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Hillary Clinton and Trump "Apprentice" Executive at Every Woman's Conference
County-sponsored conference at Westchester Community College gives women advice on managing their finances and their lives.
One is a U.S. senator and former First Lady who has traveled the world speaking on behalf of a woman’s right to education, family planning and economic opportunity. The other is a “killer” businesswoman who manages Donald Trump’s most lucrative real estate and advises him on national TV.
Hillary Rodham Clinton and Carolyn Kepcher will share the secrets of their success on Saturday, Nov. 6 when Westchester County’s Office for Women holds “Every Woman’s Conference: The Economic Realities of being a Woman” at Westchester Community College in Valhalla.
The conference, held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will examine issues of concern to women and help them overcome obstacles that stand in the way of their success.
“This is an expansion of something our Office for Women started five years ago to help single mothers and other women of modest means empower themselves by taking control of their finances,’’ said Westchester County Executive Andy Spano. “But what we discovered was that financial independence is a key factor to the success of all women, and thus the ‘Every Womans’ conference was born.’’
“Every woman” also means embracing different cultures, so many workshops are conducted in Spanish and issues of particular concern to African-American women and Latinas as well as gay women and older women will be discussed.
Some of the workshops being held include: “Starting a Small Business”; “Women Holding up the World: the Realities and Solutions of Being a Caregiver”; “Women under 40 - Managing Life”; “Black Women’s Health” and “Legal Basics for Lesbian Couples.”
Joseph Hankin, president of Westchester Community College, said, “We're pleased to host this extraordinary event. The college has a reputation for providing extensive resources to women, including our Women's Forum Program, which offers counseling to those returning to school. This conference promises to help make our connection to the women of Westchester even stronger.”
Camille Murphy, director of the Office for Women, said it was a major coup getting Clinton and Krepcher to speak at the conference.
“These are two fantastic role models for women with different perspectives,’’ said Murphy. “I think people are going to be very interested in what they have to say. It’s a great way to jump-start a day full of interesting workshops that I’m sure will be eye openers for a lot of women.’’
Recognized as a role model for women around the world, Hillary Rodham Clinton was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000, the only First Lady ever to be elected to the U.S. Senate. She is a tireless advocate for the rights of women and girls.
Clinton, who serves on the Senate Committees for Environment and Public Works; Health, Education, Labor, Pensions and Armed Services, has introduced legislation to rebuild schools, strengthen the economy of upstate New York, secure Homeland Security funds for first responders and extend unemployment insurance benefits. Clinton, who lives in Chappaqua, was inducted into the Westchester County Women’s Hall of Fame last year, and has spoken many times in Westchester including at the county’s Elderboom Conference on aging issues last year.
Carolyn Kepcher is the chief operating officer and general manager for the Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor and The Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. She has been with the Trump organization since 1994 and currently oversees the day to day operations of over 250 employees at both Trump golf properties.
When Mr. Trump needed to select two advisers to assist him on NBC’s reality show “The Apprentice,” Ms. Kepcher was an obvious choice. Trump considers Ms. Kepcher to be a “killer” businesswoman; best exemplified by his promoting her to the top ranks of the Trump Organization soon after hiring her. She lives in Ridgefield, CT. with her husband, George and two children, Connor, 4 and Cassidy, 20 months.
Joining Clinton and Kepcher as featured speakers will be Mary C. Murphree, regional administrator, Women’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor, Region II and Cindy Hounsel, executive director of WISER, the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement.
Dr. Murphree has served as Regional Administrator of the Women's Bureau since 1985. As regional administrator, she represents the interests of approximately 6 million working women in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. An internationally known speaker and expert on women's employment, Dr. Murphree has directed a national initiative on the impact of office technology on women's employment. She has also authored various scholarly articles on women and work that include writing a landmark publication entitled Office Automation and Working Women: Issues for the Decade Ahead.
Cindy Hounsell is the Executive Director of WISER, the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement, a project launched by the Teresa & H. John Heinz III Foundation in 1996. WISER is a non-profit organization that seeks to improve the opportunities for women to secure retirement income and to educate the public about the inequities that disadvantage women in retirement. Prior to starting WISER, Ms. Hounsell was Director of the Women’s Pension Project at the Pension Rights Center, senior staff attorney and leader of Pensions Not Posies, a national education campaign.
In addition to the featured speakers and workshops, the day’s activities will include health screenings for women including mammograms, cholesterol, high blood pressure, colorectal screenings and HIV/AIDS and diabetes testing.
The cost of the conference is $10 ($5 for
students and seniors).