SOURCE: Invent Your Future Enterprises

Invent Your Future Enterprises

February 12, 2009 15:55 ET

Cokie Roberts and Rachel Maddow to Keynote at 2009 Invent Your Future Conference for Women

Re-Energize Your Career at Silicon Valley's Premier Event Focused on Breakthrough Strategies for Uncertain Times

SAN CARLOS, CA--(Marketwire - February 12, 2009) - Invent Your Future Enterprises, a professional development company that specializes in the retention, development and acceleration of women in corporations and small businesses, today revealed the extraordinary line-up of clinics, sessions and exhibits that will be featured at the 3rd annual Invent Your Future Conference for Women. The event, scheduled March 31st - April 1st at the Santa Clara Convention Center, is the premier educational event for businesswomen in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley. To register, visit

Presented in partnership with NBC Bay Area, Robert Half International, NAWBO Silicon Valley, Northrop Grumman, Symantec Corporation, KBAY and Mix 106.5, the conference features nationally recognized keynote speakers, best-selling authors, thought leaders and business experts, including:

--  Veteran NPR and ABC news analyst Cokie Roberts. In her more than
    thirty years in broadcasting, she has covered Congress, politics, and
    public policy and won countless awards. She will share her views on the
    changing role of women as captured in a new edition of her book, "We Are
    Our Mother's Daughters."
--  Rachel Maddow, host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC. Drawing an
    average of 1.9 million viewers each night, her fresh voice and intelligence
    have set new standards for women and credibility in the media.
--  Dr. Bertice Berry, sociologist and best-selling author.

Discover Strategies and Tips to Advance Your Career

Top experts, such as Jerry Weissman of Power Presentations, Ltd; Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober, authors of "Getting to 50/50"; and Elisa Camahort Page, Co-Founder/COO of BlogHer will outline strategies and tips to reach the pinnacle of success at every stage of your career. Join us and discover answers to questions such as:

--  Have your career goals been sidetracked by the fickle economy?
--  Do you know how to showcase your strengths so you stand out from the
--  Are your networking and presentation skills rusty?
--  What's the secret to managing the work at home so you can thrive at

Other top-rated speakers:

William D. Watkins, former CEO, Seagate Technology

Sam Horn, speaker, author, consultant and media resource

Nell Merlino, Co-founder and CEO, Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence

Tina Seelig, Ph.D., Executive Director, Stanford Technology Ventures Program

Judy Estrin, CEO, JLABS, LLC; Author, "Closing the Innovation Gap"

Cynthia McClain-Hill, President, National Association of Women Business Owners

Telle Whitney, Ph.D., CEO, Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology

"During these turbulent times, women are looking for fresh voices and cutting edge perspectives on the issues that influence positive change in their personal and professional lives," said Ruth Stergiou, CEO of Invent Your Future. "This conference is filled with bold new ideas that will help women leverage their natural skills to become indispensable members of their teams, boost their marketability during job transitions, or grow their businesses to the next level. From surviving transitions to building your personal brand and leveraging social networking, it's the most cost-effective and convenient way for Bay Area women to learn and build their networks."

"The Bay Area is admired throughout the world for our spirit of innovation, our passion for learning and our track record of success -- and women inside our local companies have played a crucial role in all these areas," said Janice Edwards, Community Relations Director, Executive Producer and Host of "Bay Area Vista" on NBC Bay Area. "NBC Bay Area is delighted to partner with Invent Your Future to present this outstanding learning and networking event where local women can build skills they need to take their careers and companies to the next level."

How to Register

The conference is designed for professional women in corporations, government, non-profit organizations and entrepreneurs seeking professional development, products, services and solutions to take their careers and businesses to the next level. Sessions are geared towards established and emerging women leaders, technical women in high tech and biotech, entrepreneurs and young high school/college women.

RSVP at Space is limited.

For information by phone or to request special discount rates to register your team, department or women's group, call 408-554-4249.

Sponsorship Opportunities

A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are available for companies seeking to recruit, retain and develop women leaders and organizations looking to market to savvy, business-minded women decision makers. Visit or call 650-592-9227.

About Invent Your Future

Invent Your Future Enterprises is a professional development company that specializes in the retention, development and acceleration of women leaders. Based on extensive research on the training needs of corporate managers and high potential leaders, the company offers talent development programs, skill-building events and organizational consulting. For more information, visit

Contact Information

  • Media contact:

    Laura Deck
    Invent Your Future