A Summit Success Story

One of the topics at the 2014 Summit was having the courage to create the life you want. Our speaker,
Carolyn Jones
demonstrated a tool she has been using for many years, vision boards. Carolyn Jones In 2012, Carolyn began using this tool to manifest her dream to travel to Kenya, Africa. She shared her intentional focus on that dream and physical visualization of it with us.  Carolyn also talked about her relationship with Carol Huntington, who had a dream to help children in Africa.

After her presentation, Summit Chair Wendy Pitts Reeves introduced Carolyn to Alison Mistak of Moja Designs, which grew out of The Alliance for Youth Achievement, a small, non-profit that worked in Africa from 2000-2012.  Allison, in turn, shared with Carolyn the names of many contacts in Africa, including directors of many schools there.

In October of this year, Carolyn Jones realized her dream.  She traveled with Carol Huntington to Africa.252  While there, they established Global Hearts, which will provide financial support to ensure that young women get a high school education.

Currently they are raising funds to support their first five girls.  To see learn more about Purity, Leesh, Gladys, Cecelia, and Saiboku and to donate to their education, go to the Global Hearts page at gofundme.

2015 Theme is Passionate Leadership

“Leaders are ‘people who leave their footprints in their areas of passion.'” Jonathan Byrnes, The Essence of Leadership.

Passionate Leadership is the theme for the 2015 East Tennessee Women’s Leadership Summit.  And how appropriate, since we’ll be celebrating 10 years of something we are all very passionate about, creating more women leader’s in East Tennessee!!!

What is at the heart and soul of a true leader? We are looking for some dynamic speakers to help us bring that message to our conference attendees.

Our formal Call for Speakers will be issued on Wednesday, October 15, 2015.  The speaker application and instructions will be made available from the Summit website at easttnwomensls.com/program/

It’s going to be a fabulous event, filled with top-notch speakers. 

Maybe you will be one of them!

43 years and counting…

Women’s Equality Day is August 26th

Women’s Equality Day will be 43 years old this year when we celebrate it on Tuesday, August 26th!  But as we are marking this day, let’s pause for a moment and put context around it.

We know that in 1920, women earned the right to vote. That was 72 years after the Seneca Falls Convention and the ratification of the Declaration of Sentiments.

In 1963, President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act. That took 43 years.

In 1971, Representative Bella Abzug got Congress to establish Women’s Equality Day.  That took 51 years from the passage of the 19th Amendment… from 1920 to 1971.

In 2009, President Barak Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

  • That was 38 years from the establishment of Women’s Equality Day.
  • That was 46 years from the time President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in 1963.
  • That was 89 years from the passage of the 19th Amendment.

Does it feel like a long time to you?

  • 72 years to get the vote.
  • 51 years to get a day to commemorate that day (and to remind us we have work to do)
  • 43 years to force at least SOME equity pay


  • The wage gap stagnates at 77%.    
  • It will take ANOTHER 43 years until we reach pay equity in the year 2057 (according to current estimates)
  • It will be the END OF THIS CENTURY before women have equal representation in the U.S. Congress

If you don’t like these estimates, here are four things you can do.

1. Be informed — pay attention.  Get on a list to find out about issues affecting women.

2. Contact your elected officials.Yes, your one voice does make a difference! Letters, emails, phone calls…they all count, more than you realize.  And don’t forget your local city council or county commission.

3. Share the her-story with the younger generation.  Younger women often have no idea how different things are today, nor how far we have still to go.

4. Share a link to this post. Bring other women into the conversation.

Don’t wait another 43 years. Stand in your power. Ask for what you want.  And let’s make change now.


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