By Fonda Bock
August 29, 2016
FORT KNOX, Ky. -- An internationally-known motivational speaker, trainer and life consultant told women at the Women's Equality Day Observance here today, "The best is yet to come."
Dr. Lonise Bias has worked with the White House, departments of education, law enforcement agencies, correctional facilities, youth organizations, public and private schools, and individuals in an effort to teach and mentor on the ability to identify at-risk individuals.
Brig. Gen. Donna Martin, U.S. Army Recruiting Command's deputy commanding general, invited Bias to be the keynote speaker for this event.
"[Dr. Bias] is a change agent who believes that positive change can take place in our communities when we use practical grass-root methods of prevention and intervention to promote safety and wellness for all," Martin said.
Bias said women today are powerful and they need to love and take care of themselves.
"Motherhood and womanhood are a place of great honor," Bias said. "We get up every day comparing ourselves to others. We have to get into a place in womanhood where we value and appreciate who we are every day."
Because women affect the lives of so many, Bias said it's important that women take care of themselves.
"Women are CEOs - chief encouragement officers," she said. "We're life care givers, trail blazers, educators, chauffeurs, cooks and supervisors.
"We are leaders. Whether we know it or not, we are leading someone to the road of life and prosperity or death and destruction, so where we're going we have to pay attention, because someone is watching us."
Bias encouraged women to listen to their intuition, take care of their mental health, which includes loving themselves, and to let go of negativity.
"Sometimes you just have to take lemons and make lemonade," she said. "All of us have lemons. You have to seek out the sweetness in life. You may be dealing with something very difficult, but there are sweet spots in your life that will help you get through difficulties."
Women's Equality Day is celebrated annually on Aug. 26 to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S Constitution. Ratified Aug. 18, 1920, the amendment gave women the right to vote after a 70-year struggle led by the women's suffrage movement.