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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 news conference.

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 policies.”

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 Career Centers.

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

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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