The Sheridan Press will present FAB Women’s Conference April 12, 2019, at Sheridan College for the seventh year. Recognizing and empowering women, this event features nationally acclaimed speakers and offers educational seminars led by regional experts.
FAB speaks to all ages and walks of life, covering personal and professional topics. In other words: it’s a day for women, about women, by women.
This year’s keynote speaker will be Elizabeth Gilbert, the renowned author who has inspired millions around the world through works such as “Big Magic,” “Eat, Pray, Love” and “The Signature of All Things.”
At FAB, Gilbert will share her wisdom and perspective about creativity with the Sheridan community, discussing how we can tackle what we most love and face what we most fear through a shift in attitudes, approaches and habits in our daily lives.
While a resident at Ucross Foundation in 2004, Gilbert wrote a draft of her bestselling memoir “Eat, Pray, Love.” Years before, she worked on a ranch in the Wind River Range. In April, Gilbert will return to Wyoming to speak about leading a creative life, which she defines as one governed by curiosity rather than fear.
Sheridan County is growing, and its residents are confronting a variety of challenges — civil discourse, acceptance, diversity, etc. As the community grows, Sheridan Press publisher Kristen Czaban said the FAB Women’s Conference aims to encourage neighbors to think more broadly. In the past year, Sheridan has experienced multiple incidences of racism, including posters hung around the city, advocating, “No more tolerance. No more diversity.”
“If our community members can approach their differences with curiosity rather than fear, as Gilbert advocates, they can help reduce prejudice and bias while raising the level of public discourse,” Czaban said. “By being encouraged to seek understanding of other human experiences, we can all be and do better.”
During her visit, Gilbert will also speak directly to a group at Sheridan College, giving the students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
To help make Gilbert’s presentations possible, The Sheridan Press applied for and received a major grant from the Wyoming Humanities Council. In addition, the news organization continues seeking sponsors to help cover the cost of the event and allow for future conferences.
Throughout FAB, Wyoming women will lead seminars that cover topics ranging from the tech industry to leadership skills
to entrepreneurship. The day will also include the FAB Woman of the Year luncheon, which celebrates individuals for their contributions to Sheridan County. The honorees are nominated by the community and the winner selected by the FAB committee.
Sheridan College is a partner for FAB Women’s Conference; the events will be held in the Edward A. Whitney Academic Center and the Whitney Center for the Arts.
“The FAB conference and related events have at their core an educational component very much in line with the mission of Sheridan College,” said Wendy Smith, a FAB planning committee member and assistant vice president of strategic communications and public relations at the college.
“Lifelong learning is as much a belief as it is a practice, and we are proud to host this event each year.”
Area businesses have sent staff to the conference each year to encourage ongoing training and personal development.
“I attended the FAB Women’s Conference for the first time (in 2018),” said Elizabeth Craft of Ebia Hearing Instruments. “My client care coordinator and I went together, representing Ebia Hearing, and thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with other women in our community in such an empowering atmosphere.
“We left the event feeling proud of Wyoming’s women, energized and motivated to make positive changes in our personal life and our businesses and eager to attend next year’s conference,” Craft added.
For more information on the event or to find out more about tickets and sponsorships, see thesheridanpress.com/fab.