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2011 Call to Convention

                                                                                        
                                                                                        A Sapphire Sponsor of the 2011 GFWC Convention

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120th GFWC Annual International Convention!

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Registration

REGISTRATION

Your registration to attend the 120th GFWC Annual International Convention includes:

  • Convention Badge
  • Convention Welcome Bag
  • 120th Annual International Convention Program
  • GFWC Welcome Reception on Friday, June 17, with one complimentary drink ticket
  • Admission to Convention Business Meetings, including speakers and entertainment
  • Admission to the GFWC Exhibit Center
  • Admission to Workshop Sessions on Saturday, June 18, and Monday, June 20

 

The registration fee is $125 for General or Junior members and $50 for Juniorette members. These rates apply through Friday, June 10, 2011. After this date, the registration fee increases to $150 for a General or Junior member and $75 for a Juniorette member.

Each attendee registered by the June 10, 2011, deadline will receive confirmation of registration. Registrations received without full payment will not be processed.

Note: Tours, special events, and workshops fill very quickly. The best way to ensure that you will get a ticket to the event of your choice is to submit your registration early.

DAILY REGISTRATION

For those members who do not wish to attend the entire Convention, we offer the option of paying a daily registration fee of $55 per day for General and Junior members and $20 per day for Juniorette members. Daily registrants will receive a daily registrant badge, the 120th Annual International Convention Program, access to all Convention Business Meetings on that day, plus access to the GFWC Exhibit Center. Daily registrants may have the opportunity to attend a workshop based on availability. Please note that daily registrants will not receive a Convention welcome bag.

REGISTERING ONLINE

Submitting your registration online is easy and secure. To register online, click on the registration link above, then read the instructions provided on the welcome page. If you have any questions, please call GFWC at 1-800-443-GFWC (4392).

Note: The first 100 people to register online will be entered in a drawing for the chance to win one of two complimentary plane tickets to Milwaukee!

ADDITIONAL REGISTRATION METHODS

Fax: Fax your completed registration form to 202-835-0246. Remember to include your complete credit card number, expiration date, and full name as it appears on your card. Follow up by e-mail to GFWC@GFWC.org or call 1-800-443-GFWC (4392) to confirm receipt of your registration form.

Mail: Send your completed registration form with your check or money order payable to GFWC, and mail it to Attn: 2011 Convention Registration • 1734 N Street NW • Washington, DC 20036-2990. Please do not send cash.

GUEST REGISTRATION

Although guests are not charged a Convention registration fee, they must submit a registration form and payment for any tours and special events they plan to attend.

ONSITE REGISTRATION

Your name badge, credentials card, Convention program, and tickets must be picked up at the GFWC Registration Desk. The GFWC Registration Desk will be located on the fourth floor foyer of the Hilton Milwaukee City Center with signs directing you to the location. Convention registrations will be accepted onsite; however, all meal, tour, and special event tickets must be purchased by June 10, 2011, as there will be no onsite sales for ticketed events.

DIETARY RESTRICTIONS

On the Convention registration form, you may select an alternate meal if you have a medical or religious dietary restriction. If your dietary restriction is not noted, please contact GFWC at EDecorlaSouza@GFWC.org or 1-800-443-GFWC (4392) ext.124. All dietary restriction requests MUST be received by Friday, May 20, 2011. GFWC will make all reasonable efforts to honor requests regarding dietary restrictions. However, we cannot guarantee that all requests will be honored.

Special Events

FIRST-TIME ATTENDEE WELCOME AND ORIENTATION

Friday, June 17 | 5:30 p.m. | Included

Start your GFWC Convention experience with the information you need to make your time in Milwaukee most successful. Are you attending as a voting delegate? Are you wondering how Convention business is conducted? Attend this orientation session to get all of your Convention-related questions answered. GFWC Convention and Meetings Chairman Nancy Jones will provide you with the inside scoop on all things Convention.

