Spring Women’s Conference planned May 3

Spring Women’s Conference logoWomen of NIU are invited to the Spring Women’s Conference, scheduled Friday, May 3, at the Yordon Center.

This event promotes dialogue, empowerment and understanding for women related to career advancement as they navigate the culture and political climate in higher education. Conference sessions will be most helpful for new to mid-level professionals in higher education at NIU.

NIU alumna Christine Sobek, president of Waubonsee Community College, is the keynote speaker.

Sobek has led Waubonsee through a period of unprecedented growth and student success since she became its fourth president on July 1, 2001.

Christine Sobek

Christine Sobek

She has more than 30 years of community college administrative experience. Prior to her appointment as president, she served in several administrative roles at Waubonsee, including provost, executive vice president for Educational Affairs, assistant vice president for Instruction, assistant vice president for Student Development and dean of Student Development.

She earned her Ed.D. in adult continuing education from NIU in 1996. In 2002, the NIU Alumni Association honored her with its Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

Breakout sessions at the Spring Women’s Conference will address topics such as networking; communication in the workplace; work-life balance; salary negotiation for women; and defining a career path.

Sobek’s keynote address and the breakout sessions take place from 8 a.m. to noon. A lunch open forum is planned from noon to 1 p.m. Check-in and a continental breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m.

Cost is $10. Registration is available online. Priority is given to NIU staff, faculty and students. Space is limited; early registration is encouraged. The deadline to register is 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1.

Sponsors are Human Resource Services, Affirmative Action and Diversity Resource, Intercollegiate Athletics, the Academic Advising Center and the Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management.

For more information, or to request disability-related accommodations, contact Nikkita Carrington at (815) 753-6037 or ncarrington@niu.edu.

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