Joyce Layman had a friend whose 17-year-old son was dying of cancer two years ago.

“All his son wanted was to ride in a Maserati,” Layman said.

Layman had made a business connection years before who was in the luxury car business. She reached out to him to see if something could be arranged for her friend’s son.

“Three days later, 34 luxury cars and 42 people came out to Lee’s Summit (Missouri),” she said. “My friend’s son got seven rides in those fancy cars. … That’s what networking can do.”

Layman was the guest speaker Tuesday at the 2019 Women’s Leadership Summit at the Riverfront Community Center.

The summit is a production of the Women’s Division of the Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce.

Layman is a motivation speaker and author who presented a program titled “The Potential Difference.”

Layman said her seminars and books teach strategic networking and making connections.

“It all comes down to making connections,” she said.

Tonia Mein was one of the attendees at the event.

“Joyce talked about learning to accomplish goals,” Mein said. “I learned about the steps you can take to do that.”

Margaret Steele also attended the event.

She said she learned that accomplishing goals can be accomplished by “beginning with the end.”

“Have a goal in mind and take simple steps to get there,” she said.