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Women's Leadership Forum Seeks to Inspire Positive Impact

Pacific's first event of this type will bring together diverse and esteemed thought leaders from the local and national stages to the Alex G. Spanos Center for a half-day forum on Saturday, March 21.
Mar 7, 2013

Beginning at 9 a.m., the half-day forum will feature a number of speakers and a panel discussion around the theme Advancing Women's Leadership to inspire participants, especially young women, to make a lasting, positive and powerful impact in the communities where they live and work.

Opening the program will be Christy Haubegger, founder of the groundbreaking Latina magazine. Now an agent with the Los Angeles-based Creative Artists Agency, Haubegger also serves on the board of Management Leadership for Tomorrow, an organization that works to increase the number of minority MBA candidates at the nation's top business schools.  

The forum also will feature a panel of local women leaders who will share their experiences in achieving career and education milestones. The panel, moderated by Eberhardt School of Business professor Sacha Joseph-Mathews, will include Regan Porteous, a current college student and graduate of St. Mary's High School in Stockton; Nikki Lowery, youth pastor and director of women's ministry at First Baptist Church of Stockton; Tori Verber-Salazar, deputy district attorney for San Joaquin County; and the Hon. Connie Callahan '75, judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will deliver the keynote address, "No Ordinary Woman." Rice served as U.S. Secretary of State from 2005 to 2009 during the presidency of George W. Bush. Previously, she had served the Bush administration as National Security Advisor, the first woman to hold that position. Rice was Provost of Stanford University from 1993 to 1999, and returned to Stanford in 2009, where she is a senior fellow with the Hoover Institution. She holds a Ph.D in political science from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.  

"We are thrilled and proud to bring Dr. Condoleezza Rice to Stockton," said Kathleen Lagorio Janssen, chair of Pacific's Board of Regents and a member of the Advancing Women's Leadership planning committee. "Her vast accomplishments on the national and global stages are an inspiration to all aspiring leaders, men and women, who are working to improve the lives of those around them."    

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Pacific Box Office, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,  at 209.946.2867 or go.Pacific.edu/Tickets. A limited number of free tickets have been reserved for classes and student groups. To apply for these tickets, contact Women's Resource Center Director Corrie Martin at 209.932.2815 or cmartin1@pacific.edu.

Proceeds from ticket sales will support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Stockton and Pacific's Women's Resource Center. Heading into its 50th year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Stockton serve more than 3,000 children in safe, structured programs. Pacific's Women's Resource Center promotes awareness of women's and gender issues, and cultivates women's leadership on campus and beyond.    

Major sponsors of the forum on Advancing Women's Leadership are Cyril and Howard Seligman, The Record newspaper/San Joaquin Media Group, the AG Spanos Company, and Pacific Arts & Lectures.