Women’s History Month Lecture at Palm Beach State College in Belle Glade

On Monday, March 26, I was invited to attend a Women’s History Month event at Palm Beach State College in Belle Glade.  Dr. Cheryl A. Smith, author of Market Women:  Black Women Entrepreneurs: Past, Present and Future, gave a fantastic lecture on her book.  Her book focuses primarily on the history of African American women entrepreneurs, but the history is relevant to all women. She discussed the trials and struggles that women have endured to be successful business women accepted in a society dominated by the male counterpart.

At the beginning of the lecture, she showed the group of 15 or so women the Adinkra symbol of Sankofa, which represents “the wisdom of learning from the past.” This symbol resonated with me because I see its importance of it relating to my personal history and the history of the Glades. I hope that you, too, will find a meaning in it and perhaps, examine things differently.

Palm Beach State College was gracious enough to give those in attendance a copy of Dr. Smith’s book. I’m excited to begin my journey through it.

Dr. Smith shared a collection of her strategies for success:

Have a vision
Be willing to work long hours
Be true to yourself
Be clear. Know what you are doing and why
Network
Get more training – be willing to grow
Get experience
Stay with it
Dream big

Dr. Cheryl A. Smith's lecture on her book "Market Women" at Palm Beach State College Belle Glade.

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