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Posted: Sunday, August 4, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 8:43 am, Sun Aug 4, 2013.

After a career in criminal justice, Silky Williams decided it was time for change.

“(It) was just a little too crazy for me. I figured I need to do something more calm and more of my personality,” said Williams, a business management student at Central Texas College.

Williams was among about 125 people who attended the American Business Women’s Association’s 18th annual Central Texas Women’s Leadership Conference on Saturday at Central Texas College.

The event, themed “Together we can. Together we will,” empowered women to achieve their goals through presentations on personality discovery and job security, said Michelle Davis, communications officer for the local council.

“There’s so many stereotypes. For a long time, women were kind of pigeonholed into certain jobs like secretaries,” Davis said. “This helps women come together and talk about how they beat each (stereotype) to get promotions.”

TaNeika Driver-Moultrie, chair of the local council, said the conference was an excellent way for women to reach out to one another.

“As women, we’re very emotional creatures and we just have to accept one another for who we are, where we are in life and understand that each one of us has a story,” Driver-Moultrie said.

“It’s very important that we encourage and motivate one another. We might not always agree, but we should agree to disagree because at the end of the day, we all have that one goal — to be successful.”

Although Williams said she doesn’t typically attend conferences, Saturday’s event was an exception.

“It’s a different feeling,” Williams said.

“This is not my type of situation but when I come, I feel comfortable. You learn a lot and it’s good networking.”

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