Women’s Leadership Conference draws a crowd in Edmonds

Sara Carter speaks about the importance of following your passion.

An inspiring lineup of speakers greeted a roomful of women attending the annual Women’s Leadership Conference sponsored Saturday by Edmonds financial planner Michael Burdett.

The high-powered group — all women and all from Edmonds — included Sara Carter, owner of Carter Subaru, who shared her experience of being a horse trainer who was thrust unexpectedly into the car business after her father died in 2001. When it comes to success in business, Carter stressed the importance of finding your passion. In her case, that passion wasn’t about cars but about community involvement, something that Carter Subaru is now known for.

Nicole Donnelly, owner of social media integration firm SaltyWaffle, talked about her entrance in the business world when she created Baby Legs — essentially leg warmers for babies. Donnelly encouraged the women in the room to leverage technology  through social media as a way of connecting with like-minded women, because “women want to support each other.”

Nicole Donnelly, holding her Baby Legs invention, says women want to support each other.

Other speakers included Carolyn Douglas, owner of Carolyn Douglas Communications; Carol Schillios, owner of Fabric of Life; and Cherie Calborn, nationally known author. In addition, host Michael Burdett presented his Dream It, Do IT! Workshop.

Carol Schillios stresses the importance of making the most of every day.

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