'Women Now' symposium April 5 features Stephanie Coontz as keynote speaker

March 28, 2006

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Nationally-known history and family studies professor Stephanie Coontz is the keynote speaker for the ‘Women Now’ symposium sponsored by The Evergreen State College’s graduate program in public administration, the American Society for Public Administration and Evergreen’s Extended Education program.

The event is Wednesday, April 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Saint Martin’s Worthington Center in Lacey.

Coontz will speak about the realities of balancing life in her talk entitled “Half the Workforce Doesn’t Have a Wife: Getting Real About Work and Family Balance.”

Coontz, a professor at Evergreen, is the author of several books and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show, CBS This Morning, CNN, Fox News, and is featured regularly in The New York Times, The Washington Post and other national media outlets. She is currently the director of Research and Public Education for the Council on Contemporary Families.

After Coontz’s keynote, participants can select from four different breakout sessions ranging in topics from politics to family finances.

Presenters for the breakout sessions include State Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, Lacey’s deputy mayor Nancy Peterson and financial planner and CPA Patricia Bliss. Other presenters include former state senator and gubernatorial candidate Nita Rinehart, Cynthia Harris from the state department of labor and industries and Mary Sawaga of ‘Together!’

Sponsors say that the symposium will be “an exciting evening providing perspective and tools for the professional woman.”

Cost for the program is $20, which includes dinner, is by cash or check only. Registration will be available at the door, or by calling (206) 782-7117 for information on where to send checks.

Registering at the door does not guarantee dinner. If dinner is not available for late-registering participants, the cost is $10.

For more information about the program, as well as the April 8-9 course “Coaching for Change” call Evergreen’s Extended Education program at (360) 867-5515 or go to the Evergreen Chapter of the Society for Public Administration’s Web site at http://www.aspaevergreen.org/.

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More about Evergreen’s Extended Education program: www.evergreen.edu/extendededucation