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Announces Last Call for Nominations for More than $30,000 in Prizes for Teen Entrepreneurs

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Stephen Gilmore
Manning Selvage & Lee
Tel: 212.468.4056 Stephen.Gilmore@mslpr.com
Kristin Mastrandrea
The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
Tel: 212.919.3965 Kristin_Mastrandrea@glic.com

NEW YORK, January 29, 2008 — The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian) announced the last call for nominations for the 2008 Girls Going Places® Entrepreneurship Award Program. Guardian will grant a total of $30,000 to 15 teen business owners and entrepreneurs.

Nominations will be accepted through February 29, 2008. Teachers, parents, and community members are encouraged to nominate accomplished young female entrepreneurs between the ages of 12 and 18.
Adults can nominate girls — daughters, nieces, neighbors or students — by submitting a 750-word essay endorsing accomplished young female entrepreneurs. Nominees must also write a 250-word personal statement on entrepreneurship, leadership, financial independence, or giving back to the community.
Girls Going Places 2.0
Now in its eighth year, Guardian has brought Girls Going Places® virtual by allowing teen entrepreneurs and nominator's unlimited access to program news, highlights and video on some of the webs best sites including YouTube, Facebook and MySpace. Nomination forms, entry rules, prize information and frequently asked questions for the 2008 program are now available at the click of a mouse.

"We're excited to bring the Girls Going Places® program online and allow teens and parents full access to this great program that supports women in business of all ages," said Diana Acevedo, National Manager, Girls Going Places, Guardian, New York. "Small business is the main driver of our economy and women account for more than 55% of new startups in the country*. We encourage budding entrepreneurs to go online to learn more about Girls Going Places® and how to get involved."

Additional information about the program and nomination forms for the competition can be found at www.girlsgoingplaces.com and online at YouTube, MySpace and Facebook (Keyword: GirlsGoingPlaces).

The Girls Going Places® Entrepreneurship Award program anchors Guardian's Women's Initiative, which was established to help women and women business owners create, invest, and protect wealth. As part of this effort, Guardian is a National Patron of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), which partially underwrites the Girls Going Places® awards
* Based on research from SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business, a nonprofit association and research partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

About Guardian
Founded in 1860, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, New York, NY (Guardian) is one of the largest mutual life insurance companies in the United States. As of December 31, 2006, Guardian and its subsidiaries had $39.5 billion in assets (on a consolidated statutory basis). With more than 5,000 employees and 3,000 financial representatives, as well as more than 80 agencies nationwide, Guardian and its subsidiaries protect individuals, businesses, and their employees with life, disability, health, long-term care, and dental insurance products, and offer 401(k), annuities and other financial products and trust services. More information about Guardian can be obtained at: www.GuardianLife.com.

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