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Can Women Save the Economy?


Posted 11/03/2009
Posted by Eleta Jones

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"The University of Hartford’s Center for Professional Development will address the question “Can Women Save the Economy?” during the first annual Gail Champlin Speakers Program. Two noted women in the fields of business and entrepreneurship will share their insight and expertise on the topic on Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 5 p.m. until 7:15 p.m. in the Auerbach Science Center Auditorium, located on the University of Hartford’s Asylum Avenue Campus, 30 Elizabeth St., Hartford.

Susan Coleman, a professor of finance in the University’s Barney School of Business, and Alfa Demmellash, a 2009 CNN Hero, will focus their remarks on the effect the economic downturn is having on women, how women are coping, and what women can do to strengthen their position in the economy.

Coleman is a member of the Governor’s Economic Advisory Council, a group of eight leading economists who are crafting a strategic plan for the state’s future growth and development. She also serves on the University of Hartford’s Strategic Planning Committee and, in that capacity, provides economic analyses and forecasts throughout the year.

Demmellash is co-founder and chief executive officer of Rising Tide Capital, a nonprofit microenterprise development organization that supports underserved entrepreneurs in the low-income urban communities of northern New Jersey. She was among a group of creative philanthropists honored by President Obama in June. She was a 2009 CNN Hero, recognized by the news network as “an ordinary person making an extraordinary impact.”

This event will also offer a networking opportunity and question-and-answer session. It is free, but pre-registration is required. To register, please call 860.768.5619. Donations to support the Gail Champlin Speakers Program will be accepted at the door. For more information, please visit .

This speakers program is named for Gail Champlin, who retired earlier this year after 27 years as director of the Center for Professional Development. The Center helps individuals explore and identify fulfilling careers and prepares entrepreneurs to build successful businesses."