C4W Member Profile: Tanis Jackson

What is your profession? Owner of Tanis J Events, LLC, a local event planning business

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career?  I enjoy anything having to do with design and décor. I could watch HGTV for hours on end and would like to spend a week with Candice Olson. I am also an avid weightlifter and have been lifting for over a decade. Besides lifting myself I also like to encourage other women to strength train.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women?  3.5 years

What inspired you to become a member? The Center was one of the first organizations I looked for when I moved to Charleston. I have experienced the influence women can have on the world when they join together.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? The Center for Women has had a very positive impact on my life. I enjoy talking to likeminded women and have enjoyed the volunteer work I have done for them. I have benefitted from a number of courses that I have attended as well as having taught “Budgeting for Brides” at the Center.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? Wow what a question! I might have to dig up all of my old essays from when I achieved my degree in women’s studies back in the 90’s. Women and men are treated differently from the day they are born and that nursery is painted blue or pink. I always wonder what our lives would be like if we weren’t socialized to believe that men and women are so different and rather focused on our commonalities. In my day-to-day life I like to think that I try and take into account that socialization and make choices based on what is best for me as a person. A great example is the weightlifting I mentioned. The desire to lift heavy weights to become strong is still considered the men’s domain, but I also enjoy the benefits of strength training for the mind as well as the body and won’t let the stereotype of the butchy female weightlifter deter me.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? My business motto is “Where modern ideas meet old fashioned service” but my personal motto while starting a business during this recession, was and still is “Expect to work harder, longer and for less money than anyone else, if you want even just a small shot at success”.

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