Business conference aims to empower more women in boardrooms

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RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — More than 700 women spent their Monday at the NC Chamber Women’s Business Conference.

“One of our big goals is to make sure that women have the ability and understand their talents and are able to reach the upper levels of management and business,” said the organization’s Emmy Boyette.

On Tuesday, many women are expected to exercise their power at their polling stations by casting their ballots in the midterm elections. Women could play a major role in this year’s vote and a CBS 17 reporter heard from several of them talking about the difference they could make at the polls.

“We really have to use our voice because if we stay silent at a time when it’s so important for us to step forward and move forward, then our voices won’t be heard,” Tianna said. Leger of the Women’s Business Center of NC.

Yolanda Tate and Genesis Doubledee of the Girl Scouts of North Carolina Coastal Pines said they have discussions with Scouts about the importance of voting, especially as some Scouts prepare to vote for the first time.

“Not necessarily telling them who to vote for, but just letting them know how important their rights are,” Tate said.

The North Carolina State Board of Elections said women make up more than half of registered voters here in North Carolina.

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