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Women's leadership conference draws diverse group of attendees

Reported by: Venise Toussaint
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Updated: 8/07 12:27 am

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- A major women's conference is underway on the Las Vegas Strip. MGM Resorts foundation is hosting the two-day event designed to empower women, and this year's event has drawn its biggest crowd yet.

The attendees and speakers come from all different walks of life, but these women have one thing in common -- their desire to support and inspire each other.

The MGM Resorts International's 8th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference drew a sold out crowd of more than 800 women, including Paige Candee, who hasn’t missed a conference in four years.

"If I can get here anybody can get here. I have three kids, three years and under; I have a full time job -- I'm the founder of a nonprofit here in town," Candee said.

Candee is the founder of Southern Nevada’s Dress for Success, a nonprofit group providing women with professional attire and career guidance.

"Women have a lot of different obstacles in the work place, and we have to work hard and trudge through and get through anything," Candee said.

First time conference attendee Debby Cameron says she has also picked up a few gems she’ll be applying to her career.

"Courage and communication are two things that we things that we think are simple, but can make a difference in how you grow yourself," Cameron said.

The two-day conference features networking opportunities, workshops and motivational speeches from both local and national leaders like CNN’s Soledad O'Brien and Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto.

What keeps these women coming back each year, they say, are the opportunities to learn grow and be inspired by others.

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