The inspiring tales from Women Who Inspire

Thursday, Oct. 20, 6 p.m., McAuley High School

Women Who Inspire is an annual event celebrating women in the community who have stories  to tell. Speakers share their life journeys.

This year’s speakers are:

  • Katie Bergmann, a McAuley High School senior who created The Fearless Initiative. A self-described warrior and advocate for mental health, she fights to break the silence and will share her personal experience with anxiety and depression.
  • Suzy DeYoung, creator of La Soupe, which transforms otherwise wasted produce into delicious and highly nutritious meals for customers, schools, churches, nonprofits and food-insecure families. This is accomplished from a humble kitchen with committed volunteers.
  • Sister Tracy Kemme, who professed her first vows this summer to become a Sister of Charity, will discuss the years of self-exploration and service in Central and South America that helped lead to her decision.
  • Katherine Leurck, whose story will center around her son Drew, 17, who was born with developmental delays. She will discuss how her family life has been affected and the “rainbows,” signs of God’s love, he draws each day.
  • Michelle Schneider, who will discuss her experience as a business owner, which led to involvement in politics. She has served as mayor of Madeira and a state representative.
  • Nikki Mayhew, whose story revolves around infertility, adoption and parenting children who are racially different from herself.

The evening will begin with cocktails and appetizers.  

Tickets in advance are $25 for adults and $10 high school and college students. The cost is $30 at the door. Money raised through this event provides financial assistance to young women at McAuley.

Last year more than 400 attended the event.

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