WELCOME RECEPTION

Friday, June 17 | 6:00 p.m. | Open to all GFWC Convention Attendees

Enjoy the first social and networking event of the 2011 Convention and mingle with friends prior to the Wisconsin—Our Heritage Banquet. This reception is open to all registered GFWC Convention attendees and will offer a no-host bar with one complimentary drink ticket included with your GFWC Convention registration.

LEADS GRADUATES BREAKFAST

Saturday, June 18 | 7:30 a.m. | Complimentary for all 2002-2011 LEADS Graduates

A continuing tradition, this breakfast is open exclusively to LEADS graduates from the classes of 2002 through 2011. Catch up with your leading classmates and network with new LEADS graduates at this 10th anniversary reunion breakfast. The class of 2011 will have their graduation ceremony during this function. All attendees must pre-register for this event.

PAST STATE PRESIDENTS REUNION BREAKFAST

Saturday, June 18 | 7:00 a.m. | $29

Any member who has served as a state president is eligible to belong to the Past State Presidents' Club. This breakfast meeting provides the opportunity for past state presidents to catch up with those who served during the same administration.

LUNCH AND LEARN: DEVELOPING LEADERS FROM THE BOTTOM UP

Saturday, June 18 | 12:45 p.m. | $30

An old definition of a leader is someone who has followers. This workshop will redefine a leader as someone who empowers other leaders. Throughout this workshop, participants will develop procedures for empowering and inspiring new leaders through delegation, organizational skills, communication, and team building. Participants will establish structured activities that will help their members become actively involved in the planning and decision making process. Investing time in new leaders today can transform your club for tomorrow.

LUNCH AND LEARN: INCOMING LEADERS TRAINING SEMINAR (ILTS)

Saturday, June 18 | 12:45 p.m. | Complimentary for all 2012-2014 Region Presidents, State Presidents, and State Directors of Junior Clubs

If you are a 2012-2014 Region President, State President, or State Director of Junior Clubs, you won't want to miss this networking luncheon where you will have the opportunity to meet your peers from around the country and ask questions, share ideas, benefit from networking, and develop a sense of comfort and confidence in planning for the future. All attendees must pre-register for this event.

LUNCH AND LEARN: PROMOTING, PUBLICIZING, AND PUBLISHING—KEYS TO SUCCESSFUL PUBLIC RELATIONS

Saturday, June 18 | 12:45 p.m. | $30

Are you looking for ways to attract attention to your club and the great work you and your fellow members do? Learn the tricks of the trade, including effective use of social media tools, press release writing and distribution, and much more. You might even find yourself tweeting or sharing your latest knowledge on Facebook. After Convention, you will impress your fellow members with new-found publicity for your club or State Federation.

2012 GFWC CHORUS MEETING

Saturday, June 18 | 5:00 p.m. | Included

Do you enjoy singing? Are you planning to attend the 121st GFWC Annual International Convention in 2012? If so, then join the GFWC Chorus! Under the direction of GFWC International Past President Rose Ditto, you'll have the opportunity to meet and sing with other GFWC clubwomen. This meeting is open to all who are interested in participating.

GFWC SOCK HOP

Saturday, June 18 | 10:00 p.m. | $20

Get ready to boogie down in your saddle shoes, poodle skirts, and bobby socks! We're going to take you back to the fabulous fifties with dancing, karaoke, and even a hula hoop contest. All are invited! Admission includes one drink ticket.

EPSILON SIGMA OMICRON GROUP BREAKFAST

Sunday, June 19 | 7:30 a.m. | $26

Open to all ESO society members, this breakfast provides an opportunity to network with other GFWC clubwomen who share a passion for and commitment to growth through reading. Convention Keynote Speaker Jennifer Weiner will share her literary expertise with attendees. The ESO awards will be presented at this function.

