DOL Helps Kick Off Working
Women’s Weekend Activities at May 11 News Conference
For immediate release
May 10, 2007
WETHERSFIELD, Connecticut Department of
Labor Deputy Commissioner Linda Agnew will be among the guest speakers taking
part in the 2007 Working Women’s Weekend news conference being held 11 a.m. May
11 at Westfarms shopping center in Farmington.
Agnew, of Avon, will speak about the challenges facing today’s working woman and
read a proclamation from Gov. M. Jodi Rell. Agnew and several other notable
working women will participate in the news conference, including Alison Demers,
host of WRCH-FM’s morning show; Wendy Haggerty, Westfarms marketing director;
and Jennifer Hessel, L’Oréal Paris vice president of retail imaging.
Part of the third annual “Working Women’s Weekend” in Connecticut, the news
conference will also announce Connecticut’s Working Woman of the Year.
Five finalists have been nominated for this designation, with the name of the
winner to be announced during ceremonies being held at the conclusion of the
Liz Scott has been named honorary chairperson for Connecticut’s Working Woman
of the Year for her tireless efforts in fighting pediatric cancer and
raising money to find a cure for the disease. Scott is vice president of
development for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a non-profit organization
founded by her daughter Alexandra (“Alex”) Scott, who suffered from pediatric
cancer. With her mother’s assistance, the youngster organized “Alex’s Lemonade
Stand for Childhood Cancer,” setting up her first lemonade stand on the family’s
front lawn in 2000. Alex passed away in 2004.
“Women today are a major driving force in this state, and many of them are
juggling responsibilities on a number of fronts – in the working world, in the
community and at home,” Agnew points out. “We are delighted to be part an event
that recognizes women and brings attention to the enormous contributions they
make to the workforce and the role they are playing to form today’s business
The “Working Women’s
Weekend,” to be held at Westfarms from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 12 and 11
a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 13, will include a number of free activities for
women, including free mini-makeovers, fashion and accessory consultations, neck
massages and food sampling.
The Connecticut Department
of Labor will also be at Westfarms on Saturday, May 12, to provide career
information including true-life “before and after résumés” that were reviewed
and re-worked by certified professional résumé writers at the Labor Department,
along with a list of the many employment services available at local CTWorks
The public is invited to attend the Friday news conference to congratulate the
Connecticut’s Working Woman of the Year for 2007 and also take part in the many
activities planned for the weekend.
Media Contact: Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535