FORT WAYNE — Somewhere in Jane Pauley’s email inbox is an invitation to serve as keynote speaker at the 2013 Tapestry convention.
A book deal deadline got in the way, then. Two years later, though, that book is out, and Pauley is in Fort Wayne.
The annual women’s conference, Tapestry: A Day for You, hosted 1,446 women at the Memorial Coliseum Friday for a day dedicated to empowering, inspiring and educating women of all ages while also raising funds for scholarships at IPFW.
The keynote speaker for the event was Pauley, journalist and author of ‘Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life.’
Pauley, an Indianapolis native, accepted a second invitation to this year’s Tapestry with the hopes to instill in women a sense of empowerment and inspiration.
For Pauley, a message she hoped to share with the women of Tapestry is the importance of recognizing personal accomplishments, while giving credit where credit is due.
“I haven’t done justice to my life, honestly, and I think that’s one of the things that might apply to all us, is to, while we’re thinking about the future and planning what’s next and just not squandering the opportunities that are ahead, to maybe take some of that future time, look back, give credit to the woman who did all the things that we’ve done,” said Pauley.
“Unless you make a point of actually thinking about those things, you miss them, you don’t know, and sometimes the future is defined by how the stories about ourselves that we tell. One step back can mean two steps forward.”
A total of $50,000 worth of scholarships was awarded to eight IPFW students majoring in health sciences.
The Tapestry Parkview Health Sciences Scholarship recipients were:
• Denise Ann Conrad, working toward a Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene, received $4,000.
• Megan Daniels, working toward a Master of Science with a major in nursing, received $4,000.
• Jean Fabini, working toward a Bachelor of Science in nursing, received $7,000.
• Jennifer Harrison, working toward an Associate of Science in radiography, received $7,000.
• Gwendolyn Keller, working toward a Bachelor of Science in human services, received $7,000.
• Phoebe McCulfor, working toward an Associate of Science in radiography, received $7,000.
• Olufunke Patience Momoh, working toward a Bachelor of Science in nursing, received $7,000.
• Kelsie Robison, working toward an Associate of Science in radiography, received $7,000.