U. Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lauren Lee
'90s WOMEN WITH A MISSION: HELPING WOMEN LEARN, GROW,
CONNECT AND PROSPER IN THE 21st CENTURY
The First Virtual Educational
Community by, for and about Women Launches, Bringing Today's Hottest Workshop
Topics to Busy Women Everywhere--Through the Convenience of Teleconference Bridge
Long Island, N.Y.,
May 26, 1998--The first virtual educational community exclusively for women opened
its doors this month. Women's University (www.womensu.com) welcomes women from
all over the United States and the world to come together to enjoy highly interactive
and personalized educational programs--from the comfort and convenience of their
own telephones. Teaching its affordable courses via teleconferencing bridge calls,
Women's U. is opening up a world of cutting edge ideas to contemporary women who
are hungry for a non-competitive learning atmosphere, open dialogue and supportive
community. "I see Women's U. as a catalyzing agent," says Elyse Killoran,
Women's U. founder and president. "Every woman who takes a class will come
away equipped with practical information, affirmation and inspiration to create
positive changes in her life."
Classes at Women's U. are not lecture
programs offered for credit or degrees. Rather, instructors offer courses on life
skills and enrichment in an interactive format: "At Women's U., you won't
be able to take a class on 18th century literature," says Killoran, "but
if you are an aspiring writer, you might join a workshop with other women who
want to re-connect with their own creativity. We don't offer classes on macroeconomics,
but entrepreneurs and business professionals looking to double their profits without
sacrificing their personal lives in the process will find a number of courses
that speak to their interests and concerns."
Women's U. is a collaborative
effort of two dozen workshop leaders who see the tremendous potential of bringing
their successful educational programs directly into students' homes. Built on
a feminine model of interdependence and cooperation, faculty members of Women's
U. encourage students to share their thoughts and viewpoints with one another
in a safe and supportive environment. Killoran asserts, "It's the ideal environment
in which to cultivate long-lasting change."
What is a Teleclass?
All Women's U. programs are offered via teleconference calls, which can support
many callers simultaneously. With this technology, each student, regardless of
geographic location, can join in the courses by just dialing a phone number at
the designated time to connect with her teleclass leader and other students from
all over the country and even the world. Teleclasses have been successful for
other virtual universities because they are easy and convenient to attend--no
traveling, hotels, meals, traffic or parking hassles. Classes each run for an
hour a week, usually for four weeks.
Class size is small--usually around
15 students per class--so students feel a sense of community. The cost of taking
classes at Women's U. is low: typically less than $45 per four-week class. Special
free one-session classes are offered in addition to the regular for-fee classes.
Students incur a standard long-distance charge to dial into the teleclasses. This
runs about $6 an hour--about equal to the cost of hiring a babysitter and paying
for the gas and parking to attend a class away from home. There are no additional
Plus, says Killoran, "There are significant
advantages to the teleclass format including a high level of intimacy, synergy
among participants, a results-oriented focus and the opportunity to receive real-time
personalized coaching from a highly trained expert experienced in facilitating
group interactions. Whether a class focuses upon improving communication skills,
creating a powerful resume, launching a new business or becoming financially assertive,
our teleclass leaders encourage interaction, participation and experimentation
with new ideas so that students can take what is discussed in class and apply
it to their lives."
Wide Range of Course Offerings
Women's U. offers an enormous variety of daytime and evening courses under 10
subject categories Killoran sees as most relevant to contemporary women: Financial
Prosperity, Personal Development, Career Enhancement, Business Building, Health
and Vitality, Better Relationships, Creative Expression, Mothers and Parenting,
Spiritual Paths, and Transitions.
Here are just a few of the intriguing
classes currently available: Parenting in the '90s: Survival Skills for Moms of
Children Ages 2-7, Workplace 2000: Working in a Multicultural Environment, Financial
Assertiveness for Couples (both partners must attend!), Making the Leap from Employee
to Free Agent, Divorce Recovery, How to Raise Financially Literate Children, Reclaiming
our PMS - Premenstrual Strength, Women's Myths and Realities: How Cultural Conditioning
Makes Us Sick, Establishing an Adult Relationship with Your Parents, Rhythms for
Spiritual Connection, Integration of Work and Play: Effectively Living Life as
One Expression, Enhancing the Inner Strength and Beauty of the Single Woman, and
Small Office Home Office (SOHO) Solutions.
In addition to classes, social
and networking calls will occasionally be offered, such as Brilliant Women's Tea
Party (a cup of tea, ten brilliant women, great conversation) and Work-at-Home
MomShare (a time to network and share work-at-home options, resources, stories,
Most faculty members, including
Killoran, are trained personal or business coaches--the growing breed of consultants/personal
advisors that people are hiring to help them succeed at their goals. Instructors
have a wide range of professional experience and expertise from education to financial
planning, business management to psychology. "Each one of us is committed
to helping her clients and students bridge the gap between where they are today
and where they aspire to be," says Killoran. Faculty photos and bios are
listed on the Web Site. Killoran, who has been an educator for 11 years, is a
member of the International Coach Federation, an instructor with TeleUniversity,
and President of Aspirations Coaching for Women. She is based in Hauppauge, New
More Offerings by Women's U.
Women who do not have
access to the Internet can participate in the teleclasses, but will be unable
to benefit from some of Women's U.'s other online programs such as forums, chats,
and buddy programs. Online, Women's U. also offers subscriptions to several free
electronic newsletters, including "Success from the Inside Out," Killoran's
weekly message on how to take one simple but key action that will strengthen one's
"personal foundation." "Women's Wisdom" is a weekly "e-zine"
that links to articles on personal, career and business success. Individuals can
also subscribe to the Women's U. class schedule, a monthly listing of course offerings
and special events. All e-newsletters can be subscribed to at the web site, http://www.womensu.com.
Prospective students with Internet access can begin their education by visiting
Women's U.'s Web site at http://www.womensu.com,
where they will find a complete listing of classes, faculty profiles and registration
information. Others can contact Women's U., either by e-mail (send a blank e-mail
to email@example.com) or by phone
(888) 833-7606, to request a list of classes, costs and registration information
by fax or mail.
How to get
the most from your visits to Women's U.
Return to "Learn More About Women's U."