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Women’s conference looks to bring out ‘inner boss’

The Boss in Me Women’s Power of Connection Conference will be held at the Demopolis Civic Center on Jan. 27. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com and House of Glam Chic Salon & Boutique for $40, lunch included.

The conference is designed to inspire and empower women in business and women who wish to enter the business world.

Latara Shontae

Latara Shontae, who organized the conference, said that her goal for the conference is “making sure everyone leaves there empowered and just knowing everyone has a boss inside them. Whether you’re working a nine-to-five or are a stay-a-home mom, everyone has a gift.”

Shontae said that the idea came to her after successfully starting her own business—and branching off from there—and several women asked her how she did it.

“A lot of people reach out to me and want to know ‘how to’—How to start a boutique. How do I get my own product line?—and I’m like ‘That’s got to be a gift of mine’. People are drawn to me and always ask me for help, so I’m like ‘why not do a conference?’”

The conference will have seven speakers share their success stories. The speakers will be a business coach, a fashion designer, a minister, credit experts, an author and entrepreneur, a CEO and a business owner. Shontae will also be speaking at the conference.

“I just got a whole bunch of different women that I thought could bring a powerful word in,” Shontae said.

There will also be multiple vendors present at the conference so attendees can shop around and make connections. Musical entertainment will also be at the conference.

Shontae has attended conferences in the past, but this is her first time organizing one. She said that, while she had difficulty picking speakers and vendors, she “listened to what was in her heart” when choosing the lineup.

Shontae’s hope for the conference is that every woman leaves with the motivation and confidence they need to follow their aspirations.

“You just have to find that motivation from somewhere. That’s what made me do the conference. Some people don’t have it,” she said, adding “It’s not for just business women. It’s for ordinary women who need that push to say ‘Okay, I can do it.’”

For more information, contact Shontae at 334-216-0576.

(This article originally appeared in the Wednesday, January 3 issue of the Demopolis Times.)