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Marketing and Motivational Expert Addresses WILD Women

Author Discusses Passion, Purpose and “Climbing the Ladder in Stilettos”

Lakewood, N.J., Aug. 27, 2009—What does it take to travel the road to success? A solid sense of purpose and an appreciation for our mission in life, says motivational speaker and career expert Lynette Lewis. The author of the highly praised 2006 release, Climbing the Ladder in Stilettos: 10 Strategies for Stepping up to Success and Satisfaction at Work, will speak exclusively to students in Georgian Court University’s WILD (Women in Leadership Development) program from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, in the North Dining Room on the Lakewood campus.

“To me, ‘purpose’ answers the question of ‘Why am I here on Earth? Why am I here at school?’” says Ms. Lewis, whose session is open only to WILD students. “The mission is ‘What am I going to do with my life?’ You might have five to10 simultaneous missions going on. Purpose evolves over time, but even as young as the teen years, you can get a sense of purpose. College is the perfect age to start diving in.”

Ms. Lewis, who began her career in public relations and fund-raising at Oral Roberts University, is a former marketing executive with the National Women’s Initiative at Deloitte & Touche in New York City. She works with companies, organizations, and individual clients on personal branding, professional development, and spiritual growth.

In her book, Ms. Lewis encourages women to create a purpose statement for life and work. It’s not a task that can be done easily or quickly, she says, “But discovering our purpose is time well spent, time that sets the foundation for everything else we are hoping to receive or achieve.”

GCU Assistant Dean for Student Development Karen Souffrant heard Ms. Lewis speak at an event a few years ago, and she was impressed.

“I loved her down-to-earth and practical approach to helping women discover their purpose,” Ms. Souffrant says. “I knew the WILD women would benefit greatly from anything she had to say.”

Each year, the program chooses an author to speak to young women about leadership and how to incorporate meaningful principles into their everyday lives.

“I want the women to walk away inspired and challenged about living out their purpose--to know there is absolutely nothing they cannot achieve if they are willing to commit to and pursue their passion,” says Ms. Souffrant. “The only limits are the ones they place upon themselves.”

The lecture is part of Georgian Court’s WILD (Women in Leadership Development) leadership program, which focuses on providing GCU women with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for them to confidently assume leadership roles. The program also supports the Mercy core values—respect, integrity, justice, service and compassion—by empowering women to advocate for themselves and others and helping them to find their own voices in the world.

During her time with the National Women’s Initiative at Deloitte & Touche, Lynette Lewis worked with some of the biggest names in corporate America, including GE, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson. Her 2006 release, Climbing the Ladder in Stilettos, draws on her research and the experiences of women looking for fulfillment in their work, personal, family and spiritual lives. In addition to her podcasts, YouTube series, CDs, DVDs, and her social networking community at, she is a busy parent to four stepsons. Ms. Lewis also collaborates with her husband, Pastor Ron Lewis, on media projects and global initiatives.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,100 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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