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WVU Parkersburg to host Women’s History Month panel on March 30

Parkersburg, W.Va. (March 10, 2023) – WVU Parkersburg’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is celebrating this year’s Women’s History Month with an evening panel discussion with women from the community and the college as they share how their hard work and dedication have paid off in big dividends on March 30 at 7 p.m.

The panelists include Dr. Torie Jackson, Interim President, WVU Parkersburg; Alice Harris, Executive Vice President of Finance & Administration, WVU Parkersburg; Christie Willis, Superintendent, Wood County Schools; Wendy Shriver, Executive Director, Discovery World on Market; and Lindsey Piersol, Economic Development Director, Wood County.

“As part of the efforts of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, we felt the need to share with our students a program that could have a lasting impact on their career goals.  Each one of our distinguished panel members is a leader,” said Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Chair Nancy Harris.  They represent the college and our community, and they have broken the ‘Glass Ceiling.’”

A display in honor of International Women’s Day will also be present at the event. WVU Parkersburg Art Club and Psychology Club created a display that showcases women in art and psychology history.

“According to Forbes, leadership is a process of social influence, which maximizes the efforts of others towards the achievement of a goal.  We have also invited the female leaders of many local non-profit organizations, service agencies and college leadership because they are true influencers and leaders who understand that hard work and dedication pays big dividends,” said Harris.

The event is free and open to the public and will act as an opportunity for students to network with community members. The Breaking the Glass Ceiling event will take place in the College Activities Center on Thursday, March 30, at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Nancy Harris at