DETROIT, April 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- If your goal is to be an agent for real change, it's good to be the boss. That's the message Charlotte Beers – one of the first female corporate leaders and one of the most influential figures in American advertising – has for American women.
Nicknamed "the queen of Madison Avenue," Beers is the legendary advertising CEO of Ogilvy & Mather and Tatham-Laird & Kudner. She graced the cover of Fortune magazine as one of America's most influential women. From 2001 to 2003, she served as Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy & Public Affairs and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the State Department's highest honor.
As the keynote speaker at Inforum's historic 50th annual meeting, she will talk about the need for female leadership and why, for their own sakes, women should insist on a place at the table in business, government and other spheres of American life. Getting there, Beers says, requires women to first acknowledge their own potential.
"I am an ardent believer that women must forge their own paths to a deeper self-belief," Beers said, "because it is self-esteem that allows women to be persuasive and influential at work. Too many women have no idea how much power they truly have, or how valuable their perspectives can be to an organization."
Beers believes that right now is "the era of forging ahead for women" and wants to teach her strategies and know-how to develop a workplace where women are able to shatter glass ceilings and excel in the C-Suite. She conducts seminars throughout Europe and the United States called "The X Factor," "X" representing the potential of women to lead.
"Charlotte Beers is a legend in business," said Terry Barclay, president and CEO of Inforum and Inforum Center for Leadership. "She had the courage to enter a field run by men and the vigilance to become one of the most respected names in the industry. Her message to women leaders is perfectly aligned with Inforum's mission as we look toward the next 50 years."
Boards of Directors Announced, Honored
In addition to the keynote address by Beers, the annual meeting also will include the announcement of the 2012-13 Inforum Board of Directors. The event also will recognize the directors of Inforum Center for Leadership, the education and research arm of Inforum.
"Inforum would not be celebrating 50 years without the legacy of strong volunteer leadership," Barclay said. "One of the great pleasures of my job is working with the extraordinary women who serve on our boards. As always, Inforum's annual meeting will take the time to honor and thank those who contribute so much to our success."
Date: May 17
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Ford Conference & Event Center, 1151 Village Road, Dearborn
Book Signing: Charlotte Beers will be signing copies of her book, "I'd Rather Be in Charge: A Legendary Business Leader Shows You How to Find Joy, Power, and Pride at Work"
Tickets: $55 Inforum members; $70 non-members
Table Sponsorship: $700 for a table of 10 (reserved seating); $900 premier table of 10 (reserved seating, logo recognition, four tickets to VIP reception)
To register online, click here.
Inforum is the leading professional organization focused on creating strategic connections and accelerating careers for women throughout Michigan and the Midwest. Inforum and the Inforum Center for Leadership serve a broad range of professional women at different stages of their careers – from emerging leaders, to high-potential executives, entrepreneurs, and corporate board leaders. Inforum has offices in Detroit and Grand Rapids with operations in Kalamazoo and Lansing. For more information, visit the Inforum website www.inforummichigan.org or call 877.633.3500.
NOTE TO EDITORS AND REPORTERS: Pre-event media interviews with the speaker may be requested by contacting James Melton, communications manager, Inforum at: (w) 313.578.3244 or (c) 313.580.8423 or email JMelton@inforummichigan.org . As a rule, one representative per media outlet is welcome to attend each event.
PROGRAM CHANGE: MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski, originally announced as a speaker at the event, will not be able to join Inforum. Her network commitments have changed and despite a mighty effort she could not rearrange her schedule. For those who were looking forward to her appearance, she asked us to share a note: ""First, congratulations on 50 years. I am so sorry I will not be able to join you and help celebrate Inforum's special milestone. I certainly was looking forward to coming to Detroit to talk with you and learn from each of you. Have a great Annual Meeting and here's to the next 50 years."