New forum focuses on women’s workplace issues

New forum focuses on women’s workplace issues

On June 23, the Sebago Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce hosted the first WOMB (Women’s Outlook on Maine Business) Forum at Buck’s Naked Barbecue & Steakhouse in Windham.

Ninety-six women attended, including Ann LePage, Maine’s first lady, and her daughter Lauren. Staff members from U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe’s offices attended, as well as Joyce LaRoche from the Maine State Chamber of Commerce also attended.

All of the discussion questions centered on women’s issue in the workplace. Topics included child care, pay equality, networking, finding a strong mentor. Kim Block from News Channel 13 and Sheri Huff, event organizer, kept the conversation flowing as many women came forward to speak about women’s workplace issues.

The event was a huge success, according to the chamber, and another one will be planned. For more information, watch for the chamber newsletter or check out the Sebago Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce on Facebook.

Barb Gardner of Lee’s Family Trailer Sales won one of three door
prizes – a gift basket of Maine-made products.
Becky Winslow of Gorham Savings Bank with Diane Hancock of
Windham School Age Child Care.
A prizewinner, announced by event host Sheri Huff, right, is
Whitney Sullivan, a personal trainer from Windham, second from
left.
Naples Realtors Nancy Hansen and her daughter, Connie Eldridge
greet Maine’s first lady, Ann LePage.
Among those at the first Women’s Outlook on Maine Business forum
were, from left, Cheryl Leeman from Sen. Olympia Snowe’s office;
Lauren LePage, Gov. Paul LePage’s daughter; Ann LePage, Maine’s
first lady; Sara Holcomb-Lumb from Sen. Susan Collins’ office;
event host Sheri Huff; emcee Kim Block; Joyce LaRoche from the
Maine State Chamber of Commerce; and Barbara Clark.

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