There’s no question the world is full of great stories. But sometimes we encounter a book that leaves us wanting to know more. Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild” was that kind of book for thousands of people, including Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon, who stars in the film adaptation being released December 5th. It may be one of the most dramatic examples of how a chance encounter with a book can change a life.
When Strayed was 22 years old, her mother died of lung cancer. It left her so devastated that she began questioning her marriage, turning to other men for comfort and using heroine. Her life was in a state of collapse for more than three years. Then one evening, while moving through a check-out line at a store, she spotted a book about hiking the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail. She bought the book, then made the radical decision to set out on the trail herself. Alone.
The Women’s Leadership Council is excited to announce author Cheryl Strayed as the keynote speaker for the 2015 Women’s Leadership Luncheon, February 26, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. It’s a unique opportunity to hear first-hand how powerfully motivating reading can be. Strayed’s decision to pick up a book led to a life-changing event and then authorship. This compelling story led fellow author George Saunders to note, “Cheryl Strayed reminds us in every line that if defeat and despair are part of human experience, so are kindness, patience, and transcendence.” Every day, United Way encounters people suffering defeat and despair, as well as those stepping forward with kindness and patience. By continuing to support the messages of literacy and reading, the Women’s Leadership Council can continue to help women and children better their lives through the kind of determination exhibited by Cheryl Strayed.
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