The countdown has begun to the FAB (For. About.By.) Women’s Conference — at least for me.
In 174 days, this year’s conference will begin. That means Sept. 27 at Sheridan College’s Edward A. Whitney Academic Center, women of Sheridan County, the state of Wyoming and potentially areas of Montana and South Dakota will gather to motivate and educate each other. They’ll network and make friends, find mentors and celebrate each other’s accomplishments.
The committee planning the event is stacked full of powerful, influential and motivational women — Wendy Smith, Dixie Johnson, Elaine Henry, Jenny Craft, Rhonda Weber, Amy Albrecht, Susan Woody, Erin Kilbride, Candace Swanson, Elaine Burke and me.
As we plan for this year’s event, we all hope to hear from you about what kind of speakers you’d like most to hear. What do you want to learn about? What have you always wanted to try but never had the opportunity? Let us know; we’ll do our best to include it in September.
As part of this year’s event, though, we’ll be hosting two or three “lead-up” events in an attempt to keep the conversation going. We hope to host a film screening, women in media panel and potentially a self-defense class.
The first event will be next month. On May 8, the film “Raising Ms. President” will be shown at the Carriage House Theater. The film focuses on how to motivate women to take on leadership roles.
Just 15.6 percent of the Wyoming Legislature is made up of women and despite having many women “firsts” in the state, as a nation we often fail to support women who choose to run for office or tackle management positions. Instead, media and individuals criticize those women for “aggressive” behavior, fashion and family choices.
We all know women are capable of holding leadership roles. They often lead in their homes, in nonprofit organizations and other groups. “Raising Ms. President” focuses on encouraging younger generations to fill leadership roles in politics, business and other avenues of their lives.
Tickets will be on sale soon and fliers will start going up around town and on thesheridanpress.com website with additional details.
I hope you’ll join us and I hope you’ll bring with you a young woman you believe can make a difference as a leader in our community, or our world.