Globe University-Sioux Falls first quarter massage therapy student, Rebekah Bodge, attended the ‘In Her Shoes’ Empowerment Breakfast at the Ramkota Exhibit Hall. The event, focusing on fellowship, inspiration, and empowerment, is sponsored by and benefits Dress for Success and EmBe in Sioux Falls. The goal: empowering women to reach their full potential. Bodge was one of several women who spoke at the event.
Tell us about the Empowerment for Women seminar and the “In Her Shoes” breakfast.
The “In Her Shoes” Empowerment Breakfast provided an opportunity for women in our community to gain connections and fellowship. They addressed the topic of women in the working world today and how women make a difference in society, with the help of EMBE “Empowering You to Be.” Empowerment is such a strong word that reminds all of us about the increasing economic, political, social, educational, gender or spiritual strength of individuals in our communities today.
We had the amazing help from Dress for Success, an organization that works to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire and a network of support. When you arrive at their boutique, you are greeted with a personalized nameplate. Then, the employees assist you with finding outfits that are appropriate to wear to an interview. They also provide practice interviews and suggestions on improvement.
Why would you encourage other women to attend a seminar like this?
There are a number of reasons why I would recommend women attend a banquet similar to this. First, you will feel better about being an equal contributor in the workforce today. Second, you will have the confidence and courage to achieve your goals. The banquet was an excellent setting for women to feel empowered to be strong, yet feel the struggles of others.
What was the main message you wanted to convey in your speech?
The main message I wanted to get across with my speech was that women today don’t have to worry about failure. There are resources in our communities to help us fulfill our dreams. EMBE and Dress for Success are just two examples of resources available to women in Sioux Falls and help provide women with confidence and ongoing encouragement.
What factors influenced your decision to come back to school?
I recently made the decision to go back to school at Globe University for Massage Therapy. I have always been interested in massage, and I believe studying in this field will help me understand my own medical struggles. Also, I am confident this decision will benefit me and my family in the future. I know I can do anything I set my mind to, and even if I stumble, I will have the confidence to try again. The seminar was a great resource and a way to network with women in my community who face similar challenges.
In what ways do you think this decision will help you reach your full potential?
By realizing my full potential, I am able to see myself more clearly than I did before. I feel there is nothing standing in my way of becoming who I want to be. I am happy I was able to make a difference.