It’s almost here. The 2019 FAB Women’s Conference kicks off Friday at 11 a.m. The event marks nearly a year of work organizing, fundraising and recruiting.

Last June, we started the process of recruiting best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert to present as our keynote at this year’s event. People often ask me how we managed to snag such a big name speaker. The answer is pretty simple — I asked. I reached out to Gilbert’s agent and they helped make the connection.

After we secured Gilbert as our keynote speaker, it was time to get to work raising the money needed to bring her here. It would not have been possible to bring Gilbert here without their financial support. So, I beg forgiveness as I thank our sponsors.

First and foremost, the Wyoming Humanities Council provided a $10,000 grant for the program. Sheridan College has been a supporter of the FAB Women’s Conference from the beginning, and their support has been immeasurable.

Our sponsors also include:

• Homer A. and Mildred S. Scott Foundation

• Ucross Foundation

• Ramaco Carbon

• Wells Fargo

• Anne Pendergast

• Confluence Collaborative

• Kennon Products

• Jacomien Mars

• Marie Lowe: Century 21 BHJ Realty

• Susan Ponce: DA Davidson

• EMIT Technologies

• First Federal Bank & Trust

• Sheridan Memorial Hospital

In addition to those sponsors, a number of other donors are considered “Friends of FAB.” Those organizations are First Interstate Bank, The Equipoise Fund, Davis & Cannon, LLP, Sheridan County Title Insurance Agency, SWCA Environmental Consultants, Wildcat Trucking, Wyoming Women’s Foundation and Wyoming Community Foundation.

Then, of course, comes all of the help from our planning committee and the staff at The Sheridan Press. All in all, the number of people who have contributed to this conference adds up. I cannot thank them enough.

So, in less then 24 hours, we’ll kick off the 2019 FAB Women’s Conference. Here’s to another year of celebrating, empowering and connecting women.