Beyond the Pipeline: Madrinas, a Latina Business Leaders Network to Partner With EmployeeROI At Its Executive Symposium for Women Business Leaders in New York

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MadrinasÂ? members, Latina business leaders from across the United States, will be utilizing the upcoming EmployeeROI Executive Symposium for Women Business Leaders (breakfast) on January 26 to connect with contacts from the executive ranks of major corporations.

Madrinas’ members, Latina business leaders from across the United States, will be utilizing the upcoming EmployeeROI Executive Symposium for Women Business Leaders (breakfast) on January 26 to connect with contacts from the executive ranks of major corporations. The event will bring together them together to develop, share and reinforce new leadership skills and competencies, and expand their sphere of influence through peer networking. Attendees will include corporate and non-profit executives, director through CEO, active corporate Board Directors, and women business owners with revenue in excess of $2M. The Symposium for Women Business Leaders breakfast will be held on January 26, 2005, at 1345 Avenue of the Americas (52nd/53rd), 41st Floor, from 7:45AM - 11:30AM.

Other conference partners are AXA Financial, Boardroom Bound, National Association for Female Executives, Patriot Career Network, The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Trendsetters Network, Women's American ORT, Women In Technology International (WITI) and World-Wide Business Centres.

“The EmployeeROI leadership breakfasts are like an affinity group for the leaders of affinity groups. Partnering with EmployeeROI and participating in these breakfasts allows Madrinas to expand our peer network of Latina corporate leaders in the U.S. to include ‘new’ prominent Latina leaders that otherwise might have taken months or years for us to connect with,” said Maria Hernandez, Director, Business Resiliency and Security Solutions for IBM and Madrinas Founder/President.

The event lineup includes:

Keynote Speaker:

•    Patricia Morrison, EVP and Chief Information Officer for Office Depot will share her experiences as a CIO working with corporate boards and in Enterprise Risk Management. Patty is responsible for all strategic, operational and financial aspects of the company's technology decisions - including its highly successful global e-commerce platform.

Before joining Office Depot, Morrison w as CIO of The Quaker Oats, Co. in Chicago. Patty was an integral part of Quaker's systems integration with PepsiCo throughout 2001 after their acquisition of Quaker Oats. Prior to that, Patty was CIO at GE Industrial Systems located in Hartford, Connecticut where she lead this $6 billion division of GE through Y2K and an acquisition that doubled it's size.

Featured Speaker:

•    Pat Drago, President of Drago Consulting was named Business Insurance Magazine's Top 100 Insurance Women. Pat will share real-life success stories and lessons learned from her two decades of Insurance Industry Leadership experience, including her experience as CEO of Broadspire Services, CEO of NATLSCO, Executive Vice President of Kemper, and President of Crum & Forster Insurance.

Executive Education/Workshops:

•    "Financial Essentials for Women Executives and Women Presidents" presented by Georgette Geller, CLU, ChFC, Vice President North East Division AXA Advisors, LLC.

•    "Managing Up, a Leadership Workshop” We all have a manager -- someone we report to. That relationship is critically important for success and survival. This interactive workshop will focus on some key skills and attitudes that enable participants to develop valuable relationships with their managers. Presented by Daniel White, Principal and Senior Managing Director for EmployeeROI

Please visit http://www.womenbusinessleaders.com for full speaker biographies and event schedule.

About Madrinas

Latinas have typically had to “pole vault” around a number of barriers and maneuver their way to success. Madrinas was started in 2002 by visionary professional Latinas who saw the need for a powerful network committed to career advancement, leadership development, and mentoring. Madrinas was launched in partnership with the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR.)

For more information about Madrinas: Contact: Lydia Rosa, Secretary & Chair, Public Relations 917.968.9753, or go to http://www.madrinasnetwork.com.

For more on the event, contact: Rachelle Pachtman,212-996-1715,rpachtman@nyc.rr.com.

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