Some big names are coming to Dallas on January 18 to help Treasure You founder and TV host Pat Smith with her "Celebrating Second Chances for Overcomers" event at the Hyatt Regency. Smith partnered with the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau to bring together women from Dallas and across the country who’ve overcome adversity for a celebration of new beginnings.
Hosted by Smith, the program features Good Morning America's beloved Robin Roberts, who inspired the nation when she publicly battled both breast cancer and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), which resulted in her having a bone marrow transplant.
If you were unable to secure tickets for the event, you can watch it live Saturday from 1-3 pm on Smith's website. Viewers are encouraged to share their thoughts via Twitter by using the hashtag #TYSC. Tweets will be shown throughout the event, and Roberts will answer questions live as she receives them.
In keeping with the theme, other remarkable women will also share their stories of second chances as a way to motivate and inspire the audience, both live and at home:
- Cindi Broaddus. Dr. Phil's sister-in-law was transformed by tragedy when an unknown assailant threw a gallon-sized jar of sulfuric acid off an overpass and through the windshield of her car.
- Wendy Davis. Texas gubernatorial candidate began working at the age of 14 to support her family, and, as a teenage mother, became the first in her family to attend college, eventually graduating from Harvard Law School.
- Sybrina Fulton. Mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin has become an advocate for families of crime victims, raising awareness of racial and gender profiling and educating youth on conflict resolution techniques to reduce deadly confrontations.
- Sarah Jakes. Daughter of Potter’s House Bishop T.D. Jakes has shared the setbacks of her teenage pregnancy and divorce to help women transform their circumstances.
- Antoinette Tuff. Atlanta school bookkeeper prevented a mass shooting, talking the gunman down by sharing personal struggles of her past and how she overcame them.
Treasure You is a nonprofit organization supporting women in emotional, spiritual and financial need. Funds raised go directly to helping women pay for emergency expenses, educational needs and weekend retreat participation.