Lynn University Women’s Center held its fifth annual Women Today Luncheon March 24. A panel of successful female professionals discussed women empowerment and how they’ve made their mark in male-dominated fields.
Panelists included Barbara Abernathy, director of the Pediatric Oncology Support Team (POST) at St. Mary’s Hospital; Pam Keith, Democratic candidate for Florida’s 18th Congressional District; Kelly Merbler, principal of The Kelly Merbler Company leadership consulting firm; Melissa Ortiz ’12, owner of Vakano bracelets and member of the Colombian Women’s National Soccer Team; and Brooke Rudisill ’16, ’17, studio coordinator for Young Hollywood.
Merbler shared inspired attendees with her story of sweat, blood and tears. Merbler described how scary it was for her to leave a comfortable regional market manager position to start her own company. She had always been someone who relied on a consistent salary, and at the time her mother was also struggling with Alzheimer’s. But, that didn’t stop her.
“Follow your dreams, even if they scare you,” Merbler said.
Throughout the event, a common theme prevailed: the way women carry themselves and empower each other can change not only the world, but also the perception of women in society. The speakers also emphasized how change is a big aspect of life and, as women in the business world, it’s essential to adapt and constantly learn.
In addition to providing important services to students, Lynn’s Women’s Center hosts events throughout the year.
“The Women’s Center is all about equality and inspiring women,” said Charlotte Muriel, director of the Women’s Center. “It’s a place for all female students to go and participate in community events, talk about hardships, and feel comfortable and safe.”