WithIt sets Educational Conference Aug. 29–31

Staff Staff, July 24, 2006

Keynote speakers on self-motivation and future lifestage trends will highlight the annual WithIt Educational Conference in Charlotte, N.C., set for Aug. 29–31.

WithIt, or Women in the Home Industries Today, is dedicated to the support and development of female professionals in the home industries. The two-day program will promote both professional and personal development, WithIt said.

Donna Rae Smith will kick off a two-day series of seminars on Aug. 30 with Emotional Fortitude: Inspire Yourself. Smith, principal of Bright Side Inc., developed the leadership development workshop after a career as an executive in the machine tool industry.

On Thursday, closing speaker James Joseph Pirkl explores future lifestage trends and the connection to home furnishings in The Transgenerational House: Design for all Ages and Abilities. A professor emeritus of industrial design at Syracuse University, Pirkl has written two books on the subject and was described as a "key figure in universal design" by the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum.

The event opens Aug. 29 with a reception sponsored by Aspen-home. On Aug. 30, WithIt will hold its annual WOW Awards reception and dinner, recognizing exceptional home industry professionals. The dinner is open to non-conference attendees for a fee of $60 per person or $1,000 for a sponsor table of 10.

Hour-long breakout sessions at the conference will include DiSC Profile Assessment Results; Technology: Present and Emerging Impact; Market U 101 — Extreme Makeover; Rebooting your Creativity; Customer Inspired Design: Understanding the Consumer; Getting to the Table: What Tools Does it Take?; Emotional Intelligence; The Secret to Ultimate Communication: The Audience of One; So You've Been Promoted ... Now What?; and Financial Wellness: Creating a Personal Financial Strategy.

Conference sponsors include Magnussen Home, Furniture/Today, Aspenhome, Stanley Furniture, Four Hands, Sealy, American Leather, Universal Furniture, Garden City Furniture, Berkline, Cramco, Frank About Women, FFDM, Havertys, Horich, Parks, Lebow Advertising, and Ronin Wireless.

Attendees who register by July 15 are eligible to receive a free gift. The conference registration deadline is July 28. For conference details or to register, go to www.withit.org or contact WithIt executive director Sara Lyke at director@withit.org.

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