Archive for February, 2011

C4W Member Profile: Mary Helen Condon Moore

February 25, 2011

What is your profession? Senior Vice President-Investments at Merrill Lynch.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I so enjoy my husband and my four children as well as my big Catholic family. Every day is a blessing!

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? Years!  Probably 8 years now.

What inspired you to become a member? The Center for Women embraces the interests of all women in our community and being a member allows me to learn, grow, and meet amazing women.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? The Center for Women has had a motivating impact on me to help other women as well as learn from other women too.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? Being a woman is awesome. Women get to become who they want as the opportunity is there for everyone of us. We can be a friend, a volunteer, a colleague, a daughter, a spouse, a sister,a philanthropist, and my biggest accomplishment, a mother!

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? You can do it!  Go make a difference and be a contributing member of society.

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C4W Member Profile: Judith Moore

February 23, 2011

What is your profession? Owner & CEO, Charleston Cookie Company

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Photography, cooking, listening to classical music and reading

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? 12 years

What inspired you to become a member? It seemed like a good idea?  (sorry, it’s been long enough – pre Jennet – that I can’t remember)

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? Networking with the women who are members at the Center has helped me build my business.  I feel I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the Center for all of the opportunities I have been offered to spread the word about Charleston Cookie Company.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? Since I have no basis for comparison to any other way of living (sorry, I couldn’t resist), I’d have to say that living as a woman has had its challenges, but also its advantages.   It may not be politically correct to say this, but the fact that I’m an attractive woman proved to be advantageous to my career in the mid-70s when corporations finally accepted the fact that they had to begin to hire women.  Smart and attractive was a winning combination and I used those qualities to get me where I wanted to go!  I’m shameless and I’ll admit it.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Don’t let ANYONE, male or female, tell you that you don’t deserve to be successful.  Women still have a tendency to devalue their worth and to put others ahead of themselves.  That’s just not a winning attitude.

C4W Member Profile: Cathy Liska

February 16, 2011

What is your profession? Coaching and Training,  Center for Coaching Certification

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Arts and Culture, Water, Dining – everything Charleston has to offer.

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

What inspired you to become a member? A friend invited me to the speed networking event – and I joined and started volunteering.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? Great people, great connections, positive, great information.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? Each day is a new opportunity to learn.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Within you lies the ability to achieve your goals – now take the steps to make it happen!

C4W Member Profile: Stacey Elicker

February 11, 2011

What is your profession? Owner & Strategic Planning at Little Highrise.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Spending time with my family and cooking.

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

What inspired you to become a member? I became a member to meet other entrepreneurs and learn from other women. Navigating the business world as a woman business owner is much different than many people might think.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? It has given me a rich appreciation of the power of women helping women. It can sometimes be tough for women to trust others, but the Center for Women has proven that if we put ours minds to it, we can accomplish anything – together!

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? The demands of work-life balance have always been a struggle. I can attest to the fact that it is indeed possible to be successful at both at the same time.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Many people think that women in the workplace are at a disadvantage. If you research your market and refine your approach, women have a huge advantage in every marketplace. Analyze your strengths as a woman and use those as one of your unique selling points.

C4W Board Member Profile: Jennifer Young Pierce

February 9, 2011

Photo by Alice Keeney

What is your profession? Gynecologic Oncologist, MUSC faculty

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Cooking, gardening, running, spending time with my husband, playing with our two dogs, Norman and Ellie.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? 2 years

What inspired you to become a member? Jennet Robinson Alterman’s passion and determination. I first met her at the inaugural event for the Lowcountry Women with Wings program.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? I have so enjoyed meeting inspiring women in all different fields from all over the Lowcountry.  Together we can make a difference!

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? In my field, I work with women for women, but in a role traditionally held by men.  When women come to see me for the first time, they are often surprised to find themselves sitting across from a female physician. I find this is a real opportunity to connect with my patients and truly serve all of their needs and the needs of their families. I also enjoy educating women about their bodies and ways that they can protect themselves from cancer.  I believe being a woman, I can reach them on a different level.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Be yourself and do something that truly inspires you, even if it is after work!

C4W Member Profile: Tina Newton

February 4, 2011

What is your profession? My profession is a part-time sales person at The Silver Puffin, (the corner of King & George Streets) downtown.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I enjoy raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team-in-Training programs. I just completed my 3rd marathon competing as a walker through Disney in Orlando. There’s still time to check out the website before it closes if you’d like to read about the process. http://pages.teamintraining.org/sc/wdw11/tnewtonazr

I am also involved with my church as part of the nominating committee and decorating committee. I teach Sunday School, Children’s Church and Vacation Bible School.

