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‘Ladies in the Board room’ class

Empowerment program for local women planned
Being the head of a household is a daunting task, and a situation more and more young women are finding themselves in. With expectations of paying bills and dealing with the health and education of children, some women are ill equipped to handle the financial burden of maintaining a home.
Ennis’ Charlotte Watson is hoping to lend a hand as she sets about organizing a “Meet me in the Boardroom”-style series of conferences or informational sessions dealing with issues of credit, debt restoration, health management, home ownership and empowerment. The event is a New American Dreams- organized gathering geared toward teaching people how to make informed decisions and choices that will improve their future.
“God laid it on my heart to do something like this and I had put it off but doors started opening and things came together so that in a limited amount of time, I felt I could pull this off,” Watson said. “I know that when God wants something done He will make a way, and things have fallen into place so that this event can happen.”
Watson’s “women in the boardroom” program is set to run June 13-14 and will feature vendors as well as a fashion show with a portion of proceeds going to Vision House, a non-profit organization providing transitional homes for women who have been victims of domestic abuse.
The organization is the brainchild of Ennis native Tabitha (Searcy) Pennon and is the first place Watson thought of when she wanted to donate funds.
“Tabitha’s group does such good work and really makes a difference in the lives of people she serves so I knew that if the event was going to donate funds, Vision House would be the best recipient,” Watson said. “It also goes hand in hand with the point of the conference, which is to empower women and give them the tools they need to get ahead.”
In addition to benefiting Vision House, models for the fashion show will be women involved with the outreach center.
The conference will be held in Dallas and discounts are available for groups. For more information on the event visit www.ladiesboardroom.com.
For more information on Vision House or to donate, visit www.texasvisionhouse.org
Candie Beck-Adams is community editor for the Ennis Daily News. She can be reached at candie@ennisdailynews.com.

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