Annual chamber luncheon attracts more than 200 women

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More than 200 women attended The Empowered Woman: Jewels of the Community luncheon held July 17 at the Colleyville Center.

The luncheon, which is in its fourth year, was hosted by the Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce. Educator Sharon Schieffer Mayes was the keynote speaker. Her career has included teaching eighth-grade science, vice-principal at Dunbar High School and principal at Keller High School.

“When you talk about the multifaceted woman, you talk about women who are successful in business, have a family life, volunteer through the women's club. They just get the entire picture,” said Jenna M. Waters, chamber president.

Mayes spoke about the role education plays in success. She said when she attended Texas Christian University, women had two options: nursing or education. She said today’s youth, especially girls, need role models to know they can aspire to be doctors or astronauts.

“Empowering means let’s give everybody a choice,” she said. “We need everybody to solve the problems of today.”

According to a 2012 US Department of Labor study, the earnings for women with college degrees has increased by 31 percent from 1979 to 2011. Men with college degrees have seen their earnings rise by 16 percent.

Mayes said her mother expected her to go to college and have a family. She said her mother believed, “If you educate the mother, you educate the family; if you educate the man, you educate the man.”

Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770 Twitter: @dustindangli

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