C4W Member Profile: Claire Gibbons

What is your profession? Director of Marketing Communications for the Charleston Regional Development Alliance.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I’m a voracious reader and a big supporter of the Public Library. I love great storytelling in movies, books and of course, from people – I want to be transported. How to charm me? Tell me a great story. I have serious Wanderlust … I want to see and experience places across the world like: Egypt, an African safari, go Mach 2 through Sydney Harbor, zip line in Costa Rica, and laze in the Seychelles. I love college basketball, GO TAR HEELS! And next to the Oscars, March Madness is my favorite TV time.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? Six years – since I moved to Charleston in 2005.

What inspired you to become a member? The C4W is THE central resource for women in business in Charleston. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, an executive or just starting your career – the C4W has the resources and information you need.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? Profound – I’ve made many friends, formed alliances and business relationships, and navigated the changes in my career all thanks to the Center for Women.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? Sore feet from cute heels?… I see the need for women to cultivate, mentor and support younger women to grow into leadership roles. Conversely, I have little patience for women who aren’t thoughtful about their place in this world and who aren’t seeking opportunities to make a difference and share their voices.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? I turn to wiser sages. I keep this Aristotle quote on my desk: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” “Do all you can with what you have, in the time you have, in the place you are. – Nkosi Johnson. And from Jedi Master Yoda, “Do or do not. There is no try.”

May the force be with you, ladies!

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