ALCOA (WATE) – A unique event took place in our area Friday designed to help women step into leadership positions. The 10th annual East Tennessee Women’s Leadership Summit in Alcoa brought together women of all ages and backgrounds for a day of fun, while learning from each other.
The keynote speaker was Tamara Franklin, the executive vice president of digital at Scripps Networks Interactive.
“This is an event designed to encourage, inspire and educate women about real nuts and bolts things they can do to step into leadership positions with confidence because we are really trying to get East Tennessee women to step up and play a bigger role in our community in all kinds of ways,” said Wendy Pitts Reeves, founder of the event.
Pitts Reeves says she wants to inspire women to live to their full potential.
“In East Tennessee, women are great at being number two. We will help anybody. We will wear ourselves out to take care of and support other people. I need you to be number one because you have talents and abilities that you don’t even know you have that the world needs,” she said.
Wanda Sobieski owns a law firm in Knoxville and was recognized at the summit as a local leader who fights for social change, while preserving women’s history.
“For young women I just would hope that they never limit themselves. Never be the one to say no to yourself,” Sobieski said.
The summit is hosted by the East Tennessee Women’s Leadership Council.