Be A Sponge. Be A Mentor. Be Determined.

                   Be A Sponge. Be A Mentor. Be Determined.

PR Newswire

SALEM, Mass., Nov. 16, 2012

Advice from the 2012 Million Dollar Women Symposium

SALEM, Mass., Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --These words of wisdom,
based on personal experience, are at the heart of why the Million Dollar Women
Symposium always packs the ballroom of the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem. Given the
number of women who work in corporate environments, the advice of this year's
panel, comprising women who have broken through the glass ceiling to become
the CEOs of million-dollar corporations, was particularly meaningful. And a
high-powered panel it was, attracting some of the region's most successful
women CEOs. Their willingness to share their personal life stories, the
challenges they've faced, and the lessons they've learned was as inspirational
as it was educational.

The event, organized by the Enterprise Center at Salem State University, and
sponsored since its inception eight years ago by Beverly Cooperative Bank,
began with a keynote address by Salem News Publisher, Karen Andreas, followed
by a panel discussion featuring Karen Bressler, Chairman, Reinhart Agar
Boston Advisory Board; Julie Livingston, President and CEO, Marblehead Bank;
Linda Moulton, CEO, Ceralta Technologies, Inc.; Mary Puma, Chairman and CEO,
Axcelis Technologies, Inc.; and Carole Wedge, President, Shepley Bulfinch.
Additional information on the participants is available at

The up-close-and personal format has always differentiated this annual event
and contributed to its popularity, but this year the advice seemed
particularly cogent and heartfelt. Several themes emerged, as panelists echoed
one another in key areas: Be a sponge, listen, learn from every experience and
every job—even the ones that aren't right for you. Be determined but flexible,
resilient but true to yourself. Manage people with respect and sensitivity.
There is no doubt the audience heard what the panelists had to say; many of
words of advice found their way into the Enterprise center's Twitter feed

Ms. Andreas's keynote address spoke specifically to mentoring, encouraging
women to make it a point to advise and mentor others. "I was especially aware
of the importance that all of the panelists placed on mentors," commented
Enterprise Center COO Laura Swanson. "This is increasingly being recognized as
a key to success, and our own new mentoring program validates that."

The Million Dollar Women Symposium is also an excellent opportunity for both
networking and getting a sense of how people are feeling about the business in
the year ahead. Table discussions, roving microphones and active
question–and-answer sessions created an atmosphere of warmth and
collegiality. What do these people think lies ahead? As Enterprise Center
CEO Christine Sullivan commented, after a round-the-room survey of the biggest
business challenges people face, "This is the first time in years, that the
lagging economy didn't dominate the discussion!"

The Enterprise Center at Salem State University arms business owners and
leaders at every stage of developmentwith theknowledge and skillsto start
their business, grow and succeed. The Enterprise Center is located at 121
Loring Avenue, Salem, MA 01970. Phone 978-542-7528.

SOURCE Enterprise Center at Salem State University

Contact: Laura Swanson, Enterprise Center, +1-978-542-7031 (phone),
+1-978-542-7061 (fax),
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