I enjoy volunteering for various events offered by the Center for Women. Much is to be learned from the classes offered as well. I enjoy writing and attending seminars on topics new to me.

One of my favorite things to do on a lazy day is just hang out with my husband and our mutts, Roscoe and Gidget.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I have been a member of the Center for Women going on 5 years now, since 2006.

What inspired you to become a member? What inspired me to become a member actually stemmed from depression. I left a job that I loved at one point, after much controversy and closed myself off to the world. After more episodes of Oprah and Dr. Phil than I’d like to admit, I found a local counselor through Dr. Phil’s website. Eventually, she suggested attending events at the Center for Women to have social interaction. I found a surprisingly supportive group of women and began to trust again.

Slowly, I began working through panic attacks by attending certain events, the first of which was at The Family Circle Cup. Most recently I applied for the Walker Phenomenal Spirit Award and although I didn’t win this year, the process encouraged defining my dream, ways to achieve my dream, placed a financial plan in order and encouraged a time frame. These are all elements that spurred me on to success. Meeting a very special woman at the end of the marathon, who works in Kabul bringing two societies together, was icing on the cake of this victory.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you?The impact that the Center for Women has had on me is multi-dimensional.

*When I wasn’t well, I was welcomed, comforted, supported and encouraged.

*When I became well, I signed up to do my first marathon in 2007 with LLS, Team in Training. I attended a job counseling class at the Center for Women and took an inventory of many things to improve. This began some planning and goal setting. Survival had been my mode of operation, so planning and goal setting was not my strong suit.

*Figuring out strengths became my next challenge. I’ve read many books, taken some classes, written a bit and have been hanging out in “prep” mode. While I’m still working through things myself, I support the Center for Women because they meet each individual woman where she is, then help her succeed. New challenges are created for growth, then they help her succeed. They keep the learning process and victory celebrations going all while she is succeeding. Then, to top it off, they show by example HOW and WHEN and WHERE and TO WHOM and most importantly WHY to give back. The Center for Women creates a success spiral that is meeting women at every level.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you?Living day-to-day as a woman has affected me in both positive and negative ways, as I imagine the same would be true for men.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? My suggestion to any woman would be to get connected with The Center for Women to experience what is possible through knowledge, while at the same time, stay grounded in faith. The balance of both worlds beaming with mutual respect is the future I work toward.

C4W Board Member Profile: Jennifer Dyer Buddin

February 2, 2011

What is your profession? I’m a “word of mouth connector” polling thousands of women about the businesses they trust and rely upon and asking those referred businesses to be a part of our free directory, The Little Black Book for every busy woman. I’m also passionate about entrepreneurship and helping connect people to resources and information.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? My absolute happiest moments are when I’m outdoors, piddling around my house or laughing with family and friends. My husband Howard and I spend a lot of time taking walks, hiking, camping, canoeing or swimming; I think in my next life, I’ll be a fish – evolved back into the sea. Tinkering around my house with my apron on, baking, moving things around, working in the yard, it all makes me feel calm and serene.  Laughter is a big part of my life and lucky for me I’ve got lots of hilarious friends. I’m a part of the Theatre 99 family and the comedy improv groups Mary Kay has a Posse, Hot Pants and Tone Locos, a musical improv group.  Improvising frees my brain and never stops teaching or entertaining me.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? The Center was one of the first groups I joined upon starting my business right out of college – 11 years ago in 2011.

What inspired you to become a member? The services and programs offered for entrepreneurs initially compelled me to join, and thankfully I did because some of my most valued mentors were developed through the Center and great friendships as well.  Now, I also do my best to help facilitate the mission of helping other women everyday as much as I can by sharing any knowledge I have gleaned from my personal experiences.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? The Center is so “full circle” for me.  I grew up in North Georgia – all “my people” are from there – and when you’re in a new city or a new phase in life, you need help, resources, support and encouragement – you need some more “people”. My business was founded upon that need and the Center helped fill it.  Now, The Center for Women is a “sister organization” to WomenSource in my hometown of Gainesville, GA.  That connection is illustrative of my experience – helping women broadens our horizons and brings us back home.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? It’s affected me a lot hormonally; I mean there are a lot of ups and downs. (rim shot!)  Seriously though, I truly believe that empowering women changes worlds.  The way we communicate and share with one another, take care of what and who needs to be taken care of and then help each other out instinctively – it’s powerful and I’m glad to be a part of it.  Thank you X chromosome!

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? We’re experiencing a paradigm shift.  Lots of things are changing – new technology, financial uncertainty and access to capital, the way people communicate and process information, on and on.  When things are shifting, you’ve got to pay attention and let yourself be affected by it.  If the old way of doing things isn’t working, get creative and find new ways of doing business that do work.


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