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Sandi Trent - DNR Land Acquisition and Planning Employee

DNR Celebrates Women’s History On March 6

Annapolis, Md. (February 28, 2012) - March is Women’s History Month and DNR is celebrating with a program at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6 that will discuss women achieving success within their respective careers. All are welcome to attend this free event, taking place in room C-1 of the Tawes State Office Building located at 580 Taylor Avenue in Annapolis.

The keynote speaker at this event will be Sandra Trent, DNR Land Acquisition and Planning Administrator and 27-year DNR employee. Trent began her first job at DNR, working within the Chesapeake Bay Affairs Department, as a stenographer. She became a secretary for Program Open Space and later, a Land Acquisition and Planning Administrator.

Trent served as Vice-President of the Maryland Parks and Recreation Association, Inc. and is currently serving on the DNR Diversity Resource Group. Since her service at DNR, there has been four Directors of Program Open Space, three Directors of Capital Grants and Loan Administration, two Assistant Secretaries, and six Department Secretaries.

The DNR agency workforce is currently 36 percent female. Trent will discuss the changes at DNR over the years, how is it possible for women to successfully fulfill the varied roles within their lives, what has been helpful to women in their careers, and how can women get to the next step within their respective careers.

Women’s History Month was initiated in the 1970’s by the National Women’s History Project, Inc.,, in Sonoma County, California. Title IX, of the Higher Education Act was enacted in 1977, prohibiting gender-discrimination within federally-assisted entities. This act primarily effectuated greater participation of women and gender equality within U.S. educational institutions, facilities and sports programs. The national theme for the 2012 Women’s History Month is “Women’s Education-Women’s Empowerment.”

For more information, contact Richard W. Allen of the Office of Fair Practice at 410-260-8058.

   February 28, 2012

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