Women entrepreneurs will share their experiences as owners and operators of their own businesses at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in Room 458 of the West Virginia University Business and Economics Building.

“When Women Mean Business: Corporate and Media Entrepreneurs Tell Their Stories”will feature the following women who head media and consulting firms:

  •  Linda Arnold, CEO , The Arnold Agency, Charleston

  •  Leslie Braksick, CEO and president, CLG Consulting

  •  Mary Jane Gallagher, senior vice president, Golin/Harris International,      Washington, D.C.

  •  Lorenelle White, publisher, The State Journal , Charleston

“Ambition, persistence, fire-in-the-belly commitment and passion �€thats what it takes to be successful,”said Arnold, who founded her own full-service advertising, public relations and government relations firm two decades ago.”Being successful is more about attitude. I think entrepreneurs make their own opportunities and someone with good ideas and determination can make it anywhere.”Arnold Agency clients have included AT&T and Subway, among others.

Gallagher also founded her own firm in the D.C. area before joining Golin/Harris. She began her career as the first female press secretary to former West Virginia Gov. Jay Rockefeller. She also has worked as a counselor for FedEx, Nike, GTE and universities such as OhioState, Yale and Columbia.

Braksick, founder of the Continuous Learning Group (CLG), will share her experiences as a nationally known consultant, executive coach and published author. As president of CLG , she develops strategy, manages operations and guides corporate growth. CLG s clients include AT&T, Bayer Corp., Bechtel Corp., Bell Atlantic, United Airlines and UPS .

White, owner and publisher of The State Journal , was named”1998 Media Advocate of the Year”by the U.S. Small Business Administration. She oversees sales, circulation and production for West Virginia’s weekly business newspaper based in Charleston.

The event, which is being held in conjunction with Journalism Week 2001, is sponsored by the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism and College of Business and Economics.