SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) – The 2019 Women in Business event kicks off Tuesday night at the Sioux Falls Convention Center.
It’s a time for women from all over the business community to be celebrated for their achievements.
Tuesday night’s keynote speaker is the widow of American Sniper Chris Kyle.
But Taya Kyle’s message isn’t about the American Sniper; it’s about the American Spirit.
Chris Kyle was a United States Navy SEAL and sniper, who served four tours in the Iraq War.
Kyle was honorably discharged in 2009 and published his bestselling autobiography, American Sniper, in 2012.
A year later, he was murdered by a former Marine.
“I’m doing really well. I think it’s only been in the last six months or so that I can actually say I like life again,” Taya said.
Chris’ wife says she’s still healing from her husband’s death.
She now lives in Texas and stays busy with the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation and speaking engagements, like the Women In Excellence event.
She says over the past few years, her message has changed.
“I think in the beginning there was some interest in being a widow. Now it’s more about endurance and perseverance; the ripple effect of turning something into something else,” Kyle said.
It was part of the inspiration for her latest book, ‘American Spirit’ that profiles more than 30 individuals who have overcome hardships and done extraordinary things for their communities.
“These people in our country are living amazing lives and to just hear their stories of courage and resilience and faith I just wish people paid more attention to that; it’s healing,” Kyle said.