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March 6, 2002
Alcoa Foundation Sponsors Committee of 200 Professional Women's Conference at Carnegie Mellon University
PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 6, 2002--Alcoa Foundation
Grant Extends Alcoa Foundation's Commitment to Diversity
and Global Perspective in the Workplace
Alcoa Foundation announced today a grant to Carnegie Mellon
University's Graduate School of Industrial Administration (GSIA) to
host the 2002 Committee of 200 (C200) professional women's conference
on March 15. C200 is an organization of the nation's pre-eminent women
executives and business leaders.
Titled, "Discovering Your Worth, Your Path, Your Possibilities,"
the conference is expected to attract nearly 250 Committee members, as
well as MBA students, business professors and female executives.
Veronica Hagen, president, Alcoa Engineered Products and vice
president, Alcoa, will be one of two keynote presenters at the
conference and will speak on entrepreneurial issues and career paths
involving entrepreneurial and corporate skills. Other conference
topics range from crisis management to negotiating skills to nurturing
global management styles.
"We're actively investing in the next generation of leaders in
business, engineering, science and technology," said Kathleen W.
Buechel, president of Alcoa Foundation. "We're working to ensure that
they are a diverse group that provides a global perspective on
business issues," she said. "Both Carnegie Mellon University and the
C200 Conference illustrate the value of sharing best practices and
encouraging diversity in leadership, so this conference is an
important extension of Alcoa Foundation's efforts."
Alcoa Foundation has a longstanding commitment to educational
programs that encourage diversity in workforce leadership through
mentoring, support for higher education and on-the-job training. The
Foundation focuses its educational efforts globally in science,
engineering, technology and business to insure the full participation
of young people, many of whom could be left behind, in the dynamic
economy of the twenty-first century.
Carnegie Mellon's GSIA is one of the world's highest rated
graduate business degree programs. It was ranked as the #2 MBA program
in the world by corporate recruiters in a 2001 survey by The Wall
Street Journal. Carnegie Mellon University has a strong commitment to
recruiting and educating women. Approximately 27 percent of the
current students are women, a ratio that is among the highest in the
C200 co-sponsors seminars for female MBA students twice each year
to encourage an exchange of ideas and to give students the opportunity
to network with the country's most influential women executives. The
organization also works to bring many issues facing women in business
to the forefront, including the importance of mentoring and
encouraging young women to pursue leadership in business.
About Alcoa Foundation
Established in 1952, Alcoa Foundation is a global resource that
actively invests in improving the quality of life in more than
26 countries around the world where Alcoa operates. In addition to
community grants addressing local needs, the Foundation provides
global grants focusing on five Areas of Excellence, including: Global
Education in Science, Engineering, Technology and Business; Business
and Community Partnerships; Conservation and Sustainability; Safe and
Healthy Children and Families; and Skills Today for Tomorrow. For more
information about Alcoa Foundation, visit Alcoa's World Wide Web site
at www.alcoa.com and click on "Community."