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Breakfast Looks To Empower Women

March 28, 2014, 5:00 PM by Leland Steva

Breakfast Looks To Empower Women

Empowerment was the word of the day at a breakfast in Sioux Falls Friday morning.

Dress For Success Sioux Falls and EmBe teamed up to host the first annual "In Her Shoes" event. The goal was to use success stories from area women to help other women succeed.

"Empowerment is realizing that you can do it and assemble the resources to get you there. It's a very personal journey and everybody defines it differently," event organizer Valerie Loudenback said.

Four guest speakers gave their stories of empowerment. One of the speakers was Rebekah Bodge. She was homeless, but recently began to turn her life around. She moved into a temporary home and plans on moving into her own place soon. She's also interviewing for jobs and thinks she now looks the part thanks to Dress For Success.

"It felt amazing going through everything with those ladies. The ladies there are so special. They give you such an amazing feeling of calmness," Bodge said.

The event also displayed some of the best of Dress For Success, which provides professional clothing to low-income women, during a fashion show. 

Loudenback believes the message of the event was received by many, but she hopes more people feel empowered in the future.

"We already have our to-do list for next year. Things we're going to do differently and hopefully people who aren't here this year will say that's a spot I want to be in next year," Loudenback said.

Loudenback says thank you to all the different volunteers and sponsors that took part in making the event get off the ground.

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