Briles to speak Saturday at Women's Fair

Program: The daylong event will hold workshops covering financial and business issues to personal growth, wardrobe accessorizing, gardening, golf and communication.

April 26, 2001|By Pepper Ballard | Pepper Ballard,SUN STAFF

Award-winning author and motivational speaker Judith Briles will be the keynote speaker Saturday at the annual Carroll County Women's Fair, a daylong event that will include workshops on topics ranging from relieving arthritic pain to applying the Bible to money management.

The fair, begun by a South Carroll businesswoman nine years ago, is expected to draw about 800 people this year, said Phillis Menschner, chair for the 2001 fair. Last year's event drew about 1,000 people who heard keynote speaker Joyce Brothers.

The fair draws women of all ages, professional backgrounds and marital statuses, Menschner said. A supporter of the event, radio station WZBA The Bay 100.7, reaches people from surrounding counties and Pennsylvania, she said.

"It's a great opportunity to get information, resources and to network with other women, business and community organizations," she said, noting that a handful of men usually attend.

Briles is an expert on workplace issues and their solutions and financial management. Briles has been featured in Money and People magazines and has appeared on CNN, "Oprah" and "Leeza."

"She was motivational, inspirational and humorous," Menschner said.

Workshops on landscaping, alternative medicine and healthy cooking were the first to be filled this year.

In the past, workshops on business and the stock market have been more popular, Menschner said.

"I would think that because the stock market is not all that great this year, people aren't signing up for those," she said.

Country line dancing, flower gardening, wardrobe accessorizing and an introduction to golf are among the recreational workshops offered.

The fair also includes financial-business and personal growth workshops. The latter focus on topics such as how men and women communicate, overcoming depression, raising sons, and enjoying life as a single woman.

The fair runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is $17, which includes a $2 tax-deductible donation to the fair's Scholarship Fund. The fund goes to RENEW, a program through Carroll Community College for female students at the head of the household who need help in joining the work force.

Menschner also said that this is the fair's first year as part of the Community Foundation of Carroll County, a large nonprofit umbrella organization. The fair is looking at scholarships and programs through the foundation.

The event will be held at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road, Westminster. Registration and exhibits open at 8 a.m. Workshops begin at 9 a.m. Information: 410-833-2661.

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