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Trailblazers and Trouble-Makers: Early bird rates end Friday

ElevationsBuiltCity“We Built this City:
Imagine. Create. Lead.”
Elevations Enrichment and Leadership Academy

Wednesday, October 30
11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Embassy Suites

Early bird rates end this Friday for the fourth annual Elevations Academy, the state’s premier professional development and networking event that will inspire women to take risks, take action and take charge to lead their businesses and their communities forward.

This year’s conference will be held Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the Embassy Suites.”We Built this City: Imagine. Create. Lead” is presented by West Virginia American Water. The event runs from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and is followed by an optional Uncork & Create event for attendees that starts at 6 p.m. (Capacity for this activity is extremely limited.)

Using the City of Charleston’s “Imagine Charleston” comprehensive plan as a launching pad for discussion, the program will:

  • Profile trailblazing women in WV history who took risks (and maybe caused a little trouble) to advance their communities or businesses
  • Feature an interactive community development exercise
  • Present strategies for moving forward from the perspectives of the technology sector, the creative class, downtown businesses and large corporations
  • Close with a powerful call to action through formal remarks and performance art.

The event opens with a luncheon, and includes an expo where dozens of businesses and organizations that market to women will showcase their services and products. Following the Academy, attendees may participate in a special “Uncork & Create” event, which starts at 6 p.m., for an additional fee. The after-hours event includes wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres, and will be held at 1031 Quarrier Street.

Historically, some or all of the Elevations Academy has been approved for continuing education credit. This year’s agenda will be submitted for approval by the WV State Bar and WV Board of Accountancy.

The opening speaker is Mary Beth Heydrick of DOW, a business manufacturing technology leader. Based in Freeport, Texas, Heydrick will share perspectives on leadership, innovation, risk and change. DOW is the year-round title sponsor and strategic partner for all Elevations events.


Other confirmed speakers to date are:

  • Alisa Bailey, Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Anne Barth, TechConnect
  • Ellen Cappellanti, Jackson Kelly
  • Mary Jean Davis, Charleston City Council
  • Georgette George, Monarch Properties
  • Crystal Good, Mixxed Media
  • Cathy Nutter, House of  Luxe
  • Prof. Connie Park Rice, PhD, WVU Department of History
  • Gina Rugeley, Junior League of Charleston
  • Susie Salisbury, Charleston Area Alliance
  • Danielle Snidow, Uncork & Create
  • Deb Weinstein, YWCA of Charleston

Dress for Success will accept donations of gently used professional clothing, handbags, shoes, and jewelry and other accessories, which will help disadvantaged women transitioning into the workforce.

For the full range of sponsorship opportunities, click HERE.

Early bird individual registration is $90 for Alliance members and $100 for future members. The cost for each goes up after Friday at 5 p.m. to $100 for Alliance members and $115 for future members.

To register for the event, click HERE.

To register for the after hours Uncork & Create event, click HERE. Registration is extremely limited and restricted to Elevations Academy attendees.

A range of exclusive sponsorship opportunities is available. For more information, contact JoEllen Zacks, jzacks@charlestonareaalliance.org.

Last year’s Elevations event attracted more than 300 attendees. DOW is the title sponsor of Elevations.

The Alliance will be able to invoice only for groups of 10 or more. Contact Deb Coffman at DCoffman@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org for more information. The Alliance is unable to issue cancellation refunds within 48 hours of the event. Thank you.      

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Kureha PGA receives Grand Award for product technology in Japan

Kureha’s Polyglycolic Acid Wins METI Minister’s Prize at the 5th Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award

TOKYO, September 17, 2013– Kureha Corporation (“Kureha”) has received the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry’s Prize in the Product and Technology Development Category of the 5th Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award for developing an environmental load-reducing, high performance biodegradable polymer, polyglycolic acid (PGA).

About the Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award

The Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award is an awards program recognized by the Prime Minister of Japan, which was established in 2005 with an aim to acknowledge and motivate individuals or groups of people who excel in various manufacturing (monodzukuri) fields. Award nominees include those who play key roles in today’s manufacturing and production, who have been supporting the tradition and culture of superior manufacturing skills and also who are expected to forge the future of manufacturing industries. The program has been jointly organized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and held every two years since 2005, and took place for the fifth time this year.

Summary of Awarded Technology Development

Kureha has developed the world’s first technology to successfully mass-produce a high-performance biodegradable polymer, polyglycolic acid (PGA), which exhibits excellent mechanical strength, gas barrier properties as well as heat resistant properties. Kureha, the sole company who can steadily supply this high-molecular biodegradable polymer at an affordable price, has been actively collaborating with end users to develop applications, which led to the market development for PGA as a material used for shale gas extraction tools, medical devices and packaging.

In the award program, Kureha’s achievement was highly evaluated for the following points:

– Kureha established, with longtime prodigious efforts, the mass production technology for a new material based on innovative polymerization technology that includes ingenious use of solvents.
– Kureha PGA has been commercially adopted in the shale gas fields, leveraging its seemingly conflicting properties, high strength and biodegradability.
– Development of additional applications and lower cost production for PGA is further expected in future. Moreover, it is hoped that Kureha builds the strategic value chain for PGA, possibly including the construction of its production facility in Japan.

Editorial information:
Kureha Corporation
Public & Investor Relations Department

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