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Sen. Murkowski to Co-Chair National Women’s Leadership Summit in Alaska on Energy and Environment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Vice Chair of the Senate Republican Conference, will be an honorary Co-chair of the National Women's Leadership Summit (NWLS) to be held in Anchorage, Alaska June 3-5, 2010. The summit's focus, on energy and environmental issues, comes at a critical time for the nation's future in both areas. Murkowski, the ranking member on the Senate Energy and National Resources Committee, will give a presentation to discuss the summit's highlights and the development of America's energy policy on Saturday, June 5 at 9 a.m. at the Marriott Hotel, 820 West 7th Avenue, Anchorage.

"It is an honor to host, in my home state of Alaska, such a high caliber group of women who are leading the way in the energy and environmental fields," said Murkowski. "This forum is a unique opportunity for us to address the serious challenges confronting our nation and develop sound, sustainable policies that also safeguard our security and strengthen the economy. I can think of no better place to hold the summit than our nation's last frontier, a place critical to America's path forward on energy and the environment."

The bipartisan summit, organized by the Louisiana Center for Women and Government, is designed to highlight female leaders, bring greater visibility to their role in shaping public policy and foster a dialogue on important issues. It will kick off with a reception on Thursday, June 3rd, followed by a series of panel discussions led by influential women in the public and private sectors on Friday, June 4th.  Renowned journalist Lisa Ling, host of National Geographic's Explorer and special correspondent for the Oprah Winfrey show and CNN, will be the keynote speaker. Murkowski will hold the closing presentation with honorary Co-chair U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington).

As Vice Chair, Murkowski is working to ensure that the Senate Republican Conference continues to collaborate and communicate with women and minorities on important issues such as energy, the environment and the economy and to develop solutions that will benefit all Americans.

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