By WVUA 23 Reporter Caroline Wood

Empowering Women in Industry held its first conference in Tuscaloosa Thursday.

The event was designed to educate, empower, connect and celebrate women. Keynote speakers, interactive workshops, workforce development and network opportunities were some of the many things offered at the conference.

Founder and CEO Charli K. Matthews said having a supportive community is a great way to empower women in business.

“It’s about connecting, empowering, and educating women how to be better leaders,” said Matthews. “We are trying to, you know, gain the skills that we need to be successful in the workforce. We also need a group of peers to network with and really understand that it’s valuable to have a group of women around you to help lift you up.”

Matthews also said she wants women to have the tools they need to be successful in business.

“As I grow and want to grow and really make a difference in my community, make a difference in my family’s life, I realized I didn’t have the tools I needed to be successful and I want to make sure a woman is not there without the tools when she’s striving to do great things,” Matthews said.

The conference was held at the Bryant Conference Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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