This week I had the pleasure of attending the Women in Philanthropy and Leadership for Coastal Carolina University presents Women’s Leadership Conference and Celebration of Inspiring Women in Myrtle Beach. The event was held at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention center on March 19-20, 2012. This was by far the best women’s conference I’ve ever attended. Yesterday started with a BANG with FlyGirl Vernice Armour – the first African American female combat pilot. Talk about dynamic! She has such a fire in her that she makes you want to take over the world. She was followed by Tori Murden McClure, best known as the first woman and first American to row solo and unassisted across the Atlantic Ocean. To listen to her story of courage and perseverance was nothing short of unbelievable. My next favorite speaker was Pat Harris – the Global Chief Diversity Officer for McDonald’s Corporation LLC. To go from being an administrative assistant to leading one of the world largest restaurant’s diversity initiatives is phenomenal.
The conference hosted several workshops from growing your small business to dealing with change. Everything was well executed and thought provoking. It was almost like a women’s retreat. It felt very comfortable and safe. The women there embraced each other and celebrated each others successes.
Today was the final day of the conference, where they recognized inspiring women in the community. This was truly a great two days and I would recommend supporting this effort next year. It can only get better!