January 7, 2015

BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - The 21st Annual Southern Illinois Women’s Teen Conference – Dream Big! Believing in Girls – will be held on Saturday, Feb. 7, at John A. Logan College.  Presented by Women for Health and Wellness, Inc., the event will run from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and is for girls in grades 7th through 12th.  Pre-registration is required and the deadline to register is Wednesday, Jan. 21. The registration fee is $20 and includes lunch and a t-shirt. 

Conference co-chairs, Christy Solverson and Jill Cash, and Lisa Mann, Executive Director of Women for Health and Wellness, Inc., organized this year’s conference with the theme: “Never Let Anyone Dull Your Sparkle.”  It will feature a variety of breakout sessions on topics such as how to start your own business, yoga, online safety and responsibility, sexuality and body changes, healthy eating, and more.

Denise Brazzell, Director of Student Services at the University of Kentucky, will give the keynote address: “Shine Bright Like a Diamond” at 9 a.m. 

“We are glad to have Denise speaking at our conference,” said Mann.  “Christy Solverson heard her speak at another event and felt she had a message the girls would really benefit from hearing.  Denise has overcome many challenges and trials in her life.  Her story is one of tragedy to triumph, and she encourages others to use their voices to not only help themselves but also to help those around them.” 

Mann said that adult women are welcome to attend with the teenagers, and there will be sessions for them as well.

“We have moms, Girl Scout leaders, Sunday school teachers and other adults accompany the girls to the conference so we have sessions for them too,” Mann said.  “The sessions will be separate because we want the teenagers to be with other teenagers so that they are comfortable interacting with their peers while the adults attend their own classes.”   

Mann said the girls will also be treated to a style show by Eccentrics Boutique in Carterville.

“Lauren Craig owns Eccentrics Boutique and she’ll bring the latest spring fashions to show the girls,” Mann said.  “We did this last year and the girls really enjoyed it.  It will be even bigger this year with more models showing off styles for every shape, size, and body type.”

For more information about the conference or to register, contact Lisa Mann at 618-985-9210.  To register online, go to www.w4hw.org.  The conference is sponsored in part by Heartland Regional Medical Center, John A. Logan College, Marion Memorial Health Foundation, Pepsi MidAmerica, Southern Illinois Healthcare, and WSIL TV.