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Virginia Women's Conference

2014 Virginia Women's Conference

Join us on Saturday, November 15, 2014 as Senator Mark R. Warner presents the 5th Annual Virginia Women's Conference: Your Passport to Success!

Hosted in the Webb University Center at Old Dominion University, the conference will explore tools for success by providing advice from experts on health, careers, leadership, personal development, business, finance, and retirement. It will feature remarks from Senator Warner and a special keynote speaker (to be announced). The conference will include workshops, a Resource Expo, lunch, and networking opportunities.

Over 2,600 women have attended the previous four conferences held in Richmond, Norfolk and Roanoke.

The Women's Conference is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical U.S. Senate event. The event is free to all participants but registration is required. A continental breakfast, boxed lunch, and refreshments will be provided. Business casual attire is recommended. Individuals with disabilities who require auxiliary aid or service should contact Kelly at 757-683-3116 or connect@odu.edu no later than Monday, November 10, 2014.


Saturday November 15, 2014
Webb University Center, Old Dominion University

8:30 a.m. Registration & Networking Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

9:15 a.m. Remarks by Senator Mark R. Warner

9:30-10:20 a.m. Keynote Speaker

10:30-11:30 a.m. Breakout Session I : World of Transformation

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Resource Expo, Networking & Box Lunch

12:00-1:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: World of Leadership Panel

1:10-2:10 p.m. Breakout Session II: World of Empowerment

2:20-3:20 p.m. Breakout Session III: World of Well-being, Budget & Balance

3:30 p.m. Wrap-Up and Reception

Breakout Session I: World of Transformation

  • Reinventing Yourself
  • New, Pre-owned, or Classic: Building your Personal Brand NOW!
  • I'm looking for the Woman in Charge! - Entrepreneurship and Business Development
  • Entrepreneur: From Fear to Fun
  • Exploring the Benefits of Working with the State: SWAM and Procurement

Lunch Panel: World of Leadership

  • Bring your boxed lunch and get ready to be inspired! Join us as some of the top leaders in Hampton Roads share their answer to the prompt "What I know for certain about leadership."Breakout Session II: World of Empowerment

Breakout Session II: World of Empowerment

  • Liberate & Educate! Empowering Women to create change without getting short-changed
  • Strategic Planning for Essential Living: Doing what matters so you can be what matters most
  • Life Lessons from My Sicilian Grandmother
  • Telling Your Story: Personalizing your Presentation Skills
  • Financial Healing: Taking the shame out of overspending

Breakout Session III: World of Well-Being & Balance

  • Don't label me: I am NOT just a woman.
  • Wellness: Body, Mind and Soul
  • Let's Talk Long-Term Planning
  • Fitness After 50
  • Ages & Stages: Women's Health and Happiness

Presented by Senator Mark R. Warner & Hosted by Old Dominion University

We would like to thank the following co-hosts and partners for making this free event possible:


Senator Mark R. Warner

Old Dominion University

In Partnership With:

Anthem, Inc.

B2C Enterprises

Bon Secours Virginia Health Systems


City of Norfolk



Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce

MasterYourCard Virginia

Newport News Shipbuilding


Sentara Health Systems

Virginia Community College System

Virginia Port Authority

Connie Schultz

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist

Connie Schultz is a nationally syndicated writer and journalist gaining popularity while at the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper in Ohio. She won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for commentary and was a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing.

Schultz grew up in the working-class town of Ashtabula, Ohio, near Cleveland. She was the first in her family to go to college, and graduated with a journalism degree from Kent State University in 1979. She was a 2003 Pulitzer Prize finalist in feature writing for her series, "The Burden of Innocence," which chronicled the ordeal of Michael Green, who was imprisoned for 13 years for a rape he did not commit. The week after her series ran, the real rapist turned himself in after reading her stories. He is currently service a five-year prison sentence.

Schultz's series won numerous honors, including the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Social Justice Reporting, the National Headliner Award's Best of Show and journalism awards from both Harvard and Columbia universities. She previously won a National Headliner Award (third place) for commentary and was an American Society of Newspaper Editors finalist for commentary, which resulted in the publication of one of her essays, about a girl's coming to terms with her homosexuality, in the book "2002 Best Newspaper Writing." In 2004 Schultz won the Batten Medal, which honors "a body of journalistic work that reflects compassion, courage, humanity and a deep concern for the underdog."

Schultz is married to Sherrod Brown and is the mother of two children and two stepdaughters.


Conference Hotel:
SpringHill Suites by Marriott
4500 Hampton Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23508

To reserve a room at our special rate of $89, please follow this link:


About the Host, Senator Mark R. Warner

Mark Warner spent 20 years as a successful technology and business leader in Virginia before he was elected to public office. The first in his family to graduate from college, thanks to the student loan program, he made a career in business and invested in hundreds of start-up companies which created thousands of jobs in the Commonwealth.

Mark Warner was elected Virginia Governor in 2001, and worked with a Republican legislature to turn a $6 billion budget shortfall into a $1 billion budget surplus. He brought business efficiency to state government, launched innovative education reforms, and led an economic development effort that created nearly 130,000 new jobs across Virginia. When Mark Warner left the Governor's Office, Virginia was ranked as the best state for business, the best managed state, and the best state in which to receive a public education.

Governor Warner was elected to the United States Senate in 2008, and serves on the Banking, Budget, Finance and Intelligence committees. At a time when Washington seems gridlocked by partisan politics, he has emerged as a bipartisan leader who's willing to cross the political aisle to bring people together and get things done. He has partnered with Senate Republicans on every major piece of legislation he has introduced, including bills to end taxpayer bailouts of failing banks, address our significant infrastructure needs, and promote innovative new tools for start-up companies and job creation.

Senator Warner has been recognized as a national leader in fighting for our military men and women and veterans, and working to design a bipartisan, comprehensive plan to address our country's debt and deficit. His brand of bipartisan cooperation is what we need more of today in Washington.

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