Terrie Saccomanno slumps a bit after hearing her name called, and that instant a friend places a tiara on her head.
Afternoon keynoter Meg Johnson, paraplegic since falling off a 40-foot cliff, told the audience, "We don't have to wait for our own storm to pass before helping someone else." She also said that you just can't tell by exterior appearances alone whether someone has a disability. Everyone faces challenges in life, and even those who appear well-off may not be as happy as they appear. She also took the opportunity to announce to the audience some very good news: she just learned she is pregnant.
Colleen Loveless, CEO of Loveless Ash in Price, spoke about the trials, tribulations and rewards of entrepreneurship. She and her late husband Mike grew their company from humble beginnings - a 55-gallon drum outside their house that was rigged to collect ashes vacuumed inside. The firm experienced 1,500 percent growth over the years because of their innovations in dust control technologies for homes and industries. However, the growth absorbed so much money that she did not see a paycheck for ten years.
The afternoon audience filled the multipurpose room of the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center. Fortunately, keynote speaker Meg Johnson (on stage) is not shy in crowds.
Sherry King, whose career has been devoted to health care, assembled a panel of cancer survivors to talk about "Living With Cancer and Through Cancer.