NATIONAL CLUBS' BREAKFAST

Sunday, June 19 | 7:30 a.m. | $26

New in 2011! Ask and you shall receive. After receiving feedback that national clubs have difficulty finding a time and place to meet during Convention, we've created a time and place for you to reconnect. Enjoy a delicious breakfast while catching up with your fellow club members.

REGION LUNCHEONS

Sunday, June 19 | 1:00 p.m. | $38

Attend your GFWC Region Luncheon to take advantage of a great opportunity to network with your regional Federation friends and celebrate your region's accomplishments.

PAST REGION PRESIDENTS GROUP BREAKFAST

Monday, June 20 | 7:30 a.m. | $29

This breakfast meeting provides the opportunity for past Region presidents to meet each other and catch up on business. Any member who has served as a Region president is eligible to belong to the Past Region Presidents' Club.

PAST STATE DIRECTORS OF JUNIOR CLUBS GROUP BREAKFAST

Monday, June 20 | 7:30 a.m. | $29

Both a time for meeting and a time for socializing, this breakfast is a great opportunity for those who served together during the same administration to reconnect. Any member who has served as a state director of junior clubs is eligible to belong to the Past State Directors of Junior Clubs' Club.

MOVING GFWC FORWARD LUNCHEON

Monday, June 20 | 1:00 p.m. | $35

Join us as we look to the future of GFWC and how we can continue to affect positive change within our communities, nation, and world. Presentation of select Advancement Awards to recognize clubs and State Federations will take place at this time.

STATE SHOWCASE

Monday, June 20 | 3:00 p.m. | Included

You are invited to participate in a showcase where State Federations are exhibiting their state projects and programs and offering fundraising items for sale. Attendees are encouraged to visit the booths and discover information that can be brought back and shared with their clubs.

Banquets

WISCONSIN—OUR HERITAGE BANQUET

Friday, June 17 | 7:00 p.m. | $60

Join GFWC Wisconsin for an evening of international food, entertainment, and fun. Our country is a melting pot of ethnic backgrounds, but Wisconsin takes its ethnic heritage very seriously. Each summer, Milwaukee brings you France at "Bastille Days," Germany at "German Fest," Italy at "Festa Italiana," Poland at "Polish Fest," Ireland at "Irish Fest," and Africa at "African World Fest." We encourage you to celebrate your ethnicity by dressing in traditional clothing. Otherwise, formal or cocktail attire is the suggested dress.

LIVING THE VISION TOGETHER UNITY BANQUET

Saturday, June 18 | 7:00 p.m. | $52

All attendees are invited to join in an evening celebrating the accomplishments of GFWC Juniors, through the presentation of special Junior awards. The presentation of select Advancement Awards, honoring GFWC clubs and State Federations, will also take place during this event. Dress is cocktail attire.

A SIGNATURE FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW BANQUET

Sunday, June 19 | 7:30 p.m. | $45

The aim of the GFWC Signature Project: Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention is to increase member understanding about and involvement in programs to decrease domestic violence in communities and across the nation. Join us as we learn how work on this project evokes positive change. Presentation of the Signature Project awards will take place during this banquet. Dress is cocktail attire.

CELEBRATING THE GFWC VISION BANQUET

Monday, June 20 | 7:00 p.m. | $55

The Convention finale celebrates GFWC's accomplishments and applauds the vision for a brighter tomorrow. Attendees will "see" the GFWC vision through the awards presented to The Croly Award and Photography and Writing Contests winners. Entertainment and guest speakers will round out this evening of celebration. Dress is formal attire.

Workshops

SESSION 1: SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 3:15-4:30 p.m.

Personal Development: Goodbye Stress, Hello Happiness

Stress, based on fear, can be our greatest enemy. Participants will learn the sources of stress and will receive the tools to release it. Carol Hontz, international author, teacher, and lecturer, will teach participants techniques and exercises that, by the end of the workshop, will have everyone saying with confidence "goodbye stress, hello happiness!"

