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WPN Business Alliance Rally Announces “Meet the Media” Luncheon Panel and Spotlight Breakout Speakers

Saturday’s Women’s Power Networking Business Alliance Rally in Raleigh features five Triangle media experts during a catered luncheon, 24 breakout sessions with industry experts, 100+ exhibitors and art raffle to help benefit the Alzheimer’s Assoc.

Raleigh, NC, May 19, 2012 --( On May 19th Women’s Power Networking are presenting their fourth annual business expo. This year, the day-long Business Alliance Rally 2012, is offering a special “Meet the Media Luncheon” in addition to 24 breakout sessions featuring local experts covering business and health related topics. The business expo will take place from 10am – 5pm at the McKimmon Center located at 1101 Gorman Street on the NCSU campus in Raleigh. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Alzheimer's Association - Eastern North Carolina. Admission tickets are $10 and free with $25 luncheon purchase. Discounts for multiple ticket purchases are available. Raffle tickets are $5 each and 3 for $10. Businesses, non-profits, organizations and individuals interested attending or purchasing raffle tickets should visit

The catered “Meet the Media Luncheon” runs from 12:15 to 1:30pm inside the McKimmon Center. The panel will focus on helping luncheon attendees understand today’s media choices in developing marketing plans for their business. Panel members are: Alex McTighe, National Sales Manager, Curtis Media Group (radio); Barbara Petty, Owner/Publisher, Boom! Magazine; Matthew Donegan, General Sales Manager, Fox 50 TV; William Ammerman, Sales and Marketing Manager,; and James Wong, Co-founder/Partner, Empowered Ideas. Luncheon tickets include event entry and are $25 in advance online at and $35 at the door.

The 14 Spotlight! Speakers are industry experts leading 24 breakout sessions. Featured speakers are: Julie Alexander, Michele Howe Clarke, Danielle Cooley, Bill Davis, Sharon Cole Edler, Connie Holstein, Clare Luffman, Diana Needham, Olalah Njenga, Dr. Joanne Pizzino, Kristin Springfield, Geanine Thompson, Honey Beth Wiggs, and Sherrie Wilkolaski. The one-hour private breakouts will be at 11 am, 2 pm and 4 pm. Each speaker will present at two different times in one of eight designated rooms. Attendees can choose from marketing, relationship building, personal development, book publishing and promotion, health and wellness, managing an in-home business, how to become an expert in your field, developing endless prospects, and financial management and investment. For topic titles, presentation times and location, go to:

Marilyn Shannon, co-founder of Women's Power Networking and facilitator of the “Meet the Media Luncheon” added, “The Business Alliance Rally is intended for everyone. It provides a chance for businesses to network with one another, sell their products and services, learn how to be more successful, and expand their alliances; fulfilling the promise of Women's Power Networking: "Alliances for Business–Alliances for Life."

About Women’s Power Networking (WPN)
Founded originally as Coffee and Contacts in 2007, Women's Power Networking "Alliances for Business - Alliances for Life" is a growing, national women's business referral network. WPN is the umbrella organization for Power Lunches, the Women Executives Roundtable and the after hours networking event, Cocktails and Contacts. Weekly Coffee and Contacts chapter meetings offer women a positive environment to grow personally and professionally. The WPN Speakers Bureau arranges professional keynote and business speakers for conferences, business meetings, retreats or galas. Visit:

Media Contact:
Eileen Batson
Batson Group Marketing and PR
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Women's Power Networking
Eileen Batson
Jean Hedges 919.961.6915
Marilyn Shannon 919.362.7133

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