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Women's History Month speaker looks to the future

March 31, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Valerie Lambert, who works with social media in fundraising work, speaks Thursday to a National Organiztion for Women meeting at Hagerstown Community College as a part of Women's History Month activities.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Valerie Lambert offered a glimpse Thursday night of how fast technology is moving.

Lambert, who works with social media in fundraising work, asked an audience at Hagerstown Community College to think about the progression of the cell phone.

With today’s smartphones, it makes more sense to refer to them as “handhelds” rather than phones, Lambert said.

With smartphones, users have quick access to the Internet, texting and GPS.

Eventually, people won’t need wallets because of the capabilities of handhelds, said Lambert, who offers advice on annual fundraising and other matters through the website Bilou.info.

Pictures? They’re on the handheld.

Credit cards? Won’t need them, said Lambert.

“That how fast technology is moving,” Lambert said at a National Organization for Women meeting at HCC.

HCC has its own NOW chapter which has been in place for two semesters, said Linda M. Smith, faculty adviser for the group. The president of the student club is Kim Bingheim, who is a biotechnology student at the college.

Smith, who has been involved in NOW for more than 20 years, said it was important for young women at HCC to get involved in the organization.

 NOW is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States, and the organization works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in various sectors of society.
 
Lambert spoke as part of the HCC NOW Club’s recognition of Women’s History Month.
 
Although Lambert said she hears people talk about how they don’t need technology, she told those in attendance at the school’s Merle S. Elliott Conference Center how technology is changing the way the world works.
 
It ranges from employers requiring that people be able to fill out job applications online to being able to use LinkedIn, a social networking site that is popular for career people, Lambert said.
 
Among the guests at Thursday’s program was Julianna Albowicz, a representative of U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.
 
Albowicz read a letter from Mikulski, who was instrumental in Women’s History Week, which turned into Women’s History Month.
 
“We’re on the move,” said Albowicz, referring to the women’s movement.

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