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Women’s Economic Summit Offers Access to Experts


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Business, Financial Literacy, Earning Power, Public Policy Are Topics of Event

Monday, April 6, 2009
7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WHAT:  Women will control 60 percent of the wealth in the United States by the year 2010. Experts on how women can make the most of their economic opportunities, from growing businesses and exploring entrepreneurship to improving financial literacy and taking a lead role in public policy, will speak at the Women’s Economic Summit. The day-long event is presented by the Merrimack Valley Venture Forum in conjunction with UMass Lowell and business organizations from around Massachusetts.

Speakers, panel discussions, networking opportunities and exhibits are all part of the event. Programs include “Harnessing the Power of Womenomics” at 9:35 a.m. by Alison Maitland, author of “Why Women Mean Business ߝ Understanding the Emergence of our Next Economic Revolution”; the noon keynote, “The Economics of Women on Boards,” with Toni G. Wolfman, executive in residence at Bentley University; and the closing keynote at 4 p.m. with former Lt. Gov. Evelyn Murphy, president of The WAGE Project
The morning welcome will be presented by Merrimack Valley Venture Forum President Susanne Ferrara and UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan.

Other presenters and panelists scheduled to participate include:

  • Cynthia McClain-Hill, president of the National Association of Women Business Owners
  • Edith Silva, executive director of the state Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance
  • Kathryn Carter, dean of the UMass Lowell College of Management
  • Kate McDonough, chair of the Merrimack Valley Venture Forum’s Women’s Collaborative

For a full schedule of events and speakers, check out

WHERE: Cumnock Hall, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell. Contact the Office of Public Affairs for directions and parking information.

For more information, contact or 978-934-3224