Earlier this year, Sheridan Press Publisher Stephen Woody and I began talking about the fall Destination Sheridan magazine.
“I want it to focus on Sheridan’s women,” he told me.
“I want to hold a conference and expo along with that,” he said about a week later. “So start thinking about it.”
I’m not great at just thinking about things. I take action. So immediately I started reaching out to friends and collegaues to gather input and measure support for such an event.
I also started asking for advice.
What does this conference need to offer in order to make you want to attend?
The feedback was incredible. I was given, and continue to receive, great ideas.
While everything may not be included in this year’s conference, I’m keeping a running list of ideas for future events.
I’m certain that the caliber of the ideas is a direct reflection of the caliber of women we have here in Sheridan County.
Everyone is always willing, and most times looking, to offer any help they can.
The level of passion and creativity in our small Western town likely rivals that of major metropolitan areas.
I have been so lucky to meet and learn more about the women I’ve interacted with while planning the first-ever FAB (For. About. By) Women’s Conference.
Here’s the thing.
I know there are more women out there doing great things each day and receiving no recognition.
These everyday extraordinary women are just the kind we’re hoping will be nominated for Sheridan’s first “Woman of the Year” award.
The award will be presented at the conference and we’re hoping to have nominations in by the end of next week.
So look around you. Consider the women in your life and let us know about her accomplishments, her compassion and her expertise in whatever field she knows best.
She doesn’t have to work full time, she doesn’t need to have published 20 books. She just needs to be extraordinary in the eyes of the person who nominates her.
Send your nominations to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kristen Czaban is the managing editor at The Sheridan Press.