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KNOXVILLE — “Can Women Really Have It All?” is just one topic that will be explored during a conference at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on Oct. 2 for business women and students interested in starting careers.

“Women in Retailing and Hospitality Leadership Conference” will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the University Center. There will be 11 speakers, including women executives from several large corporations and a panel discussion during the day.

The UT Department of Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Management is planning the conference, but the topics have relevance to working women in all fields. Topics include leadership traits, career management and overcoming barriers. Men also are invited to attend.

“These are the same issues women face across all industries,” said Wanda Costen, assistant professor in the hotel, restaurant and tourism program. “We hope this conference appeals to all women whether they are students, women just entering the workforce or mid-stage career women.”

Conference speakers include:
– Nancy Rutherford, professor and department head in retail, hospitality and tourism management
– Susan Martin, UT provost and vice chancellor
– Bob Rider, dean and professor, UT College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
– Ann G. Bordelon, senior vice president, chief audit executive, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
– Celia M. Swanson, senior vice president, change management, Wal-Mart Stores, USA
– Anneli Adams, executive director, Center for Academic and Professional Excellence and International Development, College of Southern Nevada
– Stephanie Turner, Atlanta Division key retailing manager, Kroger
– Mitzi Short, vice president of multicultural marketing and strategic initiatives, Pepsi Cola North America
– Merilyn Mangum, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Peabody Hotel Group
– Roxanne Flanagan, operations vice president, Walgreens
– Pam Inman, executive vice president and COO, American Hotel and Lodging Association

To see a complete schedule and to register, please visit http://web.utk.edu/HRL08. For more information, call the RHTM office at (865) 974-2141.

The final deadline for registration is Friday, Sept. 26.

The cost of the conference is $50 for all day, including lunch. If you register before Friday, Sept. 26, the cost is only $40, including lunch. The cost to attend the morning sessions with no lunch is $30.

The conference is free for students with a $10 charge for an optional lunch.


Elizabeth Davis, UT media relations, (865) 974-5179, elizabeth.davis@tennessee.edu

Lucy Simpson, Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Management, (865) 974-6242, lucy_simpson@utk.edu