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Womens leadership talk to feature former ambassador

November 4, 2010

Linda Tarr-Whelan, an internationally-recognized advocate for womens leadership, will give a talk titled Women Lead the Way at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16 in the Wall Auditorium at Coastal Carolina University. The event is free and open to the public.

Tarr-Whelan is a distinguished senior fellow at the progressive think tank Demos. She was ambassador to the United Nations Commission on the Status for Women in the Clinton administration. She also served as deputy assistant for womens concerns to former President Jimmy Carter and was named one of the 50 most powerful women in Washington by the Ladies Home Journal.

She has had a varied career including serving as a nurse, management consultant, advocate, nonprofit leader, communicator and union negotiator, as well as a government official at the state, national and international levels.

She is the author of Women Lead the Way: Your Guide to Stepping Up to Leadership and Changing the World, which offers practical steps for women to make life better for themselves and society.

Tarr-Whelen, who now lives in Beaufort, earned a bachelors degree in nursing from Johns Hopkins and a masters degree from the University of Maryland. She also holds honorary doctoral degrees from Chatham University and Plymouth State University.

The event is sponsored by CCU's Womens and Gender Studies Program, Women in Philanthropy and Leadership, the Office of the President, and South Carolina Womens Connection, an initiative of Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development.

For more information, contact Julinna Oxley, director of the Universitys Women's and Gender Studies Program, at 843-349-6548 or