US Labor Department’s Women’s Bureau to host free networking forum Monday, April 11, at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Theme is ‘Women Working Together – Writing the Next Chapter of HerStory’

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau will host a dialogue and networking forum with prominent local women on Monday, April 11. “Women Working Together – Writing the Next Chapter of HerStory” will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. EDT in the Selby Auditorium on the campus of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. This forum is one of a series of HerStory events being hosted by the Women’s Bureau across the country to encourage more intergenerational dialogue and mentorship.

Featured speakers include Dr. Eugenie Clark, founding director of Mote Marine Laboratory; Amanda Evora, USFSM student and Olympic figure skater; Esperanza Gamboa, coordinator of adult and youth migrant programs at Manatee Technical Institute; Barbara Harvey, Manatee County School Board; Gwen McKenzie, president and CEO, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System; Simone Peterson, USFSM student and administrative assistant at the Manatee County Department of Neighborhood Services; and Courtney Wise, executive director, Take Care Advisor LLC.

“The Labor Department has invited these diverse and accomplished women to share their successes, challenges, life lessons and hopes for the future,” said Paulette Norvel Lewis, regional administrator of the Women’s Bureau in Atlanta. “Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and benefit from these speakers’ experiences.”

Members of the public can register for this event by contacting Barbara Lewis from the University of South Florida at 941-359-4602 or

The Women’s Bureau, established by Congress in 1920, is the only federal agency designated to represent the needs of working women. Today, the bureau’s goal is to empower all working women to achieve economic security by preparing them for well-paying jobs, ensuring fair compensation, promoting workplace flexibility and helping homeless women veterans reintegrate into the workforce.  For more information, visit