Written by Phil Cerroni
Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne recently discussed her career path with young women during the 2013 Ignite Texas Young Women’s Leadership Conference, which was held at the University of North Texas at Dallas.
“I enjoy talking with young women because I want them to follow their dreams and excel in life,” said Van Duyne said. “Women can do anything they want to do. They just need to define their beliefs, set their vision and goals and focus. With hard work and tenacity, they can get there.”
Ignite builds young women’s political ambition and trains them to run for office. Numbers show women don’t run for office at the same rates as men.
“I liked eating with the Mayor of Irving, because I realized you don't need to be someone well known to become someone big and someone people look up to,” one student wrote in her conference evaluation.
Information provided by the City of Irving