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Women Empowerment group formed in Crawford


January 08, 2020
Women can empower women in a unique manner by sharing their successes and struggles, lifting up each other and giving back to their community. It was a desire to focus on these areas that led Wendy Broughton to approach a colleague with the idea of starting a local group.

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Melissa Swan
"I am part of a group in Dubois County that is similar, and I have really enjoyed the group and the meaning behind the group," Broughton said. "I know I am proud of growing up in Crawford County, and I want to share my successes and learn from others in our community. I reached out to Christine Harbeson to discuss her joining in a collaboration of getting this group started in Crawford."

When the two reached out to others, they were well received. Crawford County Women Empowerment was born.

"This group's purpose is to motivate, allow networking opportunities and let the future women of Crawford County know that anything is achievable. WE (Women Empowerment) is here to help guide, inspire and connect," said Broughton.

The group will have its first meeting of the year Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Crawford County High School cafeteria.

Melissa Swan, a Crawford County native and award-winning journalist, will be the featured speaker.

"We were looking for a strong female role model in or from Crawford County," Broughton said. "We chose Melissa Swan because she is a Leavenworth native and has been an inspiration for many women from Crawford County over the years."

Swan has worked in Kentucky for nearly four decades. She has been awarded two regional Emmys as well as several Society for Professional Journalists awards. During her 31 years at WHAS-11, Swan brought reports to Kentuckiana viewers from as far away as Seoul, South Korea and Ukraine. She has also established Swan Communications, a company that specializes in keynote presentations and consulting.

"We felt that she would be a great first guest speaker for our group to jump start us in the right direction," said Broughton.

Following Swan's keynote presentation, a guest speaker from Grace House will briefly discuss the non-profit organization. There will also be a dessert bar for attendees. Reservations are not required for the free event.

Those attending will be able to network with women business owners, entrepreneurs, business executives and other professionals. Crawford County Women Empowerment is a group intended to connect strong, motivated and smart women who are from, work or live in Crawford County, said Broughton.

"We are here to create networking opportunities for women. We are here to motivate each other and be proud of who we are and where we come from," she said. "We have many women working in our community or who are from Crawford County that are inspirations to fellow peers and the future women of Crawford. We want to recognize those strong women."

Other Crawford County WE committee members are Katie Newton, a public affairs specialist at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District; Savanna Saltsgaver, marketing coordinator for Crawford County Economic Development Corp. and aide to the Chamber of Commerce; and Allison Howell, committee member, Harrison County Hospital chief nursing officer.

Broughton said quarterly meetings are planned and new committee members are welcomed.

For more information, like the Facebook page, Crawford County Women Empowerment.

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