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Former U.S. Surgeon General to share how women can overcome obstacles

Latina Style MagazinePalm Beach State College will present Dr. Antonia Novello, the first woman and first Hispanic to be appointed U.S. Surgeon General, in a talk titled “How Women Can Achieve Success in Spite of Life’s Inequities” from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Sept. 25 at the College’s Palm Beach Gardens campus.

Presented by PNC Bank, the event will be held in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month and take place in the BioScience Technology Complex room SC127 as the third in a series called the Women’s Empowerment Forum. The cost is $25. Registration and breakfast will be from 7 to 8 a.m. in the lobby.

“Dr. Novello has demonstrated passion and poise in every level of the health care industry, government, women in business and child advocacy,” said Cressman Bronson, regional president, PNC Bank. “We couldn’t be more excited to hear from her what will surely be inspiring stories and advice to professional women in Palm Beach.”

Novello is a Puerto Rican physician and a public health administrator. She was a vice admiral in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and served as 14th Surgeon General of the United States from 1990 to 1993. Novello served as Commissioner of Health for the State of New York from 1999 to 2006.

She has been an aggressive advocate for women, children and minorities throughout her medical and public health career. Her long history of service to her country, community and people continues in her advocacy to help woman and children in the U.S. and abroad. Novello offers advice to women who strive to juggle career, family and community commitments.

Last year, she retired as the executive director of Public Health Policy at Florida Hospital in Orlando, where she was in charge of advocating, translating and implementing public health issues across the board, as well as directing and organizing a lecture series involving the top medical professionals in the nation.

Reservations can be made online here or by calling 561-207-5708. The event is sponsored by PNC Bank, Oceana Coffee, Sunny 107.9 FM, 97.9fm WRMF, 103.1 WIRK COUNTRY, BEATZ 96.3 640AM SPORTS and 850WFTL.

The Women’s Empowerment Forum is presented by the College’s Corporate and Continuing Education (CCE) division, which provides training opportunities in a variety of professional leadership topics. CCE offers individual courses, customized employee training, professional certification exam prep and special offerings like the Leaders Empowering Action Program designed to help managers become leaders.

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