In Oklahoma, NBC News 2 reports that Elizabeth Smart is coming to Tulsa this August to share her story of overcoming adversity as the inaugural guest with the new Women of Character speaker series presented by Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma.
Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma is introducing the new series to raise funds and reinforce its mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. With the goal of bringing nationally recognized women leaders and role models to Oklahoma to educate and inspire people of all ages, Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma chose Smart as its first speaker in the series.
Smart first gained national attention in 2002 when she was abducted from her family home at age 14. She was held prisoner for nine months before being rescued and safely returned to her family. Following her abduction, Smart testified against her captors, who were convicted.
Smart now devotes her time to helping children avoid and recover from traumatic events as founder of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation. She also works as an ABC news contributor and promotes safety legislation like The National AMBER Alert and The Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act to help prevent abductions.
Smart's speech not only tells her story but also discusses topics such as overcoming extreme adversity, the importance of maintaining hope and not allowing the past to dictate the future.