Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Women’s Conference June 26 offers summer fun and business networking

Whether you have kids in school or not, summer still brings a change in routines and schedules for most of us. Summer means planning your own vacation and working around the travel schedules of co-workers, clients, friends and family. And everyone is cheerful and happy for the change of pace.

Back again as the signal that summer is officially here is the annual Women in Business Conference hosted by the Northwest Metroport Chamber of Commerce and set for Friday, June 26 at the Marriott Solano Hotel in Westlake. It is the perfect outing for a few gal pals or a group of work colleagues.

“Ten years ago, we created this event as a great opportunity for busy women to just pause and take time to laugh, learn and recharge,” said chamber President and CEO Sally Michalak. “The mission has not changed and is even more important to today’s businesswomen as our lives have become more complicated.”

Delightful NBC 5 newswoman Deborah Ferguson will emcee the program after conference-goers enjoy an 8 a.m. bountiful breakfast. And this just in: be sure you’re there at 8:30 a.m. for a big surprise planned before the fun begins. The rest of the morning will feature shopping, exhibits and breakout sessions targeted exclusively for women and conducted by outstanding female professionals.

What woman does not want to learn more about “Loving and Living Wholeheartedly?” That’s what the audience will hear in the keynote address from Beverly Ross. Ross is a sought-after speaker and an international advocate for women’s ministries because of her background in marriage and family counseling and treatment of issues such as depression, anxiety, and grief support.

Conference attendees can choose any two (first at 9:15 a.m. and second at 10:15 a.m.) of the four dynamite sessions offered. It won’t be easy to pick just two, but your choices are: “No Mean Girls” by Sara Zink and Shivaun Palmer, founders of Plaid for Women. Author and life coach Kathleen Woodhouse’s seminar will be “Live a Life of Balance.”

Amber Tinsley, owner of RSVP Underground, will lead a “Networking for Women” clinic, and Darlene Boudreaux, Executive Director for TECH Fort Worth, will host the workshop on “The Power of Empowerment.”

New this year is a chance to improve your professional image and replace that tired LinkedIn photo by stopping at the Thaddeus Harden Photography exhibit. They’ll snap a new head shot and provide you 3-5 shots for your exclusive use at a special conference price way below the regular fee.

“This event is eagerly anticipated by members and nonmembers in all of our communities and surrounding areas, with over 160 ladies attending last year. Our new conference format allows us to keep the fun and laughter and still get great quality learning opportunities, too,” Michalak said.

Chamber members can put a table of 8 together for $400 and nonmembers’ tables are $560. Individual tickets are $55 for members and $75 for nonmembers. Funds raised enable the chamber to continue their community programs for local businesses.

Make reservations online at or call the office at 817-837-1000.

Fort Worth

Volunteers feted at Texas Health Huguley

A tradition for 37 years at Texas Health Huguley Hospital is honoring their remarkable team of volunteers. At a luncheon last month at Colonial Country Club, 145 volunteers were recognized and special awards were presented.

“Our new hospital is beginning to take shape, and our volunteers are leading the way during construction,” said Volunteer Services Coordinator Caryl Bean.

“They guide visitors to their destinations, and their generosity, compassion, patience and dedication are truly an inspiration to us all. We’d be lost without them, literally.”

According to Bean, last year Huguley volunteers served more than 36,000 hours in dozens of departments, the equivalent of more than 17 full-time employees — that’s almost $400,000 in salaries.

Chosen by their peers as Volunteer of the Year and Rookie Volunteer of the Year were, respectively, Lezo Foley and Rose Ann Jones.

A volunteer since 2011, Foley works as a rover and helps with fundraising sales. “Lezo handles every task, large or small, urgent or insignificant, with a smile, a kind word and a positive attitude,” Bean said.

Jones volunteers in the surgery waiting room, substitutes for others when they are absent and helps with fundraising. “Rose Ann came in and made a positive difference from her first day, and she keeps giving more of her time and accepting more responsibility,” said Bean.

An impressive $34,000 for medical equipment plus an additional $10,000 for scholarships was donated to the hospital by the volunteers through vendor sales of books, uniforms and accessories, as well as sales of volunteer-made crafts, coffee, baked goods, and baby mums.

To inquire on volunteer opportunities at Texas Health Huguley Hospital, call 817-551-2707.

Events at a glance:

Quilter’s Guild of Parker County will meet June 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Grace First Presbyterian Church, 606 Mockingbird Lane in Weatherford. Guest speaker is author Becky Goldsmith of Piece O’ Cake Designs talking about “A Practical Approach to Color.” Direct inquiries to Paula Hunt at

2nd Annual Dave & Buster’s Golf Tournament is June 29 at Cowboys Golf Club in Grapevine and benefits the Make a Wish Foundation. To sign up your foursome, contact the Marketing Coordinator, Jennifer Severs at 817.525.2506 or send an email to

“Love, Shirley Temple” exhibit is June 20 – 27 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St. It will feature movie costumes, dolls, and childhood memorabilia from Temple’s personal archives. Learn more at or call 817-738-1938.

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