Women's conference underway in SF

April 29, 2008 3:34:01 PM PDT
Nearly 6,000 women met at Moscone Center in San Francisco for the annual Professional Business Women's Conference.

The speakers include former Secretary of State Madeline Albright. It was founded 20 years ago by Congresswoman Jackie Speier.

More and more women want to be superwomen. Attendance is up 20 percent at this year's conference of the Professional Businesswomen of California.

They've told conference organizers they're interested in learning how to have it all: successful careers, happy personal lives and how to give back.

"So we need to find ways to engage them on environmentalism other social topics and that's what we're trying to do," said Professional Businesswomen of California President Ann Barlow.

Many of the 6,000 women are looking forward to networking and learning from their peers.

"I think there's nothing we can't do, there is a lot of women in one room. I usually feel a positive energy when I come to things like this," said PG&E Executive Manager Nichole Jordan.

There are men here too. Companies are recognizing the importance of getting the male employees here to better understand what the women at work going through.

"A lot of the women say wow you're one of the few men here but it's good to have you here," said Mass Mutual financial planner Nate Thomas.

The men say they are getting some funny looks being at this women's conference. They are also having a hard time finding a restroom, that's because all of the men's bathrooms have been converted to ladies rooms.

Only a woman could make a men's restroom pretty. But besides this feminine touch, and some shopping opportunities in the expo area, this conference is as serious and focused as any other you'll find in the business world.


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