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Suze Orman to Keynote Texas Conference for Women

10th anniversary of premiere networking and education event also features author Isabel Allende, the ReWork Career Fair and
career expert Tory Johnson

Hosted by Gov. Rick Perry and First Lady Anita Perry, Texas Conference for Women organizers today announced that financial expert Suze Orman will keynote the event. The10th anniversary Conference is on Nov. 12, 2009, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

In addition to a second keynote address by Isabel Allende, an internationally-celebrated author, the Conference will partner with Women For Hire to host the ReWork Career Fair. Led by Women For Hire CEO Tory Johnson, workplace contributor on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the fair features local and national employers and recruiters with current employment opportunities in Texas.

Orman, who is deemed a “one-woman financial advice powerhouse” by USA Today, will share her insights on the challenging economic climate and provide tips on how best to weather the storm. As a two-time Emmy Award-winning television host, New York Times mega bestselling author, magazine and online columnist, writer/producer and one of the top motivational speakers in the world today, Orman is America’s most recognized expert on personal finance. She is a contributing editor to “O” The Oprah Magazine, the Costco Connection magazine and for the last eight years host of the award-winning “Suze Orman Show,” which airs every Saturday night on CNBC. In May 2008, Time magazine named Orman one of the TIME 100, The World’s Most Influential People. Also in 2008, Orman received the National Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign.

Isabel Allende has sold more than 51 million books worldwide, in over 32 languages and is considered a literary legend. A native of Chile, the author was forced into exile following the assassination of her uncle, President Salvador Allende. Since then, Allende has become one of America’s great novelists. Allende’s works chronicle the human condition in all its joy, beauty, pain and sorrow. Her bestselling novels include “The House of the Spirits,” “Of Love and Shadows,” “Paula,” “Zorro” and the Oprah pick, “Daughter of Fortune.” The Los Angeles Times has called Allende a genius and she has received many international awards, including the prestigious Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, granted to a writer “who has contributed to the beauty of the world.” Allende is also the founder of the Isabel Allende Foundation, dedicated to supporting programs that promote and preserve the fundamental rights of women and children to be empowered and protected.

Known as the “job search guru and workplace fairy godmother,” Tory Johnson is a New York Times bestselling author and the workplace contributor on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Johnson will share her perspective on professional success and offer tips to help guide women through these uncertain times. Throughout the fair, expert speakers will present workshops on career development and advancement as well as practical advice such as resume development and networking tips.

“For the past 10 years, Gov. Perry and I have watched this event grow into one of the nation’s largest, most resourceful leadership forums for women,” said First Lady Anita Perry. “As we celebrate this 10-year milestone, we will not only reflect on the lessons learned, but the accomplishments waiting to be achieved.”

This year, the Texas Conference for Women launched the “Boost Your Business by Going Green” contest to recognize Texas-based, women-owned businesses that raise the bar by lowering their companies’ environmental impact. Contest participants must submit a 500-word case study outlining the policies and practices their companies use to lower their environmental impact the deadline for entries is June 30, 2009. The top three winners will receive $15,000, $10,000 and $5,000, respectively, in technology equipment by HP. More details are available on the Conference Web site.

The Texas Conference for Women also is accepting 2009 scholarship applications to honor outstanding female college students who embody academic excellence, leadership and a passion for helping others. The scholarship program features six $5,000 scholarships for qualified female college students in Texas in the fields of the arts, business, education, math and science, public service and nursing. The deadline for applications is June 26, 2009.

In addition to Orman, Allende and Johnson, this year’s Conference features more than 75 speakers leading seminars on the issues that matter most to women, such as professional development and personal growth. Women also will have the opportunity to participate in workshops on communication skills, leadership strategies and work/life balance tools.

BP will serve as the Presenting Sponsor of the Texas Conference for Women. Many other corporations generously support the one-day event that enhances the lives of Texas women through connection, education and inspiration. Online registration with a special early bird discount rate of $90 is currently available via the Conference Web site,

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