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2011 Women's Expo: Cox to provide inspirational presentation

Molly Cox, the keynote presenter for the 2011 Pioneer Women's Expo today, checks out the Sanford Center Ballroom stage where she will speak at 12:15 p.m. Pioneer Photo/Molly Miron

Molly Cox, the keynote speaker for the 2011 Women's Expo, will take her presentation to the Sanford Center Ballroom stage at 12:15 p.m. today for the 2011 Pioneer Women's Expo.

"It's a message of inspiration especially for women - take care of yourself, have fun," she said Friday afternoon after arriving in Bemidji from what she said was a beautiful drive north.

Cox promises plenty of humor drawn from her background in improv in her one-hour presentation. She will also bring in stories about family care giving for her father, who has Alzheimer's disease, and her mother, who had cancer.

She said she feels a special significance to her outreach at the Women's Expo on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

"I think it's a time when people are really pulling together," she said. "Women have always known how to connect."

Cox recalled programs she presented shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, and said women understood immediately the need for people to support each other. And women's understanding helped men and children, too, she said.

The fifth annual Women's Expo will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, Sept. 10.

Cox has been a professional speaker for 18 years, starting with training customer service representatives in hotels.

Ten years ago, she branched out into improvisation and sketch comedy, and is the co-author of the book titled "Improvise This! How to Think on Your Feet so You Don't Fall on Your Face."

Cox combines her background in business and family with her experience in sketch comedy and improvisation to create keynotes, workshops and customized projects for her clients.

She said she finds her material for humor everywhere, but much of it comes from her personal experience. She said she has been described as having "observational humor skills."

Cox will have her "Improvise This!" book available at the Women's Expo, as well as her line of gifts and products such as the Friend Blend coffee, which is packaged in pink and black and for which part of the proceeds go to breast cancer research.

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