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April 4, 2013

Winning Opportunities for Women Conference tomorrow

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce Winning Opportunities for Women Committee will mark 17 years of connecting, inspiring, and motivating women of all ages and professions at the 17th annual WOW Conference.

The event is Friday, April 5. In partnership with Holy Family Hospital, Merrimack Valley Hospital, Rockingham Motors and WOKQ, the conference will be held at the Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The theme is “Going for the Gold: A Day of Leaders and Champions.”

Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison is the featured speaker, sponsored by Holy Family Hospital and Merrimack Valley Hospital/Steward Health Care System. Harrison made history at the 2012 Olympics by winning the first Gold Medal by any American in the history of the sport of judo. Her courageous decision to go public with her wrenching story of childhood sexual abuse likely changed a lot of lives.

She has been honored as Glamour Magazine’s Woman of the Year and was on the cover of Sports Illustrated in December 2012.

“I am thrilled to be able to welcome a gold medal athlete with such a compelling story to our conference,’’ said Sven Amirian, president of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce. “I truly feel that Kayla Harrison’s presence raises this already high-level event to new heights.’’

In addition to Harrison, the day-long conference will be packed with additional speakers, shopping, food and surprises. The lineup includes Laurie-Ann Murabito of LA Murabito Associates of Pelham N.H.; Jodi Rogers, CEO of The Barking Dog and Yonghund of Exeter, N.H.; and Jennifer Karin, author, mom, activist and humorist of Newburyport. Presenters will speak to professional development and leadership, and will include interactive presentations and discussions of their experiences.

Attendees will enjoy a continental breakfast, lunch, cash bar, thank-you gifts and goodie bags complete with discount coupons and additional gifts. There will be ample opportunity to network and mingle with others to exchange thoughts and ideas.

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