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Women of Color Career Conference targets staff at U-M and beyond

Hundreds of staff members from U-M and other local employers will gather on campus Feb. 28 for the 21st annual Women of Color Task Force Career Conference.

In addition to hearing remarks by U-M President Mary Sue Coleman and a keynote speech by women's basketball coach Sue Guevara, attendees will choose from a wide array of workshops designed to address issues of work, life and family.

The conference is organized and conducted by the Women of Color Task Force, a volunteer organization that receives administrative support from the Center for the Education of Women. The group originated in 1979 when the Minority Women's Task Force began offering career development workshops. By 1983, with support from the University and the Health System, the first few workshops grew into a full-fledged one-day conference.

Now the conference draws more than 600 attendees from every corner of the University and the community, including the VA and St. Joseph Mercy hospitals, Washtenaw Community College, and Eastern Michigan University. More than 40 workshops cover topics including business (enhancing your leadership skills, hiring and interviewing techniques, starting a home-based business), personal finance (asset management and debt relief) and life skills (coping with grief and bereavement, managing stress).

The public is invited to attend. Conference registration and the keynote session will be held in the Michigan League, 911 N. University Ave. Workshops will be in the Modern Languages Building at the corner of Thayer and Washington streets. The registration fee is $45 for U-M employees and $65 for others. Lunch is an additional $20.

To register before Feb. 15, or for a complete listing of workshops, see http://www.umich.edu/~cew/wctfconf.html. Registration also will be available on site at the Michigan League beginning at 7 a.m. Feb. 28.

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