SIFE team to honor three at Women in Business Banquet

PLAINVIEW – The Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team at Wayland Baptist University will honor three Plainview ladies at their second annual Women in Business Event, slated Aug. 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the McClung University Center.

This year’s event is a full banquet with a buffet dinner and will feature Carolyn Baker, executive vice president at Hale County State Bank and this year’s Chamber of Commerce president, as keynote speaker.

The highlight of the evening is the presentation of the Women in Business awards, and three longtime local residents will be honored this year. Honorees include Jan Alford, owner of State Farm Insurance agency; Sandra Aven, publisher of the Plainview Daily Herald; and Dr. Ruth Rector-Wright, longtime family practitioner with Wright Family Practice.

SIFE is an international student organization dedicated to six major principles: ethics, market economics, free enterprise, financial literacy, entrepreneurship and sustainability. The Women in Business event is a way to tie their core principles with the community and honor hard work.

“We recognize that women contribute a lot to the area, the state and even the nation, and they really have since they went to work during World War II,” said Sam Van Hoose, Sam Walton Fellow and SIFE sponsor. “If women left business, our economy would fail, I believe. Because they give so much, we want to recognize them.”

Tickets for the banquet are $15 per person and may be purchased from the WBU Division of Business office in the Nunn Business Building. The event is open to the public and tickets can be purchased through Aug. 27. For information on obtaining tickets, call the division at 291-1020.

In the future, Van Hoose noted that SIFE is considered moving the Women in Business event to the late spring and opening the awards up for nominations from the community. Currently, honorees are chosen from nominations within the WBU community and include women who have been particularly supportive of the university and the SIFE program.

The event is funded in part by a grant from worldwide banking organization HSBC, garnered through SIFE international. It is one of many programs the SIFE team conducts annually to promote financial literacy among students and adults as well as business skills.