Old Navy president and AU alum to speak at Women’s Philanthropy Board spring symposium

AUBURN – The College of Human Sciences Women’s Philanthropy Board will host its 5th Annual Spring Symposium on Monday, May 7, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center. Featured speakers are Dawn Robertson, AU alum and president of Old Navy, and Janet Bodnar, deputy editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.

“The title of this year’s symposium, ‘Information is Power: How to Learn, Earn and Give to be Money Smart Women,’ reflects how the Women’s Philanthropy Board seeks to educate its members, the public and AU students about issues related to women and financial matters,” said June Henton, Dean of the College of Human Sciences. “We are thrilled that Dawn Robertson, a graduate of AU’s College of Human Sciences, will be one of the speakers to share their success with us.”

Symposium keynote speaker Janet Bodnar is deputy editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine for which she has written about a wide range of topics on investing, money management and the economy. With over 2 million readers, Kiplinger is a prestigious brand built on a heritage of trust and a reputation for authoritative financial advice.

Bodnar is a nationally recognized expert in the field of children’s and family finances. Her presentation will focus on her nationally acclaimed book, “Raising Money Smart Kids and Money Smart Women: Everything You Need to Know to Achieve a Lifetime of Financial Security.” Bodnar has appeared on television shows including Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show on CBS, Fox, CNN and PBS.

Dawn Robertson will be the featured luncheon speaker. Robertson oversees all aspects of the Old Navy brand, supporting more than 1000 stores in North America. With 30 years of retail experience, she is a proven merchant and retail leader. Robertson will reflect on her experiences as an Auburn student and her success in the retail industry.

Other speakers for the event will be Dan Silverstein, managing director of The Investment Edge LLC in New York City; Maru Pichardo, managing director, Pichardo Asset Management in Morelos, Mexico; Dale Miskell, FBI supervisor special agent, in Birmingham, Ala.; and Vicki Williams, AU class of 1971, president, Anchor Mortgage Services Inc. in Montgomery, Ala.

Women’s Philanthropy Board corporate partners Alabama Power, Moore Wealth Management, AU Office of Outreach, the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center and The Flower Store have helped underwrite the event.

Registration for the symposium is $65, and includes the 12:30 p.m. lunch. Tables of 10 can be reserved for $650. Seating is limited. To register, contact Sidney James Nakhjavan at (334) 844-9199 or at wpbchs1@auburn.edu.

Make checks payable to the Auburn University Foundation – WPB for the Spring Symposium and mail to the College of Human Sciences, Women’s Philanthropy Board Office, 210 Spidle Hall, Auburn, AL 36849.

Contact: Sidney James Nakhjavan, (334) 844-9199 (wpbchs1@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)