#SETanExampleConference with the Women of the NFL
Can you describe what it felt like the last time you were empowered? I mean, what did it feel like? Do you remember the exact moment that left you feeling just a little bit better about yourself or even a little bit more hopeful about the journey ahead? Well, SET Magazine and Women of the NFL partnered this past weekend to bring its 2nd Annual SETanExample Conference.
Held in Miami, FL wives and girlfriends, gathered in solidarity to celebrate sisterhood. With the theme Great Expectations, dynamic speakers such as Dr. Kay Cole, Natalie Graves, LCSW, Dr. Ieshai Bailey, and Kelly Gallagher examined the intricacies of being an NFL Wife while offering the ladies some much needed ME time.
These brilliant, beautiful women are often misunderstood, especially in reality tv and media outlets, leaving them feeling unfairly targeted and isolated. Behind the scenes, the NFL can be described as the wildest roller coaster of your life, but when you meet beauties such as Terricka Cromartie, Ashley Wheeler, Ashley Peterson or Asia Saffold, it’s safe to say that THESE women don’t look like what they’re going through.
Sharing in their testimonies this weekend you’d learn that being the better half of an NFL player comes with a special crown that only a small group of them are privileged to wear. And that no matter what the game ALWAYS comes first.
Hosts Patrick Walker-Reese and Amina Smith definitely brought the energy! The SETanExample Conference provided a platform for discourse. Conversations about turning passion/pain into purpose only scratched the surface. Deeper discussions about the terrifying effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), game-changing potential for another NFL lockout, as well preparation to transition out of a life of football really hit home. Even Lauren Béa, Christian Recording Artist and wife to NFL Linebacker, Keenan Robinson courageously shared her own personal testimony of overcoming a miscarriage just months prior to this event.
Afternoon speakers such as Natalie Graves, LCSW returned the room to a space of hope by reminding the women of the importance in finding the M.E. (Mastering Empowerment) in WE, while former WNBA player Rushia Brown issued a charge of passion principles, reinforcing the mantra the only time you fail is when you quit.
It’s very clear that the Women of the NFL are looking to make sense of their identities and lives before, during and eventually after football. In choosing to share a life with a professional athlete women are forced to make choice. That choice is NOT always easy. Media and/or friends from outside of the game oftentimes assume that because their husband is in the NFL, their problems and concerns are somehow no longer valid. But, most NFL wives know that money in the bank is not the answer to happiness and that they need women who understand their lives so they can better understand themselves. Takeaway messages such as surround yourself with people that match your passion or realize when your journey is bigger than you kept the ladies accountable to a mission much greater than themselves. This conference was much needed and indeed food for the soul. And as motivational powerhouse Rushia Brown put it, what you feed yourself will grow.
There is no question that these women are part of a unique community, however this weekend was all about U-N-I-T-Y. Every woman was inspired to shift their mindset of sisterhood and embrace the power in working together. It is because of protected spaces such as these that we are all strengthened as a collective and better prepared to SET An Example!
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