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For many, the holiday season is a time of traditions with loved ones. But, as we all know very well by now, 2020 is quite different.

At this year's Inforum Capstone event, things looked a little different. We weren't all gathered at the traditional networking hour or seated in a large banquet room eager to hear from the keynote speaker. Despite that, our mission remained focused on celebrating women and addressing the issues impacting our world.

COVID-19 has truly made us appreciate technology and rely on it even more than we did in the past. From the ability to work from home to online schooling, it certainly has changed the way we think and operate. We can all agree that working from home comes with its own baggage. However, kids who are currently relying on technology and online learning have a far more difficult setup.

2020 has challenged us in ways many of us never thought were possible. Though it's true that our world will never be the same, in plenty of ways, that's a great thing. Uncertainty, as unsettling as it is, makes available prime opportunities growth. Accept it and embrace it!

I'm not one to follow celebrities or read the gossip rags, but certain kinds of headlines still make it into my purview. Like when the public was blindsided this year by the deaths of first Kelly Preston, of metastatic breast cancer, and then Chadwick Boseman, of colon cancer. Both chose to keep their stage IV diagnoses and their accompanying struggles a secret, and in doing so, in my opinion, silenced issues begging for a greater voice and in desperate need for more visibility.

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