Working women conference to feature panel in Flushing

Dr. Christina Matera (l.) and former Center for the Women of New York President Rhoda Plotkin participate in the panel discussion entitled "Where are the jobs and how do we get them?"
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The Center for the Women of New York will host its 25th annual World of Working Women conference later this month, with a star-studded panel and lineup of guest speakers.

The conference, scheduled for Oct. 26 at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be hosted by the master of ceremonies, former CWNY President Barbara Scheiner and includes a panel of guest speakers, moderated by TimesLedger Newspapers Editor Roz Liston. It is co-sponsored each year by the Women’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor and TimesLedger.

There will be a job fair from noon to 3 p.m. with employers from the private and public sectors.

Kicking off the speakers portion of the morning in the hotel’s Phoenix Terrace, at 135-20 39th Ave., will be CWNY President Susan Salzberg and CWNY Founder and Chairwoman Ann Jawin. Speaking at the conference will be state Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside), who received a “Good Guy Award” from the organization earlier this year, and Victoria Schneps, publisher of the Queens Courier.

The panel, which will begin at 9:30 a.m. and run until 11:30 a.m., includes former state Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza, Director of Public Affairs for Community and Government Relations for Consolidated Edison Carol Conslato, Reddy-Care Physical Therapy Manager Patrick Flynn, United Federation of Teachers Director Sasha Greene, Department of Labor Program Analyst Gillian Gutierrez, Delta Air Lines Community Relations Director Cassandra Hill and Outten & Golden Law Firm attorney Amber Trzinksy.

Since the center’s founding in October 1987, the group has worked with the Queens community to act as a one-stop, walk-in resource for women, with services ranging from legal clinics and job clubs to support groups.

“There’s so much to offer when so many leaders come together,” Jawin said. “We’ve come a long way as a group and I’m so happy to say that a large number of our founders are still with us today.”

Various speakers will give workshops from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., including CWNY board members Anna Tringle and Rhoda Plotkin, as well as city Board of Education Training Specialist Victoria Pilotti. Discussions will cover a range of topics, including planning for financial security, starting your own business, getting back into the workforce and other lectures to provide advice or support for working women.

The conference will close with a “reality” fashion show, courtesy of Fashion Societe founder Cathy Berger.

Reach reporter Phil Corso by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4573.

Updated 12:58 am, October 18, 2012
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