Young ladies get good advice

Photo by Casey Dixon

Photo by Casey Dixon

ALBANY, Ga. -- Several young women were treated Thursday to an in-depth look into the truth about beauty and success from some of Albany's notable women.

The event, which took place Thursday afternoon at the Albany Welcome Center on Front Street, was dedicated to empowering young women in Albany, allowing middle-school girls to have an honest discussion with women who have been in their shoes.

Susan Lentz, Girl Talk National Leader of the Year, said Girl Talk partnered with "Disney on Ice: Princess Wishes" and Feld Entertainment to host the special discussion.

Disney is in Albany this weekend performing a live ice show at the Civic Center.

"It is such an honor they are thinking about Girl Talk and the issues that surround young women," said Lentz of Disney and Feld Entertainment. "I think (the discussion panel event) is a great opportunity for the girls to get to see what these ladies have gone through and how they have triumphed through their hardships."

During the event, several girls were able to ask probing questions of a panel that consisted of some of Albany's notable women.

Albany Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Catherine Glover, who was a panel member at Thursday's event, said it was absolutely essential to reach out to young women during the preteen years because of the many challenges they face.

"I think we all know at this time in their lives they have the most difficult chore in their life because they are trying to bridge into the adult world but are still struggling to find themselves," Glover said.

The chamber president said she looked forward to Thursday's event because of the opportunity to learn from the girls as they learned from her.

"The young ladies that are here today are our future," she said. "This is just another great forum to get to know them better and give them a chance to learn from people who have been there and understand what they are going through."

Lentz said too many young women try to become someone else or change too much about themselves.

"Everyone wants to be somebody else," said the 18-year-old. "It is important for girls to know that it is okay to be you and be proud of yourself."

After the mentoring event, girls and panelists were given the opportunity to attend the opening night of "Disney on Ice: Princess Wishes" with their families and mentors.