Welch Allyn's CEO celebrates International Women's Day

Thursday afternoon, Julie Shimer, the new president and CEO of Welch Allyn, gave a speech about women in business for International Women's Day.

While Shimer spoke to a packed audience at The Lodge, Ellen Leahy, editor of the Press, was giving of her time to speak with Skaneateles High School students in Pete Chapman's journalism class.

As part of an on-going effort to connect the schools and our community, three of Chapman's students attended Shimer's speech, along with three students who are interested in possible careers in business.

As Chapman saw it, three of his journalism students were sort of "trading places" with Leahy.

He hoped to get three different written perspectives by sending a male (senior Jason Sheets), a female (senior Laura Hanlon) and a Rotary Exchange Student (Marie-Annick Blanchard from France).

It makes sense to have at least one of the student-written articles be printed in this week's Press: the "real world" assignment gave the students a real-life deadline and the article gives the readers a first hand account (even though the editor was busy working with high school students at the time).

Printing Blanchard's account gives a bit of an international twist to "International Women's Day," the catalyst of the event.

Meanwhile, three juniors involved in the high school's pilot shadowing program (Laura Trenti, Alex Hughes and Lindsay Tarolli) got a jump-start to their future when they heard Shimer summarize the "key factors to having a successful career."

WA's Shimer celebrates International Women's Day with a crow

By Marie-Annick Blanchard

On March 8, at The Lodge at Welch Allyn, the Skaneateles branch of the American Association of University Women along with the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce organized a luncheon and talk by Julie Shimer. The newly-appointed CEO of Welch Allyn gave a speech about four women's career myths to celebrate International Women's Day.

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