Based on inclusivity and togetherness, a local women’s conference is changing its date to later in the year so it can keep its current format.

Originally scheduled for this month, the Women’s Empowerment Conference is postponed to May 22.

“Due to the pandemic and gathering restrictions, we decided to push it out,” said Jasmine Alderman, diversity and inclusion officer for the conference.

Established in 2018, the conference consists of a panel of speakers and “power-packed” sessions, Alderman said.

The all-day conference is meant to be all-inclusive with topics to allow women to focus on themselves, Alderman said.

“It’s just a general conference for women,” she said. “We women of all social classes, backgrounds, occupations, stay-at-home moms. It’s just diversity. The conference thrives on coming together as a community of women.”

Alderman said her role is to be sure anyone who wants to come to the conference is able to do so.

“With everything that has gone on with the pandemic and 2020, we thought it was important to have a diversity and inclusion officer to make sure that we are able to get everybody in the building,” she said. “We don’t want people to feel left out due to anything – disability, color of their skin, not having the funds.”

Last year’s conference was held at the Hardin County Cooperative Extension Service in Elizabethtown and will return to the venue in May, Alderman said.

It moved last year to the Exten­sion service’s new facility at 111 Oppor­tunity Way to expand offerings for the conference.

Gina Clear can be reached at 270-505-1742 or gclear@thenewsenterprise.com.

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