September 1, 2011 Update from Jenna Tofferi, Staff Assistant to Senator Patrick Leahy:
Due to concerns that a number of Vermont constituents could not attend the conference because of the timing on a holiday weekend, and the recent devastation left behind by Hurricane Irene, Senator Leahy has decided to postpone the conference until a later date this year.
As soon as the new date is selected, WAgN will post that information here.
US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is scheduled to this year’s Women’s Economic Opportunity Conference with a question-and-answer forum with conference-goers.
“Marcelle and I are delighted that she is coming to Vermont,” said Senator Patrick Leahy, who launched the annual event 15 years ago. Sotomayor, he said, “personifies the American Dream, and her life and achievements already have inspired so many. She is a perfect match for this conference and its purpose.”
The day-long, free conference will be held on October 8 at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, Vt. The conference is designed to help attendees to build on their career and professional goals, and to connect with other women who can help reach their career objectives. This year’s practical, how-to workshops will offer tools for women at all stages of professional development.
Sotomayor is the first Hispanic justice of the US Supreme Court, and third woman justice. She grew up in the South Bronx, and was raised by a single mother after her father died when she was nine. Sotomayor excelled in school, and is a graduate of Princeton University, and Yale Law School. She has been a big-city prosecutor and a corporate litigator. She was appointed to the District Court for the Southern District of New York by President George H.W. Bush and then promoted to the Second Circuit of the US Court of Appeals by President Clinton.
The Women’s Agricultural Network is a sponsor of the conference, providing a breakfast of food sourced from local farms and food businesses. In addition to Senator Leahy’s office, 16 organizations are sponsoring the event.
Online registration for the conference begins September 6 at www.leahy.senate.gov.