OSWEGO, NY– On Monday, September 28, SUNY OswegoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Office of Business and Community Relations (OBCR) and the WomenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Network for Entrepreneurial Training (WNET) will gather women from across New York State for Ã¢â‚¬Å“Connections,Ã¢â‚¬Â a day-long conference to be held in the Sheldon Hall ballroom on the SUNY Oswego campus from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Among the featured speakers for the event will be Diane Dillon, Head Coach of the Oswego State Lakers. Dillon, a native of Tonawanda, NY, completed five seasons as an assistant coach for the Division I Cornell University womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hockey team prior to being named the head coach at Oswego State in 2006. Dillon garnered ECAC West Coach of the Year honors following her first year at the helm at Oswego State and in the third year, earned a spot in the playoffs for the first time in the teamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s history. Dillon begins her fourth year as head coach of the 2009-2010 Lakers.
A 1983 graduate of Cornell, Dillon is one of the most prominent players in the programÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s long and storied history. She was a team MVP in her freshman year and served as the team captain for three years, helping the Big Red capture Ivy League championships in 1979 and 1980.
Prior to joining the collegiate coaching ranks at Cornell, Dillon worked for Federated Department Stores. Her retail career included being a buyer for San Francisco based MacyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, serving as a computer retail systems trainer in Hong Kong, and developing executive buyer training and leadership programs at Federated Corporate in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“With DillonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s experience coaching young women right here at SUNY Oswego, she will be a tremendous addition to the other great speakers we have coming this year,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Nancy Bellow, OBCR executive director.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ConnectionsÃ¢â‚¬Â is designed to bring women of all ages and backgrounds together to explore their place and power within their professions. The theme for this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s event is Ã¢â‚¬Å“Vision, Change and GrowthÃ¢â‚¬Â and will feature several dynamic speakers, networking opportunities, a dessert reception and a Ã¢â‚¬Å“WomenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s MarketplaceÃ¢â‚¬Â where vendors promoting products and services for women will be showcased.
Joanie Mahoney will be the Key Note Speaker for this event and Tammy Palmer from News10Now will be the emcee. Other speakers for the event include local entrepreneur, Eileen L. Brophy, President of Brophy Services Inc. and Ken Entenmann, Senior Vice President and Director of Trust and Investment Services at Alliance Bank.
Major sponsors for this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“ConnectionsÃ¢â‚¬Â event include SUNY Oswego, WNET, Alliance Bank, Women Ties, Operation Oswego County, Pathfinder Bank, Oswego Health, Key Bank, OswegoCountyToday.com, and Women Business Owners Connection.
Registration and tickets for Ã¢â‚¬Å“ConnectionsÃ¢â‚¬Â are available through the Tyler Hall Box Office and include a continental breakfast, lunch, and dessert reception. Tickets are $35 and may be ordered by phone at (315)312-2145 or online at tickets.oswego.edu.
For more information, visit www.oswego.edu/cbcd/connections, or contact Jeff Grimshaw, Ã¢â‚¬Å“ConnectionsÃ¢â‚¬Â co-chair at 312-3492 or [email protected]