VALPARAISO | A report on women-centered economic development and leadership opportunities in Northwest Indiana will be presented June 2 during a Northwest Indiana Quality of Life Council meeting at Valparaiso University.
The report "The Status of Region Women: A Quality of Life Perspective" was sponsored by the Region Women Initiative and includes a section on international connections with regional women's issues prepared by VU graduate student Josie Jent of Valparaiso.
"The issues that affect women's economic growth in the South Shore Region resemble similar issues globally," said Jent, who is enrolled in Valparaiso's International Commerce and Policy graduate program. "From both a global and regional perspective, women are at higher risk of poverty and wage discrepancy than males."
Jent, founder of the Valparaiso-based international consulting company JEM International Inc., said that women can overcome economic barriers by networking with other women and leveraging their education and skills.
"Entrepreneurship is not only a venue for women to develop economically, but also a device to cultivate economic growth in the region," Jent said. "If women in Northwest Indiana pull their resources and tools together, then they have the ability not only to build thriving homes, but also to cultivate thriving opportunities to bridge that wealth to women across the globe."
The event also features a panel discussion on issues affecting women featuring several noted speakers, including Dr. Julianne Malveaux, an author and economist; Dr. Vicki Lovell, director of employment and work/life programs at the Institute of Women's Policy Research; Sharon Langlotz, executive director of the Indiana Commission for Women; Linda Buzinec, mayor of Hobart; Denise Dillard, vice president of human resources at Methodist Hospitals and Momfeather Erickson, founder of Mantle Rock Native Education & Cultural Center in Kentucky.
Following the event, Dr. Malveaux will sign copies of her books which include "Unfinished Business: A Democrat and a Republican Take On the Top Ten Issues Women Face" and "Race and Resistance: African Americans in the Twenty-First Century."
The event begins at 8 a.m. in the Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources on campus. It is open to the public, but those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Tina Rongers via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org