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Great Minds, Great Leaders Women's Conference


"Great Minds, Great Leaders: Blazing Trails to the Top"

JAN. 18, 2002-A first-of-its-kind conference for the North Texas area, "Great Minds, Great Leaders: Blazing Trails to the Top," will bring together woman leaders from higher education and the business world on Monday, Feb. 25, 2002. The all-day event will be held at Collin County Community College's Spring Creek Campus, at 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.

The program will feature highly regarded keynote speakers who represent the education or business communities. Dr. Zelema Harris, president of Parkland Community College in Illinois, will present the first keynote address and kick off the day's events. Dr. Harris has been named President of the Year by the American Association of Community Colleges and CEO of the Year by the American Association of Community Colleges Trustees. Following the morning sessions, former U.S. ambassador to Austria Kathryn Hall, president of Kathryn Hall Vineyards Inc., will present the keynote lunch address. Ms. Hall has had a distinguished career as a successful businesswoman, community activist and humanitarian. Finally, Carol Nichols, senior vice president and manager of JPMorgan Chase Bank will end the day with the keynote afternoon address. Recently, the Fort Worth Business Press honored Ms. Nichols as one of 20 "Women of Influence."

In addition, participants will have an opportunity to hear from a leadership panel comprised of veteran woman professionals who work in education or business, including Dr. Monique Amerman, president of Dallas County Community College District's Mountain View College; Dr. Judith Hansen, president of Independence Community College in Missouri; Sylvia Komatsu, senior vice president of TV production at KERA in Dallas; and Paula Mann, president and CEO of Sunbelt Telecommunications in Allen.

The conference will also include roundtable discussions led by local professionals from across the D/FW Metroplex and will cover a wide range of topics ranging from managing politics in the workplace and understanding the bottom line to developing emotional intelligence.

Seating is limited at this event. The registration fee is $95 (includes lunch) and must be received by Feb. 15, 2002. If you are interested in attending, please call Collin County Community College District at 972-881-5606.