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Simmons College President Helen Drinan Participates on Distinguished Wall Street Journal Panel on Women & Economy

BOSTON (April 4, 2011) — In an effort to find solutions to key issues impacting the roles of women in the modern workforce, Simmons College President Helen Drinan is participating in The Wall Street Journal's prestigious, "Women in the Economy: An Executive Task Force Conference," April 4-6 in Palm Beach, Florida.  

The conference features prominent leaders such as: President of Global Wealth and Investment Management for Bank of America Sallie L. Krawcheck, Academy Award winning Actress Geena Davis, Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, and President of The World Bank Group Robert Zoellick.

President Drinan will co-chair the education committee with Dr. Amy Gutmann, President of the University of Pennsylvania. The committee will discuss the steps needed to "help ensure the success, progress, and opportunities for the advancement of women after they leave the academic world." This group will also consider whether changes in higher education need to be included among the top priorities for improving how we educate young women. Drinan and Dr. Gutman will present their committee's findings to the entire taskforce during the conference.

In all, the invitation-only conference consists of 150 CEOs, policy makers, industry leaders, and subject-matter experts for an interactive working session on the impact of women in the economy. The findings and original research will be published in a special worldwide report in The Wall Street Journal and on Follow the conference on Twitter @wsj_wie

Simmons College is a nationally recognized private university. It offers an undergraduate education for women, and renowned coeducational graduate programs in health sciences, education, liberal arts, social work, library and information science, and communications management, and the nation's first MBA program designed specifically for women. Follow Simons on Twitter @SimmonsCollege.