Ladies of all ages and backgrounds are invited to attend an expo this weekend that is designed to empower women.
A local event planning company called Eventful Expressions is holding a Women’s Expo on Saturday in the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts at N.C. Wesleyan College. The event, called “Sistas, Let’s Giv’em Something to Talk About,” will feature seminars, a panel discussion, vendors, musical entertainment and a variety of other festivities.
“It’s a way for us to come together and to encourage each other to live a more excellent life in the new year,” said Jamilla McKnight, founder and CEO of Eventful Expressions.
People often set New Year’s resolutions that they lose sight of during the year, McKnight said. The expo is a way to motivate and inspire women to accomplish what they have set out to achieve, McKnight said.
Sometimes fear paralyzes people from moving forward, McKnight said. She said she hopes this event will help push women to overcome their fears.
Keisha Battle-Spivey, an author and life coach, will serve as keynote speaker at the event. She is author of the book “Get Real! ... are you a Superwoman or Supermess?”
Other festivities will include financial seminars, a panel discussion called “The Bold & the Beautiful,” information about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and free refreshments.
A variety of vendors and sponsors will showcase their businesses and services.
The expo is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and doors will open at 10 a.m. The first 400 guests will receive a “swag bag” with gifts.
Early bird tickets cost $23 up until the day of the event. On the day of the event, tickets will cost $25.
Tickets are available at the Dunn Center’s box office and website.
McKnight said she hopes to have 500 to 1,000 guests.
The expo is designed to be educational, informational and entertaining, McKnight said.
Women who attend the event also will gain resources to help encourage them after the expo on Saturday, including information about women’s groups in the community, McKnight said.
“We just don’t want people to come get inspired and that be it,” McKnight said.
She said she hopes the expo will light a fire in people who attend and help promote unity in the community.
“I hope this will draw the community closer to overcome the negative obstacles that face us and to tear down the barriers between cultures,” McKnight said.