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Chair of Civil Rights Commission Keynotes UCR Women's Conference 2000

Chair of Civil Rights Commission Keynotes UCR Women's Conference 2000

(January 31, 2000)

Mary Frances Berry, chairperson of the United States Civil Rights Commission, will address other politically influential women Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25 in Riverside at "Women's Conference 2000: Forging an Extraordinary Century for Women."

The two-day conference, held off-campus, is organized by the Women's Resource Center at the University of California, Riverside.

Four local women will be inducted into the Women's Hall of Fame during a ceremony and dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, March 24 at the Registrar of Voters office, 2724 Gateway Dr., Riverside.

The following day the conference offers politically-focused panel discussions, workshops, exhibits and a rally called "50/50 by 2020" that calls for equal representation in political life for women by the year 2020. All sessions will be held at the Holiday Inn Select, 3400 Market St., Riverside. Workshop topics include how to run for political office; presentation skills; leadership; demystifying gay and lesbian issues; health; and preparation for Beijing 5, the global conference on women.

Capping the conference will be a keynote address by Berry, who is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a former Assistant Secretary for Education for the U.S. Department of Health, Educ ation, and Welfare.

Following Berry's address will be featured speaker Anita Perez Ferguson, author of "A Passion for Politics" and "Encouraging Women in Leadership" and the immediate past president of the National Women's Political Caucus.

Aileen Hernandez and Marilyn Fowler, both leaders of The California Women's Agenda, will also speak.

"This is a conference for people from all walks of life," said Adrienne Sims, director of the UCR Women's Resource Center. "In this, an election year, it is a groundbreaking event for politically-motivated women and girls, those serving in leadership cap acities, and others, to meet, learn and share information as agents of change."

Registration for Saturday workshops costs $40 per person with discounts for UCR staff, students and alumni. Businesses wishing to set up exhibit tables at the fair will be charged $50, while non-profit groups can exhibit at no charge.

Individual tickets for the Hall of Fame Dinner and Ceremony cost $75, with package deals available that include event sponsorship, exhibit tables or recognition in the program materials. Free dinners will be provided to Hall of Fame inductees or members of the media.

Further information is available from the UCR Women's Resource Center, (909) 787-3337.

Conference 2000

Hall of Fame Ceremony
Friday, March 24, 7 p.m.
(Sign-in and Social Hour, 6 p.m.)
Registrar of Voters
2724 Gateway Drive
Riverside, CA 92507

6 p.m.Sign-in and Social Hour

7-9 p.m.Inductee Roasts

Conference 2000
Saturday, March 25, 2000
Holiday Inn Select
3400 Market Street
Riverside, CA 92501

8:30 a.m.Registration

9 a.m.WelcomeAdrienne Sims, Ed.D.

9:15 a.m.Panel of Political ProfessionalsRuthee Goldkorn

10:15 a.m.50/50 by 2020 Rally

11a.m. - NoonWORKSHOP SESSION I Spirit of LeadershipAmy Lynn Frost, MBA; M.A. Toni Johnson
Running for Office: Choose Your BattlesAnita Rufus
Power-Up Presentation SkillsLois Phillips, Ph.D.
Health for SuccessSusan Smith, Ph.D., CDE


12:30 p.m.Keynote Speaker: Mary Frances Berry, Ph.D., JD
Chairperson, U.S. Civil Rights Commission
Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought, University of Pennsylvania
Former Assistant Secretary for Education, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
One of 75 women in "I Dream A World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America"
One of America's "Women of the Century," The Women's Hall of Fame
Recipient of 27 honorary doctoral degrees
Awardee: the NAACP Roy Wilkins and Image Awards; Rosa Parks Award of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; and the Ebony Magazine Black Achievement Award
Author of seven books, including "The Pig Farmer's Daughter and Other Tales of American Justice: Episodes of Racism and Sexism in the Courts from 1865 to the Present" (1999) and "The Politics of Parenthood: Child Care, Women's Rights and the Myth of the Good Mother"
Member, District of Columbia Bar

1 p.m.Featured Speaker: Anita Perez Ferguson, MA
Professional Trainer
One of the "100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States" by Hispanic Business Magazine
One of Roll Call Newspaper's "Politics Fabulous 50"
Woodrow Wilson School of Government's Fellows Program Appointee
Immediate Past President, National Women's Political Caucus
NWPC Special Representative to the NGO Forum of the United Nations
Author, "A Passion for Politics" and "Encouraging Women in Leadership"
Chair, Ethnic Advisory Board for Education in California
Commentator, WAMC in New York

1:45-2:45 p.m. WORKSHOP SESSION II

Spirit of Leadership: Amy Lynn Frost, MBA; MA Toni Johnson
All Politics is LocalMary Curtain
Demystifying Gay and Lesbian Issues in PoliticsJennifer Richard
Power-Up Presentation SkillsLois Phillips, Ph.D.

3 p.m.Action in 2000 and Beyond Aileen C. Hernandez Empire Ballroom Marilyn Fowler

3:30 p.m.Door PrizesNancy Melendez

Contact Information:
Dr. Adrienne Sims
Director, UCR Women's Resource Center
Chair, Women's Conference 2000
Phone: (909) 787-3337 Fax: (909) 787-5199
E-mail: Web:

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