for Women in Government & Civil Society's 25th Anniversary
Celebration Honors Commitment to Public Life
Madeleine M. Kunin, former Vermont governor, is Keynoter;
Six Women Leaders will be Recognized
Luntta (518) 437-4980
N.Y. (September 11, 2003) -- The University at Albany Center
for Women in Government & Civil Society will celebrate
its 25th anniversary on Sept. 18, 2003, with an address by
keynote speaker Madeleine Kunin, a women's leadership symposium,
awards presentations and a past presidents' reception.
anniversary event will be held 3 to 8 p.m. at The Desmond,
660 Albany-Shaker Road, Albany. Tickets are $40 and reservations
can be made by calling (518) 442-3898 or by downloading an
invitation and reservation form at www.cwig.albany.edu.
President Karen R. Hitchcock is honorary chairperson of the
anniversary celebration. Keynote speaker Madeleine M. Kunin,
former governor of Vermont, former U.S. ambassador to Switzerland
and founder of the Institute for Sustainable Communities,
will address women's leadership in her talk, "Nothing
Ventured, Nothing Changed."
anniversary theme is 'Expand Possibilities; Create Opportunities,'
" said Judith R. Saidel, executive director of the center.
"On this special occasion, we will pause to acknowledge
with pride our shared history and renew our commitment to
advancing women's participation and influence in public life."
the keynote address, a Silver Anniversary Symposium panel
on women's leadership challenges will be led by Helen Desfosses,
president of the Albany Common Council; Karen DeWitt, Capitol
Bureau Chief, New York State Public Radio and New York State
Senator Velmanette Montgomery.
women will be honored with the center's newly established
Women in Public Service Leadership Award. They are: Wendy
Durand, founding executive director of the Capital District
Women's Bar Association Legal Project, Inc., Albany; Maud
Easter, director of "Voices for Change: Immigrant Women
and State Policy," a program of the UAlbany Center for
Women in Government & Civil Society; Dr. Anne Elliott,
executive director of Project Greenhope: Services for Women,
Inc., New York City; Judith Enck, policy advisor in the Environmental
Protection Bureau of the Office of the Attorney General of
New York State; Margaret Krause, chair of the board of directors
of Northeast Health in Troy and Joan A. Male, executive director
of the Joan A. Male Family Support Center in Buffalo.
to Jacquelyn J. Hawkins, current president of the center's
board of directors, "The award recognizes the outstanding
service and achievements of women leaders who have benefited
our communities and state in thousands of different ways in
acts of public or volunteer service. They have all responded
to people's needs and the missions of their organizations
with tremendous commitment, intelligence and resourcefulness."
award recipients were chosen from several fields of endeavor,
including women who have demonstrated exemplary volunteer
or staff leadership in a nonprofit organization or the community;
brought about significant change in local or state government,
or contributed to the growth and success of the Center for
Women in Government & Civil Society since its founding
anniversary celebration will conclude with a 6:45 to 8 p.m.
reception, hosted by the center's past presidents.
Center for Women in Government & Civil Society is part
of the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and
Policy of the University at Albany. Through research, teaching,
leadership development, networking and public education, the
center strengthens women's public policy leadership, broadens
the access of women and youth to policy knowledge, skills
and influence, advances equity for women in the workplace,
enhances nonprofit management and leadership and informs policy
makers and policy activists on issues related to women, children
and families. In 1983, the center established the Fellowship
on Women and Public Policy program. Other major programs are
"Voices for Change: Immigrant Women & State Policy,"
the Liberty Partnership Program and Nonprofit Education Initiatives.
The center is located on the UAlbany downtown campus, Draper
Hall 302, 135 Western Avenue. For more information, contact
the Center, (518) 442-3898, or visit www.cwig.albany.edu.