|Left to right: Gordon Foote ( moderator), Dixie Woolston, |
Kate Brady and Stephanie Ryan
In my opinion this was the best of the 3 firesides we've had for at least two reasons: 1) The panel format vs. 3 separate talks; and 2) the diversity of the educational background. In fact, we also had a diversity of education levels, B.A., J.D. and Phd.
The stake that sponsored it, the Richardson Texas Stake, was fabulous too. They provided all the logistical support and supplied the prayers and music. The High Council member who was assigned to the fireside sent me this from his ward young women organization's e-mail newsletter that went out almost immediately:
"Several of our girls attended an inspiring fireside tonight, hosted by the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, focusing on the importance of women attending college and obtaining higher education degrees. Three accomplished LDS women spoke of their experience deciding upon a major, experiencing professional success while balancing the demands of marriage and family. All in attendance were inspired by their honest answers and sage advice."
He also said he heard lots of positive comments afterwards about the benefits of the panel for the young women who attended. At least one of the adult leaders also seemed to be inspired to further her education. I'm already building the panel for next year, which hopefully will include a pediatrician.
All in all, it was a great event that I think gave the young women a good perspective on pursuing further education.
Thanks for your wonderful work and great example, Kate. You are influencing generations. Please feel free to contact Kate if you have any questions or would like advice about organizing a similar event in your area. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.