By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer
Barbara Stoker applies mountain climbing analogies to share her personal experiences with women across the nation.
A former executive for several major companies including Walt Disney, Stoker is the keynote speaker at a day-long women’s workshop Friday at Clovis Community College.
Stoker was in her late 30s when he realized she wasn’t who or where she wanted to be — something she said many women experience at some point.
“When I was turning 40, I thought to myself, ‘what happened to that interesting, fun person I used to be?’ I had gotten boring. I became focused in rediscovering who I was,” said Stoker, an avid mountain climber. “As we get older, we have more to protect. We don’t take the risks we did when we were younger. Fear holds us back. My message is that you have to take a risk to climb your mountain, but you also take a risk by not climbing it.”
Titled “Women: Inspiring Hope and Creating Change,” the workshop begins with registration at 8:15 a.m. in the gymnasium area of CCC and includes 10 breakout sessions.
Some of the topics include women and their finances, dressing for success, overcoming obstacles and health.
“The main goal of this conference is to assist local and surrounding female citizens with useful information to made good decisions for their futures,” said Lisa Spencer, CCC’s director of marketing and public relations. “Each speaker comes from such a variety of different backgrounds the audience will have a better ability to relate with one or two of the many speakers, in turn, that may assist them in making a choice that could change their future and their income.”
Over the last 30 years, Stoker has researched patterns women tend to follow. She said the main thing she noticed was that “women often do what others want them to do, not what they want to do.”
• What: Women’s Workshop
• When: 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday
• Where: Clovis Community College
• Cost: $10 (includes lunch)
• Information: On the event, 769-4929; on childcare, 763-3155
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