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Alaska to Welcome the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative/Women Conference to Anchorage

(Anchorage) – Senator Bettye Davis will host the National Women’s Political Organization – NOBEL/Women June 24 through June 27, 2010.  Hundreds of delegates will convene in Anchorage to work with local and national experts in the area of Energy; Broadband; Healthcare; Telemedicine; Women and Politics; and more.  The community is invited to attend Friday’s public workshops at the Marriott Hotel, 820 W. 7th Avenue and the Shining Star Awards Gala to recognize local “Shining Stars” on Friday evening, 7 PM at the Dena’ina Convention Center.   


Friday, June 25, 2010

Opening Plenary Breakfast - $25

7:30 a.m.—9:00 a.m. “Our World, as Big as We Make It” Women Leading the Way

Anchorage Room

Keynote Speaker Candace Matthews, Chief Marketing Officer, Corporate Executive of the Year &Amway Global & 2009 Black Enterprise Magazines

9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Empowering Women Through Telemedicine and IT HealthCare Workshop - $25

Fairbanks/Kenai/Denali Room

The panel will explore the challenges and opportunities of providing remote tele-health services to constituents, including barriers to adoption (i.e., licensure, reimbursement by Medicaid, private pay Federal limited medicare, credentialing, and privileging impediments imposed by CMS) and roles of local, state and federal government.

Panelists: Stewart Ferguson Ph.D., Director Medical Director, Alaska Federal Health Care, Access Network; Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee Jacqueline “Jacqui” Vines, Vice President & 1st Director, Institute for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies; Karen Schulder Rheuban, MD, Medical Director, Office of Telemedicine at the University of Virginia; and Jacqueline “Jacqui” Vines, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Cox Greater Louisiana

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. NOBEL/Women Conference Luncheon - $25, Anchorage Room

Presentation by Melissa Bishop-Murphy, Esq., Senior Director, National Government Relations, & Multicultural Affairs, Pfizer, Inc.; Keynote Speaker: Leilani M. Brown

Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer; Congressional Quarterly (CQ) Roll Call Group

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm. –Energy Trends and Opportunities Workshop - $25

Fairbank/Kenai/Denali Room

Energy Sources, Energy Efficiency are just a couple all topics on the forefront of the energy dialogue.  Learn more about these and other related issues to position your state as a leader in effective energy policies. 

Panelists include: Cynthia Anderson, EM Recovery Act Manager, United States Department of Energy; Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, Vice-President, Progress Energy; Frieda Yueh, IBM Americas, Strategic Trends & Directions Public Sector Solutions; Marilyn Crockett, Executive Director, Alaska Oil & Gas Association

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm “Meet the Political Dream Team:” Women In Politics Workshop - $25. Juneau/Haines Room; Presenters: Gabrielle Bernstein - A 30-year old best-selling author “Add More –ing to Your Life and Cathy Allen (President & CEO – The Connections Group) – an over 50 year old best-selling author “Taking Back Politics – A Woman’s Guide to Winning.” 

Join us to address some of the critical issues facing Women & Power today.  How you can be more powerful influential and visible; tools to reach the next generation of voters; Bridging the great women’s divide: women & the new mentoring; Other guest include National Education Association Alaska Legislative Liaisons, Mr. Willie Anderson and Mr. John Alcantra.

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Emerging Issues In Healthcare Workshop; $25

Fairbanks/Kenai/Denali Room

Healthcare experts will provide cutting-edge information surrounding health care disparities as well as updates on chronic diseases facing the African American communities. Information will equip participants in advancing progressive health policies. Panelists: Dr. Tamara K. Marshall, Clinical Science Manager, Abbott Laboratories; Melissa Bishop-Murphy, Senior Director, National Government Relations & Multicultural Affairs, Pfizer, Inc.; Laura Newberry, M.A., Manager, Health Policy Abbott Laboratories; Michael Splaine, Director, State Affairs, Alzheimer’s Association.

NOBEL/Women is a nonprofit organization that aims to improve the lives of women through education and training; increase the number of Black women elected to local, state and national offices; and increase the number of Black women appointed to political office.

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