Danbury, CT - The Women’s Business Council of the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce a star-studded list of celebs for this year’s 3rd Annual “Conversations with Extraordinary Women,” which includes Emmy winning Journalist Rita Cosby, best selling Author of Sex and the City Candace Bushnell, Save the Children CEO Carolyn Miles, and Forbes Magazine’s Meghan Casserly.
The much anticipated event, which takes place Thursday, April 18th from 5-8pm at the Matrix Center in Danbury, CT promises to deliver an entertaining and lively conversation. “Each of these powerful women has led amazing, successful careers and continue to make an impact on the lives of children around the world and in the worlds of journalism and literature,” said JoAnn Cueva, Coordinator of the WBC. “I personally can’t wait to hear from these captivating women and learn more about their stories and what inspires them.”
Candace Bushnell, who grew up in Glastonbury, CT, is the international best-selling author of Sex and the City, Summer and the City, One Fifth Avenue, Lipstick Jungle, Trading Up, Four Blondes and The Carrie Diaries, now a hit TV show on The CW. Through her books and TV series, Bushnell’s work has influenced and defined two generations of women. “Having it all is about being open and willing to experience a full range of human emotions,” said Candace. “It’s about being willing to take chances…to fail, and having courage to set your own path. For some women that’s staying home with their kids. For some it's doing both, and for others it's having their career. One thing doesn't work for everybody.” “You don’t have to do everything by the time you’re 30. Or 40,” Bushnell said in a recent NY Times Magazine article. “All you need is a work ethic. It’s what allows you to push through moments of disappointment and self-doubt and fear.”
When panelist Rita Cosby applied for her first job in TV a potential boss said, “No thanks, we already have a pretty blonde.” It made her realize that women still had a long way to go to break the glass ceiling. As an Emmy Winning TV Host, Journalist and best selling Author, Rita has done that and more. Throughout her illustrious career, Rita has secured some of the biggest interviews with more than twenty world leaders, conducting historic back-to-back interviews with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. She is currently a special correspondent for the CBS newsmagazine Inside Edition and hosts WOR’s nationally syndicated radio program, The Rita Cosby Show. In 2011 Rita wrote what she calls, “the most important story of my life.” Quiet Hero – Secrets from My Father’s Past, is about her father’s harrowing tale as a WWII Resistance Fighter and POW.
Carolyn Miles, President & CEO for Save the Children, the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in the U.S. and 120 countries around the world, says their goal is, “to ensure all children have the right to survive, thrive and build a brighter future,” and Carolyn is doing everything in her power to make that goal a reality. The first woman to head Save the Children, Carolyn has traveled to its field operations in 55 countries. “I am honored to have been asked as a panelist for this event,” said Carolyn. “Since my transition from the private sector, I have embraced the idea of merging an entrepreneurial spirit with a commitment to the world’s children. I have the best job in the world - working with a dedicated team who cares deeply about making a better future for kids. It’s lots of hard work, but at the end of the day you know a child somewhere is a little healthier, a little safer, and has a better shot at a happy life. What could be better than that?”
As a contributor to Forbes’ PowerWomen list and part of the Forbes Entrepreneurs team, Meghan Casserly looks at booming business and startup life with a familiar female gaze. In 2012, Casserly helped to put two South American women on the cover of Forbes - Modern Family star Sofia Vergara and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Uniquely qualified as someone reporting on the issues and events faced by today’s businesswomen, Meghan will expertly lead this dynamic group through an honest and insightful conversation sure to inspire all. For more information about this event, contact the GDCC at 203-743-5565 or firstname.lastname@example.org.