Job fair brings women together

By Sadef Ali Kully

The 28th annual World of Working Women Conference, hosted by the Center for the Women of New York, will be held Friday in Flushing.

The center brings together women from varied industries every year for a conference and career fair.

The event, sponsored by the TimesLedger Newspapers, will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel located at 135-40 39 Ave.

This conference kicks off with a panel discussion featuring leading men and women in the medical, business, education and finance industries.

“It is one of the most important events we have,” Ann Jawin, chairwoman of the Center for the Women of New York, said. “It helps women become self-sufficient and empowers them. When a woman earns her own living, having your own check is more empowering than any speech.”

The panel discussion will feature Cassidy Canzani, a senior economist in the New York Office of Economic Analysis and Information, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Dept. of Labor; Audra Fordin the fourth generation owner and operator of Great Bear Auto Repair and Auto Body Shop in Flushing, who has led the movement of women in the auto repair industry; Kathleen Kim of New York Hospital; Moses Ojeda principal of Thomas Edison High School, named one of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 1999; Regina Olff, coordinator of the Retiree Learning Center Programs of the United Federation of Teachers; and Gina Bolden-Rivera vice president for the Commercial Real Estate Division of Flushing Bank, who appears on the “Network Journal 25 Influential Black Women in Business” list.

Roz Liston, editor of the TimesLedger Newspapers, will moderate the panel.

Several companies, government agencies and educational organizations will take part in the job fair. The representatives will discuss employment opportunities and requirements with the attendees. Resumes will be accepted.

The event is free and open to the public.

Registration will be from 9-9:30 a.m, followed by the panel discussion. The career fair is scheduled to begin around noon, followed by a fashion show beginning at 3 p.m.

Since 1987, the Center for the Women of New York, a voluntary, non-profit organization, has worked with the Queens community to act as a one-stop, walk-in resource for women, with services ranging from legal clinics and job clubs to support groups.

To RSVP, please send an email to centerwny@yahoo.com or call at (718) 793-0672.

Reach Reporter Sadef Ali Kully by e-mail at skully@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4546.