2022 ‘LIFT HER UP' Honorees. Seated out front is CEO & Founder of Suburban Balance and founder of "Lift Her Up," LaShawn Walker. Front row (L-R) Deidre Anderson, Kim Randolph, Dr. Robin E. Wilson, Tanesha L. Ford, Kina Gunnels, Iesha Tyler, Dorothy L. McClendon, LaTanya Franklin, Dr. Jannette Berkley-Patton. Back row (standing L-R) Shay Moore, Nia Richardson, Donna Watson, Dr. Carmaletta Williams, Mia Ramsey, Dr. Donna Leah Houpe, Patricia Jacobs Macdonald, Precious Stargell Cushman, Dr. Stacy King, Kisa Caruthers, Lusette Walker, Toyea Letcher, Dr. Jennifer Collier. Not pictured: Meredyth Vick, Angel Tucker & Darian Frost.

Hundreds of women gathered earlier this month to celebrate and honor the achievements of minority women making a difference in Kansas City.

The annual gathering for the movement, “Lift Her Up,” created by LaShawn Walker, was created to inspire and encourage women and girls to lift up and support one another. She believes that no matter who they are, all women will need to be lifted up at some point or another in their lives.

At the gathering, she challenged the women to take the inspiration from the gathering and act on it, reminding them that if they continue to “lift each other up,” they will see a lift in return.

Walker shined the spotlight on twenty-seven Lift Her Up Honorees in the Kansas City area. The Lift Her Up 2022 theme was, “Lift Her Higher Than She’s Ever Been.”

Qiana Thomason, President & CEO for Health Forward Foundation, was the keynote speaker and challenged all women and girls to lift each other up higher.

Lara Moritz, KMBC 9 News Anchor of Kansas City, Missouri shared inspiring words via video, reminding everyone to remain resilient and to persevere in dealing with life challenges.

The gathering also included a dance performance by Lift Her Up 2022 Dance Performer, Jillian Collier, entitled, “The Light that Never Fails” by Andra Day.

In addition to supporting one another and lifting each other up, women had an opportunity to shop with 30 vendors, covering the hallways of the center.

The ladies left the event with plans to take the “Lift Her Up” movement momentum into their communities, their jobs, businesses and beyond.

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