UNT hosts Women in Business Week Sept. 10 – 14

Laura Wright, Southwest Airlines chief financial officer and UNT alumna will be the 2007 speaker for the College of Business Administration's distinguished lecture series Sept. 14, capping off the university's Women in Business week.

Laura WrightCOBA chose "Women in Business" as the theme for this year's distinguished lecture series and has built an entire week's worth of events around the concept. In addition to Wright's lecture, events include a panel discussion featuring various female business leaders from the Metroplex and the Professor for a Day program.

Wright, who earned bachelor's and master's degrees with an emphasis in taxation from UNT in 1982 will give her free lecture at 10 a.m. in the University Union Golden Eagle Suite. She is a certified public accountant in the state of Texas and was recently recognized by Institutional Investor magazine as a top leader in 2007.

Being a women in business

"Lately, the news has brought a lot of attention to the wage disparities between genders in the workforce," said Julie Willems-Espinoza, external relations officer in COBA. "It's important that our female graduates, especially those receiving business degrees, understand what they can expect."

Espinoza points out that all the guest lecturers featured in Women in Business Week have done a lot toward "workwise balancing."

"These women often speak about what it is like to leave the workforce, come back and still hold their high positions," she said. "This event will make female students aware that it can be done because these very successful business women have found a way to do it."

A panel of experts

The Sept. 10 panel discussion will include three speakers:

Fran Eichorst, vice president of human resources and general manager of Fidelity Investments

Farin Khosravi, attorney with Baker & McKenzie LLP

Roseanna McGill, CEO of PrimeLending.

The discussion will take place from 10:30 – 11:50 a.m. Room 103 of Curry Hall.

Professor for a Day

The Professor for a Day program will feature guest lecturers in various classes throughout the week:

Date Time Speaker Building Room
Sept. 11 9:30 a.m. Noreen Henry, vice president of Packaging and Hotels of Travelocity Curry Hall Room 203
Sept. 11 9:30 a.m. Rebeca Johnson, chief marketing officer of Brinker International and member of the COBA Advisory Board University Union Lyceum (level 3)
Sept. 11

9:30 a.m. and

11:00 a.m.
Carrie Adams, COBA alumna and vice president of human resources for Mary Kay Business Administration Building Room 329
Sept. 13 9:30 a.m. Nancy Richards, CEO and owner of First Preston Management Business Administration Building Room 356
Sept. 13 9:30 a.m. Ka Cotter, vice chairman of The Staubach Company Business Administration Building Room 116

Each event during Women in Business Week is free and open to the public, space allowing in the classrooms. For more information on Women in Business Week, please contact: Julie Willems-Espinoza, external relations officer in COBA, at (940) 369-8442.