Northern Illinois University

NIU Office of Public Affairs


News Release

Contact: Tom Parisi, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-3635

September 15, 2008

NIU conference will introduce young women to career opportunities

DeKalb, Ill. — Female high school students interested in exploring career options and learning more about the academic side of college life are invited to attend the 2008 Conference for Young Women, hosted by Northern Illinois University from 8:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, at Holmes Student Center.

Now in its 13th year, this popular conference has been praised by many participants with varied interests and backgrounds.

The conference introduces young women in their sophomore through senior years of high school to a variety of career areas, including professions where women have been historically underrepresented, and provides opportunities to interact with successful women faculty and NIU students.

This year’s conference includes a panel discussion on career opportunities for women; presentations by faculty on topics related to women’s collegiate experiences and career options; tours of the NIU campus; and lunch with NIU faculty, professionals and students. Conference speakers will focus on career opportunities in fields ranging from computer programming and politics to law enforcement, sports training and business management.

“I received information on the 2008 Conference for Young Women, and I think it is a wonderful event,” said Candace Gardner, mother of two former conference participants. “The campus experience was very inspiring for my two older daughters as they were leaving high school and searching for life direction.”

The conference is sponsored by the NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Women’s Studies Program. To register, visit www.niu.edu/wstudies/2008_Conference_for_Young_Women.shtml or call 1-800-345-9472 .

The registration fee is $38 before Sept. 29, with a $5 additional late charge. Limited scholarships are available. For additional information, call (815) 753-1038.

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