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.
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.
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.
Check out a few of our favorite Tweets from the event!
— Sarah Casey (@sarbar09) January 19, 2016
— LindsayJ51 (@LindsayJ51) January 19, 2016
— Missie △⃒⃘⚯͛ (@missiet) January 19, 2016
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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