U.S. Labor Secretary Ann McLaughlin will be the keynote speaker at the annual Utah Women's Conference to be held Nov. 18 at Salt Lake Symphony Hall.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, sponsor of the conference, said McLaughlin has a keen sense of changes in the American labor force, including the increasing number of women workers.Hatch said that in the 1990s two of three new workers will be women.

And he said he's proud to feature McLaughlin, only the second woman in history to head the U.S. Labor Department, because "of what she represents to the millions of women in American who look to her as a role model."