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Averett Welcomes Graduate and Author Audrey Nelson

Feb. 22, 2010

The Averett University Women's Leadership Circle and the Danville/Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring "Code Switching: How to Talk so Men will Listen," a presentation by author, internationally recognized speaker and Averett graduate Dr. Audrey Nelson. The presentation will be held March 11 at 7:30 pm in Averett's Blount Chapel. The event is free.

Copies of Nelson's latest book, "Code Switching: How to Talk so Men will Listen" will be available for $20, and a book signing will follow the presentation.

Nelson, who specializes in gender communication, conflict management and dealing with difficult people, will explain how understanding the fundamental differences between how women and men communicate can help women finally break through the glass ceiling in business. Even though women make up nearly half the work force, they still comprise only seven percent of the top money makers. Nelson will discuss how the sometimes subtle differences between men's and women's communication styles may attribute to this disparity.

Nelson is an internationally recognized communication consultant, seminar leader, and key-note speaker for a wide range of Fortune 50 companies and government agencies. Her professional background includes 10 years teaching in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and 30 years as a consultant and trainer for a wide variety of government and Fortune 50 companies. Among them are Price Waterhouse, Cargill, AT&T, Honeywell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and the U.S. Department of Justice. In addition to her degree from Averett, she holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in communication. Her book "You Don't Say: Navigating Nonverbal Communication between the Sexes" (Prentice Hall, 2004) has been published in six languages. Her latest book, "Code Switching: How to Talk so Men will Listen" was published in 2009. She has appeared as a communication expert in several recent issues of Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Real Simple, Chic, Men's Health, Women's Health, Colorado Biz, and HRSuccess magazines.

For information on Nelson's appearance contact Debbie Flinn,, 434-791-5680. To read more about Nelson's research on code switching visit or