On Saturday, March 29, the Junior League of Fayetteville and First Presbyterian Church will hold a Women’s Conference. Event Coordinator and Junior League of Fayetteville member Kelly Sherrill described the conference as, “... a wide variety of speakers and topics reflecting all aspects of a woman’s life. There is 03-26-14-conference.gifsomething for every woman at this conference.”

The Junior League of Fayetteville is a women’s volunteer organization, founded in 1960, that emphasizes developing the potential of women through volunteerism. “The current focus area of the Junior League of Fayetteville is children’s mental health … for over 50 years, the Junior League of Fayetteville has supported many worthy local organizations with much-needed funds as well as volunteer hours,” Sherrill said.

First Presbyterian Church is a Christian congregation that has been an integral part of the Fayetteville community since 1800. First Presbyterian Church is active and involved in many charitable organizations that address the needs of the local community. The church also helps impoverished people globally through international missions.

The Women’s Conference is a one-day event that begins at 8:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church on Ann Street. The event features Brigadier General Barbara R. Holcomb speaking on achieving a healthy life balance. Also speaking at the conference is Dr. Sharon Cooper. Sherrill is truly excited about the two speakers the conference has secured “The ability to bring such great speakers as Brig. Gen. Barbara Holcomb and Dr. Sharon Cooper to a new audience that might not normally have the opportunity is incredible,” said Sherrill.

The featured speaker, Brig. Gen. Barbara R. Holcomb, is currently the Command Surgeon for U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg and will soon become the Commanding General of Northern Regional Medical Command, at Fort Belvoir, Va. Brig. Gen. Holcomb is a Registered Nurse and has served the country during Operation Desert Storm and during NATO operations in Bosnia. Her experience of leading in the United States Army puts her in a key position to speak on the dynamics of balancing the needs of a profession with the personal aspects of daily life. She will also conduct a workshop focusing on her path to leadership and development of her leadership skills.

Dr. Sharon Cooper M.D., F.A.A.P., is the CEO of Developmental and Forensic Pediatrics and is a widely-recognized expert in the field. Dr. Cooper has testified as an expert witness on many occasions in cases of child abuse. She has also testified before the United States Congress and other international governing bodies. She will use her expertise in the areas of child abuse and developmental pediatrics to hold a discussion on how a community can protect its girls.

Following the speakers, attendees will have the opportunity to attend workshops led by experts in the fields of leadership, financial planning, nutrition, business, aging, health, family dynamics and more. A full listing of the workshops and a schedule of events is available on the Junior League of Fayetteville website www.jlfay.org.

The registration deadline is Friday, March 28. Register online through the Junior League of Fayetteville’s website. The cost is $15 per registrant and childcare is available with registration.

Photo: The featured speaker, Brig. Gen. Barbara R. Holcomb, is currently the Command Surgeon for U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg.

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