CHICAGO HEIGHTS—(ENEWSPF)—March 15, 2018
By: Rosemary Piser
Prairie State College (PSC) will be hosting several events to celebrate Women’s History Month.
The PSC Student Veterans Center will host the Second Annual Women Veterans Leadership Summit on Wednesday, March 21 from noon to 5 p.m. in the ProvenIT Conference Room in the Conference Center of the college’s main campus at 202 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights.
The March 21 workshop will include a panel discussion with successful women leaders and veterans, and also offers practical tips and tools for uncovering a pathway to success as women in leadership. Participants in the summit will have an opportunity to work to define success, create a personal vison and commit to action; hear real-world insights from other veteran women business owners and leaders; learn key behaviors that are common among effective leaders; and engage with other women veteran leaders. Panelists include Erica Jeffries, a U.S. army veteran and director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs; U.S. Army Reserves Col. Janene Marshall-Gatling of the, owner of College Nannies, Sitters + Tutors; and Commander Zeita Merchant, commanding officer of the USCG Marine Safety Unit in Chicago. The program is offered at PSC, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, Dale Carnegie Training and the Women’s Business Development Center. Register at www.WVLSummit.eventbrite.com.
The Student Veterans Center will also screen the documentary film, “Served Like a Girl,” on Friday, March 23 at 6 p.m. in the Barnes & Noble College Auditorium in the Conference Center. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion.
“Served Like a Girl” is a documentary film that follows a few female veterans as they compete for the crown of Ms. Veteran America. It takes a closer look at issues many women vets face today and shows their strength, courage, beauty and conviction as they overcome obstacles and face challenges. The March 23 movie screening and panel discussion is being offered at PSC in partnership with the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, Dot Foods, the Benjamin O. Davis VFW Post 311 in Richton Park and the Illinois Warrior Assistance Program. For more information about the screening, contact PSC Student Veterans Center Coordinator Georges Sanon at 708-709-3567 or [email protected].
“Prairie State College is proud to support all veterans throughout the year,” said PSC Board of Trustees Chair Jacqueline Agee. “Women are an integral part of the history of the U.S. military. It is important that they are recognized during Women’s History Month.”
PSC will also host a panel of distinguished alumni and faculty of the college who will share their experiences as professional women in the workforce. This program will be held on Wednesday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the College’s Barnes & Noble College Auditorium located on the main campus in Chicago Heights. The event is free and open to the public.
Panelists include Debbie Halvorson, PSC alumna, former U.S. representative for Illinois’ 11th Congressional District and president of American Eagle Logistics; Pat Martin, PSC alumna and former CEO of South Suburban Hospital; Lori Wilcox, PSC alumna, U.S. Army Reserves veteran and public servant; Dr. Christine Brooms, PSC associate professor/coordinator, chemistry and department chair, natural sciences; LaLinda De La Fuente, PSC associate professor, sociology, and coordinator, social sciences; and Diane DeSousa, PSC associate professor/coordinator, psychology.
“Women have such a strong history at Prairie State College,” said PSC President Dr. Terri L. Winfree. “The accomplishments of these women and all women deserve to be celebrated during the month of March and throughout the year.”