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March 01, 2004|By Frank McCoy | Frank McCoy,Special to Baltimoresun.com

Beginning Friday, the Baltimore-Washington chapter of the Society of Women Engineers holds its 2004 Society of Women Engineers Mid-Atlantic Conference at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

The theme for the session, which ends Sunday, is "Politics Is Just Not for Politicians." The keynote speaker for the opening session at 9 a.m. on Saturday is Anita Jones, a University of Virginia professor who is former director of defense research and engineering for the U.S. Department of Defense. She is expected to discuss the impact of politics on engineers.

The conference also includes exhibits, workshops and a career fair. Seminar topics range from finding the right job to financial planning.

"The regional conferences are a great way for local members and student members to get together for professional development and training, career fairs and networking," said Jeanne Sheehy, director of marketing of the Chicago-based organization.

Nora Davis, who is heading up the regional conference, agreed.

"The regional is a chance for people who don't go to the national conference to meet," Davis said. "We want our members to realize that politics is infused throughout our careers and has an impact on how we do our job on a day-to-day basis."

The conference is open to the public. For more information, send an e-mail to Fy04conf@swe-bws.org or call 703-757-0692.

Other events this week include:

Monday

Len Burman, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute in Washington and co-director of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, discusses "Mixing Economics and Politics: The Bush Administration's Savings Proposals." The free session will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Homewood Campus of the Johns Hopkins University.

Wednesday

Move on back! The Work Truck Show 2004 rolls into the Baltimore Convention Center, ending Friday. The trade show begins Wednesday. The cost is $35. More than 7,000 attendees are expected for the event, which is open to the public. For more information, call 800-441-6832.

The Greater Baltimore Committee presents a business education seminar from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Johns Hopkins University Downtown Center, 10 N. Charles Street. The session is entitled, "Increasing Leadership Effectiveness through Executive Coaching: A CEO's Perspective."

Speakers are Randall I. Thames, director of business development at DBM Baltimore; Merry Marcus, a DBM executive coach; Michael K. Brannick, president and chief executive of Prometric; and Mark Walztoni, a Prometric senior vice president. For more information, call 410-727-2820.

The Greater Baltimore Technology Council will present a panel discussion on interactive and online marketing from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Baltimore.

The panel includes John Ferber, chief information officer of Advertising.com; Greg Cangialosi, president of Blue Sky Factory Inc.; Sean Carton, managing partner of Carton Donofrio Partners Inc.; and Mitch Arnowitz, chief executive of Tuvel Communications. The session will be moderated by Michael Teitelbaum, president of Eisner Interactive.

For details, call 410-327-9148 or send an e-mail to kristenp@gbtechcouncil.org.

Friday

The Maryland Home and Garden Show and the Maryland Spring Craft Show kick off today at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. The free events end Sunday and then resume for another three days on March 12. For more details, call 410-863-1180.

The three-day Baltimore Design Forum starts today. It is sponsored by the Junior League of Baltimore and will be held at Gaines McHale Antiques, 836 Leadenhall St. in Baltimore. For details, call 410-218-2597.

Several economic reports are expected this week:

Tuesday -- The latest vehicle sales figures are reported by the U.S. Commerce Department.

Wednesday -- The Federal Reserve's "Beige Book" of regional economic data is released.

Thursday -- Initial jobless claims figures are reported by the U.S. Labor Department.

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