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“Dream Team” to Host Upcoming Alaska Women’s Summit



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Summit will be held at the University of Alaska-Anchorage on October 16th and 17th

ANCHORAGE-The second annual Alaska Women’s Summit is scheduled to take place on October 16th and 17th at the University of Alaska-Anchorage (UAA).  The first day of the summit will be held in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium, while the second day will take place at the new Alaska Airlines Center on campus.

A “dream team” of passionate Alaskan women have come together to host the summit including U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, First Lady Sandy Parnell, Former Lieutenant Governor and former UAA Chancellor Fran Ulmer, State Senator Lesil McGuire, Janet Weiss President BP Alaska, Karen Hagedorn Production Manager ExxonMobil, Brig. General Cathy Jorgenson, and State Representative Charisse Millett.

Presenters at the summit will include nationally acclaimed speaker Gail Evans on the topic “She Wins, You Win” as well as Alaskan dynamos Holly Brooks, Sophie Minich, DeeDee Jonroe, and Diane Kaplan.   Dana Stabenow and Leigh Newman will be speaking on their acclaimed success as Alaskan writers who’ve succeeded in every sense of the term.

“The summit’s mission is to call on Alaska's brightest women to come together to work on finding answers to the toughest questions facing Alaskan women and families,” said Senator Lesil McGuire. “This year's summit is focused on building communities of change, self-advocacy and the glass ceiling, and how empowerment and mentorship are such vital tools in developing young women.”

“Women bring a wide range of unique skills and aptitudes to the professional workplace, and strong Alaskan women even more so – it’s in everyone’s best interest to tap into their energy and ideas,” said Senator Lisa Murkowski.  “I am proud, once again, to serve as a co-chair for this event that brings a spotlight on ensuring success for all Alaskan women in every aspect of their lives – from education, to raising a family, to pursuing a career and making sure we build opportunities for today’s young women to become tomorrow’s leaders.  As we see in the United States Senate, women bring a powerful problem-solving mentality to their professional endeavors, and the Alaska Women’s Summit is a one-of-a-kind forum where we can learn from one another and push each other – and Alaska – to 21st century success.”

The Summit was brought to fruition after a report Senator McGuire had commissioned in 2013 on the status of women in Alaska in regards to housing and homelessness, domestic violence, the gender-wage gap, mental health and drug addiction, and health care.  The report revealed that Alaska may be one of the most challenging places in the United States for women.  On average, Alaskan women are paid less than women in the rest of the US, imprisoned at a higher rate, and have a suicide rate that is twice the national average.  The statistics also show our rates of domestic violence and sexual assault are two and a half times the national average.

First Lady Sandy Parnell said, “We are in the land of opportunity with a solid economic foundation and state initiatives promoting jobs and strong families. So, here’s the paradox, while women are making great strides in a great land, many more struggle, their potential unrealized.”

“Women are Alaska's most undeveloped natural resource. This summit celebrates a positive and remarkable future for women in the Last Frontier by embracing a thoughtful assessment for change,” said Senator McGuire.   “I hope as many women as possible will sign up for this powerful opportunity.”

Registration is open to all Alaskan women who would like to attend.  To see the full agenda for the summit, please click here.

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