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Avon Products Inc. donates to Women’s Symposium

Avon Products Inc. has contributed $1,000 to support Penn State Hazleton’s fourth annual Symposium on Contemporary Women’s Issues, an event designed to engage women’s interest in topics related to professional and personal development.


Mary P. Quinn, senior manager, Avon Foundation for Women, said, “Avon is the company for women and we place the highest value on programs focused on advancing opportunities for and empowering women. We are proud to support this important program for women at Penn State Hazleton.”


Penn State Hazleton Chancellor Gary M. Lawler said, “On behalf of the planning committee and Penn State Hazleton, we thank Avon Products Inc. for their generosity and support of this important effort. Advancing learning and development opportunities for young women is a key priority at Penn State Hazleton and across the university, and we are proud of the impact of this initiative. Each year, the symposium attracts a wider audience ranging from Penn State students to members of the area community and beyond.”


Funded through an endowment established by local business woman E. Lee Beard and her husband, Bill, the Women’s Symposium at Penn State Hazleton was designed to advance dialogue and exploration of unique challenges faced by young women as they pursue personal and professional development during their formative years.


“We are very pleased with the growth of this initiative over the years and excited that Avon Products Inc. sees the value in what we are doing and is willing to invest in the symposium,” said Mrs. Beard.


All women are encouraged to attend and support the event. More than 250 women have attended the previous symposiums and benefitted from the experience. As it continues to increase in popularity, the symposium has become a much anticipated event by women of all ages and life experiences.


Additional support for this year’s event is provided by PPL, the Penn State Commission for Women, and Penn State Hazleton Student Activities Fund.


This year’s Symposium on Contemporary Women’s Issues will be held Sun., April 18, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Evelyn Graham Academic Building at the campus with the theme “Empowered for Life: Live Well, Eat Well, Be Well.” Denise Casare, F.A.C.H.E., president and CEO, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, will provide the keynote address. Breakout sessions will follow on topics including “Taking Care of the Whole You,” “Portion Distortion – A guide to eating well,” “Massage, and Pilates, and Yoga….Ah, Sigh,” and an open forum question-and-answer session.


For more information, contact the Office of Development and University Relations at 570-450-3180.


 Avon supports Women's Symposium 2010


Mary P. Quinn, right, senior manager, Avon Foundation for Women, presents a check from
Avon Products, Inc. in support of the Women's Symposium Contemporary Women's Issues
at Penn State Hazleton to Carole Shearer, alumni and development specialist, Penn State Hazleton.

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