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Published April 30, 2011, 01:48 PM

United Way hosts leadership workshop for women

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It was a day for Girl Power in Fargo-Moorhead as the United Way put on an Empowering Girls to Become Women in Leadership Workshop.

In a day and age where technology and social media can make or break a young girls self-esteem, empowerment for young women couldn't be more important.

SHELLY GOMPF – Speaker: “We are setting out to get young girls together with their moms and female role models and trying to get them to dialogue about issues like bullying and self esteem and communication and opening up those lines.”

Young women of all ages attended the event from second through 10th grades. Sharon Walters and her daughter Madigan have seen bullying first hand and know it’s important for young women to maintain a high self-esteem.

SHARON WALTERS – Mother: “Fearless the way children communicate with one another, you know not being in front of someone's face or being face to face and seeing their reactions and responses. It's an easier way for kids to be able to critique and criticizes one another.”

The event was sponsored by the United Way of Cass-Clay. Sessions ranged from bullies and emotions to how to be Miss Manners.

SHELLY GOMPF – Speaker: “These types of events allow them to open up and understand what's truly beautiful about themselves inside and out and to really celebrate their true inner beauty and improve their self-esteem.”

Officials were forced to turn away several families because the registration numbers were too high. They hope to find a bigger space for next year’s event. Cost for the event was $25-dollars per pair.