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    With more and more women seeking higher roles in the professional world, there is an increased need for an understanding outlet. Women face many challenges in the work place today and often find more competition than comradery amongst their peers.

    In today’s society, we often speak of the glass ceiling. An invisible barrier between women and men in the professional world. This ceiling is not some secular manifestation that we as Christian women do not have to deal with. In fact, Christian women today face an even greater barrier than anyone could imagine.

    Prior to this group, I didn’t have anyone to talk to about my professional life. We have created an environment of real trust, and we all share in the same professional struggles. ~Kelly Kendrick, Head of Palm Beach Chapter of 4Word Women

    Often, they deal with tremendous guilt over our own ambitions, or are weighed down by an older generation that still believes a Christian woman’s place is in the home.

    With so many obstacles there is a great need for a community of Christian women to unite and support one another. This is where Diane Paddison found her calling. The Founder of 4Word Women, an organization devoted to building up Christian women in their professional lives.

    Kelly Kendrick, Head of Palm Beach Chapter of 4Word Women

    4Word started in Dallas, Texas and has grown throughout the United States. Kelly Kendrick heads up the Palm Beach County Community Group of 4Word Women. “Prior to this group, I didn’t have anyone to talk to about my professional life,” remarked Kelly in a recent interview. “We have created an environment of real trust, and we all share in the same professional struggles.”

    Like many of the groups, the Palm Beach County Community Group meets twice a month, once in person and once via Zoom. Kelly told us, “We started at the beginning of the pandemic, so Zoom was our only option. Now that things are hopefully winding down, we still want to continue with Zoom because it allows so much flexibility for these busy women.”

    While we have our meetings that are fairly structured, we still get together for coffee, walks in the park, and are just there for each other. These are real friendships; these ladies are my tribe. ~Kelly Kendrick

    Periodically the groups will connect with other groups around the U.S., including Colorado Springs and Washington D.C.. “We all have something to share, and working with these other ladies helps us grow, network better, and learn from each other,” Kelly Kendrick stated.

    The focus of these groups is to build up women in their personal, professional, and spiritual lives. Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; yes establish the work of our hands. Psalm 90:17. Kelly shared this verse stating, “I felt these words when I read them, we all struggle with our own ambitions and God wouldn’t want that for us.”

    Today the group has 18 professional women that meet up and work together to help strengthen one another. “While we have our meetings that are fairly structured, we still get together for coffee, walks in the park, and are just there for each other. These are real friendships; these ladies are my tribe.”

    Diane Paddison, Founder and Executive Director of 4word Women

    Diane Paddison, Founder and Executive Director of 4word Women, talked about these groups with Palm Beach Christian Voice, describing the groups as “a tribe of ladies devoted to loving their families, God, and empowering their professional growth.”

    Diane said she built this organization with Esther in mind. “I looked around at how few women were in C level positions, and it struck me. All I could think of was ‘for such a time as this.’”

    Starting a group may seem like a massive undertaking, however, according to Kelly Kendrick, 4Word Women basically hold your hand through the entire process.