Women’s Symposium

Dr. Laura Berman to speak at 2010 Women’s Symposium

Dr. Laura BermanTherapist, sex educator, columnist, radio host and women’s health leader Dr. Laura Berman will deliver the Emmie V. Baine Lecture during SMU’s 45th Annual Women’s Symposium.

This year’s event, “Answers Empower: You Can Ask the Questions,” is scheduled for March 3, 2010, in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Dr. Berman will speak during lunch at the Symposium, which is the oldest continuously running program of its kind in the country and attracts more than 400 community leaders, high school students and college students, faculty and staff members each year.

Berman has given advice about sex and relationships on “The Today Show” and CNN, as well as in publications including The New York Times, USA Today, Glamour, Elle and Ladies’ Home Journal. She also writes an online column, “In the Bedroom with Dr. Laura Berman,” and starred in Showtime’s hit reality series “Sexual Healing,” which followed real-life couples through a week in therapy with her. Her latest book, The Book of Love: Every Couple’s Guide to Emotional and Sexual Intimacy, was released by DK Publishing in January 2010.

Dr. Berman is familiar to millions through her nightly Sirius XM Radio program, “Better in Bed,” and her regular appearances on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” That familiarity makes her an ideal individual to lead a conversation on women’s health and wellness, says Karen Click, SMU Women’s Center director and Women’s Symposium coordinator. “She is an expert in women’s health and speaks with an inspiring confidence about issues affecting women.”

Symposium topics range from medical myths to the state of the U.S. health insurance system, with discussions on body image, healthy nutrition and more.

Each year, Women’s Symposium participants provide feedback on topics for the following year’s event. Throughout 2009, the Symposium Advisory Board and Student Planning CORE Committee “kept returning to the theme of women’s health,” Click says. “As the national conversation on health and healthcare has been so prominent, we knew that we had hit upon a good topic.”

Through researching the subject and asking women about their health interests, “we found that more often than not they had questions instead of answers,” she adds – hence the 2010 Symposium title.

“We hope that the speakers, workshops and resources will provide answers to the myriad of questions that women have about their health,” Click says.

Symposium attendance is free for SMU faculty, staff and students; the registration deadline is Feb. 24. Register online or contact Wendy Smith, 214-768-4792.

Learn more at the SMU Women’s Symposium website
Visit Dr. Berman’s homepage at www.drlauraberman.com

Glinda Bridgforth talks money at Women’s Symposium Feb. 25

Glinda BridgforthGlinda Bridgforth, financial expert and author of Girl, Make Your Money Grow! A Sister’s Guide to Protecting Your Future and Enriching Your Life, is the keynote speaker in SMU’s 44th Annual Women’s Symposium Feb. 25, 2009.

Bridgforth, renowned as a featured coach in the “Oprah’s Debt Diet” series on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” has written 4 books on money and credit management. She speaks on a variety of personal financial issues, including building wealth, clearing debt, setting financial goals, dealing with money insecurities, cultural aspects of money habits and the emotional issues behind spending. She is the founder of Bridgforth Financial & Associates LLC, a consulting firm that offers “a holistic approach to financial management.”

The 2009 Symposium further explores its theme, “Women and the Monetary Truth,” with 3 interest sessions that will examine women’s roles in money management on a personal and global scale.

“When we set out – in March 2008 – to find a theme for our 44th Symposium, we had no idea how relevant this would become,” says Karen Click, director of SMU’s Women’s Center for Gender and Pride Initiatives. “From our keynote speaker to our workshops and topical tables, we will be looking at many different aspects of women and money. What do women need to know about money? What haven’t we learned, and what can we share with each other?”

“I look forward to having that intimate space to ask of other women around me, how are you managing this? What should I be doing?” Click adds.

Created in 1966 as part of SMU’s 50th anniversary celebration, the Women’s Symposium is the longest continuously running program of its type in the nation. The annual event brings together women and men of all ages and ethnic backgrounds to explore topics of national interest.

SMU faculty, staff and students may attend the Symposium free of charge. Register online or find more information at the Women’s Symposium website.

Calendar Highlights: Feb. 2, 2009

Etruscan warrior statuetteVolunteer meet-up: SMU’s 44th Annual Women’s Symposium is looking for volunteers – learn more about how you can help at a Volunteer Mixer 5 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Women’s Center, 3rd floor, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. For more information, contact Karen Click, 214-768-4796

Interdisciplinary Dialogue: Jill De Temple, assistant professor of religious studies, will moderate a discussion of the intersection of Latino Protestant religious identities and political action in “Latino Protestants, Evangelicals, and Pentecostals” Feb. 4 in the Umphrey Lee Center faculty dining room. Dinner is at 6:30 pm; discussion is scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. To register, contact Carolyn Douglas.

Ancient treasures: SMU’s Meadows Museum celebrates the opening of “From the Temple and the Tomb: Etruscan Treasures from Tuscany” and “New Light on the Etruscans: Fifteen Years of Excavation at Poggio Colla” with a reception for faculty and staff 4:30-6 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Museum. A special lecture by University Distinguished Professor of Art History Greg Warden, “New Evidence for Etruscan Ritual: The Excavations at the Sanctuary of Poggio Colla,” will follow at 6 p.m. For more information, call 214-768-4677. (Left, bronze statuette of a warrior ca. 550 B.C.E. Florence, National Museum of Archaeology.)

“The Time Is Now” for SMU’s 43rd Women’s Symposium

Eleanor CliftAs U.S. citizens contemplate the possibility of electing their first woman president in 2008, SMU’s 43rd Women’s Symposium will explore the new status of women as leaders on campus and in society with its Feb. 28 event, “The Time Is Now.”

“The time is now to talk about all the ways in which women are advancing, in every arena,” says Women’s Symposium Coordinator Karen Click.

Eleanor Clift (right), contributing editor for Newsweek and co-author of Madam President: Shattering the Last Glass Ceiling, will deliver the Emmie V. Baine Lecture during lunch, which begins at 12:25 p.m. A 3 p.m. interest session, “Madam President: An SMU Model,” brings together the University’s past and present women student body leaders to discuss their experiences.

With Senator Hillary Clinton continuing a historic run for the White House, Symposium planners brought a heightened sense of the political climate to this year’s event, Click says. “We were well aware of this turning point when we put together this year’s event – in fact, that’s how we came up with our theme,” she says. “The unprecedented success of her campaign gives us a platform to speak broadly about women who are shattering glass ceilings everywhere.”

Created in 1966 as part of the University’s 50th anniversary celebration, the Women’s Symposium is the longest continuously running program of its kind in the nation. It features nationally recognized speakers as well as seminars on topics of national interest and workshops conducted by students, community leaders, and SMU faculty and staff.

Symposium registration is free for SMU faculty, staff and students; the deadline is Feb. 22. Register online at the Women’s Symposium website.

Eleanor Clift is keynote speaker for 2008 Women’s Symposium

Eleanor CliftEleanor Clift, contributing editor for Newsweek and co-author of Madam President: Shattering the Last Glass Ceiling, will deliver the Emmie V. Baine Lecture in SMU’s 43rd annual Women’s Symposium Feb. 28.

Created in 1966 as part of the University’s 50th anniversary celebration, the Women’s Symposium is the longest continuously running program of its kind in the nation. The program features nationally recognized speakers as well as seminars on topics of national interest and workshops conducted by students, community leaders, and SMU faculty and staff.

Symposium registration is free for SMU faculty, staff and students; the deadline is Feb. 22. Register online at the Women’s Symposium website.

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