PITTSBURGH, March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The Guardian Life Insurance Company
of America (Guardian), in conjunction with Hurley Associates, a Guardian
agency in Pittsburgh, the Chatham College Center for Women's
Entrepreneurship, and the Pittsburgh Chapter of National Association of
Women's Business Owners (NAWBO), are pleased to present the Girls Going
Places(R) Entrepreneurship Conference for girls ages 12 through 18.
The conference is designed to encourage girls to take control of their
financial futures at an early age by broadening their understanding of the
business world, starting businesses, managing personal finances and
highlighting the advantages of financial independence.
More than 100 students from Pittsburgh area schools and programs have
registered for the conference, which will take place on Tuesday, March 6th
at Chatham College from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm.
At the conference, the teens will meet with successful local women
business owners and professionals to learn about entrepreneurship and
financial independence. Attendees will play "Hot Company," a board game
that introduces girls to the advantages and challenges of owning one's own
business. They will also participate in a marketing exercise called
"Product-in-a-Box," in which they design a product and present a marketing
"Hurley Associates is honored to have the opportunity to bring the
national Girls Going Places Conference to Pittsburgh and plans to make this
an annual event in our local community," said Carol R. Hurley of Hurley
Associates. "We are thrilled about the remarkable response and cooperation
of our conference partners, local schools, and the business community. The
strong participation underscores that business and educational leaders in
the Pittsburgh area are committed to the development and progress of our
Emily Viner, Field Vice President, Individual Markets, Guardian, New
York, said, "We are pleased to help host this great event that introduces
girls to the concepts of achieving economic parity, financial independence,
financial literacy and entrepreneurship. Guardian is committed to seeing
young women successfully achieve their personal and career goals."
The teen entrepreneurship conference is part of Guardian's Women's
Initiative, which includes the national Girls Going Places(R)
Entrepreneurship Award Program. This program honors teen-aged girls who
demonstrate budding entrepreneurship, are taking the first steps toward
financial independence and make a difference in their school or community.
As a result of the program's success in previous years, Guardian received
more than 5000 applications during the 2006 competition.
"Chatham College Center for Women's Entrepreneurship is dedicated to
the vision of economic empowerment and personal growth for women of all
ages," noted Mary Riebe, Ph.D., Chatham professor of business, executive
director of business programs and the Center's director. "We support the
Girls Going Places Conference as it encourages young women to take control
of their future and to view entrepreneurship as an exciting career option."
"It has long been a vision of NAWBO Greater Pittsburgh to reach out to
young girls in the community to encourage entrepreneurship," said Joanne
Quinn Smith, NAWBO. "These young women are the hope of reviving the
Pittsburgh area as they create roots here as aspiring business owners. The
GGP Conference is a firm foundation for inspiring young women entrepreneurs
and NAWBO is proud of our partnership with Guardian."
The conference is presented through the generous support of The
Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, Hurley Associates, Chatham
College, Allegheny Valley Bank, American Home Mortgage, Business Records
Management, Filter and Associates, LLC, Grogan Graffam, PC, Sarris Candies,
Olive Garden Italian Restaurant-Cranberry Township, Magee Women's Hospital
of UPMC, Vital Signs and Violet Bouquet.
Registered attendees include students from CAPA High School, City High
Charter, Schenley High School, Westinghouse High School, Oliver High
School, Chartiers Valley Middle School, Oliver High School, CIS
Academy-Southland, Propel School East, Ellis School, Quaker Valley High
School, St. James Wilkinsburg, St. Simon & Jude.
For more information or to register for the local Girls Going Places
Pittsburgh conference please visit http://www.hurley2.com.
Founded in 1860, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, New
York, NY (Guardian) is one of the largest mutual life insurance companies
in the United States. As of December 31, 2005, Guardian and its
subsidiaries had $36.9 billion in assets (on a consolidated statutory
basis). With more than 5,000 employees and 3,000 financial representatives,
as well as over 85 agencies nationwide, Guardian and its subsidiaries
protect individuals, businesses, and their employees with life, disability,
health, long-term care, and dental insurance products, and offer 401(k),
financial products and trust services. More information about Guardian can
be obtained at: http://www.GuardianLife.com. Guardian is the creator and
national sponsor of the Girls Going Places(R) program.
SOURCE The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America