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Contact: Michael B. Laffin, Carnegie Mellon

Meghan G. O'Brien, C200

For immediate release:
March 4, 2002

Top Women Business Leaders Select Carnegie Mellon University to Host Prestigious Seminar for Female Students

PITTSBURGH—The Committee of 200 (C200), an organization of the nation's preeminent women executives and business leaders, has chosen to host its distinguished Outreach Seminar at Carnegie Mellon University's Graduate School of Industrial Administration (GSIA) in Pittsburgh. In previous years, the prestigious, one-day summit has rotated among the nation's elite university business schools including those at the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University and Stanford University.

The event, titled "Discovering Your Worth, Your Path, Your Possibilities," will take place on March 15 and is expected to attract nearly 250 attendees including C200 members, MBA students, business professors and local female executives. The seminar will include two keynote addresses and nine panel discussions given by C200 members.

Veronica Hagen, president, Alcoa Engineered Products, and vice president, Alcoa, will focus her keynote on career paths involving entrepreneurial and corporate skills. Patricia M. Cloherty, chairman, board of directors, U.S. Russia Investment Fund, will speak about career paths and development. Panel topics range from the "mom-preneur" phenomenon to nurturing global management styles.

According to GSIA Dean Douglas Dunn, hosting the C200 event is a fitting coup for the school, which ranks among the leading MBA programs in the world. "Although we faced stiff competition attracting this year's C200 seminar, our women students are among the best and brightest in the world and deserve a mentoring and networking opportunity with the country's most influential female executives," Dunn said. "We also are extremely grateful to Flori Roberts, C200 member/founder and Carnegie Mellon alumna, who was instrumental in bringing the event to Pittsburgh," Dunn added. Ms. Roberts owns The Roberts Group in Longboat Key, Fla., where she also serves as the company's creative director and television spokesperson. Roberts is also the creator of Dermablend, and Smart Cover, cosmetics.

"We are very pleased to have Carnegie Mellon host our Outreach Seminar," said Anna K. Lloyd, C200 president and CEO. "Not only is Carnegie Mellon's MBA program recognized internationally as a C200 add one leader, but the school has a strong commitment to recruiting and educating women."

C200 co-sponsors seminars for female MBA students twice each year to encourage an exchange of ideas and to give students the opportunity to network with the country's most influential women executives. The organization also works to bring many issues facing women in business to the forefront, including the importance of mentoring and encouraging young women to pursue leadership in business.

A coveted C200 scholarship will be presented at the event. One first year female Carnegie Mellon MBA student will receive a $25,000 scholarship and the opportunity to intern at a C200 member's company. The recipient will be named at the luncheon on Friday.

Alcoa Foundation is the seminar's platinum sponsor. Programs such as C200's seminar extend Alcoa Foundation's ongoing commitment to encourage diversity in the next generation of global leaders in science, engineering, technology and business.

Additional contributors include Johnson & Johnson, Compaq and Hewlett-Packard. The seminar is being organized by the Graduate Women in Business Club at Carnegie Mellon.

The Committee of 200 is an organization of preeminent businesswomen that capitalizes on the success, power and influence of women in the global economy. The mission of The C200 is to exemplify and promote entrepreneurship and corporate leadership among women of this generation and the next. The C200 executive offices are located in Chicago. For more information on C200, please visit The Carnegie Mellon MBA Program at the Graduate School of Industrial Administration is one of the world's highest-rated graduate business degree programs, featuring an analytic approach to global business management as its hallmark. Founded in 1949, Carnegie Mellon is recognized as the pioneer of leading-edge research that addresses business problems and for creating new ways to transfer knowledge. Always listed among the world's best graduate business schools, most recently ranked No. 2 by the Wall Street Journal, the school's groundbreaking research, particularly in the areas of corporate finance, global macroeconomics and operations research, continues to serve as the basis for many business decisions and academic models. For additional information on studies in the MBA, Computational Finance, Electronic Commerce and various management programs, visit

For a detailed schedule of events and background on participants, please visit Reporters and media representatives are invited to attend the event or portions of the event.


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