Local Women Connect at Empowering Symposium

Miramar Beach, Fla. - For decades, women have been a powerful force in the business world and the local community. That was evident at a Walton County event.

The 5th annual Empowering Women Symposium, drew women from around the Panhandle to join in on a day dedicated to networking, empowerment and learning about running a business.

"It's really been an initiative that has grown and the interest has increased over the years," said Megan Harrison, Walton Area Chamber.

"This is my second year at the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce's Empowering Women Symposium. Last year, I just loved the opportunity to network with other women professionals in our community. So, I had to come back for a second year," said Lexi Wilcoxon, Proffitt PR.

The event brought together hundreds of women to share insight, nurture connections and celebrate success.

"We're really glad to be able to offer this level of training in our local community for both business people and people who are retired and who are just looking to still connect and invest in themselves," said Harrison.

The event showcased speakers who addressed topics beneficial for women professionally and personally.

"The dynamism of a group of women leaders when they get together is always fantastic. So, I think there is always things we can share with one another and learn," explained Kathy Steen, Key Note Speaker, COO Grayton Beer Company.

Businesses locally owned by women, set up informational booths for the ladies to check out.

"My whole goal is to help women have closet confidence," said Kimberly Brundage, Style by Kimberly.

"It's going to give us the ability to let another part of the county know that we we're here and they we can provide state of the art medical service for women," said Dr. Mitchell Silver and Kandyce Silver, Women's Health.

Business professionals say it's events like these that will help grown the next generation of women leaders. This year's Empowering Symposium hit a record number of women in attendance with over 200 ladies  at the event.

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