Friday, April 12, 2013

Week in Review: Elizabeth Smart Speaks (Video) in Columbus - Emergenetics at CSU and More Fun!

On Tuesday, Elizabeth Smart was the guest speaker (video) at the Women Helping Women Luncheon at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center. The event was hosted by the Auxiliary of the Pastoral Institute.

For those of you who don’t remember, in 2002 at the age of 14, Elizabeth was abducted from her bedroom and held hostage for nine months. During her time on stage, I could not help but think of my own daughters. What a horrible ordeal for a person, let alone a child, to have to endure. Every ugly word one could imagine was going through my mind (I’m just being real here, folks).

Some of the things Elizabeth said (video) that really stuck with me were:

  • “I hereby seal you to me as my wife,” her captor told her.
  • “One thing we all have in common—we all have problems.”
  • "How could anyone ever love me again," she said after being raped by her captor.
Elizabeth is now married and a senior at Brigham Young University where she is a harp performance major. At the conclusion of her speech, Elizabeth actually played (video)the harp.

Finally, I would be remissed if I didn’t mention what a moving speech Folayan Williams, a therapist at the Pastoral Institute, gave at the beginning of the luncheon when she talked about the Hope Fund.

All in all, I believe the event did raise child abduction awareness for the nearly 1,000 who attended the luncheon. 

Emergenetics for Columbus State University Servant Leadership Masters Class
Last night I had a ball presenting Emergenetics to the Servant Leadership Masters students at Columbus State University. Nineteen students participated in the class, and we were able to finish before the stormy weather came. We did the brain gym exercises to Michael Jackson's Thriller.

Free Coaching Session Winner

The winner of the free coaching session was Ms. Shanda Andrews. Shanda works in the Audit Department at Aflac, which is based here in Columbus, Georgia. 

Free Lunch-N-Learn Winner

The winner of the free lunch-n-learn, where I will disucss the Five Elements of a Successful Leadership Team is Ms. Rosalind Alston, Program Coordinator, for Twin Cedars Youth & Family Services, Inc. in Columbus, Georgia.

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Have a great weekend!

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