Membership Gardens Flourish with Care: How to Retain GFWC Members

Treat your club like a garden and your members like flowers. It is all well and good to recruit new members, but you must KEEP them—you don't want annuals that sprout, bloom, and then leave. You want perennials that stay and come back stronger year after year. Keeping members enthusiastic and dedicated take lots of TLC! This interactive workshop will apprise attendees of all the tools and resources available in the GFWC Membership Advancement Guide. We will share success stories, tips, and techniques to acquaint, inform, motivate, recognize, and reward members. We will roll up our sleeves and actually develop retention plans for use in your own Federation Garden.

My Heroine: Honoring the Women in our Lives

Learn to make greeting cards that honor women friends, family, and club members while spotlighting the accomplishments of GFWC and others. My Heroine cards can be used for membership recruitment, fundraising, celebrating club events, raising the spirits of those who receive them, and so much more. This workshop will put a smile on your face and make you proud to be a GFWC clubwoman.

Myth Busters: Reporting

Learn everything you wanted to know about reporting and more at this informative, fun-filled session led by International President Carlene Garner and Second Vice-President Sheila Shea. Participate in this open forum and earn answers to frequently asked questions, including: What is the difference between partnership and collaboration projects?; Why do we have to report?; Can I report my personal volunteer activities?; and many more. Have a reporting question? Submit your question in advance to MMount@GFWC.org no later than June 1, 2011, to ensure your question is addressed.

On Your Mark…Get Set…RUN!

The U.S. trails behind 86 countries in the percent of women in our national legislature.  Last year we witnessed the first backslide in the number of women serving in Congress in more than 30 years. Research shows that women are 50 percent less likely than men to seriously consider running for office, less likely than men to actually run for office, and far less likely to run for higher office.  Come learn how you can change these  statistics by  discovering if running for office is  right  for you.

SESSION 2: MONDAY, JUNE 20, 9:15-10:30 a.m.

The Art of Successful Fundraising: Transforming Creative Ideas Into Action

Are you creative? Can you be flexible? Do you have an independent streak? If so, you can transform your innate talents into effective entrepreneurial fundraising. This interactive panel discussion is designed to empower you. Receive tips on how to gain buy-in from your club and communities through effective marketing and communication. Build an effective, inspired, and winning team through motivation and reward. Design successful fundraising strategies by harnessing your creativity, flexibility, and independence. Facilitated by the GFWC Fundraising Committee, you'll be inspired by how fundraising can be one of the best ways to live the mission of GFWC.

Issue Framing with the Kettering Foundation

GFWC and Kettering are embarking on a multi-year project that will culminate with an issues booklet on some aspects of the broad topic of "women's roles in society." This endeavor is similar to the Which Way Forward for Women? issues booklet created in the mid-1990s. Once again, our two organizations are collaborating to research, write, and produce another issues booklet. Throughout the spring, GFWC and Kettering leaders will conduct "concern collecting" sessions at several state conventions and in communities across the country. Attend this workshop to learn how you can be involved in this exciting project.

Membership Recruitment NEVER Goes Out of Season: How to Recruit New GFWC Members

Do you have membership recruitment questions, such as when is the best time to recruit? Where do clubs find potential members? What motivates potential members to join? How do clubs plan membership recruitment events? Never fear, help is here! During this interactive workshop we will review and put to use the wealth of resources available from GFWC. We will share clever and innovative ideas that have been put into practice by actual clubs and show how they achieved membership recruitment successes, even on shoestring budgets. We will work as a team to develop a comprehensive recruitment campaign and share informative handouts so you can go home equipped to plan your own successful campaign.

Myth Busters: Reporting

Learn everything you wanted to know about reporting and more at this informative, fun-filled session led by International President Carlene Garner and Second Vice-President Sheila Shea. Participate in this open forum and earn answers to frequently asked questions, including: What is the difference between partnership and collaboration projects?; Why do we have to report?; Can I report my personal volunteer activities?; and many more. Have a reporting question? Submit your question in advance to MMount@GFWC.org no later than June 1, 2011, to ensure your question is addressed.

