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Participants Inspired at Fearless Women Summit

ALBANY, NY, April 9, 2018 – Elaine Houston, WNYT Channel 13 anchor, hosted a sold-out summit for women to network and discuss important issues this past Saturday, April 7. Maria’s Vice President of Mission, Planning and Students Affairs | Dean of Students, Victoria Battell, facilitated a workshop on the inner healing power of forgiveness.

As a spiritual writer and speaker, Victoria Battell provided insights on the personal and spiritual aspects of wisdom. Keeping to the theme of the summit, she conveyed that forgiveness requires courage and inspired participants to take that first step and reclaim their destiny by being fearless and forgiving.

Elaine Houston is no stranger to the capital region as a veteran local news reporter. She created this summit when she realized in her interactions with women, college age especially, that they are not networked and therefore miss important real world experiences. She stated, “It’s important for women to be assertive and to, ‘kick in the door and get invited to the party’. My vision was a workshop where women could meet powerful women and learn how to get a better job, get an education, buy a house, and help them make connections.”

Her goal of changing the lives of women in the Capital Region is working. She relayed how wonderful it is to be help to help someone who is scared and doesn’t understand what is happening. She stated, “It’s sometimes just as simple as taking the courage to put one foot in front of the other and connect with someone who will help you sort things out and put you closer to your dream and getting out of fearlessness, otherwise you might implode and turn to destruction behaviors.”

Saturday’s summit was just the beginning for many of the participants who will now be doing the work to find connections and paths that move them forward to new opportunities.

About Maria College

Founded in 1958, Maria College is one of 17 colleges and universities in the United States sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. The private, co-educational, Catholic college in Albany serves approximately 800 students in a variety of degree and certificate programs including liberal arts, healthcare management, nursing, occupational therapy assistant, and health and occupational sciences. With an unwavering commitment to the humanities, the College instills in its graduates a respect for the dignity of each person and the ability to transform learned skills into caring service.

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