Women’s Conference to Feature Workshops, Antkowiak as Keynote Speaker

Posted on 5/12/2011 10:25:04 AM
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The President’s Commission on the Status of Women will present its fourth annual conference, “Tough Women in Tough Times,” May 25, 2011, at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.

The conference will begin with morning registration at 8:00.

The IUP commission is working with Indiana Regional Medical Center’s Spirit of Women program to present this year’s event, which is open to the community.

Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Antkowiak

Award-winning KDKA-TV news anchor Jennifer Antkowiak will be the keynote speaker at the lunch hour.

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In addition to her work with KDKA-TV news, Antkowiak has produced and starred in her own show, Jennifer, has led workshops, and has authored several books, including Take Care Tips. She is the founder of Jennifer Productions, a company providing information and products to assist caregivers.

The conference also offers twenty breakout sessions and workshops, ranging from organization tips, coupon-saving techniques, nutrition on the run, yoga and meditation, work and life balance, grief counseling, and professional development. In addition, a number of vendors and nonprofit agencies will have informational and sales tables in the Kovalchick Complex lobby.


The registration fee, which includes the cost of the luncheon and Antkowiak’s presentation, is $50 for the full-day program or $35 for half a day. The fee for a half-day program includes the cost of the luncheon and keynote presentation.

Employees of Indiana Regional Medical Center and members of the Spirit of Women program have a reduced registration fee of $20. The event is free to all IUP employees.

Pre-registration for the conference is required by Friday, May 13. Find an online registration form.

Breakout Sessions

Breakout presentations and workshops are as follows:

  • “It’s All About Balance,” by Diane Wagoner, IUP Food and Nutrition Department, at 9:15 and 10:30 a.m.
  • “Meet Your Inner Warrior through Yoga,” by Sunflower Yoga Studio instructor Jan Baker at 9:15 a.m. and Sunflower owner Jill Fiore at 3:00 p.m.
  • “Achieving a Work-Life Balance in Today’s Changing Workplace,” by Tracey Cekada, IUP Safety Sciences Department, at 9:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
  • “Stretching Your Dollars Even Farther,” by Jessica Bish, IUP Office of Institutional Research and creator of a blog about being a wise steward of resources, at 9:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
  • “When Your Life Takes a Detour...How to Take the Bad and Turn It into Good,” by Alisa DeStefano, IUP Office of Financial Aid and motivational speaker, 9:15 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
  • “SPEAK UP,” a session on public speaking by Malaika Turner, IUP Office of Housing and Residence Life, at 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
  • “The Ascension Meditation and Yoga Association,” by yoga instructor Bina Soni at 10:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
  • “Got Clutter? Get Answers,” by Jody Adams, certified professional organizer and owner of In Its Place, at 10:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
  • “Financial Planning for Women,” by Karen Greene, PNC Bank AVP and branch manager, and Felicia Besh, PNC client advisor and AVP, at 10:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
  • “What is Grief?” by the Rev. Horace “Butch” Derr, at 1:45 and 3:00 p.m.

The President’s Commission on the Status of Women at IUP is part of a larger network of commissions at all fourteen member universities of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The commissions are charged with examining the status of women at the individual universities, identifying areas that need improvement, recommending solutions for problems, promoting networking, and encouraging leadership among women.