4W’s group will host seminars


Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 4:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 4:06 p.m.

The 4W's Network Inc. will be holding seminars for women and teenage boys and girls to empower them to be the best they can be.

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SEMINAR SERIES

* What: “Tools for Women in Service” and “You Only Live Once” seminar series

* When: 4:30 p.m. July 13

* Where: Santa Fe College Center for Innovation and Economic Development, 530 W. University Ave.

* Cost: $10-$15 for Tools, $10 for Live Once

* Information: Call 352-381-7065 or email 4wskhs@gmail.com or 4wsbms@gmail.com.

Founded by motivational speaker Belinda Smith, a resident of Gainesville, the 4W's, or Women netWorking With Women Inc., is a nonprofit organization established to provide affordable tools to empower women, as well as teens, to be successful and to build effective relationship with one another.

Tools for Women in Service is for women of all ages and You Only Live Once, or Y.O.L.O., is for boys and girls ages 13-17. The workshops will be held simultaneously at 4:30 p.m. July 13 at the Santa Fe College Center for Innovation and Economic Development, or CIED, at 530 W. University Ave.

For the "Tools" workshop, the registration fee is $15 and $10 for a friend. The "Live Once" workshop is $10. Space is limited, so those interested are encouraged to call and reserve a spot, then pay at the door.

Tools for Women will be taught by Smith, a motivational speaker with 25 years of experience. She is certified in diversity and multiculturalism and also is a certified facilitator at the Family Dynamic Institute for Comprehensive Dynamic Marriage Ministry. She is a motivational speaker through the Professional Women's Network, a community where women from diverse backgrounds and locations come together for resources, support and discussion. Smith attended Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, and the Aristotle Medical and Dental School of Technology in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Smith has worked as an end-stage renal disease clinical specialist for over 20 years and was the first African-American woman president of the National Association of Nephrology Technologists, a group for dialysis professionals.

Live Once will be taught by Gainesville resident Kayla Sutherland, who holds a master's degree in public health from the University of Florida and is a member of the Women netWorking With Women board of directors and a co-coordinator, along with Smith, of seminars for youth.

Smith said Tools for Women is designed for all women, regardless of background or occupation.

"If you've ever helped anyone, you're in service and this is a seminar you don't want to miss," Smith said. "We want you to be empowered to be more effective and to have relationships with one another."

Sutherland said the purpose of the Live Once seminar is to provide information and tools to help teens make educated and smart decisions.

"It's about youth development," Sutherland said, "and how to give teens the skills and tools to change behaviors if they're already engaging in risky behavior."

"We want to teach teens the importance of the choices they make," said Smith.

Tools for Women

The theme is "Women Committed to Empowering Women."

Topics discussed will include embracing diversity, advancing leadership and tools for effective service. The workshop will consist of a lecture segment and an interactive segment, with role playing. There also will be door prizes and refreshments.

Smith said this is the first seminar. More seminars are planned for September and November.

For more information, call 352-381-7065 or email at 4wsbms@gmail.com.

You Only Live Once

The theme is "What You Don't Know Can Hurt You. Make Your Life Count!"

Topics discussed will include financial fitness; learn to say no to drugs, sex, alcohol and other risky behavior; sexual abstinence until marriage; sexually transmitted diseases; peer pressure; bullying; and others.

This will be an interactive seminar, with role playing. There also will be door prizes and refreshments.

For more information, call 352-381-7065 or email 4wskhs@gmail.com.

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