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Women's Symposium to be held April 18

PPL check presentation to 2010 Women's Symposium

















Support for the fourth annual Symposium on Contemporary Women’s Issues at Penn State
Hazleton has been provided by PPL. Participating in a recent check presentation were,
from left: seated, Rashida McDuffie and Kemah Hutchinson, Penn State Hazleton students
and planning committee members. Standing, E. Lee Beard, area business woman and
symposium benefactor; Gary Lawler, chancellor; Martha Herron, regional community
relations director, PPL; Antonette Williams, administrative assistant and planning committee
member; Tracey Morgan-Chopick, assistant to the financial officer and planning committee
chair, Rachel Tricarico, Penn State Hazleton student and planning committee member;
and Carole Shearer, alumni and development specialist and planning committee member.



All area women invited to attend this free event


Denise S. Cesare, president and CEO of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, will be the keynote speaker at Penn State Hazleton’s fourth annual Symposium on Contemporary Women’s Issues. The event, free and open to the public, will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, April 18, in the Evelyn Graham Academic Building at the campus. This year’s theme, “Empowered for Life: Live Well, Eat Well, Be Well,” will focus on various topics to help women of all ages and backgrounds achieve personal and professional success.

Following the keynote address, the afternoon will consist of breakout sessions, open forum for discussion, refreshments and information stations. Attendees will receive a free gift bag of samples and coupons and be registered to win door prizes, including Vera Bradley™ items, given away at the end of the program.

Speaker Denise S. Cesare is president and CEO of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, an Enterprise health care leader and integrated health management company that offers personal health management, secure mobile access to personal health information, extensive workplace services and health benefits through its international subsidiary, AllOne Health.

A Wilkes-Barre native, Cesare graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in commerce and finance and a major in accounting from Wilkes University. Throughout her more than 27-year career with Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Cesare has held roles of increasing responsibility before being named president and CEO in 1999. A former licensed Certified Public Accountant, Cesare is currently a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and serves on the board of several local organizations, including The Commonwealth Medical College and Wilkes University.

Known for her passion for improving the quality of life for all northeastern Pennsylvanians, Cesare has a long track record of community leadership. In 2002, she established The Blue Ribbon Foundation, an organization, funded by Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, that assists local health-oriented nonprofits to prevent illnesses that drive up medical care costs, and ultimately, improve the health and well-being of the regions served by Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Additionally, Cesare has worked with the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s office to establish the Children’s Advocacy Center for abused and needy children. Most recently, she can be counted among the small handful of key regional leaders who helped bring The Commonwealth Medical College to northeastern Pennsylvania.

Breakout session topics, descriptions and presenters include:

  • Taking Care of the WHOLE You will focus on taking care of the whole person, ranging from understanding personal energy allotment and the fueling/draining dichotomy to learning that personal solitude is acceptable and not selfish.
    Presenter: Cathy Colangelo, ’84, B.S., PHR CC; Your Life is Now/Life Enhancement and Career Coaching

  • Portion Distortion will guide participants through healthy, but tasty, food choices for different times and life cycles.
    Presenter: Amy Cartwright, B.S., M.S., R.D., L.D.N.; North East Bariatric Center

  • A break for traditional “tea” and healthy food snacks, patterned after talk given by Amy Cartwright. 

  • Massage, and Pilates, and Yoga – Ah, Sigh… will offer stress reduction techniques to improve overall health. Included is an interactive demonstration in the lobby, in which guests can participate. Casual dress for the event is encouraged for attendees to participate in the demonstrations.
    Presenters: Penn State Hazleton staff and faculty members Beverly Labosky, ACCE, academic coordinator of clinical education and instructor, Physical Therapist Assistant program; Bonnie Bernhard Sukana, NETA-certified group fitness instructor, certified pilates instructor, and administrative support assistant, Office of Student Affairs; and Kathryn Maxwell, D.Ed., CHES; career counselor and academic adviser.


A panel discussion with the keynote speaker, presenters, and local alumna and retired physician Dr. Sharon Rohrbach will be held to wrap up the day and will include a Q&A on personal health and wellness issues, careers in the healthcare industry, and career and family balance. Following the discussion, door prize winners will be announced.


Funded through an endowment established by local business woman E. Lee Beard, the Women’s Symposium at Penn State Hazleton is designed to engage women’s interest in topics related to professional and personal development. Each year, the symposium focuses on a different theme, and all women are encouraged to support and attend the events. 


Additional support for this year’s event is provided by the Avon Products, Inc.; Penn State Commission for Women, Penn State Hazleton Student Activities Fund, and Penn State Hazleton Women’s Symposium Committee. Locally, support has been offered by PPL. 


On Sunday, April 18, the event will begin with check-in starting at 12:30 p.m. The symposium starts at 1:00 p.m. Reservations to attend the symposium are required, and seating is limited. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 570-450-3180.



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