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Girls of Promise at Arkansas Tech Saturday

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This Saturday, eighth-grade girls from across the Arkansas River Valley will converge on Arkansas Tech for the third annual Girls of Promise Conference.

The conference was originally scheduled for Feb. 5, but was rescheduled due to inclement weather for Saturday, April 2. This is the third year for the event to be held on the Arkansas Tech campus.

The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas hosts six Girls of Promise conferences around the state.  Each conference is designed to introduce eighth-grade girls “to amazing women role models at a critical time” in their lives.

During the conference, sixty area girls will have the chance to participate in several workshops.  The girls will learn about career opportunities through hands-on experiences, meet local and state-wide women who excel in their careers and learn that it's okay to be smart.

According to the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas website, “the Girls of Promise initiative has introduced thousands of eighth-grade girls across Arkansas to information about careers in areas related to economics, science, technology, engineering and mathematics, while giving them the opportunity to meet with women professionals for greater understanding of their own potential and power.”

At the conference, 60 area girls will have the chance to participate in several workshops, learn about career opportunities through hands-on experiences, and meet local and state-wide women who excel in their careers.

Additionally, Janet Ply will serve as the keynote speaker.  Ply is the managing partner of the Texas-based company Pendére, which was formed in 1993 to provide information technology solutions to Fortune 1000 companies.

The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas works to “promote philanthropy among women and to help women and girls achieve their full potential.”

To find out more about the conference, visit the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas website.

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