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Women of Worth Expo speaker talks on being a survivor

By Staff | Nov 12, 2017

Holly Hoffman shows her many emotions throughout her speaking to the Blue Earth crowd about her ability to survive the odds in her life.

On Saturday, Nov. 4, the Blue Earth Area gymnasium was packed with close to 50 local vendors in support of the 13th Annual Women of Worth Expo. This expo happens every year to shed light on, and raise funds for, educating the public and helping victims of domestic violence.

Not only that, but a full-blown make-over is also a part of the Expo’s tradition. This year, Mary Laabs, a member of the local Interfaith Caregivers group, was the lucky lady to receive a make-over.

Her hair was cut and styled by Mandy Groe of Huntington’s Barber Shop in Blue Earth, while her make-up was done by Mary Kay consultant and Women of Worth Expo founder and President Sonja Willmert, and her new outfit attire was provided by White Orchid.

Finally, at the Expo, a speaker is always featured. This year, Holly Hoffman shared her inspiration and motivation with the Women of Worth Expo.

Hoffman may be recognizable to fans of the hit TV?show, “Survivor.” She was one of the last four members of Survivor: Nicaragua.

After her experience on the reality television show, Hoffman began traveling across the United States and speaking at schools, universities, healthcare organizations, women’s organizations, community groups, businesses, and many other audiences to focus her audience’s attention on her five actions for survival: faith, attitude, determination, confidence, desire, and perseverance.

Hoffman, herself, grew up in a home where domestic violence was present. She shared her story of her ability to survive and strive through her younger years to get to where she is today.