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Valerie Alexander

Valerie Alexander

"How Women Can Succeed in the Workplace (Despite Having 'Female Brains')" is the subject of a talk lawyer and filmmaker Valerie Alexander will give Sunday in Seneca Falls.

The title of the talk comes from Alexander's book, released last year. The book examines the obstacles that keep women holding 20 percent of high-ranking positions in almost all industries despite graduation rates that equal or surpass those of men.

Alexander will explain the historical, sociological and anthropological reasons women are held back in the workplace, and how they can adapt. Her talk is based on recent findings that deepen understanding of the gendered brain, as well as her own experiences as a securities lawyer, investment banker and screenwriter. Alexander was one of two lead attorneys on the E*TRADE IPO, and worked as a screenwriter with Joel Schumacher, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Ice Cube. She has also directed more than 50 commercials, short films and PSAs.

The talk begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, in the Women's Rights National Historical Park Visitor Center, 136 Fall St., Seneca Falls. Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit nps.gov/wori or speakhappiness.com, call (315) 568-2991.

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