"Modern women are homemakers, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, artists, and more. We are women who have to balance a number of things that take a great deal of energy."
Elle Perry helps high school journalists in her role as coordinator of The Teen Appeal, but she finds time to volunteer with the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis on their committee for the Modern Day Woman's Conference. Heavily involved in launching the event last year, Elle predicts that this year's conference will have just as much positive energy.
"This conference is a way to take a little time for ourselves and come out renewed, refreshed, and energized." she says. "Women should go to the conference to meet women in all stages of their careers: to just starting out to more seasoned. And to meet like-minded women from various sectors. Networking is important, but so is simple fellowship."
New to the event this year is the fashion show using real women to walk the runway.
"I'm definitely excited about the fashion show, which will help women who have to dress for the corporate world maintain their individuality through their style. The fashion show will showcase women of all types which is important and exciting. Fashion doesn't come in a single size or shape."
You will also find Elle in this year's Flyer 20<30 list of young Memphians shaping the city's future. She was honored to be among a group that included several who help shape even younger minds. As a young working mom, Elle wholeheartedly agreed that the kids today will shape the city's future and the timing of when they receive positive influence is important.
Describing the reason for retiring her fashion blog Beale Street Chic after four years, she talked about the balance we all have to find. She found herself moving her energy and time to The Teen Appeal and allowed that to be her focus. Her love for fashion lost its spotlight in some sense but she still hopes to bring it to the forefront again in her own unique way.
Modern Day Woman's Conference
March 8-9, 2014
You can purchase tickets for the conference here.
Skirt, vintage, Hoot & Louise. Shoes, blue suede flats, Wal-mart. Top, Goodwill.
Photo location: Pyro's Pizza on Union.
Elle's Twitter: twitter.com/Myra_Monkhouse