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Maine Labor Commissioner Valerie Landry to speak at third annual UMFK women's conference

February 1, 2002

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Maine Commissioner of Labor Valerie Landry will deliver one of the two keynote addresses at the third annual University of Maine at Fort Kent Women's Conference, which will be held on Saturday, February 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the Fort Kent campus.

Landry, who was appointed by Governor Angus King in 1995, has been involved in the field of job development and training for 15 years. She also served as an elected official in municipal government.

As commissioner of labor, one of her primary interests has centered on the better use of resources within her department to help better prepare Maine workers for the new world economy, and to help Maine employers find the resources they need to build a quality workforce.

Landry will speak about her experiences as head of the state labor office and tie her talk in to the theme for the day-long event, Women's Interest: Money, Work, and Power. Her presentation will be the featured afternoon address, following lunch at 1:00 p.m. Former State Senator Judy Paradis of Frenchville will introduce the commissioner.

The morning keynote address will be delivered at 8:45 a.m. by Heather Tapley, a former instructor of English at UMFK, who now teaches in the women's studies department at the University of Alberta, Canada.

Tapley predominantly teaches an historical breakdown of feminism from the 18th century to the present, including the theoretical models that generated distinct forms of feminism throughout history, particularly American history.

She will incorporate her study into a presentation entitled "The "F" word and a mouth full of soap: Deodorizing Feminism."

In addition to the two keynote addresses, women's conference participants will participate in various sessions designed to shed light on gendered attitudes toward work, banking and investment, equity, taking control of career and life, and economics.

Workshops will be offered in three different time blocks throughout the day. Topics will be explored in sessions and panel discussions entitled "Suitable Work", "Computers Don't Byte", "Equal Pay/Equal Work", "Women, Investing, and Financial Planning", "Finding Your Passion", "Spreadsheets are More than Bed Sheets", and the "Cinderella Complex", among others.

The day will also include a luncheon, which will feature artworks and crafts by local female artists on display for participants to enjoy.

Events will conclude with a wrap-up discussion and high tea.

The event is open to both the campus community and public.

All conference events, lunch, refreshments and childcare will be provided to participants at no charge. Advance registration is encouraged for meals and childcare.

Conference programs are available at the university and at several area businesses.

Funding for the conference was provided, in part, by MBNA.

For more information on the second annual UMFK Women's Conference or to register, contact Tina Caron at 834-7844.