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National Leaders Share Secrets to Starting a Thriving, Women-Owned Business, at Simmons College February 5

BOSTON (January 21, 2004) — Four nationally renowned businesswomen will unveil the secrets to their success as women entrepreneurs and building their own businesses Thursday, Feb. 5 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Simmons College School of Management, 451 Marlborough St., Boston. Registration information is available at .

The businesswomen will discuss the "new rules" for women trying to start and run a thriving business: Connie Duckworth, chair of the Committee of 200, the professional organization of preeminent women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders; Kathy Elliot, board member of MIT's Technology Capital Network; Sharon Whiteley, chief executive officer of Third Age Inc., an online media and direct marketing company focused exclusively on serving the needs of first-wave baby boomers -- midlife adults in their 40s, 50s and 60s. ; and Gretchen Fox, founder and president of FOX Relocation Management Corp. The group will discuss their triumphs and lessons learned as women on the road to being successful entrepreneurs.

Duckworth, Elliott, and Whiteley also will sign copies of their book, Old Girls' Network: Insider Advice for Women Building Businesses in a Man's World . The book's authors serve as mentors for any women interested in starting and building her own business.

The event is part of the Simmons School of Management's Leading Women Entrepreneurs Series, made possible by Citizens Bank Foundation and the establishment of the Elizabeth J. McCandless Professorship in Entrepreneurship.

The Simmons School of Management offers the only MBA program in the world designed specifically for women.