Jessop to address Scottsdale chamber ‘Women in Leadership’

The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce will present its third annual Women in Leadership Event Feb. 11, 2015.

Flora Jessop is the featured speaker at the "Women in Leadership" program Feb. 11. The program is sponsored by the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce.

Flora Jessop.

The chamber will host a “no fluff” educational luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The event is limited to 120 attendees and men are welcome to join.

Featured speaker is Flora Jessop, who grew up in Colorado City, Ariz.. She was raised in a polygamous family, with two mothers and 27 siblings, all members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

When she was 16, after years of abuse, including impregnated by her own father and forced to marry her first cousin, she fled her family and faith. After many years as a vagabond in Middle and Southwest America, Ms. Jessop gave birth to her first child, daughter Shauna.

Ms. Jessop moved to Phoenix where she soon met a man named Tim and created a family unit with him and their daughters, Shauna and Megan.

In April 2001, her younger sister Ruby was forced to marry her stepbrother. The ceremony, officiated by Warren Jeffs, would be the catalyst that turned Ms. Jessop into an advocate against child abuse in the FLDS community. She helped, in a large part, to create the Child Protection Project.

The luncheon is a signature event of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce. Members and guests are welcome to attend.

The event takes place the Silverleaf Club, 18701 N. Silverleaf Drive, Scottsdale. Cost is $50 for chambers; $60 for guests. Register at www.ScottsdaleChamber.com or call 480-355-2708.

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