council
Avis Yates-Rivers, President, Technology Concepts Group
Geri Swift, President, Women's Business Development Center of Philadelphia
Pat Creedon, President and CEO, Creedon Controls Electrical Contractors
Mary Kay Hamm, President and CEO, Linden International

Entrepreneurship and the Work/Life Balancing Act
Moderator: Reta Lewis, Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Shinae Chun, Director, Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor
Shonda Parker, President, Naturally Healthy
Joyce McIntire, 2002-03 PA State President, Business and Professional Women and McIntire Insurance Services

The Search for Money: Options and Strategies for Securing Growth Capital
Moderator: Marsha Firestone, President, Women President's Organization
Lisa Westlake, Vice President and CFO, Small Business Network from American Express
Julia Garella, Principal, McColl Garella, LLC
Bernell Grier, Regional Marketing Manager, Fleet Community Bank
Christopher Morse, Vice President for Financial Services, Merrill Lynch

12:05 p.m. Introduction: Renee Amoore, President and Founder, The Amoore Group
Luncheon Keynote: Elaine L. Chao, U.S. Secretary of Labor

12:30 - 2:00 p.m. "Taste of Philly" Lunch
Bredenbeck's Bakery
Delilah's Southern Cuisine
Mama D's Italian Specialties
Margaret Kuo's
Philadelphia Job Corps Center
Southern Expressions Café and Catering
Susanna Foo
Virtuous Woman
Jamaica Jerk Hut

2:00 p.m. Success Story: Rebecca Matthias, CEO, MothersWork

Michele Ridge, wife of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge

Homeland Security: Keeping Your Workplace Safe

Moderator: Karen Kerrigan, President and CEO, Women Entrepreneurs, Inc.
Angelo Acquista, Author, The Survival Guide: What to do in a Biological, Chemical or Nuclear Emergency?
Lieutenant Colonel Marianne Burtnett, Special Assistant to the Homeland Security Advisor, The White House
Cheryl Watkins Snead, President and CEO, Banneker Industries, Inc.
Jan Lane, Vice President, American Red Cross

3:00 p.m. April W. Palmerlee, Senior Coordinator, International Women's Issues, U.S. Department of State

Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Chairman & CEO, Carlson Companies, Inc.; Chair, National Women's Business Council

Reaching Out to Small Business: The Administration's View
Ann L. Combs, Assistant Secretary, Employee Benefits Security Administration
Angela Styles, Administrator, Office of Federal Procurement, U.S. Office of Management and Budget
Kathleen B. Cooper, Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, U.S. Department of Commerce

4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks
Melanie Sabelhaus, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration

4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Networking Reception

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