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Registration under way for 2012 womens conference and celebration

January 17, 2012

Coastal Carolina Universitys Women in Philanthropy and Leadership (WIPL) is now registering participants for the 2012 Womens Leadership Conference and Celebration of Inspiring Women. The events are scheduled for Monday, March 19, and Tuesday, March 20, at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel. Speak Up! Give Voice to the Vision is the focus, building on the theme of the 2011 inaugural event Our Vision, Our Voice, Our Time.

The Womens Leadership Conference features these speakers and many more:

* Vernice FlyGirl Armour, America's first African-American female combat pilot;

* Theresa Earnheart, founder of Track Chic, the only social club, shopping, charity and racing news source for female race fans;

* Tori Murden McClure, the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean alone and without assistance, currently president of Spalding University;

* Betsy Myers, founding director of the Center for Woman & Business at Bentley University, former Chief Operating Office for Barack Obamas Presidential Campaign and former executive director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvards Kennedy School of Government;

* Roxana Saberi, Iranian-American journalist captured and held political prisoner, caught in the middle of a dramatic political struggle between Iran and the U.S.;

* Marie Wilson, founder and president emerita of both The White House Project and the Ms. Foundation for Women, and co-creator of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

Early Bird registration pricing for the conference only is available for $220 per person. Beginning Feb. 21, the price for conference registration increases to $249 per person. Group rates of $220 per person are available for groups of five or more.

The Celebration of Inspiring Women reception, awards dinner and ceremony will be held on March 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sheraton. The cost is $125 per person.

To date, The Brandon Agency, WBTW News 13, Frugal Princess, The Sun News and Suzanne Evans have committed as major sponsors.

Register online at by clicking on the Register Today link. Registration forms can be emailed upon request by contacting

This is an exciting time for WIPL as we seek to empower women to fulfill their potential, said Terri DeCenzo, executive director of Women in Philanthropy and Leadership. We look forward to the events and speakers who will build on the theme of leadership and give voice to the vision of gender equity. We encourage all men and women to attend and continue the conversation started last year.

The events are designed to create pathways for positive change by providing an arena where leaders and emerging leaders can meet to develop and nurture alliances and connections.

More than 400 attendees participated in the first Womens Leadership Conference on March 25, 2011, which featured 17 speakers who presented inspirational stories of leadership, empowerment, health and work/life balance. Eight women were honored during the Celebration of Inspiring Women. The 2011 events raised more than $12,000 in scholarship funds through sponsorships and a silent auction. Sponsorships also provided the opportunity for 62 CCU students to participate in the conference and for 44 students to attend the evening celebration.

Coastal Carolina Universitys Women in Philanthropy and Leadership was established in 2007. CCU President David A. DeCenzo describes the WIPL leaders as a group of remarkable women who apply their collective vision, wisdom and determination to create a powerful economic force and an inspiring spirit that actively transforms the lives of students. WIPL accomplishes this through scholarships, leadership initiatives and programs such as the Womens Leadership Conference.

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For more information, call Beth Stedman at 843-349-2145. For media requests, call Martha Hunn at 843-349-2962.