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Successful sisters come full circle

Circle of Sisters panel discusses their experiences as successful women

March 07, 2011|By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com
  • Former Washington County Commissioner Linda Irvin-Craig was one of three panel members Monday night for the Circle of Sisters Celebration hosted jointly by Hagerstown Business and Professional Women and the Washington County Commission for Women at Hager Hall Conference and Event Center in Hagerstown.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — — Lauryn Daniels of Hagerstown was all ears Monday night as a panel of eminent local women spoke about their careers during a Women’s History Month celebration at Hager Hall Conference and Event Center.

“I hope to learn some ways for in the future, so I can be successful just like them,” said 10-year-old Lauryn, who wants to one day be a biochemical engineer.

Lauryn was one of more than 70 area women and girls who attended the Circle of Sisters Celebration hosted jointly by Hagerstown Business and Professional Women and the Washington County Commission for Women.

Held in celebration of Women’s History Month, the event included a panel discussion by C-SAFE Coordinator Carolyn Brooks, former Washington County Commissioner Linda Irvin-Craig and local TV news reporter Mary King.

The multi-generational panel was selected for a discussion about their experiences as successful women and how they had influenced, and been influenced by, other women, said Kay Hoffman, vice president of the Commission for Women.

In addition to members of the two host groups, the audience included young people from Memorial Recreation, the Blossom School of Etiquette and Kaplan University, Hoffman said.

“We hope that every young lady that walks out of here tonight understands that they can do anything and be anything that they want to be,” Hoffman said.

That message had already reached Lydia Ickes, 8, of Hagerstown, who said she had wanted to attend the event to see Mary King.

“I thought it would be cool to see her,” Lydia said. “She came to my school and talked to the girls. She talked to us about living our dreams and that we could do anything.”

Lydia said her dream was to be a mother as well as a famous singer.

Lydia’s mother, Sarah Ickes, said she thought the program’s message was a positive one.

“I think it’s really important to see women in different careers and vocations, and to open her eyes to all the possibilities that are out there for her,” she said.

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