More than 500 women packed the Hilton Garden Inn Fargo on January 27 for a chance to be inspired by author and businesswoman Lynette Lewis, the author of “Climbing the Ladder in Stilettos.” Lewis served as the keynote speaker for the new program’s inaugural session, and she did it with panache, humor and humility.
Her message about dreams and the power of connection resonated with attendees, who left with Lewis’s book, new connections and motivation to pursue what they most want to achieve. Lewis shared her 1-1-1 strategy, which encourages taking one step once a week toward one dream, a principle busy women who balance work, home life and community involvement can relate to.
Lewis also worked in reflection and connection moments throughout her presentation to ensure attendees would leave with well-defined steps as well as individuals to help them move forward in those steps.
“Your dream is someone else’s answer,” Lewis said. “If you don’t move forward on your dreams, that person will never realize theirs.”
— Abby Boggs-Johnson (@OnsharpAbby) January 27, 2015
Intertwined in her presentation were heartfelt, touching stories about her own trials of re-evaluating her life plans in college to counseling to marrying later in life to dealing with the death of a beloved stepson to adopting twin girls.
“Don’t ever quit dreaming,” she said. “Dreams are what tell our hearts that we’re living, not dying.”
A social after the event offered attendees the opportunity to continue networking and discussing the content. Lewis also signed copies of her book for attendees.
— Taya Spelhaug (@Taya04) January 29, 2015
Attendees also donated more than 100 pairs of shoes to Dress For Success Red River Valley, a local nonprofit that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to succeed in work and life. Dress for Success Red River Valley was a nonprofit partner for last year’s Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo program, which helped the organization develop a professional women’s group.
The next Women Connect session will be held on February 24.
Check out all the great observations from the event by searching #FMWFWC, and be sure to join the FMWF Chamber Women Connect Facebook group to continue the conversation. Photos are also available online.