On May 3, 2019, women in all stages of life will gather for a day of inspiration, renewal, and education at Tapestry. This year, Tapestry will be hosted at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
Inspire. Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to a nationally recognized speaker share wisdom and insight. You will hear stories from the Tapestry Scholarship recipients and the Dedication Award honoree. You will be motivated and the threads of the speakers' lives will connect with yours.
Renew. Spend the day with friends and colleagues while enjoying a schedule designed for women. Visit over 170 artist and exhibitor booths to see new products and services. Concentrate on yourself and return to life with renewed energy and passion.
Educate. Learn something new or explore something fun at various breakout sessions. Past topics have included personal finance, health, decorating, beauty, social media, and more.
Since 2002, Parkview Health and Purdue University Fort Wayne sponsor the annual Tapestry event in northeast Indiana. The goal is to enrich the lives of women and to raise funds for students studying in the College of Health and Human Services.
Over the last 17 years, the event has grown with the support of additional sponsors and women of northeast Indiana. Tapestry has raised nearly $1 million in scholarship funds and awarded scholarships to 89 students.
The 2019 keynote speaker for Tapestry will be Elizabeth Vargas, award-winning anchor and correspondent. She is currently the host of A&E Investigates and has traveled the world covering breaking news stories, reporting in-depth investigations, and conducting newsmaker interviews. Vargas has interviewed leaders from around the world, including President Bush, and a wide range of celebrities, including Ellen DeGeneres and Madonna.
At Tapestry, Vargas will give the audience a behind-the-scenes look at today's live news reporting and ever-evolving media. She will share her experiences from some of the biggest stories she has covered, including Hurricane Katrina, the war in Iraq, and political crises in Washington. Not only will Vargas share her professional experience, but also she will share her personal experience with alcoholism and an anxiety disorder. She will discuss how these things have affected her life and career and why she chose to publicly share her struggle and ongoing recovery.
This year's schedule will be as follows:
7:30 AM: Check in, silent auction opens, and early-bird shopping
8:00 AM: Tapestry bar and lounge area open
9:00 AM: Dedication breakfast; Linda L. Ruffolo (Dedication Award honoree)
9:30 AM: Shop and browse over 170 unique booths
10:30 AM: Breakout sessions 1–7 (learn more here)
11:45 AM: Breakout sessions A–G (learn more here)
12:45 PM: Reconnect with friends and coworkers
1:15 PM: Lunch in Expo I and II; Silent auction tables close; Scholarship awards announced
1:45 PM: Keynote speaker - Elizabeth Vargas
2:45 PM: Meet keynote speaker; Last chance to visit artisan and trade-show exhibits; Pick up silent auction Items
4:00 PM: Event closes
Source: Purdue University Fort Wayne