SHERIDAN — The FAB (For. About. By.) Women’s Conference has been set for Sept. 27 at Sheridan College.
The committee of local women planning FAB has met twice so far this year to begin plans for the second annual event. The purpose of the conference is to educate and empower women.
The committee includes Amy Albrecht, Wendy Smith, Jenny Craft, Rhonda Weber, Susan Woody, Elaine Henry, Erin Kilbride, Candace Swanson, Elaine Burke, Dixie Johnson and Kristen Czaban.
This week the committee visited with two potential keynote speakers for the event — Elke Govertsen and Stephanie Armstrong.
Govertsen is an entrepreneur and mother raised in Alaska and Montana. She founded and writes for Mamalode, an online and print magazine featuring firsthand accounts of the trials and joys of parenthood. Her work earned the magazine title of “America’s best parenting magazine” by Lisa Sone, CEO of BlogHer. She has been featured in several other national magazines and conducts small business coaching as well.
Armstrong founded a California-based nonprofit called Heart of Leadership. After graduating college, earning a job in corporate America and suffering silently with an eating disorder and depression, Armstrong decided to start a journey of self-discovery.
She began speaking with girls across North America about body image and self-esteem. This effort eventually led to the creation of the nonprofit she now runs. The organization works to promote leadership skills, inspire and empower young women. Armstrong also works with adult women because, she said, the greatest gift we can provide the next generation is ourself as a positive role model.
In addition to interviewing potential speakers, committee members this week discussed three potential lead-up events for the conference — a film screening, a self-defense class and a panel discussion on women in media.
The committee will meet again in March to begin discussing session topics and speakers for the conference.