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Women in Business luncheon set for Wednesday

The second Women in Business Luncheon is set for Wednesday, April 21, from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Landers Center in Southaven.  

The Southaven Chamber of Commerce and Community Bank are hosting the luncheon, which returns this year after not being held due to the coronavirus pandemic last year. The first luncheon took place in 2019. 

“Coming out of this pandemic, we are all busier than ever but women often wear many hats and are responsible for maintaining the well being of all in their household, they do that without regard to their own health at times,” said Chamber Executive Director Debbie King. “This luncheon is to discuss women’s health and the impact we have on one another and how important it is to take time to refresh and maintain self.”

This year’s luncheon, on Administrative Professionals Day, will feature a panel of business women who will offer a lot of information to those who attend, both personally and professionally.  

“The purpose of the event is to provide fellow businesswomen of our community to have a time of fellowship and connection, and focus on topics that cater to women in our personal and professional lives,” said Olivia Craig of Community Bank.  There are so many topics to be discussed and covered after what we faced last year.”  

As the world works through the coronavirus pandemic, how it has affected women personally and professionally will be top of mind on Wednesday.

“We have a panel of five different women from different walks,” Craig said. “We will cover different topics and different means of women’s health and how important that is in your personal life but how it also affects your business life and professional life, as well.”

The panelists providing their insights will include Audra Jones, FNP, a Family Nurse Practitioner at The Women’s Clinic; Dr. Gwen Neal, Executive Director, Brown Christian Academy; Dr. Purvisha Patel, MD, a dermatologist with Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Associates; Tina Smith, FNP, a Family Nurse Practitioner with Trinity Health Center; and Tracy Gallagher, Owner with Gallagher Insurance Group and with the cancer awareness and support effort DeSoto Hope.Luncheon

Craig added that the importance of personal health to women in the professional world is another important area to be covered.  

“We are going to be asking questions about women’s health on a general basis, but also how you ‘stayed afloat’ in business in the last year,” said Craig. “What did this do to your business, what has it done for your health and how are you going to view the past year and how are you going to apply that going forward?” 

Also involved in Wednesday’s luncheon will be Ashleigh Parker of DeSoto Hope providing the invocation. The MC for the event is Coffee Central owner Tina Tatum. 

For more information on the Business in Women luncheon on Wednesday, visit the Southaven Chamber of Commerce website.  

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