Pamela Forbes Lieberman and Dr. Damayanti P. Vasudevan to Headline EmployeeROI Executive Symposium for Women Business Leaders May 18 in Chicago

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Creating New Pathways to the Top - Begun 3 years ago in New York City, the May 18th Employee ROI Executive Symposium for Women Business leaders is the first of the successful series to be held in Chicago.

"Partnering with EmployeeROI, a progressive management consulting firm, we are co-hosting this symposium, which embodies a dramatic shift in how women advance to executive management and into the corporate boardroom - where they can influence and accelerate corporate commitment to diversity from above," said Linda K. Bolliger, Founder and CEO of conference partner Boardroom Bound (R). "Instead of having to wait for doors to open, we are creating our own pathways to the top. This is an ideal venue to showcase developing women leaders alongside prospective mentors who are currently serving on corporate boards and other notables who are in a position to help them attain the visibility, access and support they might not otherwise have as easily."

Keynote Speaker: Pamela Forbes Lieberman, former President and Chief Executive Officer, True Value Company. One of only 16 women to lead Fortune 1000 companies last year, Pamela Forbes Lieberman is credited with an impressive financial turnaround of the company since taking the helm in 2001.

Featured Speaker: Dr. Damayanti P. Vasudevan, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, RR Donnelley (NYSE:RRD). Dr. Vasudevan is responsible for strengthening RR Donnelley's ability to serve diverse customers by ensuring that the company's business practices are inclusive of people of the highest integrity and ability with a variety of backgrounds and credentials

Chicago Conference Partners inviting their members and employees to participate include: AXA Financial, Boardroom Bound, Diversity Pipeline Alliance, EmployeeROI, JAD Outreach, Madrinas – A Latina Leaders Network, National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), Women's American ORT, Women in Technology International (WITI), and media sponsors Black MBA Magazine, Black IT Professional Magazine, Women’s Radio, Women’s Calendar, and Minority Professional Network.

There are also three concurrent workshops participants choose from:

1) Pathways to Corporate Board Service, a panel discussion for women who aspire to serve as paid board directors, featuring experts on corporate governance, Sarbanes-Oxley, and executive search. Hosted by Linda Bolliger, CEO & Founder, Boardroom Bound. Panel Moderator is Sara Dioguardi, Partner, Accenture. Panelists include: Cheryl Francis, co-founder and Vice-Chairman of Corporate Leadership center; David Gomez, Founder, Chairman & CEO, David Gomez & Associates, Inc.; and Alice Peterson, Founder and President, Listen Up Group.

2) Wealthy & Wise: Secrets About Money, presented by Heidi L. Steiger, renowned editor, wealth management consultant, former Executive Vice President of Neuberger Berman Inc., recent interim President of Worth magazine, and current board director of AmerUs and Siva. AXA Advisors has purchased copies of Wealthy & Wise for the first 30 people registering to attend this workshop. Heidi Steiger will also join us in the authors pavilion to sign your copy.

3) Developing High Performance Teams, presented by Deborah Chima, President of Chambers Consulting Group.    

The Mistress of Ceremonies for the leadership breakfast will be Gail Blanke, CEO and President of Lifedesigns and best-selling author, who will also be on hand to autograph copies of her new book Between Trapezes, published by Rodale.    Deborah Chima and co-author Narmen Hunter will be autographing copies of her book Choose To Lead.

“These events have provided AXA with a platform to invest in our most senior women executives and other aspiring AXA leaders - through peer networking and workshops - and at the same time helping us brand AXA as an employer of choice for women by showcasing our people” says Heide Sacher, Assistant Vice President of the Women’s Markets Program at founding conference sponsor AXA Financial.

Please visit http://www.womenbusinessleaders.com for full speaker biographies, full U.S. event schedule, and online registration. Members or clients of any conference partner listed above interested in participating should contact William Shulman at EmployeeROI, 212-937-8413, to register at the member discounted rate.

A limited number of interviews are available prior to, during and after the symposium with experts on the topics of: leadership, corporate board service, governance, mentoring and diversity.

About AXA Financial:

AXA Financial is one of the premier U.S. organizations providing financial protection and wealth management through its strong brands: AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company, AXA Advisors, LLC, Alliance Capital Management, L.P., Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., LLC, AXA Distributors, LLC, and the MONY family of companies, including MONY Life Insurance Company, U.S. Financial Life Insurance Company, Advest, Inc., and Lebenthal, a division of Advest, Inc. (Member: NYSE, NASD, SIPC.) AXA Financial had approximately $551.28 billion in assets under management as of September 30, 2004. AXA Financial is a member of the global AXA Group, a worldwide leader in financial protection and wealth management. AXA Group's operations are diverse geographically, with major operations in Western Europe, North America and the Asia/Pacific region. AXA had over $1 trillion in assets under management as of June 30, 2004. The AXA ordinary share is listed and trades under the symbol AXA on the Paris Stock Exchange. The AXA American Depositary Share is also listed on the NYSE under the ticker symbol AXA. GE-30034 (c) (rev.1/05)

About Boardroom Bound®: Boardroom Bound ® is a 501c(3) public service that supports the nation’s interest and works to restore public trust in corporate America by pre-qualifying a new generation of director candidates AND by creating the pipeline network that delivers them to the corporate board room.

About Employee ROI Inc. (EmployeeROI):

Since 1991, EmployeeROI has helped our clients hire, develop and retain the ethical leaders our clients depend on to inspire confidence, lead innovation and drive productivity. Our coaching, training, mentoring, and consulting programs are designed to increase innovation, drive productivity, and retain key employees. In 2002, EmployeeROI organized our first women's breakfast as a way to invest in those women leaders that we predict, over the next 10 years, will increasingly take responsibility for the stewardship of our economy.

For all media inquiries, including press badges please call Rachelle Pachtman, Pachtman Communications, 212-996-1715.

For all general inquiries, please contact William Shulman, Employee ROI Inc., 212-937-8413.

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