Taking Action Today: Long Term Care and Planning for the Future

For well over a decade, reports and studies have warned women to prepare for the growing challenge of long term care. Nearly three in four Americans over age 65 will require some long term care services at some point in their lives, according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Are you, your family, and your assets protected for the costs of long term care? As author of How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life Alan Lakein said, "Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now." As a GFWC member, you are encouraged to take part in this presentation and discussion led by Laura Brukwicki and Cheri Davis, representatives of GFWC affinity partner LTC Financial Partners, LLC, a national insurance agency that specializes in long term care education. During this interactive session, you will gain information that will assist you in planning for your future, as well as details about how you can bring this education program to your club and community. Thanks to the generous support of LTC Financial Partners, a GFWC affinity partner and 2011 GFWC Convention Sapphire Sponsor.

 

 

 

 

Titles Don't Make Leaders

Clubs that are committed to future growth and effectiveness must become learning organizations. Such leadership requires a wide range of qualities, including flexibility, determination, and the ability to inspire others to do their best work. This session will provide a practical introduction to the principles, practices, and models of learning organizations, and will include a variety of exercises, worksheets, planning guides, and assessment tools. This workshop is designed for both seasoned and emerging leaders.

Tours

Please note that all tours will include moderate walking. Additionally, buses for tours will begin loading 15 minutes before the listed start time, and will promptly depart at the listed start time.

President's Tour: Milwaukee's Finest

Thursday, June 16 | 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | $85

Spend a full day experiencing some of Milwaukee's finest treasures—Mitchell Park, MillerCoors Brewery, George Watts Tea Room, Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Historic Third Ward. Mitchell Park features a wide variety of flora from around the world within its geodesic domes. Enjoy refreshing libations and learn about the technology of the brewing process and the history of MillerCoors. Lunch will be served at the historic George Watts Tea Room, located within an emporium of rare serving and home decor accessories. View the permanent collections and dramatic architecture of the Milwaukee Art Museum at your leisure. There is no better way to end your day than with a shopping trip at the distinctive boutiques, local shops, and galleries of the Historic Third Ward, Milwaukee's Arts and Fashion District.

Out and About Milwaukee Style I

Thursday, June 16 | 12:15 - 5:15 p.m. | $40

Out and About Milwaukee Style II

Friday, June 17 | 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. | $40

Spend a half day exploring grand architecture and tasting a local Milwaukee treat. You will be transported to the late 19th century on a guided tour of the Pabst Mansion, which represents the epitome of America's Gilded Age Splendor in Milwaukee. Boasting stunning interiors, elaborate wall coverings, intricate ironwork, and brilliant stained glass, the mansion helped make the 1890s the "Pabst Decade" in Milwaukee. Survey the magnificent Basilica of St. Josaphat, which is patterned after St. Peter's in Rome and features one of the largest copper domes in the world. During Thursday's tour, you can sample sweet confections at Quality Candy and Buddy Squirrel, known for its award-winning Swiss-style chocolate and homemade treats. On Friday, participants will enjoy refreshing Wisconsin frozen custard from Northpoint Custard while taking in the views of Lake Michigan.

Antiques and Boutiques

Friday, June 17 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | $34

Combine old-world charm with a one-of-a-kind shopping experience and a boutique winery on this not-to-be-missed tour. The Cedar Creek Settlement is a charming historic village of shops nestled in a restored woolen mill built in the 1860s. Take a self-guided tour of gourmet food shops, a blacksmith, a pottery shop, art galleries, antique shops, and the Cedar Creek Winery. The winery's limestone cellars serve as excellent conditions for making barrel-aged Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah. Cedar Creek Settlement is a 30-minute bus ride from the Hilton Milwaukee City Center.

