IMG_0098by Casandra Singleton
Power of Your Purse Ticket Winner and Attendee

Power of your purse 2014, was indeed powerful! The night had excellent entertainment and speakers. It was inspirational getting to know more about Women’s Leadership Council and they work members do to improve educational opportunities for girls and young women.

It began with some Polynesian dancing from students at Kearns High School, a United Way of Salt Lake Community School, which is always a favorite of mine and my family’s to watch.


Jane PauleyThe night also included the wonderful Jane Pauley, as the keynote speaker. Although she had many memorable quotes, two in particular stood out.

“Because of the difference this generation is making, Salt Lake will be a better place”. 

I believe I have heard that many times in my life, but at Power of Your Purse it really stood out to me. I was able to see the difference that women were making in our community first-hand, as well learning about what has helped several young high schools students succeed as they spoke about their struggles and triumphs.

One of the most powerful things that Jane Pauley said was:

 “Inspiration is everywhere, you just have to keep looking for it”.

Another speaker that night, Maryam Pedraza, recognized the teacher who made a difference in her life. While reflecting about the trials she had to overcome as a refugee student from Iran, she said, “let us remember one book, one pen, one teacher can change the world!” This one student has become a magnificent adult and leader, and encouraged everyone to get involved in changing the lives of girls and young women through education and mentoring.

I’m so glad I was able to attend this event! I did not know much about the difference Women’s Leadership Council is making right here in Salt Lake. The night was perfectly planned and very enjoyable!

Thank you, United Way of Salt Lake!

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