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Meet Beth Howard of Women of Wonder Con in Downtown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Beth Howard.

Beth, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Women of Wonder Con started off as the Creative Women’s Convention, but even though the name has changed over the years, the mission hasn’t.

We created the convention to showcase the work and accomplishments of creative women and to inspire others to create. Every year we feature new guests and try to focus on different aspects of creativity. It’s a constant process of growth and learning. We started out at the Denton Public Library, but eventually, we outgrew the space and moved on to the much larger stage of Dallas. They have offered us so much support and physical space to offer more to our attendees.

Has it been a smooth road?
Anything worth doing always involves struggle. Some obstacles have been relatively small in terms of things like outgrowing our venue but some things have been bigger – guests pulling out at the last minute, struggling to find the money to do the things we want to do, finding the people power to accomplish all our goals.

Last year we hit a big bump when I ended up going into the hospital with preeclampsia right before the convention and stayed there for a month. All of the things I was in charge of and all the communication I usually facilitated had to be parceled out to our other committee members. The love and support and the way everyone came together meant the world to me. It reminded me how important it is to have a tribe of other creatives at your back, and Women of Wonder Con is the perfect place for people to build that network.

Please tell us about Women of Wonder Con.
We’re known for showcasing the work of creative women and helping to build a new generation of creatives. We offer an intimate, interactive convention experience, and the feedback we get from attendees about their experience never fails to make every last bit of effort worth it.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
The traffic in Dallas can be a challenge, but it’s also a vibrant, fabulously diverse place. It offers the opportunity to connect with so many different people from diverse backgrounds and cultures all in one location. As much as we love Denton, the move has definitely expanded our ability to reach our audience and spread our message of creative magic.

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Photos by Scott LastRyghtz Van

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