Local Teens Join Women Business Owners and Executives for Entrepreneurship Conference at Chatham College

    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.
     About Guardian
     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

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