More than 300 businesswomen Saturday became well-versed in the fine art of managing their bosses, bringing humor into the workplace and tooting their own horns.
These were among the topics discussed during second-day sessions of the American Business Women's Association 1988 Northwest Spring Conference, which continued Sunday in the Salt Lake Marriott Hotel.The conference, sponsored by six Salt Lake chapters, attracted more than 300 women from Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and Utah.
The association's mission is to bring together businesswomen of diverse backgrounds and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.
Currently the association has more than 112,000 members and 2,100 chapters throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.
It soon could also have male members.
Last year the national board voted to allow men to join the previously all-women association.
"We are not opposed to that in any way, but as far as I know, no Utah chapters have male members," said JoAnne Stinar, spring conference chairman. "But I know of at least two men who are eager to join."
Stinar said men in Utah are already very supportive of the advancement of businesswomen.
"The number of women in business in Salt Lake is increasing daily because of the economic situation. There are a lot of women who, for a lot of reasons, go into the business world to survive," she said. "Utah provides great opportunities for wom-en; the potential for women to advance professionally is greater here than in other states.
"I feel positive about the business opportunities here for women."
For years, the association has been providing opportunities for others by raising and giving away $31/2 million a year in scholarships for women.
Carolyn Elman, the group's national executive director, told the gathering that by 1993, their scholarship fund should total $6 million.