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"Women Impacting the Community" speakers Cheryl Strichik, Regina Bartlett and Shelly Ames at Fairview Plantation. The event was organized by Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce. BONNIE FUSSELL

Women have a huge impact on local communities and The Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce recently presented the "Women Impacting the Community" event Aug. 17 at The Club at Fairview Plantation. TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center sponsored the event along with GingerBean, and Main Street Tennessee Small Business Marketing.

The event vision was to help women become empowered and inspired. Those attending were able to hear three powerful women from the community who told their stories of passion, perseverance, determination and success. The women in the audience were

encouraged to discover their own passions and were given steps to achieve success.

Former executive director of the Salvus Center, Shelly Ames told the audience of the

challenges she and the others working with her faced in getting the Salvus Center opened and

how hard work and a vision had made it possible.

She spoke of the value of mistakes because they are often the best teachers. She encouraged those with ideas too big for one person to bring it to fruition by getting others to buy into it and emphasized that passion will get you through, if you don't have all the abilities yourself.

Chief executive officer of the TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center, Regina Bartlett spoke about the need for having confidence, perseverance, and accountability. She encouraged the women to be committed to their goals and accountable for mistakes they might make. She said that often successes are about relationships you develop, adding when someone doesn't buy into your ideas to keep at it. Bartlett said, "The Lord has a perfect time."

Director of external affairs at the Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center, Cheryl Strichik

encouraged the women to follow their dreams with a passion, saying when you

believe in something you have a power and energy that comes out.

Strichik stressed the value of a positive attitude and said you don't have to agree with someone, just don't be negative. She urged the women to transform risks into opportunities and to take the challenges with no fear of failure. She said that visionaries need missionaries as she encouraged visionaries to get others to help make their visions happen.

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