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Women's Leadership Advocate to Serve as Visiting Fellow at Saint Mary's College

For Immediate Release
Michael McAlpin
Director of Media Relations
(925) 631-4222
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MORAGA, Calif. (Feb. 17, 2009) – Anita Perez Ferguson will spend a week at Saint Mary's College of California from Feb. 23 through Feb. 27 as this year's Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. The Fellows program, administered by the Council of Independent Colleges in Washington, D.C., brings prominent nonacademic professionals to campuses across the United States for seminars, workshops and lectures.

Anita Perez Ferguson has served as President of the National Women's Political Caucus and was appointed by President Clinton to Chair the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Foundation. She was also White House Liaison to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Ms. Perez Ferguson has trained women in leadership and political skills in the United States, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe. Her books include Women Seen and Heard and A Passion for Politics. Hispanic Business magazine named her to its list, "The 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States."

During her weeklong visit to Saint Mary's, Perez Ferguson will visit classes and speak with student groups. She will also deliver a lecture titled "Planning versus Panic: Facing An Uncertain Future" on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Soda Center. Additionally, she will conduct the women's leadership workshop, "Confidence, Competence and Conflict: Women as Agents of Change," on Feb. 27 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For more than three decades Visiting Fellows have introduced students and faculty members at liberal arts colleges to a wide range of perspectives on life, society, community, and achievement. Saint Mary's College has participated in the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program for 17 years.