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WithIt announces annual conference keynote speakers

Mary Lou QuinlanMary Lou Quinlan
WithIt, the women's leadership development network for the home and furnishings industries, announced the keynote speakers for its 2013 Education Conference. Titled "Vision of the Modern Renaissance Woman," the Aug. 12-14 event in Raleigh, N.C., will include the following speakers:

Mary Lou Quinlan, marketer, speaker, women's advocate and author of New York Times best-seller, The God Box: Sharing My Mother's Gift of Faith,

Emily BenningtonEmily Bennington
Love and Letting Go, will speak on "Building a Life that's Brand YOU." Quinlan, who also authored Time Off for Good Behavior in 2007, will explore the factors that compel women to work hard and examine how they can take back control and discover their best selves.

Emily Bennington, author of Who Says It's a Man's World: The Girls' Guide to Corporate Domination and founder of Awake Exec mindful leadership coaching

Arlene BlumArlene Blum
for women, will speak on "What the Most Remarkable Women Do Right." Bennington has led training programs for numerous Fortune 500 companies and will draw on her research of more than 750 professionals nationwide to present what, specifically, the most accomplished executives do differently.

Arlene Blum, Ph.D., biophysical chemist, renowned mountaineer and author of Annapurna: A Woman's

Mary KnackstedtMary Knackstedt
Place and her award-winning memoir, Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life, will speak on "Leadership: One Mountain, One Molecule at a Time." Blum's efforts to research and publicize the health impacts of flame retardant chemicals has altered their use in several industries over the past 30 years, including home furnishings and children's pajamas. She has been a trail blazer in both science and mountaineering, and she will share stories and visuals for lessons in leadership to help conference attendees achieve their personal and professional goals.

Mary Knackstedt, author of The Interior Design Business Handbook, speaker and design consultant, will close the two-day conference with a "Salute to the Modern Renaissance Woman." Knackstedt's business acumen and communications savvy enabled her to distill the keys to success for interior design professionals, and she will use these same skills to summarize the WithIt conference program and re-emphasize the key take-aways for all attendees.

Along with speakers, workshops and opportunities for one-on-one mentoring will be available during the conference. During early registration, which ends July 8, WithIt members may register for the conference for $200, non-members may register for $400 and students for $75. After July 9, fees go up to $250 for members and $475 for non-members.

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