Valerie Jarrett, Carla Eyre, and Pam McElvane to Headline Executive Symposium for Women Business Leaders Nov. 16, 2005 in Chicago, IL

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Executive Symposium for Women Business Leaders co-hosted by Boardroom Bound and Diversity Pipeline Alliance, November 16, 2005 in Chicago, I.L. This leadership breakfast will be held at the Private Dining Rooms of Spiaggia, 980 North Michigan Avenue, from 7:35- 11:30 a.m. 75 notable women leaders are expected to participate.

Valerie Jarrett, Carla Eyre, and Pam McElvane to Headline Executive Symposium co-hosted by Boardroom Bound and Diversity Pipeline Alliance, November 16, 2005 in Chicago, I.L. The Symposium will be held at the Private Dining Rooms of Spiaggia, 980 North Michigan Avenue, from 7:35- 11:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Valerie Jarrett, Chairman, Chicago Stock Exchange Board, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, The Habitat Company. The Habitat Company is one of the nation's premier developers and managers of residential apartments.

Ms. Jarrett was elected April 2003 to serve for a three-year term as Chairman of the Chicago Stock Exchange (CHX), on which she had served since 2001 as a Trustee. Ms. Jarrett currently serves on the governing boards of several corporate and charitable entities including Director of USG Corporation, RREEF America, II, Navigant Consulting, Inc., The Local Initiative Support Corporation and The Joyce Foundation. She formerly served on the Boards of Heller Financial, Inc., 360 Communications, Inc., and Harris Insight Funds, Inc. Ms. Jarrett is Vice Chairman of both The University of Chicago Hospitals Board of Trustees, and the Executive Council of Metropolis 2020. She is also President of the Board of the Southeast Chicago Commission. Ms. Jarrett is a Trustee of The University of Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry, and Window To The World Communications, Inc.

From 1995-2003, Ms. Jarrett served as Chairman of the Chicago Transit Board. The Chicago Transit Authority delivers bus and train service to the City of Chicago and 38 suburbs, providing approximately 1.5 million rides each day. Ms. Jarrett has a JD from the University of Michigan Law School and a BA from Stanford University.

Featured Speaker: Carla J. Eyre, Group Senior Vice President with LaSalle Bank N.A., a subsidiary of Netherlands- based ABN AMRO Bank , where Ms. Eyre is the Manager of the Master Trust and Custody Services and ESOP businesses. Carla joined ABN in 1999 as a Group SVP with ABN AMRO Asset Management LLC., and currently serves on the Investment and ESOP Committees. Prior to joining ABN Ms. Eyre was a Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer with Barclays Global Investors in San Francisco, held a position as Senior Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Harris Investment Management, Inc. in Chicago., was President of her own commodity trading and brokerage business, C.J. Eyre, Inc. for thirteen years, worked for the Chicago Board of Trade for three years, and for Alexander Grant, a public accounting firm in Chicago.

Ms. Eyre is currently a member of the Education Committee for the National Futures Association, is a Director of the YWCA of Chicago, and is a member of the Leadership Council for the Chicago Public School Education Fund. Carla was a founding Director of the Chicago Finance Exchange, has been active on several committees for the Chicago Board of Trade, and is a past Director of the Music of the Baroque and Women In Pensions. Ms. Eyre is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Illinois and Ohio Societies, as well as the American Banking Association. Ms. Eyre graduated from Miami University, Ohio, with a B.S. in Accountancy.

Guest Master of Ceremonies: Pam McElvane, CEO, P&L Group. Pamela McElvane is CEO of P & L Group, Ltd a Chicago based business of specialty companies offering an innovative approach to diversity business solutions, serving Fortune 1000 companies. P&L Group companies include: P&L Publishing, whose products include Black MBA Magazine, the official publication of the National Black MBA Association and Black IT Professional Magazine, the official publication of National Black Data Processors Association, and Diversified Recruitment Inc.(DRi), which provides sourcing and staffing of MBAs, IT and Engineering professionals, and DRi Consulting which provides retention services through leadership development and recruitment strategies.

Chicago Conference Partners inviting their members and employees to participate include: AXA Financial (Founding Charter Sponsor), Boardroom Bound, Diversity Pipeline Alliance, EmployeeROI, Gail Blanke’s Lifedesigns, Madrinas – A Latina Leaders Network, National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), 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.

“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 AXA Financial (founding conference sponsor.)

"Partnering with EmployeeROI, a progressive New York-based, 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."

Please visit for full speaker biographies, event schedule, and online registration.

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 and U.S. Financial Life Insurance Company. (Member: NYSE, NASD, SIPC.) AXA Financial had approximately $574 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2005. AXA Financial is a member of the global AXA Group. GE-31570(3/05)

About Boardroom Bound: Boardroom Bound is a 501(C)(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. Post-Enron, corporate board service requires more independence in board members. Companies need directors who bring a fresh perspective and specialty skills to the table and who are willing to be more actively engaged. Boardroom Bound identifies seasoned professional talent through alliances with leading national membership advocacy organizations. Boardroom Bound prospects, prepares, pre-qualifies and promotes this identified talent for corporate board service in Fortune 1000 and emerging and rapid growth companies.

About Diversity Pipeline Alliance: The Diversity Pipeline Alliance is a network of the nation’s leading organizations who share a mission of preparing people of color for leadership and management positions in the 21st century workforce. Founding members of the Alliance include American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE), INROADS, Inc., Leadership Education and Development Program in Business, Inc.(LEAD), Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA). The PhD Project, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) and The Robert Toigo Foundation.

About Employee ROI Inc. (EmployeeROI):

Since 1991, EmployeeROI provided leadership consulting services, including leadership coaching, leadership team effectiveness, experienced based learning, and mentoring programs for women, minorities, and members of other diverse groups -- helping our clients attract, develop and retain the ethical leaders they can depend on to inspire confidence, lead innovation and drive productivity. In 2001, EmployeeROI launched this executive symposium for women business leaders as one way for us to demonstrate our commitment to diversity.

For all inquiries, including media credentials, please contact William Shulman, Employee ROI Inc., 212-937-8413 or visit

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