‘Today Show’ career expert Adele Scheele to discuss career exploration at URI lecture April 9

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KINGSTON, R.I. – March 26, 2008 – Career strategist Adele Scheele, who has addressed audiences around the world about how to find more meaning and satisfaction in one’s working life, will share her insights at the University of Rhode Island on April 9.

Free and open to the public, the event begins at 7 p.m. in Independence Hall Auditorium on the URI Kingston campus. It will be hosted by the URI Women’s Council for Development and sponsored by the URI Alumni Association in partnership with the Home Economics Endowment for the Study of Business.

A frequent career expert for NBC’s “Today Show” and a columnist for Working Woman, Bottomline and Success magazines, Scheele will discuss how to use college as a stepping stone for career exploration and social networking. Her talk will be based in part on her highly praised book Launch Your Career in College, which offers a guide to maximizing the return on students’ and parents’ financial and educational investment.

Scheele is the former director of the Career Center at California State University of Northridge and author of the best selling books Career Strategies for the Working Woman, Skills for Success, and The Good Student Trap. She has won the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Making a Difference” Award and the American Society for Training and Development’s “Best Presenter” Award. She earned a Ph.D. from UCLA as a Change Management Fellow.

The Women’s Council for Development was established in 2005 to enhance the role of women in all aspects of life at URI and in the larger world through networking, programs, community service, mentoring, and an annual scholarship awarded to a female student who holds a leadership role on campus.

The Home Economics Endowment for the Study of Business is a fund established by URI alumnae Janet Oberndorfer to bring speakers to campus to address topics related to business and home economics. Oberndorfer, a communications consultant, graduated in 1963 from URI’s College of Home Economics, now the College of Human Science and Service.

The lecture will be preceded by a book-signing reception with Scheele at 5 p.m. at the University Club. The cost to attend the reception is $10 ($5 for students), while the cost for the reception and a book is $40 ($35 for students). For more information about the lecture or to register for the book signing, contact Sarah Howard, assistant director of alumni relations, at 401-874-2438 or showard@advance.uri.edu or visit www.advance.uri.edu/alumni/getinvolved/womenscouncil.