Women’s Hockey Coach a Featured Speaker at “Connections”

<br />Diane Dillon, Head Coach of the Oswego State Lakers
Diane Dillon, Head Coach of the Oswego State Lakers

OSWEGO, NY– On Monday, September 28, SUNY Oswego’s Office of Business and Community Relations (OBCR) and the Women’s Network for Entrepreneurial Training (WNET) will gather women from across New York State for “Connections,” 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 women’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 team’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 program’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 Macy’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.

“With Dillon’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,” said Nancy Bellow, OBCR executive director.]

“Connections” is designed to bring women of all ages and backgrounds together to explore their place and power within their professions. The theme for this year’s event is “Vision, Change and Growth” and will feature several dynamic speakers, networking opportunities, a dessert reception and a “Women’s Marketplace” 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 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 year’s “Connections” event include SUNY Oswego, WNET, Operation Oswego County, Alliance Bank, Pathfinder Bank, Women Ties, OswegoCountyToday.com, and WBOC. Registration and tickets for “Connections” will be available in late August from the Tyler Hall Box Office, are $35, and include a continental breakfast, lunch, and dessert reception.

For more information, visit www.oswego.edu/cbcd/connections, or contact Jeff Grimshaw, “Connections” co-chair at 312-3492 or [email protected]