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The H.O.P.E. Leadership Summit

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on July 25, 2010

Twenty-five thousand (25,000) people have been served by the nonprofit organization “Connections to Success” (CtS) and 242 cars awarded through its“Wheels for Success” program, since opening their doors in 1998. This month, “Connections to Success” (CtS) held its 3rd Annual Women’s Leadership Summit.  The theme for this year was Helping Others Pursue Excellence (H.O. P. E.).  CtS has several different programs that provide resources to empower and encourage men and women to break the cycle of poverty one family at a time.

Kathy Lambert, CTS Co-Director expressed, “This year’s H.O.P.E.  Summit is very special because the Leading Ladies and members of the Professional Women’s Group were instrumental in the planning and execution of the whole event.” KMOV’s Kristin Cornett and Anne Murray, a graduate of CtS 2005-2006 Leading Ladies program, served as emcee for the event.    Leading Ladies is a 9-month intensive course where women learn about the different aspects of community leadership.

Molly Bunton from Charlie Dooley’s (St. Louis County Executive) office presented a proclamation stating that it was Connections to Success Third Annual Entry Level Women’s Conference day.

Michelle Y. Wright gave a presentation entitled “I’m Every Woman.”  She talked about the various roles women play in society and gave strategies to encourage and empower women in all that they do.   Vision 5 from Christian Embassy Church performed a moving inspirational dance routine.

Lethia Owens, an author, motivational speaker and founder of Lethia Owens International was the key note speaker. Owens shared her personal success story of how, despite the obstacles of being a teenage mom,  she became a high school graduate with an academic scholarship to Albany University. She shared her formula of action which leads to success and wealth. Owens calls the formula the 3 simple D’s.   She explained how after graduation from high school she defined what she wanted to achieve. She didn’t settle for being busy as an employee and dare to be a business owner. She shared her journey of how she transitioned from a six figure corporate employee to the owner of two thriving enterprises.

Donna Gamache of  EWomen Network and Karen Hoffman of City of Experts shared about the power of networking.  Hoffman said, People hire people, 70% of people receive employment through networking.  They also demonstrated through role play good and bad networking skills.  Hoffman stressed, the key to networking is asking “how can I help you.”

Teresa Willis talked about “Missouri Women in Trades,” a support and advocacy organization for women in trades.  Ms. Willis explained all the programs that  Missouri Women in Trades is involved in, from helping women get  construction work clothing to accepting donations of old tools to support the organization. She states she wants to help women to be more comfortable working in the construction field from work environment to clothing designed with them in mind.   Vycky Vaughan shared her experience as a participant in Construction Camp which is a five-day camp where high school girls are introduced to welding, carpentry and electrical work.

The H.O.P.E. Leadership summit ended with a fashion show “Hatitude with an Attitude” organized by Leading Lady graduate Sandra  Mc Clendon.  The models were women from Leading Ladies and Professional Women’s Group.  Some of the hats modeled were designed by Mr.  Song Millinery. He is  famous for the hat he designed for Aretha Franklin to wear at president Obama’s inauguration. The hats were provided by Sew Unique Boutique.

The Professional Women’s Group meets monthly in East St. Louis, St. Louis, and St. Charles.  Contact the Connections to Success office for more information at (314) 333-4490

Twenty-five thousand people have been served by the nonprofit organization “Connections to Success” (CtS) and 242 cars awarded through its“Wheels for Success” program, since opening their doors in 1998. This month, “Connections to Success” (CtS) held its 3rd Annual Women’s Leadership Summit.  The theme for this year was Helping Others Purse Excellence (H.O. P. E.).  CtS has several different programs that provide resources to empower and encourage men and women to break the cycle of poverty one family at a time.

Kathy Lambert, CTS Co-Director expressed, “This year’s H.O.P.E.  Summit is very special because the Leading Ladies and members of the Professional Women’s Group were instrumental in the planning and execution of the whole event.” KMOV’s Kristin Cornett and Anne Murray, a graduate of CtS 2005-2006 Leading Ladies program, served as emcee for the event.    Leading Ladies is a 9-month intensive course where women learn about the different aspects of community leadership.

Molly Bunton from Charlie Dooley’s (St. Louis County Executive) office presented a proclamation stating that it was Connections to Success Third Annual Entry Level Women’s Conference day.

Michelle Y. Wright gave a presentation entitled “I’m Every Woman.”  She talked about the various roles women play in society and gave strategies to encourage and empower women in all that they do.   Vision 5 from Christian Embassy Church performed a moving inspirational dance routine.

Lethia Owens, an author, motivational speaker and founder of Lethia Ownes International was the key note speaker. Owens shared her personal success story of how despite the obstacles of being a teenage mom she became a high school graduate with an academic scholarship to Albany University. She shared her formula of action which leads to success and wealth. Owens calls the formula the 3 simple D’s.   She explained how after graduation from high school she defined what she wanted to achieve. She didn’t settle for being busy as an employee and Dare to be a business owner. She shared her journey of how she transitioned from a six figure corporate employee to the owner of two thriving enterprises.

Donna Gamache of  e Women Network and Karen Hoffman of City of Experts shared about the power of networking.  Hoffman said, People hire people, 70% of people receive employment through networking.  They also demonstrated through role play good and bad networking skills.  Hoffman stressed, the key to networking is asking “how can I help you.”

Teresa Willis talked about “Missouri Women in Trades,” a support and advocacy organization for women in trades.  Willis explained all the programs that  MO Women in Trades is involved i , from helping women get  construction work clothing to accepting donations of old tools to support the organization. She states she wants to help women to be more comfortable working in the construction field from work environment to clothing designed with them in mind.   Vycky Vaughan shared her experience as a participant in Construction Camp which is a five-day camp where high school girls are introduced to welding, carpentry and electrical work.

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The H.O.P.E. Leadership summit ended with a fashion show “Hatitude with an Attitude” organized by Leading Lady graduate Sandra Mc Clendon.  The models were women from Leading Ladies and Professional Women’s group.  Some of the hats modeled were designed by Mr.  Song Millinery. He is  famous for the hat he designed for Aretha Franklin to wear at president Obama’s inauguration. The hats were provided by Sew Unique Boutique.

The Professional Women’s Group meets monthly in east St. Louis, St. Louis, and St. Charles.  Contact Connections to Success office for more information at (314) 333-4490

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Ly Syin Lobster, is member of  Midwest Professional Women’s Group. She has been elected as the 2011 Midwest Delegate and assigned the task of leading the 2011 Community Action Project.

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