Letter: Topeka women of Influence

Women of Influence Award recipients, from left, Cheryl Creviston, Cathy Harris, Linda Kehres, Pamela Johnson-Betts, Shelly Buhler and Sharon Sullivan stand together before their award reception at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center. (Keith Horinek/The Capital-Journal)

GO Topeka and The Topeka Capital-Journal recently recognized a group of Topeka women for their community contributions.

Special thanks to Glenda Washington, vice president of Entrepreneurial and Minority Business Development at GO Topeka, and to Samantha Foster, a Capital-Journal reporter, two extraordinary women themselves who either spearheaded planning of the event or captured the women’s stories. A thank you also to the businesses that helped to sponsor the event and made the evening possible.

This recent celebration of “Women of Influence” recognized not just the recipients, but also a host of other female nominees who have given or are giving of their abilities and talents to make Topeka better. We have a great community comprised of both men and women providing exemplary service and leadership, but hats off to GO Topeka for providing a special platform that specifically uplifts women and helps to demonstrate our collective community impact.

What a joy it was to see the room filled with interested people and supporters, to have young women looking on in awe and later approaching to say they want to be like these women. I am honored to be one of the nominees. It was a memorable and distinct pleasure to be named the 2017 Woman of Achievement. Thank You.

PAMELA JOHNSON-BETTS, Topeka

 

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