General Manager Misty Bertrand presents a weekly series of flashbacks to past events at the Clovis Civic Center in her new blog series: #FridayFlashbacks. Misty has been with Spectra Venue Management for nearly six years and has loved every minute of it. She works hard daily to ensure that her colleagues and clients have a happy, memorable experience every time they visit the civic center.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I made up my mind that I would be happy. I stopped focusing on the opinions of others and did what I wanted to do. I got lucky, because that focal shift worked for me. Six years ago I married my best friend and began down a career path that led me to my dream job.
For the past six years, I have wanted to blog about my journey as an event planner and share the stories and the laughter, but I’ve been having too much fun. And honestly, it’s been a very personal and emotional experience. My special heart is highly sensitive and I instantly love the good people I meet. I love my people and I want them to be happy and successful.
I have never understood the point of degrading, competing, or shaming other women for one’s own personal gain or emotional satisfaction. Every woman deserves to feel confident and worthy of gaining success, prosperity, and happiness. I believe we must work together, support one another, and accentuate each other’s strengths. As I can tell you first hand, empowered and united women have a tremendous impact on our community’s economy, growth, and development.
Women constitute roughly half of the world population, yet they still don’t have the same rights or benefits as men. In some countries, women cannot dress as they would like, and are victims of patriarchal laws and violence. Even in the United States, women have only had the right to vote for less than 100 years, and pay lags behind that of men. Locally, women often feel isolated and unconnected, and opportunities to be celebrated are few.
Empowerment is important for everyone regardless of gender. Everybody deserves to live the life she (or he) chooses.
#FridayFlashback to spring 2015 and the inception of the High Plains Women’s Expo. My Sales Manager, Lawrence Vigil, was the brainchild behind the event – because the Women’s Expo and women’s empowerment is not just about women. Lawrence came to Clovis from the Las Cruces Convention Center (another Spectra venue) and he wanted to create an event with longevity and purpose.
To create the event, our Spectra team partnered with a group of local businesses and organization that included Presbyterian – Plains Regional Medical Center, the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, 575 Yoga Studio, Clovis Community College, the United Way of Eastern New Mexico, the Hartley House Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence, and Arise Sexual Assault Services. We recruited new friends and business owners to the project, under the mission of bringing women, and the men who love them, together for an informative weekend of fun that would showcase businesses, volunteer opportunities, and available networks and resources in the area.
We found that the greatest assets women can offer to other women are the tools to help achieve happiness and success. The Women’s Expo is a time and place to ask for help, assist others, make a difference, give, advocate, volunteer, learn, laugh, and grow.
“I am a Woman. Phenomenally. Phenomenal Woman, that’s me.” – Maya Angelou