It is almost here! No, not Christmas (though local stores are already preparing for that). No, we don’t mean the snow that is forecast for the Bighorns this week.
The FAB (For. About. By.) Women’s Conference!
Less than two weeks away (Oct. 4-5), things are just about set for the first-ever FAB event to be held at Sheridan College.
We’ve heard there has been some confusion about where this idea came from. It is the brainchild of Sheridan Press Publisher Stephen Woody and the result of a lot of hard work by a committee of seven women.
This is not a pre-packaged conference The Sheridan Press is bringing in from some out-of-state organization.
All of the session topics came from local issues women face. All of the speakers were thought of by the committee making this all happen.
And what a mix of topics and speakers it will be!
Friday will kick off with a screening of the film “Miss Representation,” all about how women are portrayed in the media.
Throughout the weekend, we have 25 local speakers that will cover topics ranging from women’s health, challenges women face in nontraditional roles, food preservation techniques, car maintenance, self-defense and a slough of other topics.
We also have a handful of speakers from around the state that will talk about women in the military, women helping other women and how to get your business going. Brig. General Kathy Wright will keynote the luncheon Friday. She was the first woman to be earn the rank of general in the Wyoming Army National Guard.
Finally, we have two speakers traveling to Sheridan from out of state — Sarah Calhoun and Liza Donnelly.
Calhoun is the founder of Red Ants Pants, a Montana-based company that creates workwear for women. She was named the Women in Business Champion of the Year by the Small Business Administration in 2012.
She’ll speak during the Saturday luncheon.
Donnelly will keynote the banquet Friday evening. She has worked as a contract cartoonist with The New Yorker Magazine for more than 30 years. She draws cartoons about politics and culture while also writing a weekly column for Forbes.com, specializing in politics and women’s rights.
She is a captivating speaker who makes her point through humor.
Also Friday night, The Sheridan Press and the FAB Committee will honor the first-ever “Woman of the Year.”
Eleven women were nominated from around Sheridan County. The variety and the caliber of women nominated was astounding. Voting by the committee was close, but the choice has been made and will be announced Oct. 4.
In the background, amidst all the speakers and extraordinary women, local restaurants and caterers have stepped in to feed the crowd. Lunches will be catered by Qdoba and Volunteers of America’s Catering for a Cause. The main soiree Friday night will be catered by Killy’s Smokehouse Deli with desserts from Sheridan Memorial Hospital’s Big Horn Mountain Catering.
Sponsors will have booths set up throughout the two-day event that is packed with informative, fun and empowering workshops.
We hope you’ll come.
Bring a friend, your daughter, your mother or your mentor.
It will be worth it.