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Martha Stewart headlining conference at Greenbrier

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Greenbrier Resort has scheduled a "Women in Leadership Conference" featuring homemaking pro Martha Stewart as keynote speaker.

Martha Stewart's company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc., is a provider of "how-to" information. Stewart's businesses include publishing, broadcasting and merchandising.

Other featured speakers include Beth Comstock, head of corporate communications at General Electric; Cathy Lanier, Washington, D.C.'s chief of police, Jean Chatsky, NBC financial journalist; and Kyra Phillips, CNN news anchor.

Several West Virginia women also are listed as speakers, including U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.; West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant; and Emily Bennington of Charleston, who is co-author of the book, "Effective Immediately: How to Fit In, Stand Out, and Move Up at Your First Real Job."

Cathie Black is conference chair. She is the former president and publisher of USA Today and former chairwoman and president of Hearst Magazines. Last year she served three months as chancellor of New York City's schools, the nation's largest school system.

Black is quoted in an advertisement on The Greenbrier's website as saying, "We have put together a compelling program that mixes entrepreneurial thinking and their entrepreneurial founders along with a top notch group of speakers representing corporations, nonprofits, media, e-commerce, finance and government. Each brings a unique perspective and all want to share their personal stories of how they achieved success in their business and personal lives.

"You will be inspired and you will make connections that are valuable and sustainable," Black said. "And there is nothing better than when women come together to share and dare."

According to the advertisement, attendees "will walk away knowing how to use marketing communications as a strategic weapon; plan your financial future; hire better people; use social media to your advantage; become a driver for innovation; raise capital; improve your presentation skills; become a corporate director; learn from the new generation of female leaders; and much much more."

The conference is April 29 to May 2.

The registration fee is $395 if registered by today. The price increases to $595 on Thursday. The registration fee includes all meals and conference sessions. It does not include rooms. The room rate is $199 a night. To register call 888 441-6354 or go online to


Contact writer George Hohmann at or 304-348-4836.


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