Archive for April, 2011

C4W Member Profile: Vladia Jurcova-Spencer

April 29, 2011

What is your profession?  Publicist, Stylee PR & Marketing

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Traveling is a huge passion of mine. I am also a closet Egyptologist, a huge history nerd; I don’t think that anyone besides my husband knows this about me.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I think I joined in 2003 for the first time.

What inspired you to become a member? I moved here from Seattle and didn’t know a soul in Charleston. I learned about the Center 4 Women, I believe, from Skirt!. I wanted to meet other entrepreneurially thinking women, network. I liked the variety of workshops that the Center offered.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? At one of the workshops presented by Sharon Spence I met my former business partner, Sherrie Bakshi. Months later, we founded Stylee PR & Marketing. We later on worked again with Sharon when she covered our clients for travel publications. I met Shari Schleis at the Women in Business Conference the same year. She introduced me to Zonta. Needless to say, the Center for Women was pretty instrumental in shaping my professional career.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I have always been surrounded by powerful and successful women, starting with my mother and grandmother. My mother was a politician, in most elections she ran against all men and won. An experience like that is quite empowering for a teenage girl.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? I don’t think that they should worry about the economy much. Many great businesses were founded in tough times. To succeed, one has to have passion and also set goals. Maybe the economy is forcing us to be more creative, more flexible, and finding that niche market with plenty of opportunities doesn’t hurt either.

C4W Member Profile: Robyn Diamond

April 27, 2011

What is your profession? Owner/Designer of HelloEveryWear. Creating one of a kind designs and gifts for people who get a kick out of making every moment special.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I love snuggling with my family and making people smile. I’m a Laughter Yoga Leader- Helping people connect and de-stress with the exercise of laughing, deep breathing and childlike playfulness.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? 3 years

What inspired you to become a member? I love the variety of programming and support the center offers to women in all stages of their lives.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? I have met so many fabulous women through the Center and I’ve learned so much about how wonderful it is to be a woman through their amazing programming. The speakers I’ve listened to and the women I’ve met through the Center have empowered me to reach higher and push further.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? Being a woman is a full time job! We are complicated and amazing creatures and I’m learning more everyday about how lucky I am to be a women TODAY. I don’t feel limited, I just feel that sometimes I have to try harder and that’s OK.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Be kind to yourself. Praise yourself for even the smallest accomplishment. Follow your passion. And make sure you take time to laugh, even when nothing is funny!

C4W Board Member Profile: Amanda Lawrence

April 20, 2011

What is your profession? Director of Financial Stability for Trident United Way

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I enjoy teaching college level classes, volunteering and spending time with family.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I have been a member of the Center for Women for three years.

What inspired you to become a member? I was inspired to become a member by Jennet Alterman. She is a phenomenal mentor and visionary.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? The Center has helped me celebrate strong, intelligent women and be mindful of maintaining life and work balance.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I was reared in a matriarchal family. So, I grew up with strong women role models. I’ve been blessed to continue to work with smart, powerful women. I fully embrace the joys and challenges of being a wife, mother and professional.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? I would say to all women in this economy to look to their strengths to do things differently. We all have talents and many of our hobbies have the potential to become revenue generating opportunities. The Center for Women provides a number of seminars and instructional sessions that help women focus on both personal and professional growth and development. So, women should keep abreast of what they are offering.

C4W Member Profile: Donna Powell

April 15, 2011

What is your profession? Web designer, Charleston Webweaver

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Anything dog.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? 4 months

What inspired you to become a member? The range of activities offered by the Center that interested me professionally and personally.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? Whether male or female, life has its challenges and rewards that are often gender-specific.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Exceed expectations and do the right thing.

C4W Member Profile: CTS International (Sarah Gilden, Julia Howard & Allison Ball)

April 13, 2011

Sarah Gilden, Allison Ball and Julia Howard

What is your profession?

Sarah: Employee Relations for CTS International Recruiting firm for Aerospace, Healthcare and IT

Julia and Allison: Talent Community Coordinators for CTS International Recruiting firm for Aerospace, Healthcare and IT

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career?

Sarah: Ambassador for the Chamber, and enjoys family, friends, being outside and riding my bike

Julia: Member of tennis 4-5 league, UNC basketball fanatic

Allison: Freelance graphic design and photography, perusing thrift stores, and running

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? January 2011

What inspired you to become a member? We heard it was an excellent and active organization to belong to, and knew a few people who have benefited greatly from being members. We’ve enjoyed our experience so far and can’t wait up and coming events.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? We have attended numerous brown bag lunches, learned invaluable information about finances, savings, and credit which is important as a young woman in today’s economy. We also thoroughly enjoyed the event regarding relationship advice – being young and not married, relationships always tend to be on our minds.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? Considering we work mostly with men in our environment (hiring engineers for Aerospace and other technical fields), we have had the valuable opportunity to examine and test the nuances between the way women and men work. Most of our employees are very technically minded people and tend to communicate in a way that reflects their chosen career. We have learned to speak clearly and directly, and handle any problems as though they were equations needing to be solved.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? One necessary quality we would like to emphasize in order to be successful is to have passion. If you are passionate in whatever you do, your experiences automatically become more meaningful, and you can learn so much more, so much more quickly. We have all overcome hurdles in our lives that have taught us how to work hard as individuals, as well as in a team. Therefore we are passionate about getting the outcomes we want. We truly care about what we do and the well being of our coworkers, which makes work so much more enjoyable.

C4W Member Profile: Janie Atkinson

April 8, 2011

What is your profession? Artist/Designer ::  http://janieatkinson.com

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Outdoor activities and time with grandchildren.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? 1 year

What inspired you to become a member? Gift from a friend

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? Very positive and empowering.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I have gained confidence in my ability to survive and to be stronger as an individual.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Persist, persist, persist!

C4W Member Profile: Pat Eardley

April 6, 2011

What is your profession? Human Resources Consultant for Small Businesses

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I love shopping with friends and volunteering in my community and church.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I have only been a member for a short time but I have been attending events and volunteering for about a year. I had a moment of truth with myself and I came to realize that I love C4W and there is no good reason not to be “all in”.

What inspired you to become a member? I love the diversity in both the membership and the programs offered. It really is an organization for ALL women.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? I have learned so much. We’ve all heard the statement “You don’t know what you don’t know” well that also holds true in learning. At the Center there have been informative seminars, speakers and classes on topics that I can’t say that I would have sought out on my own. The exposure has been excellent.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? Well, being in my 30s and having been surrounded by female leaders from early adulthood until now has helped me to be comfortable, strong and empowered in my own skin.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy?It’s more like messages or words to live by. Never give up on your dreams, NEVER. If friends and family don’t dream with you, respectfully dump em’. You’ve got one life to live…..live it! Do your best, and you’ll never let yourself down.


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