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Women's conference to feature Kennedy-Townsend

by Brandy Warren, communications and marketing last modified May 22, 2014 10:17 AM

Kathleen Kennedy-Townsend will be among the speakers at an upcoming University of Louisville conference, offering words of wisdom and encouragement to the next generation of women leaders: college students.

UofL will host the College Women’s Leadership Conference at Ekstrom Library, Belknap Campus June 5-7. The conference is open to any college undergraduate and graduate student in Kentucky. Conference registration is $65.

Kennedy-Townsend will speak on the topic “Women Taking Power Seriously” at 11:30 a.m.  June 7. 

The eldest child of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, Townsend is a director at the Rock Creek Group, a hedge fund of funds. As Maryland’s first woman Lt. Governor, Townsend was in charge of a multimillion dollar budget and had oversight of major cabinet departments, including economic development and transportation, state police, public safety and correction and juvenile justice. Prior to being elected Lt. Governor, she served as deputy assistant attorney general of the United States.

Other speakers include: Valeisha Butterfield Jones, the youth vote chair of the Obama for America campaign; Jane Hight McMurry, president, Effective Business Communication;  Hilary Corna, author of “The One White Face;” and Carmen April, foot and ankle surgeon, who will speak on “Blogging to Build a Brand.”

The conference is open to any college undergraduate and graduate student in Kentucky. Conference registration is $65. Students can register online at

A limited number of public tickets are available for Kennedy-Townsend’s talk. Ticket reservations must be made in advance by calling 502-852-8976. 

UofL Women’s Center, Women4Women Student Board, and Office of Student Involvement are the organizers of the conference. Sponsors include Women 4 Women, UofL College of Business, UofL Vice Provost of Diversity and International Affairs Office, Vice President for Business Affairs Office, Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality, School of Nursing, School of Medicine, College of Education and Human Development, College of Arts and Sciences.

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