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Women's Conference at ODU to Focus on Finance, Empowerment

Empowering women is a central theme of the 2011 Virginia Women's Conference, "A Woman's Playbook for Wealth, Wellness and Wisdom," hosted by Old Dominion University and U.S. Sen. Mark Warner on Saturday, Nov. 19.

Due to overwhelming popularity, registration for the conference is currently closed. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in ODU's Webb Center.

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius will deliver the morning keynote address at 8:45 a.m., which will be followed by workshops throughout the day. Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour, America's first African American female combat pilot, will conclude the day's events with the second keynote address, at 1:50 p.m.

Conference workshops will cover a variety of topics, including the basics of investing, career advice, starting a small business, financial fitness, personal development, continuing education, money and retirement, and new media and self-marketing.

The conference will also feature a resource expo and opportunities for networking.

"We are bringing together women to look at best strategies to navigate work, family and these tough economic times," said Warner.

ODU President John Broderick, who will join Warner, ODU first lady Kate Broderick and Cathy Lewis, executive producer and host of WHRV-FM's "HearSay," in delivering opening remarks, added, "Old Dominion University is pleased to team with Sen. Warner to bring these resources to Hampton Roads. This event features a variety of conversations important to all women in the region and the commonwealth of Virginia."

Among the day's session leaders are Molly Ward, mayor of Hampton, Terrie Suit, Virginia secretary of veterans affairs and homeland security, plus many financial, civic and academic professionals.

Sebelius, who has led the Department of Health and Human Services since 2009, has been integral in implementing reforms as part of the Affordable Care Act, which will allow 34 million Americans to get health care coverage. Many of her efforts focus on collaborating with health care professionals, employers and patients to slow the growth in health care costs and to make better health care decisions for families.

Armour went from beat cop to combat pilot in three years. Within months of earning her wings, she found herself flying over the deserts of Iraq supporting the men and women on the ground. After serving two tours overseas, she had become America's first African American female combat pilot. From her experiences, she created a seven-step process called the Zero to Breakthrough Success Plan. She now travels extensively, sharing her message of strategies for success "to win on the battlefield of business and life" through her keynotes, coaching and seminars.

Warner, who was elected to Congress in 2008, serves on the Senate's Banking, Budget, Commerce and Intelligence committees. He has established himself as a national leader in efforts on a variety of bipartisan endeavors and solutions to reduce the federal deficit. Earlier this year, he helped form the Senate's so-called Gang of Six - three Democrats and three Republicans - who have spent months working on comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to cut $4 trillion from the nation's $14 trillion national debt.

This article was posted on: November 15, 2011

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