On International Women's Day, March 8, the Dallas Regional Chamber hosted their 24th annual women's business conference, celebrating women in the workplace and focusing on the themes of resiliency, reinvention and reinvigoration.
Several Buckner leaders attended the conference, listening to inspiring keynote speakers, receiving small group coaching, and encouraging each other.
"It was quite meaningful and inspirational," said Cheryl Williams, director of the Buckner Family Hope Center™ at Bachman Lake. "I felt like Mighty Mouse, ready to go and leave an imprint on the world. I felt honored and encouraged to go and do. Whatever it is that you have been given, do it well, do it with all your might, and do it with God's grace and women's beauty."
Key note speakers included Beth Garvey, president and CEO of BGSF, who shared insight on leadership and connecting people to their life's mission; Jess Huang, a driving force behind McKinsey's Women in the Workplace, who highlighted the data-driven insight on women's progress in Corporate America and how the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a toll; and Diana Trujilo, mission lead on the Mars 2020 Perseverance Mission, who shared her story of exploration and ascent from Colombia to Mission Lead on the Mars Perseverance.
The conference also encouraged women leaders of today to advocate and encourage younger females just emerging into the workplace.
"At the forefront of my mind was my 1-year-old daughter, who I pray gets to grow up with strong women, modeling possibility instead of barriers," said Lindsay Miller, director of administration and operations in Dallas for Buckner Children and Family Services. "It was abundantly clear to me that underneath a woman's strength are the leaders around her. I left thinking about how can I be a leader who strengthens those around me."
Taking place on International Women's Day, the conference held an extra layer of appreciation for all the women, who have made a difference in history.
"International Women's Day is an occasion to celebrate all the ways women make a difference in the world that is often unrecognized," said Candace Gray, senior executive director in Northeast Texas for Buckner Children and Family Services. "It is an opportunity to revisit the key contributions of women throughout history and celebrate the progress that's been in the diversity, equity and inclusion of women in leadership. It's also a time to recognize women in my circle, whether coworkers or others who are inspirational role models."