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 plan. "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 youth." 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