Gifts to Headquarters

Invest in GFWC’s Future

Inspired by the 2011 GFWC Convention theme, “Living the Vision: Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond,” the GFWC Executive Committee has designated donations to this year’s Gifts to Headquarters Fund to support the GFWC Endowment Fund.

The GFWC Endowment Fund was started in 1910 to help ensure a firm financial foundation and assist in providing for the future needs of GFWC. Income earned on the fund has been used to support programs, advocacy and outreach efforts, and overall membership development opportunities.

Through the generosity of our State Federations, Regions, clubs, and individual members, donations to the GFWC Endowment Fund will help ensure a stable future for GFWC.

If you would like to contribute to Gifts to Headquarters, download a donation form or call 1-800-443-GFWC (4392) to request a form be sent to you.

Gifts to Headquarters donations will be acknowledged during the Saturday evening social gathering at the 2011 Convention and donors names will be printed in the Convention Program as long as they are received by May 20, 2011.

Before You Go

VOTING

Credential cards will be issued onsite at the GFWC Registration Desk. Please determine with your club ahead of time which members from your club will be voting delegates.

SEATING REQUESTS

Tickets will be issued for all tours, meal functions, and workshops. There will be assigned seating at most meal functions. If you have a special seating need, e.g., you are in a wheelchair or have a friend in a wheelchair who may need assistance, please e-mail EDecorla-Souza@GFWC.org or call 800-443-GFWC (4392) ext. 124. Be sure to include your name, your seating need, and the meal at which you are requesting the special seating. Please note that seating requests should be viewed as a special request to be honored only on a need basis.

NO SMOKING POLICY

For the comfort and health of all attendees, smoking is not permitted at any GFWC function, inside the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, nor the Frontier Airlines Center.

ACCESSIBILITY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

GFWC and the Hilton Milwaukee City Center are committed to providing equal access to the 2011 GFWC Convention as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please contact the hotel directly at 414-271-7250 to arrange for an ADA accessible room. Please also contact GFWC Headquarters at EDecorla-Souza@GFWC.org or 1-800-443-GFWC (4392) ext. 124 if you require programmatic access items (i.e., ALDs, Braille, etc.) or plan to attend all or select portions of the Convention and tours using a manual/motorized wheelchair or electric scooter. Please note that all requests for special needs and accommodations must be received in writing by Friday, May 20, 2011.

GROUP ARRIVALS

If you are arriving at the hotel with a large group via train, bus, or car, please inform the hotel so that they are prepared for your arrival by calling 414-271-7250.

GRATUITIES

Suggested gratuities for services you may use include:

Airport

  • Skycaps: $1 or more per bag
  • Wheelchair: $3 to $5
  • Electric cart transport: $1 to $2
  • Rental car shuttle driver: $1 per bag

 Taxi

  • Driver: 15 percent of fare
  • Help with luggage: $1 to $2 per bag

 Hotel

  • Housekeeping: $5 to $7 per night
  • Room service attendant: 15 percent of bill
  • Bellhop: $10 for luggage brought to your room
  • Concierge: $5 to $10

 Restaurant

  • Server: 15-20 percent of bill
  • Bartender: 10-15 percent of bar bill
  • Coat check attendant: $1
  • Restroom attendant: $1

 WEATHER

Milwaukee is home to a moderate climate. The summers are typically warm and sunny with an average high temperature around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Bringing a light jacket or sweater and umbrella is advisable. Check the local weather forecast at www.Weather.com.

WHAT TO WEAR

The Convention will take place at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center and the Frontier Airlines Center. We recommend that attendees wear business attire—pant suits, business suits, or dresses—for daytime activities, including breakfast meetings, business sessions, and luncheons. Please refrain from wearing jeans or shorts to official Convention events. Refer to the Banquets tab or pages 16-19 of the Call to Convention for event-specific attire. While the weather outside may be hot, the hotel and convention center will be air conditioned. Please dress for your personal comfort level and bring comfortable, non-skid shoes.

