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Zully J.F. Alvarado to speak at St. Norbert College Women's Conference

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From St. Norbert College, March 8, 2011
by Stephen Schumacher,, (920) 403-3089

Zully J.F. Alvarado, Chicago businesswoman and founder of the non-profit organization Causes for Change International, will highlight St. Norbert College's 13th annual Phenomenal Woman Conference on Saturday, April 2 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Bemis International Center on the college campus. Alvarado will lecture on "A Woman's Fulfillment: Living Life in Action and Reflection."

Growing up in rural Ecuador, Alvarado became very sick at a young age and due to a lack of proper medical supplies, facilities, and physicians she was taken to the United States to receive treatment. She went on to attend school in Chicago and graduate with a degree in Early Childhood Education from Loyola and a Master's in Rehabilitation Administration at De Paul University. Alvarado's non-profit organization, Causes for Change International, organizes volunteer programs in places like Ecuador, Panama, and Costa Rica to help meet the health, educational and economic needs of children, women, and persons with disabilities. Causes for Change International continues to work together to improve the lives of those who are truly in need.

The Phenomenal Woman Conference focuses on celebrating, advocating, supporting and empowering women, and includes: lunch; Zully J.F. Alvarado's keynote presentation; interactive workshops; vendor exhibits; gifts and raffles; and a performance by the Nia African and African American Dancers and Drummers, a dance group from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, during the lunch.

Workshops include: Native American Women and Tribal Leadership; Yoga -- A practice for today's world; Mentoring "At-Risk" Females in "At --Risk" Communities; Taking Responsibility and Making a Difference in World Communities Right Where We Are; The Phenomenal Woman In My Life (a men's panel); Gender and Power: Reconciling the Masculine and Feminine; International Women of St. Norbert College; Women in Islam: Stereotypes and Realities; and EveryBODY is Beautiful: Exploring Body Image, Culture, and the Media.

The cost of the event is $40 for community members, $30 for St. Norbert staff/faculty, and $10 for students.

To register or for more information, go to, contact Caitlin Petersen at or call the St. Norbert College Women's Center at 920-403-4116.

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