Fashion Icon Donna Karan Speaks at Kent State about Self-Care, Wellness for Nurses


Donna Karan, one of the most famous American fashion designers, will be at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, on Monday, March 5. Karan will serve as the keynote speaker for the Kent State College of Nursing’s annual Driving the Future conference series. This year’s conference explores an integrative approach to incorporating self-care and mindfulness in a balanced personal and professional life.

Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation has collaborated with Kent State’s College of Nursing for the past two years on the “Care of the Caregiver” program that focuses on self-care of nurses. The partnership with Kent State is Urban Zen’s first collaboration with a university nursing program in the country. The program is an innovative solution to the growing nursing shortage and more importantly, provides caregivers with the skills to care for themselves so they can better care for others.

Members of the media are invited to attend the 10:30 a.m. press conference and hear from:

  • Donna Karan, founder and leader of the Urban Zen Foundation
  • Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee, well-known yoga experts and co-directors of the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program
  • Kent State University President Lester A. Lefton
  • Dr. Laura Dzurec, dean of Kent State’s College of Nursing
  • A Kent State nursing student who is going through the “Care for the Caregiver” program

Media are also welcome to attend Karan’s presentation at 12:45 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Kiva. The presentation will be streamed online at

Monday, March 5
Kent State University
Kent, Ohio

10:30 a.m. Press conference @ Kent Student Center, Room 204
12:45 p.m. Donna Karan presentation @ Kent Student Center Kiva

Parking is available in the Kent Student Center lot.

Media are asked to please R.S.V.P. to:
Emily Vincent,, 330-672-8595 (office), 216-832-4491 (cell)
Bob Burford,, 330-672-8516 (office), 330-842-1258 (cell)

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POSTED: Friday, March 02, 2012 03:33 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 23, 2023 03:20 AM
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