Women’s Wednesdays brings community-centered, women-powered, midweek socialization and inspiration to downtown St. Augustine this summer. Every Wednesday night in June and July, a new world-class speaker will share personal stories and words of wisdom on stage at The Treasury on the Plaza as part of this inaugural speaker series presented by She is Fierce!
Founded by St. Augustine local Kelly Youngs, She Is Fierce! is a global organization dedicated to empowering women to live boldly by providing a platform for inspiration, the resources to make risk-taking and living boldly easier, and a live and online community of women with common interests who support one another. The flagship website SheIsFierceHQ.com launched in February of 2015 and already has grown to include hundreds of global contributors and more than 23,000 followers on social media.
She is Fierce! was born out of a desire by Youngs to provide meaningful content to women, while offering an outlet through which women from around the world can connect. Having an extensive background in media and working alongside women, Youngs saw a void that she believed needed to be filled. “I felt like there was a lack of positive, inspiring content and sense of community out there for women,” said Youngs. That’s exactly what Youngs set out to provide with She is Fierce! In just a matter of a few months, She is Fierce! has become far more than a website, but instead, a social movement that gives women the tools, inspiration, and community support to achieve their dreams.
Women’s Wednesdays is a way for Youngs to share this support and foster engagement and empowerment amongst women here locally in St. Augustine.
“I am so delighted to hold She Is Fierce!’s inaugural Fierce Talks series at the Women’s Wednesdays events at The Treasury on the Plaza,” said Youngs. “Our speakers include local, regional and national speakers sharing their own stories of personal empowerment with women in Saint Augustine.”
Each weekly Fierce Talk will feature a new Fierce Speaker sharing her personal story of how she overcame challenges, became a leader, succeeded, failed, and built the life and joy that makes her so inspiring to others. The lineup of speakers includes women from diverse backgrounds, each with their own unique story. According to Youngs, regardless of their professional position, age, or any other distinguishing factor, they are all women who will be “speaking from the heart.”
“The Treasury is the perfect venue for this classy and inspirational Women’s Wednesdays series. She Is Fierce! is bringing in world-class speakers to inspire, and The Treasury is providing a room full of glamor, fabulous cocktails and a fantastic DJ to set the night to,” said Brenda Bushell, co-owner of The Treasury.
Although kicking off in St. Augustine, Youngs hope is for this series to serve as a template for women across the globe to host similar talks in their communities. “I already have women in cities around the world who want to do their own version of Women’s Wednesdays,” she affirmed.
THE OFFICIAL WOMEN’S WEDNESDAYS FIERCE TALKS SCHEDULE
Women’s Wednesdays is a recurring event, held every Wednesday evening at The Treasury, from June 3 through July 29.
Doors open at 5 p.m.; Speaker Begins at 6:15 p.m.
JUNE 3 – Defining Your Image – MELISSA ROSS – host of WJCT’s award-winning “First Coast Connect”
JUNE 10 – Call Her Coach – DEBBIE POWERS – Author of the award-winning “Meeting Her Match” and former Ball State University Basketball Coach
JUNE 17 – Joy in Service – CINDY FUNKHAUSER – President and CEO of the Sulzbacher Center in Jacksonville
JUNE 24 – Life and Style – KATE TAYLOR – Founder of Taylor Made Coaching
JULY 1 – It’s a Woman’s World – TONI CHRABOT – Former FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge
JULY 8 – Defying the Odds – LORETTA CLAIBORNE – ESPY-Arthur Ashe Award for Courage Recipient and Special Olympics Gold Medalist who has been featured on Oprah twice and has a Disney movie made about her life
JULY 15 – True Leadership – CHARLENE LANDEN – Vice President of Business Affairs for PGA TOUR Entertainment
JULY 22 – Following Your Passion – KUMASI AARON – News 4 Jax Reporter and Anchor
JULY 29 – Fresh Air – JANICE JONES – Owner/Managing Partner of CycleHere Media and former Chief Meteorologist, NBC Raleigh
Tickets: Attendees are asked to reserve free tickets in advance. Free tickets available at SheIsFierceHQ.com/Events.
More than 400 Free tickets have already been reserved online, and The Treasury on the Plaza is expecting more than 900 women over the nine-week speaker series.
To engage with the She is Fierce! online community, visit SheIsFierceHQ.com.