With hundreds attending the first year of the Brownwood Professional Women’s Summit, Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce Director Sunni Modawell is already planning to book a larger venue for 2020.
With 90 registering for the event as well as many straggling in the day of the event, Modawell described the inaugural year of the Brownwood Professional Women’s Summit as an overwhelming success with women of all ages and backgrounds represented.
“We’re excited about the turnout. It was more than what we anticipated, but what we hoped for,” Modawell said. “The need for this type of event is what generated the turnout we have. We have had a lot of feedback from women that this was something they wanted to see and the attendance from the very first one is evidence that there was a void hopefully this will fill for women to network and receive information.”
The summit had the Depot Civic and Cultural Center parking lot filled for most of Thursday morning and afternoon as guests filed in and out of the building throughout the day. When not networking with their fellow area businesswomen, guests had could sit in on lectures by Dazzling Divas Owner Brittany Cox, Good Samaritan Ministries Executive Director Leesa Stephens, Blue Steal Yoga and Wellness Center Debbie Morelock, Marriage Champs, LLC CEO Dr. Leslie Griffin and leadership development coach Becky J. Benes.
“It seems like a really good opportunity to get to know more people in Brownwood,” said Rachel Myers, a cross-cultural studies major at Howard Payne University. “It’s been awesome getting to know a lot of the women here and addressing some of the things we worry about and also how to battle and conquer those.”
Just hours into the event Lisa Dick, an administrator with the Brown County Health Department and dietitian said she found the event as more than a business mixer with speeches. She said she felt like part of a community with the other hundred women in attendance.
“It was an opportunity to learn from other women, enjoy their company and grow and develop ourselves as professionals,” Dick said. “It’s been great. There is a lot of energy from lots of different areas and lots of different experiences. The speakers have been great so far. I’ve learned a lot from both of them and took notes so I can use them in my personal and professional life.”
Modawell said the feedback she received throughout the morning had been positive. Although holding off on picking a location, she said the fervor of those in attendance has her already for planning a much larger event in 2020.
“It’s kind of surreal at the moment. It started off so well and there has been such positive feedback and we’re not even halfway through,” Modawell said. “It’s a likely possibility we will have to have a larger venue next year. It’s a good problem – exciting and terrifying at the same time.”