Women’s Leadership Network celebrates International Women’s Day

By Stefanie Brazile

The Women’s Leadership Network (WLN) celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8 at the McCastlain Ballroom on the University of Central Arkansas campus. 

WLN hosted a brunch with signature drinks, a buffet, musical entertainment by four symphony students and giveaways. More than 200 women attended.

Yvonne Burk (from left), Michele Curd, Scharrell Jackson, Beverly Cook and Kathy Tatum.

“Empowering women from diverse backgrounds, our International Women’s Day celebration brunch united a sold-out crowd in a vibrant space,” said Shaneil Ealy, Ed.D., CPP, associate vice president of the Division of Outreach and Community Engagement. “International students showcased talent; business award winners mentored aspiring leaders; and our speaker inspired us to craft legacies worth sharing.”

Lauren Cook (from left), Molly Buenrostro, Karen Ferguson, Sheryl Ginsbury, Paula Arnold, Shanna Raper and Mollie Walker.

The keynote speaker was nationally recognized leadership coach and author Scharrell Jackson. She spoke about crafting a legacy with a lasting impact. The audience responded positively to Jackson, and many stayed after the event to meet her.

“It was an event where energy met empowerment, celebrating our collective power to impact our communities,” Ealy said.

Rayya Smyth (from left), Lainey Morrow, Katherine Cruz-Bernal, Valeria Calderón, Tamera Marsh and Ally Loter.

The WLN at UCA is a network created for and by women to support others who are seasoned or aspirant leaders in the home, at work, and/or in the community. The network provides opportunities for women from various backgrounds to connect in Conway and surrounding areas.