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Women in Business Conference to Empower Female Leaders

CWU is hosting a conference on October 28 to empower the next generation of strong female leaders. The conference, titled Empowering Female Leaders: Shattering the Glass Ceiling, will feature successful businesswomen sharing their personal narratives and advice about salary negotiation, work-life balance, and developing a brand.

The conference is sponsored by the Women in Business club, the College of Business, and Alumni and Constituent Relations. It is free for CWU students, and $25 for faculty and staff, alumni, and community members. Lunch is catered by the Ellensburg Pasta Company.

“This is going to be an informative and uplifting day of personal development,” said Tasha Oney, president of the Women in Business club. “Our keynote speaker is Lee Rhodes, the CEO of Glassybaby. She has a pretty inspiring story.”

Seattle-based Glassybaby sells glass-blown votives and drinking glasses, and donates 10 percent of sales to charity. In June, Rhodes was named a regional Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. Her keynote speech is called “The Healing Glass.”

Other presentations include:

  • “Being a Woman in a Man’s World,” by Annette M. Sandberg, CEO of TransSafe Consulting. Sandberg is a former administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, former deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and former chief of the Washington State Patrol.
  • “Getting What You Want: Build Your Negotiation Skills,” by Professor Nancy Pigeon, CWU Department of Management.
  • "I am Woman Hear Me Roar! Gender Differences in Communication,” by Professor Emeritus Philip Backlund, Department of Communication.
  • “Feeling Stressed? Tips for Handling Workplace Conflict,” by Professor Erica Holley, Department of Management.

The Women in Business club at CWU promotes the equity and acceptance of women in the workforce, and provides tools and knowledge for women and men in order to eliminate stereotypes in all fields and sectors of employment.

The conference is from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. October 28. Register online at

Media contact: Barb Arnott, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-2841,

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