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Two University of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumni will serve as keynote speakers during the 36th annual Wisconsin Women’s Studies Conference and the seventh annual UW System LGBTQ Conference Oct. 5-6 on the UWO campus.

The combined event provides an opportunity for individuals from the UW System as well as other colleges and universities and communities throughout Wisconsin whose lives have been enriched by women’s studies, gender issues and LGBTQ research to participate in a variety of presentations, workshops and panels discussions.

UW Oshkosh graduates Monique Caradine ’93, of Olympia Fields, Ill., and Gwendolyn (Gwen) Kelly ’74, of Bentonville, Ariz., both radio-TV-film majors, will speak at the UW System Outstanding Women of Color in Education Awards luncheon, held in conjunction with the conference.

The conference theme, “Power, Politics and Performance in Women’s Studies and LGBTQ Studies,” explores how women have power—political or otherwise—as voters, citizens and workers.

Caradine, an award-winning entrepreneur and TV/radio personality, has been seen and heard on CNN, FOX News Network, National Public Radio and Chicago’s WVON 1690 AM. When she is not on the air, she works with women leaders, helping them reach more people, have more impact and make more money.

Kelly, a 2010 UWO Distinguished Alumni Award winner, is responsible for driving marketing initiatives for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. With more than 20 years of experience, she is a veteran marketing professional who injects strategic insight the marketing process.

A lifelong learner, Kelly attended graduate school in mass communications at Illinois State University and currently is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at Webster University.

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