Keynote speaker Paul Vitale talked to East Texas nonprofit leaders about the importance of optimism and resilience at the Bright Ideas Conference, hosted by the United Way of Smith County's Nonprofit Development Center on Friday.
At the awards luncheon, the organization gave three awards recognizing contribution to the nonprofit sector in the community.
The Founders Award was presented to Fourth Partner, for its part in establishing the Nonprofit Development Center and “fostering excellence in nonprofits,” said United Way board chairman and former mayor, Joey Seeber.
Brookshire Grocery Company was awarded the Corporate Citizen Award, for its efforts to “embody charity as part of their corporate mission.”
Marilyn Abegg received the Chairman's Award for her “visionary leadership of the nonprofit development center's advisory committee and leadership council since 2006.”
Nan Moore, executive director of the United Way of Smith County, said event organizers decided on Vitale as a speaker because of his emphasis on the power of the individual, which they wanted to be a theme for the conference.
Vitale encouraged the leaders who attended, while at the same time, challenging them to be better.
“At times doubts, fears and self-limiting thoughts will enter your mind,” he said. “When this occurs, realize we all deal with dark shadows from time to time. Stay true to your beliefs, all while giving yourself permission to succeed.”