By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will share personal stories of hope with an estimated 7,000 women today at the BancorpSouth Arena.
As the featured speaker of this weekend’s Extraordinary Women Conference, Palin will talk for roughly an hour at 3 p.m. about her past struggles and how she overcame them through her belief in God.
“She deals with women’s issues; she talks about her daughter’s life when she got pregnant, about herself getting unexpectedly pregnant at 40, about having a special-needs child,” said Julie Clinton, founder and president of the annual conference and also one of the speakers. Four other speakers are in the lineup, as well as three performers.
This is the third time the conference has come to Tupelo. And it’s one of only four locations where Palin will speak this year.
The former vice presidential candidate and best-selling author helped kick off the Extraordinary Women tour earlier this month in Lynchburg, Va.
“She had a strong, powerful message of hope and encouragement,” Clinton said. “She had women on their feet the whole time. She was outstanding.”
The conference is open to women only, and a ticket is required for entry. It can be purchased at the door for $89.
“It’s a weekend just to encourage women and give them time to just focus on them,” said Clinton, who started the conference nine years ago.
“We worry about everybody else and don’t take care of ourselves. Everybody has been through tough times, even Governor Palin – and she talks about that – but to hang in there because the most important things in life are our relationships.”