Marianne Cooper to keynote AWMA Women's Leadership Initiative Kickoff

FAIRFAX, Va. — The American Wholesale Marketers Association announced that sociologist and women's work expert Marianne Cooper will be the keynote speaker at the AWMA Women's Leadership Initiative Kickoff Breakfast, to be held on Feb. 27 at the 2014 AWMA Marketplace and Solutions Expo in Las Vegas.

Cooper, who serves as a research associate at the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, was lead researcher for Sheryl Sandberg's book, "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead." Cooper writes, speaks and consults on gender, work, family life and social inequality.

Cooper will share a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the issues and research discussed in "Lean In." She'll also highlight the barriers women face in their climb to the top and offer tips on what can be done to help women to achieve their goals.

“AWMA is launching its new Women’s Leadership Initiative because we recognize the importance of providing support to the many women who are rising in the ranks of our member companies and who will play an increasingly important role in our industry in the future,” AWMA President and CEO Scott Ramminger said.

The Women's Leadership Initiative is part of AWMA's freshly redesigned convention format, which will feature an array of educational and networking opportunities.

The complete details of the show can be found at

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