Women share ideas at first-ever ‘Think-In’

By: 
Abigail Gibson

WILLIAMSON, W.VA. — The Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce held their first-ever Women’s Think-In last week for business women to share their experiences and knowledge with others.

“The Women’s Think-In was our Chamber President Leigh Ann Ray’s idea. We have a ton of women-owned successful businesses, political leaders, as well as women in high positions in banks and hospitals,” Executive Director Natalie Taylor said. “So, we decided that was a cause for celebration and the Think-In was born.”

During the two day session, twenty-one people were in attendance.

“We hope that they left feeling empowered, armed with a bit more knowledge and reassured that there are many successful women to learn from and lean on,” Taylor said. “We hope they’re able to use the resources provided, and reach the next step in their goals and dreams.”

Diann Hannah, guest speaker, spoke about getting her start in the business world. She talked about successes, failures and encouraged those in attendance to never give up.

“We also wanted to connect businesswomen to resources available to them,” she said.

Another speaker, Pauline Sturgill addressed the crowd and spoke about her experience working with the Williamson Housing Authority. Her background provided insight for women to engage and build trust among each other. She also discussed self-worth and determination.

“The first time you do something you never know what to expect or how exactly it will flow, but we felt like those who attended benefited from their experience. Overall we were pleased,” Taylor said. “We received positive feedback from attendees and can better plan next year’s event.”

She said they are planning on continuing this event for years to come.

“We feel like it has a lot of potential to expand and reach more women,” Taylor said.