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Women of Success will be Subject of New Lecture Series

Women of Success will be Subject of New Lecture Series

UCR Women’s Resource Center is sponsoring four talks during the spring about women and their influence.

(January 27, 2009)

Dr. Alexa Canady (photo courtesy of the University of Michigan)Enlarge

Dr. Alexa Canady (photo courtesy of the University of Michigan)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( –- The UC Riverside Women’s Resource Center is launching a new speakers series called “Women of Success” with a first talk at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12 in Commons 367 by Alexa Canady, the first African-American woman in the United States to become a neurosurgeon.

The lecture series is free and open to the public, and speakers include figures from the world of higher education, medicine and entertainment. It is co-sponsored by African Student Programs, African Americans United in Science, Asian Pacific Student Programs, Chicano Student Programs, Native American Student Programs, Student Life; Division of Diversity, Excellence & Equity; and the Associated Students of UCR.

“Our purpose is to showcase for our students, and for the Inland region, some of the nation's most noted women as their tell their personal stories of success - sharing their beginnings, dreams, goals, obstacles, and how they rose to positions of stature and influence,” said Adrienne Sims, director of the UCR Women’s Resource Center.

Future speakers include:
2 p.m. March 5 in room 268 Commons 268 -- Noelia Vela, who is the new chancellor of the San Bernardino Community College District, and the former president of Cerritos College.

2 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 in Commons 260 -- Margaret Lazo, Senior Vice President of Human Resources for NBC Universal Network and Cable Entertainment; National Co-Chair for the Hispanic Forum, an affinity network; one of the "100 Most Influential Hispanics" nationwide per Hispanic Business magazine.

2 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 in Commons 260 -- Joanne Kozberg, Regent of the University of California, Former Secretary of California State and Consumer Services, Partner in California Strategies, a public affairs consulting firm.

4 p.m. Wednesday, April 29 in Commons 367 -- Judy Sakaki, Vice President for Student Affairs at the UC Office of the President and former fellow of the American Council on Education.

Parking is available on campus for a fee. More information is available at (951) 827-3337


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