FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                Date: February 19, 2003

    Contact: Lynn Otterson, 206-7173


Speaker to examine “Women in Business and Life”


SPRINGFIELD Dr. Jane Smith, CEO of Business and Professional Women/USA, will speak on “Alone and Together: Women in Business and Life” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The event is presented in observance of International Women’s Day and Women’s Heritage Month.

In addition to her position with BPW, Smith has developed minority youth leadership in Detroit and Atlanta, worked at both the King and Carter centers, directed the Atlanta Project (model for The Springfield Project, a community effort that works to restore and revitalize neighborhoods), led the National Council of Negro Women, and served on the faculty at Spelman College in Atlanta.  In 2002 she was named a “Woman of Distinction” by the American Association of University Women. She received a B.A. from Spelman, an M.A. from Emory University, and an Ed.D. in education and social policy analysis from Harvard University.

Smith’s presentation will be preceded by a showing of the short video “One Fine Day,” a musical history of modern western women. A reception sponsored by the UIS Office of Minority Student Affairs will follow her talk in the PAC Restaurant.

The UIS Women’s Center, College of Business and Management, Community Outreach and Partnership Center, Diversity Task Force, Office of Minority Student Affairs, and Academic Affairs Speakers Fund are the sponsoring partnership for this event.

For more information, call the Women’s Center at (217) 206-7173.