Women of all ages are invited to attend the fourth annual BPW Women’s Forum Thursday, March 4, at Tennessee Technology Center, and Tuesday, March 23, at Roane State Community College.

Motivational speaker Jennifer Rawls will be the keynote speaker at both Crossville campuses. Rawls serves as executive director of the Tennessee Economic Council on Women in Nashville.

A gifted communicator with a passion for seeing others develop life-changing confidence, Rawls offers motivational lessons in communication, public speaking skills and small business development. She brings humor, enthusiasm and warmth to every audience; and her personal stories, observations and expertise empower people from all walks of life to understand each other, communicate better and build relationships.

Making a special guest appearance at the March 4 forum is Kim McMillan, former House Majority Leader (TN) and candidate for governor of Tennessee.

The Women’s Forum is sponsored by Business and Professional Women of Cumberland County and is offered free of charge to the community as a public service.

Registration for the Thursday, March 4, forum at TTC begins at 11:30. Workshops will follow from noon to 2:15 p.m. led by accomplished area women. Rachel Bruning and Vicki Barricelli, from the Avalon Center, will discuss domestic violence and sexual assault issues. Vickie Henley, director of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Tennessee Technological University, will address small business startup issues. TTC is located at 901 Miller Avenue in Crossville.

The March 23 forum at Roane State―2567 Cook Road―begins with registration at 12:30 p.m. Afternoon workshops run from 1-4 p.m. with a similar lineup of speakers. Workshop leader Charlotte Gentry, from the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, will address financial management principles (at Roane State only).

As in years past, the Avalon Center’s Second Chance Resale Shop will sponsor a runway-style fashion show. Door prizes and goodie bags also will be distributed.

Anyone in the community is encouraged to attend one or both free, half-day forums. You'll come away enriched, empowered—even entertained!

For further information, call Terri Curran at 456-6799.

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