FORT LEE, Va. (April 6, 2017) -- A Women’s History Month celebration honoring trailblazing women who impacted future generations attracted a capacity crowd at the Lee Theater March 29.
The event was co-hosted by Army Logistic University and Defense Contract Management Agency.
During the observance, Sgt. 1st Class Angela Knight played a pop-up video she created with interviews featuring three “trailblazing” women who have inspired her “to be nothing less than successful.”
One of the inspiring women in the video is Petersburg Commonwealth Attorney Cassandra S. Conover who spoke about her life struggles. “And it doesn’t stop.” Everytime she sees a struggle, it causes her to reflect on herself, said Conover.
“I’m not perfect,” she said. “I have to make a conscious decision to step out of my comfort zone. Life is a struggle. You will never know the internal struggle for me – you will never see it. You will never know the internal struggle I go through.”
The guest speaker for the observance – Vivian R. Artis Williams, Combined Arms Support Command director of training development – said she was very honored, humble and surprised to be asked to share her thoughts at the celebration.
“This is a special time to celebrate Women’s History Month by providing a tremendous opportunity to shine a spotlight on the lives on some courageous role models who are important to us all,” she said.
Williams spoke about women of national prominence who have paved the way for our nation. She also talked about luminaries at Fort Lee who have done extraordinary things in their own time and their own way. Lastly, she shared lessons learned from her respective as a Department of Defense Civilian.
“I stand up here today on the shoulders of all these trailblazers,” she said.
In the end, she encouraged women to seek out future opportunities that may come their way. “Seek out an advisor, a coach or a mentor to help reach personal goals.” These mentors do not have to be women, she noted. Some of her best coaches have been men.
Toward the end of her remarks, she asked those in senior leadership positions “to reach back and pull others up with you. You must have the sense that someone is always watching you. So put your best foot forward. They might envy you.”