Pace University to Host City Wide Conference for 9th and 10th Grade Girls on Nontraditional Careers

This conference provides an opportunity for 9th and 10th grade girls to interact with women from many business sectors of New York City and attend panels and workshop sessions for career tracks in Science; Engineering & the Built Environment; Computing, Communications & Information Technology; Digital Media; Business & Finance; Transportation; and the Public Sector.

Contacts:
Bill Caldwell, Office of Public Information, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu
or Cathy Dwyer, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Pace University,
212-346-1728, cdwyer@pace.edu

March 7, 2005

MEDIA ADVISORY

PACE UNIVERSITY TO HOST 2005 CITYWIDE CONFERENCE FOR
9TH AND 10TH GRADE GIRLS ON NONTRADITIONAL CAREERS
IN SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, AND TECHNOLOGY

WHAT: In light of the controversy over women in traditionally male professions sparked by Harvard President Lawrence Summers, this event provides an upfront-and-personal chance to see how the aspirations of high school girls can be encouraged. Trendsetters Network 2nd Annual Citywide Conference for High School Girls on Nontraditional Careers is being hosted for the second time by Pace University’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS), which has been recognized for educating a high proportion of women in the male-dominated field of computing and for success with minority students. Trendsetters Network is a volunteer organization of professional women who wish to inspire and educate young women to pursue career paths in science, engineering, technology, new media, the building trades, the public sector, business, and finance.

This conference provides an opportunity to cover 9th and 10th grade girls as they interact with women from many business sectors of New York City — women who love what they do and want to share their journey to achievement.

There will be panels and workshop sessions for career tracks in Science; Engineering & the Built Environment; Computing, Communications & Information Technology; Digital Media; Business & Finance; Transportation; and the Public Sector.

Students in the CSIS service-learning course Web Design for Nonprofit Organizations are also involved. They are working with Trendsetters to develop an online multimedia career library related to the conference.

Joyce Freeling, president of Trendsetters’ Network, is excited by the prospect of holding the 2005 conference at Pace because it provides many assets to support the continuing and growing success for this initiative. “University participation creates the best context for stimulating a vision of future promise and achievement for the girls and their parents, and for participating teachers and the growing cadre of work-based learning coordinators; it adds a seriousness of purpose relevant to their work. Pace’s support has helped to close an important organizational gap in our all volunteer initiative – we couldn’t be more appreciative of the institutional citizenship they have provided to the program.”

WHO: Hundreds of students, most from minority groups, drawn from high schools in New York City.
Keynote speaker: Leslie Rahl, President, Capital Market Risk Advisors, Inc. Panelists include: Raquel Castellanos, National Institute of Health Fellow at Columbia University; Annemarie Colbin, CEO, The Natural Gourmet School; Cathleen Cooper, Imaging Specialist, Radiology, Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Colleen Coulter, President, QED National; Lydia DeCastro, Forensic Biologist, Office of the NYC Medical Examiner; Liz Flanagan, Sr. VP Applications, HBO; Annette Heintz, Associate Commissioner, Human Resources, NYC; Lois Justry, EMT, FDNY; Anthony Reyes, Detective, Computer Crime Squad, NYPD; Jessica McGurty, Operations Analyst, New York State Homeland Security; Marsha Parrish, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Betty B. Wu, Chair, White House Advisory Commission on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders.

Visit http://trendsettersnetwork.org for more information about the conference and the full list of speakers.

WHEN: Saturday, March 19, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Pace University downtown campus, One Pace Plaza (across from City Hall), New York City.

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