For tours, we suggest comfortable, casual attire, and encourage everyone to wear GFWC apparel!

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS

For more information, visit www.GFWC.org/Convention or contact GFWC at GFWC@GFWC.org or 1-800-443-GFWC (4392).

Travel

ACCOMMODATIONS

The Hilton Milwaukee City Center (www.HiltonMilwaukee.com) is a classic downtown Milwaukee hotel recognized as the city's finest with a tradition of excellence going back more than 80 years. Its gracious style is reflected in its impeccable service and attention to every detail. GFWC has reserved a block of guest rooms over the dates June 13-June 21, 2011. All attendees must make their room reservations by Friday, May 13, 2011, in order to receive the special group rate of $169 per night plus applicable taxes for single or double occupancy. Reserve your room online, or call 1-800-HILTONS and book your reservation using the group code "GFWC."

TRANSPORTATION

BY AIR
The closest area airport is General Mitchell International Airport (MKE), which is located nine miles from downtown Milwaukee and the GFWC Convention. Non-stop flights are offered to 72 destinations.

Chicago O'Hare International Airport is located 95 miles away, which is approximately a 90-minute drive to downtown Milwaukee and the GFWC Convention. There is a direct train offered from Chicago O'Hare International Airport to Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport.

From the Airport to the Hilton Milwaukee City Center
Airport Shuttle: Go Airport Connection is offering a 10 percent discount on roundtrip shuttle service when booked online. To reserve online, visit www.GoAirportConnection.com and use the group code GFWC. For reservations made via telephone, there is a five percent discount on roundtrip shuttle service. Call 1-800-236-5450 and ask for the GFWC discount (group code GFWC).

Taxis: Taxi cabs are located on the lower level outside of baggage claim gates #2 and #3. Typical taxi fare is $25 one way to the Hilton Milwaukee City Center.

BY TRAIN
The Amtrak station is located one-half mile from the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. Visit www.Amtrak.com for more information on schedules and pricing.

BY CAR
For driving directions to the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, please contact the hotel directly at 414-271-7250 or use an online travel website, such as www.Google.com/Maps.

Parking: The Hilton Milwaukee City Center offers on-site self parking at $24 per day with unlimited in and out privileges.

Keynote Speaker

JENNIFER WEINER was born in 1970 on an army base in Louisiana. She grew up in Connecticut and graduated with a degree in English literature from Princeton University. She is the author of the novels Good In Bed (2001); In Her Shoes (2002), which was turned into a major motion picture starring Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, and Shirley MacLaine; Little Earthquakes (2004); Goodnight Nobody (2005); the short story collection The Guy Not Taken (2006); Certain Girls (2008), the sequel to Good in Bed; Best Friends Forever (2009) and her most recent, Fly Away Home (2010). There are more than 11 million copies of her books in print in 36 countries.

Jen is a frequent public speaker who has appeared on The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, The Martha Stewart Show, and a number of defunct national talk shows that she suspects she killed just by showing up.

She is currently working on a new television series for ABC Family. Entitled The Great State of Georgia, the series stars Raven-Symoné and is about a plus-size Southern girl trying to make it as an actress in The Big Apple.

She has been published in Seventeen, Salon, Redbook, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, and Elle. She writes occasionally for the Huffington Post and on her own blog. She likes sunsets, sushi, reality TV, and long walks on the beach and dislikes fake people, humidity, and entrenched sexism in the literary world. Her last name is not pronounced exactly the way it's spelled. She can be found on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/JenniferWeiner) on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/JenniferWeiner), and, in real life, in Philadelphia, where she lives with her husband and two daughters, Lucy and Phoebe.

Jennifer Weiner will be speaking on Sunday, June 19, 2011, during the ESO Breakfast and the Convention Business Session from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. A book signing will follow from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

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