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Join Alaska Pacific University, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, and State Senator Lesil McGuire for the first Alaskan Women’s Summit: Improving the Economic Status of Women in Alaska.

This exciting grass-roots summit stemmed from a report Senator McGuire commissioned last year on the status of women in Alaska with regard to housing and homelessness, domestic violence, the gender-wage gap, mental health, drug addiction, and health care. The report revealed that Alaska may be one of the most challenging places in the United States for women.   On average, Alaskan women are paid less than woman in the US, imprisoned at higher rates and have a suicide rate that is twice the national average.

The primary focus of this two-day summit is to inspire women and promote them to create positive change in Alaska’s economy.  Business leaders, CEOs, educators, policy makers and members of the public will come together to develop strategies and methods of improvement, to close the gender-gap, increase affordable housing throughout Alaska, create access to healthcare, create opportunities for women to start new businesses and learn the techniques that drive them to the tops of their chosen field.

There will be keynote speeches by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski and BP Alaska President Janet Weiss.

Breakout session topics include: Workforce Development, Housing and Homelessness, Health Care, Entrepreneurs in Alaskan Business, Negotiating our Futures, and Youth Empowerment.

If you would like to be a part of the lead panel for one of these sessions or would like more information, please contact Amy Saltzman at

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Thank you for your interest in the Women's Summit event at Alaska Pacific University. Unfortunately we have met full capacity this year.