Women of Meridian and surrounding areas stood tall and strong Saturday. If they weren't doing so already, they took the opportunity to learn how to do so. Ladies of all ages were offered information on how to better their own lives during the Women's Empowerment Conference 2010.
"What's going on, is there are a lot of workshop classes going on about how to be a strong, feminine women, how to start your own business, how to keep yourself healthy while you do that and then staying emotionally stable," said Kimberly Tucker, one of the coordinators of the event.
Mother, daughter, wife, friend. Women play numerous roles in their lives and can often lose track of their own needs. This conference helped women focus on what is important for their own health.
"Our goal is to help women lead more productive lives, help them get out in their community and make some things happen, make some positive contributions to their communities, and really go after some things that are really in their hearts as far as their dreams and their aspirations," Tucker said.
Now dreams and aspirations are not limited to women of any specific age group. Women of all ages are being encouraged to lead the lives that make them most happy and bring them the best health. The conference did, however, offer a special segment for ladies ages twelve to twenty-one to focus on specific issues.
"And we're talking about things from dating violence to securing a financial future. We're talking a little bit about self-esteem, about coping skills and things of that sort. So we're really excited about that," explained Tucker.
She said another element to be excited about were the opportunities offered to women after the conference. For those who wish to seek more guidance the workshops, they can pursue that.
"There are some vendors that have partnered with us that are providing helpful information and resource information and even making some referrals for women who need additional assistance beyond this conference," said Tucker.
Organizers of the Women's Empowerment Conference 2010 say the turnout was successful. There were originally only 150 women registered for the symposium. It ended up that more than 200 women took advantage of this learning and growing experience.