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Chamber plans conference to celebrate women

Published 7:00pm Friday, January 3, 2014

The Alexander City Chamber of Commerce is preparing to host an event celebrating the accomplishments of Tallapoosa County’s women.

A Women’s Conference will be held Feb. 13 at Central Alabama Community College’s Betty Carol Graham Technology Center.

Chamber president and CEO Ann Rye said the conference is a celebration of women in the area.

“The overall purpose of the conference is to celebrate the accomplishments of women in Tallapoosa County and to bring these women together to provide a network of support and encouragement,” Rye said. “By meeting one another we can utilize each other’s skills and help each other to become more successful in whatever our cause or purpose is.”

While preparation is still going on for the conference as a whole, Rye said some details have been solidified, including a luncheon, an expo and a guest speaker.

“There’s a luncheon conference that’s a part of the day, and our speaker is Julia Segars, who is vice president of Alabama Power Eastern Division,” Rye said. “She’s written books on women’s empowerment and started a conference like this in Anniston. She’s just a very energetic and motivational speaker.”

The conference will kick off at 9 a.m. with a Women’s Business Expo running throughout the day until 5 p.m. The expo will be open to the public and have female business owners with booths set up.

Setting up a booth is free to chamber members, and $100 for non-members.

The luncheon and conference is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Luncheon tickets are $11 per person and can be purchased from the chamber.

“During the luncheon portion, we’ll also be raising awareness on women’s heart health, and we’ll be raising money for the American Heart Association,” Rye said. “We’ll have opportunities for sponsorship of organizations in the county and highlight their businesses to a target market of women.”

At the end of the conference, Rye said, an award for Tallapoosa County Woman of the Year will be given out.

Rye said there are various criteria for nominees.

“It needs to be a noble woman who’s made a difference in the community. A candidate for this award will have many qualities including a belief in herself and motivation of others,” Rye said. “She must be passionate ambitious and have a sense of purpose.”

Rye said nominees can be awarded for past or present service and should have diverse relationships and collaborations within her community.

Rye added the chamber is also eventually hoping to grow the conference to be multi-county with each county having its own woman of the year.

To nominate someone for woman of the year, to register a booth, to purchase tickets or for more information, contact the chamber at 256-234-3461.