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Fawning Over Fawn Germer at Women Connect’s Anniversary Event

January 29th, 2016 by Amanda Hofland

This January marked the first anniversary of The Chamber’s series of Women Connect programming. To say it was a good year would be an understatement. Events continue to sell out, sponsors are consistently added, the Facebook group has grown to over 800 members and Coffee Connects have been embraced. We were thrilled to throw an anniversary celebration.

Fawn Germer at FMWF Chamber WOmen COnnect

On January 19, 600 women gathered at the Ramada Plaza & Suites to celebrate a successful year. We heard from Chamber President & CEO Craig Whitney who provided opening remarks, the committee’s chair Pam McGee and vice chair Jodi Heilman who helped recognized the work of the entire committee, we watched a fun year-in-review video (find it on our YouTube page!), learned about a brand-new program called PUSH, ate delicious desserts and heard an amazing keynote address from a very special speaker.

Joining us from Florida was national Oprah-featured author, journalist and speaker Fawn Germer who spoke on “Work-Life Reset,” the same name as her most recent book. Germer spoke on her own story starting out as a reporter and the people that challenged her early on (some in a good way; others not so much), taking us through her decision to leave her career and follow a new-found dream to write a book, and all the hard work that went into selling herself and her ideas. She was initially rejected several times before finally getting that first book published, leading to one of the first life lessons she shared with us: “Fall down seven times, get up eight.”

She preached the power of never giving up, having a plan for your success and believing in yourself. She even wrote to Oprah 29 times before finally getting her endorsement!

The number of takeaways we all got from Germer’s speech is too many to list here, but suffice it to say she taught many of us valuable lessons for life and business. She was candid, relatable, funny and frank, and truly captivated the whole room. After her inspiring address, attendees lined up to get their books signed by her and share a moment with the Floridian who became a new friend.

Germer certainly made an impression on all of us, but we must have left an impression on her too, as she stated “Fargo’s got the best people I know!” We definitely agree, and left feeling inspired and ready to take on our own lives and perform any needed resets.

To see an album of photos from this event, please visit our Facebook page. To learn more about Germer, visit fawngermer.com.

Introducing PUSH!

PUSH is a new program within Women Connect and stands for Pursue Dreams, Unite Women, Shatter Barriers, Have Heart. Its goal is to provide a network of professional women to support and empower each other to achieve their goals while providing accountability and encouragement. Just announced in January, we are now looking for groups of eight women to form PUSH groups and meet monthly to discuss topics from the prior month’s Women Connect event that will be provided by group organizers, Chelsea Monda, Sundog, and Carrie Carney, Bell State Bank & Trust.

To learn more or join a group, visit fmwfchamber.com/PUSH or find our group on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/FMWFPush.

Check out a few of our favorite Tweets from the event!

Thank you to all who came out and attended or sponsored this amazing Women Connect event. We hope to have you back at upcoming events!

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1 Comment

  1. Thanks for hosting the event! It was so much fun and definitely words of wisdom. I am excited to attend more events.
    Thanks also for featuring my tweet!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    Comment by Missie — January 30, 2016 @ 7:49 am

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