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WV Forward, WV Public Education Collaborative and WVU Provost Office to host inaugural WV Women Moving Forward event

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WHAT: Nearly 90 West Virginia women from across the state will convene at the Erickson Alumni Center to help uncover solutions that address challenges unique to women. WV Forward and the WV Public Education Collaborative, along with WVU Provost Joyce McConnell and First Lady Laurie Erickson, are partnering to coordinate results-oriented conversations aimed to empower more women to play an active role in blazing a path toward a future in which all West Virginians can stand on equal footing to attain the high-quality educational opportunities, secure jobs and sustainable pay. 

Critical challenges that will be addressed include barriers that prevent women from entering or staying in the workforce; educational opportunities for girls and women in West Virginia; factors that lead to a lifelong wage gap between women and their male peers; and the positive role that mentoring can play in women’s professional lives.

WHO: Joyce McConnell, provost and vice president for academic affairs, WVU; Donna Peduto, executive director, West Virginia Public Education Collaborative; Rochelle Goodwin, senior associate vice president for academic and public strategy, WVU; and Lisa DeFrank-Cole, professor and director of the Leadership Studies, WVU. Speakers will be available for interviews following morning remarks.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: 10 - 10:45 a.m., Wednesday (Feb. 6)

WHERE: Erickson Alumni Center. 1 Alumni Drive, Morgantown

RSVP: Members of the media who would like to attend the event should RSVP to Katie Farmer at



CONTACT: Katie Farmer

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