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All About Women Expo coming soon

Article Published: Sep. 22, 2011 | Modified: Oct. 8, 2011
All About Women Expo coming soon

Author and motivational speaker Jean Gatz will deliver the keynote address at Oct. 8’s All About Women Expo.

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The inaugural All About Women Expo is just around the corner and promises to be an event that no woman will want to miss.

On Saturday, Oct. 8, hundreds of women are expected to converge upon the Holmes Convocation Center on the Appalachian State University campus in Boone for the all-day event, presented free of charge by All About Women magazine and Appalachian Regional Healthcare System with the help of numerous sponsors.

“We want women of all ages from all walks of life to attend the expo and, at the end of the day, feel that they have been nurtured, inspired and transformed,” said expo co-chairwoman Sherrie Norris, editor of All About Women.

“It is our hope, too, that women will feel a renewed sense of creativity and to be motivated by what they see, hear and experience during the day,” said co-chairwoman Alice Salthouse, representing AHRS. “We want women to return home with renewed enthusiasm for their roles in life and to feel that their day has been well spent.”

In an effort to make that happen, Norris and Salthouse have worked closely with an energetic committee for the last year to bring to Boone phenomenal speakers, vendors and organizations that seek to meet the needs of women in general.

The keynote address will be delivered by Jean Gatz from Baton Rouge, La., an internationally known author and one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in the country.

A number of breakout sessions will feature Jenny Miller, who climbed the Mt. Everest Base Camp with her husband on their 30th wedding anniversary, and Jennifer Pharr Davis, who recently set a record hiking the Appalachian Trail, and many others.

Doors to the Convocation Center will open at 8:30 a.m., followed by kick-off ceremonies at 9 a.m.
Vendors will take center court with products and information available to enhance the life of every woman, as well as local organizations that serve the needs of women and children in and around the High Country, and crafters who will exhibit their art.

A special noon presentation will announce the first ever High Country Women of the Year — one from each of the following categories: Service to the High Country, Professional Leadership, Mountain Heritage and/or Sustainability, and Advocacy on Women’s Issues.

Entertainment, concessions, opportunities and fellowship will be available for every woman of every age to enjoy.

A portion of the proceeds will be given to local charities.

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