Shannon Brake’s involvement with TED has gained her a network of supportive challenging people.

Now, the manager of marketing and communications at the McPherson Public Library, said she would like to foster this among area women and help them achieve their success — by creating a group called Career Connect.

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas through its thought provoking “TED Talks” that are broadcast on YouTube. TED also hosts idea-centered conferences.

Brake said she has created a Career Connect to help women grow their own careers through networking.

“I have been able to grow skills and an appreciation for the experience of others as well as gain insight to the power that professional networks can hold. I wanted to bring this same concept to the patrons of our library through a group that focuses on skill building and career growth,” she said.

Career Connect brings together adult women of all ages and stages in their careers to inspire positive, professional and personal growth, Brake explained.

“We will focus on topics like leadership, work-life, integration, finding authentic voice and conflict resolution. Those that attend can expect to grow skills that will enable them to thrive in the ever-changing world of work,” she said.

As McPherson is a vast growing community, Brake wanted a way to give its women a way to work on achieving their success.

“The professional women in the workforce are a big part of its (McPherson’s) success. The group will focus on supporting them and will allow space to work on their goals and skills.

The group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at the library, 214 W. Marlin St.

Brake said her main goal for this group is to give women a place to connect with others so insights and experiences can be shared.

“Each session will focus on either an element of growth or the exploration of the relevant issues that the participants are dealing with at the time. I want these women to lean how to balance a career, family and social activities and all of the other elements of modern life that can be isolating and overwhelming,” Brake said.

If this group is for you, contact Shannon Brake at

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