|Updated: 6/18/2012 9:16 am
||Published: 6/18/2012 9:15 am
Child advocate and abduction survivor Elizabeth Smart will be 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.
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.
She 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.
The event will take place August 10 at the University of Tulsa’s Donald W. Reynolds Center.