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Beyond the Pipeline: EmployeeROI Announces Breakfast Speaker Lineup for its Eighth Executive Symposium for Women Business Leaders

Published 01-20-05

Submitted by EmployeeROI

New York, NY - On January 26th, EmployeeROI and its partners will bring together women business leaders to develop, share and reinforce new leadership skills and competencies, and expand their sphere of influence through peer networking. The women leaders attending will include corporate and non-profit executives, director through CEO, active corporate Board Directors, and women business owners with revenue in excess of $2M. The Symposium for Women Business Leaders breakfast will be held on January 26, 2005, at 1345 Avenue of the Americas (54th/55th), 41st Floor, from 7:45AM - 11:30AM.

Conference partners include: AXA Financial, Boardroom Bound, Madrinas - a Latina Leaders Network, National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), Patriot Career Network, The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, New York Women's Agenda (NYWA), Trendsetters Network, Women's American ORT, Women in Technology International (WITI), and World-Wide Business Centres.

"This symposium embodies a dramatic shift in how women advance to executive management and into the corporate boardroom - where they can influence and accelerate corporate commitment to diversity from above," said Linda K. Bolliger, Founder and CEO of conference partner Boardroom Bound (R). "Instead of having to wait for doors to open, we have created our own pathways to the top, by providing an ideal venue to showcase developing women leaders alongside those at the very top, helping them attain the visibility, access and support they might not otherwise have as easily."

Keynote Speaker:

  • Patricia Morrison, EVP and Chief Information Officer for Office Depot will share her experiences as a CIO working with corporate boards and in Enterprise Risk Management. Morrison is responsible for all strategic, operational and financial aspects of the company's technology decisions - including its highly successful global e-commerce platform. Currently, Morrison is a director on the Cleveland-based Jo Ann Stores Board of Directors.

    Before joining Office Depot, Morrison was CIO of The Quaker Oats, Co. in Chicago. She was an integral part of Quaker's systems integration with PepsiCo throughout 2001 after their acquisition of Quaker Oats. Prior to that, Morrison was CIO at GE Industrial Systems located in Hartford, Connecticut where she lead this $6 billion division of GE through Y2K and an acquisition that doubled it's size.

    Featured Speaker:

  • Pat Drago, President of Drago Consulting was named Business Insurance Magazine's Top 100 Insurance Women. Drago will share real-life success stories and lessons learned from her two decades of Insurance Industry Leadership experience, including her experience as CEO of Broadspire Services, CEO of NATLSCO, Executive Vice President of Kemper, and President of Crum & Forster Insurance.

    Executive Education/Workshops:

  • "Financial Essentials for Women Executives and Women Presidents" presented by Georgette Geller, CLU, ChFC, Vice President North East Division AXA Advisors, LLC.

  • "Managing Up" We all have a manager - someone we report to. That relationship is critically important for success and survival. This interactive workshop will focus on some key skills and attitudes that enable participants to develop valuable relationships with their managers. Presented by Daniel White, Principal and Senior Managing Director for EmployeeROI

    Please visit for full speaker biographies and event schedule.

    About Employee ROI:
    Since 1991, EmployeeROI has helped its clients hire, develop and retain the ethical leaders they depend on to inspire confidence, lead innovation and drive productivity. The company's core businesses are leadership development, organizational development, and team development - coaching, training, consulting programs designed to increase innovation, drive productivity, and retain key employees; and specialty executive search.

    For all media inquiries, including press badges and scheduling interviews with featured speakers and other inquiries please call Rachelle Pachtman at 212- 996-1715.

    Journalists, please note. A limited number of interviews are available before or after the symposium with the keynote and featured speakers as well as with experts and conference co-organizers for an update on best practices for accelerating the advancement of women business leaders.

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