Recognizing that pain in a person’s present circumstance need not be their permanent reality, the inaugural “When Your Soul Speaks Women’s Conference” offered participants pathways towards self-empowerment, showing them how to use one’s pain to grow. The event, held at the United Way of Greater Houston, featured a lecture and book signing by Kirsten Westbrook and along with several empowerment workshops including a “What a Man Thinks” panel of men discussing relationships and a session entitled “The Art of Making Your House Your Home.” Female-owned businesses and vendors were also spotlighted. Attendees included Dr. Deborah Wilson, Mary Garrett, Elicia Westbrook-Thomas, Christina Turner, Auset & Ausar Neteru, Michelle Davis, Michelle Alexander, Ashanti Hughes, Karamoko Mills and others.