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Women in Business Conference to Address Adaptability and Innovation

Thursday, Apr. 8, 2010

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 9, 2010 – Virgin America finance executive Holly Nelson will address about 250 business professionals on Saturday, April 17, as the keynote speaker for the annual Santa Clara University Women in Business conference. 

The day-long event begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, Calif., and will include sessions with entrepreneurs, social media marketing specialists, and workplace-diversity consultants.

“With the tumultuous economic cycle we have experienced over the last few years we want to highlight how to thrive in any kind of environment,” said Adelene Gallego Ramos, marketing vice president of Women in Business, a graduate student group in the University’s Leavey School of Business. “Our conference focus on ‘Adaptability and Innovation’ will help business leaders adjust to rapidly changing conditions.”

The Women in Business conference, in its eighth year, also features presentations by Jeannie Kahwajy, CEO of Effective Interactions, and Julia Hartz, co-founder and president of Eventbrite, as well as Mary Furlong, Dean’s Executive Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Santa Clara University Business School, and Radha Basu, co-founder of Anudip Foundation and managing director of the University’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society.

As an airline industry veteran, keynote speaker Nelson has more than 20 years’ experience in adapting and innovation. She became senior vice president and chief financial officer at Virgin America in April 2009 and is responsible for the new California-based airline’s financial operations, including treasury, tax, procurement and fleet planning. She has served in leadership roles at XOJET, Inc., Eos Airlines, JetBlue, Republic Airlines, and Northwestern Airlines. A Certified Public Accountant, she received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Clair.

Conference registration and more information about the Women in Business gathering can be found at The event is open to men and women, with many issues relevant to all business people.

About the Leavey School of Business
The Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University began in 1926, and was one of the first business schools in the country to receive national accreditation. Its undergraduate business program is among the top in the nation (#39 nationally, and in the top three in California), its MBA program is #10 in the nation, and its Executive MBA is ranked 15th in the U.S. The curriculum at all levels emphasizes the leadership role of business in creating an ethical society as well as business responsibilities for social justice and sustainability in the global marketplace. The School opened its new $49 million building for undergraduate, graduate, and professional business education in Fall 2008. For more information, see

About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California's Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8,600 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master's and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master's universities, California's oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see

Media Contacts:
Deborah Lohse | SCU Assistant Media Relations Director | | 408.554.5121 (O) | 408.768.6898 (C)

Adelene Gallego Ramos | | 831.239.1370


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