Dr. Donna Shalala to Keynote the LEADER Summit's Luncheon

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The LEADER Summit, an unprecedented educational and networking opportunity for high-ranking female corporate and non-profit executives and business owners will take place on Wednesday afternoon, January 23, 2008 at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. The LEADER Summit's primary mission is to share strategies for organizational growth and success and to accelerate diversity in top corporate executive and board roles.

University of Miami President, Dr. Donna Shalala, will present the keynote address at the opening luncheon program of the LEADER Summit on Friday, January 23, 2008. The luncheon is co-sponsored by EQUAL VOICE, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides a venue for local women leaders in business and the public sector to develop mutual support and discuss issues of importance to their businesses and families. Michelle Spence-Jones, Commissioner, City of Miami, will join Dr. Shalala to address the business and government leaders in attendance. Women for Women Forum: Where the Public and Private Sectors Intersect is the theme for the event.

The LEADER Summit also features nationally recognized speakers who will present critical education sessions for senior executives to become more effective leaders and prepare them for corporate board positions. The sessions include:

The DNA of Leadership: Shape Your Company's DNA for Increased Profits, Engagement & Productivity
Speaker: Judith E. Glaser, CEO, Benchmark Communications, Inc.

Gender Intelligence Leadership
Speaker: Barbara Annis, President, Barbara Annis & Associates, Inc.

Women on Board: Board Governance as the Next Step
Julie Daum, Practice Leader, North American Board Services, Spencer Stuart
Judith Glasser, CEO & President, Benchmark Communications
Ann S. Lieff, Director at Hastings Entertainment, Herzfeld Caribbean
Basin Fund and Birks & Mayors Inc.

According to Catalyst, a research and advisory organization, Fortune 500 companies with the highest percentages of female corporate officers and board members saw, on average, a 35.1% higher return on equity and a 34% higher return to shareholders than companies with the lowest percentage. Yet, only 16% of all independent directors in the S&P 500 companies are women.

Julie Daum has placed more than 350 women in corporate board positions over the last several years. "It takes at least three diverse people on corporate boards to make an impact," says Ann S. Lieff, former CEO of Spec's Music and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Herzfeld Caribbean Basin Fund, Hastings Entertainment, Inc., Birks and Mayors, Inc. "Our panel will address how to prepare for a corporate board position and what to do if you are the first woman on the board."

The LEADER Summit program begins at 12:00noon and ends with a networking reception from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Registration fees are $199 for the LEADER Summit program, which includes the Equal Voice Forum Luncheon, LEADER Summit sessions, and networking reception. Early bird registration ends January 15th (price increases to $299).

For more information and to register for the LEADER Summit, visit http://www.thewomenscongress.com/leadersummit.html

The LEADER Summit is part of The Women's Congress portfolio. All LEADER Summit participants can attend The Women's Congress at no additional charge. The Women's Congress takes place January 24 to 25, 2008, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Visit http://www.thewomenscongress.com for details.

About The Women's Congress
The Women's Congress combines a conference designed to provide the education necessary for women to take their businesses and careers to the highest levels along with sourcing, recruiting and supplier procurement opportunities. Sessions focus on corporate leadership, entrepreneurial growth and today's hot business topics. The business expo features products and services to run businesses effectively and profitably, and connects exhibiting companies with the chief purchasing officers and decision makers in business today. Women's leadership is transforming business, and the Women's Congress will accelerate that development through two days of business education and exchange. For more information, visit http://www.thewomenscongress.com or call 203-795-8983.

Media contacts:
Patricia San Pedro
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Sascha Gardiner
The Women's Congress
203-795-8983 x105


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