Archive for July, 2011

C4W Business Member Profile: Catherine E. LaFond, P.A.

July 29, 2011

What is your profession? Elder Law attorney // http://www.lafondlaw.com

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Tennis, reading and gardening.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? Just joined in July 2011.

What inspired you to become a member? I want to be more involved with the women in my community and believe the Center for Women is the best place to start.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Don’t compromise ethics and values for monetary gain. It never pays in the end and you lose so much more than your reputation.

C4W Business Member Profile: Kathy Murphy, Ph.D.

July 27, 2011

What is your profession?   Licensed Professional Counselor, Personal Life Coach, Author, Speaker, Workshop/Retreat Facilitator, Owner of RetreatsbyDesign.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career?  Reading, Playing the Piano, Huge Movie Fan, Traveling.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women?  About 2 years.  Since the first month I moved to Charleston.

What inspired you to become a member? As a life design counselor and retreat facilitator, almost all of my work is with women.  It was a no-brainer.  Being involved with women who are dedicated to personal growth is my passion.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you?  I am so impressed by how this organization operates.  I love the mission, the integrity, the commitment, and the hard work that goes into making this such a successful resource for women.  I love the diversity of the offerings to our community and the relationships that come from this membership.  The Center for Women is a premier model for how to support and nurture women.  I love it.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you?  As a small, small child I would go around telling everyone, “I’m so glad I’m a girl.”  And I still love being a woman.  My precious father instilled in me that I was powerful and smart, and that women would rule the world.  Wise man.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy?  This too shall pass.  I believe these times are another opportunity for us to grow.  If we can stay focused, keep believing, and keep moving forward in the hardest of times, imagine how skilled we are going to be when these challenging times pass. We are learning valuable lessons.  Hang in there.

C4W Member Profile: Niki DeWeese

July 22, 2011

What is your profession? I am the Director of Recruitment for The Graduate School of the College of Charleston.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Whenever I have free time, I am either outside doing something active or in the kitchen trying out a new recipe. Who says you can’t play with your food?

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? A little over a year.

What inspired you to become a member? The Center for Women focuses on community. Its mission, programs and energy center on supporting a space in which women can learn from each other and grow together. I am proud to belong to a group dedicated to all aspects of life.

 What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? I feel more empowered, engaged and knowledgeable. I am a better professional, a more involved citizen, and a stronger woman thanks to the connections I have created at C4W events.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I have been blessed to have women mentor me through each phase of my life. It is their selfless giving that inspires me to give back and pay it forward to another generation of women.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Remember that it’s ok to ask for help, trust in your community, and laugh at life.

C4W Member Profile: Kathy Puzerewski

July 20, 2011

What is your profession? Entrepreneur: Previous owner Invitation Station – I’ON Square Mt. P 2004-2007 | WE*DO Fine Stationery and Invitations | Social MediaPeeps | The Wedding Isle | Coming soon, Lucky Lady Letterpress

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Being a MOM and WIFE!  Newlywed – something really are better the second time! Watching my 11 year old son (Michael’s) baseball games. Last year’s Mt. P U9 Cal Ripken All Starts State Champs – U10 Runner up this year!  We’re off to Regional’s in NC next week. Hanging out with my hubby with a nice glass of homemade pinot grigio wine or one of his awesome home brew beers. Traveling whenever possible!!  Husband works for USAir (no he’s not a pilot – never met one that wasn’t a jerk – no offense), so anytime we can get away we’re outta here!! Self acclaimed “movie-hol-ic .”  I love all the kids movies.  Just saw Horrible Bosses – thought it was hysterical. Enjoy reading (paper books that is-not sure about all this Kindle stuff – seems weird to me.) Reading/studying Numerology (Pythag’s Theory) right now – totally fascinated! Currently listening to the 4 Hour Work Week on CD in my car.  This is now my mantra! Hummm…let’s see I was recently a stand-in beer tasting judge at Westbrook Brewery (now that was fun).  MUSIC – going to Keith Urban concerts!  I am a huge groupie – used to go all his concerts! :-0 PAPER is my PASSION.  Just LOVE paper stuff…I’m getting ready to delve into Letterpress with new little letterpress I just got! I like driving.  I drive a stick shift.  Used to have a little white MGB and was in the British Women’s Car Club…BTW – I am English by birth.  Born 1969 Leeds, England.  Immigrated to US 1975 with Father.  1980 Returned to UK to go to school-Graduated 1985.  Returned to US in 1985, then in 1986 – Enrolled at CofC and have been here ever since!!!  Does that make me a NATiVE??? How could I forget – I love shopping  and a good bargain! Who doesn’t!
How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I was a member when I had Invitation Station, but I was chained to the store so could never really participate.  I just recently joined the C4W as an individual.

What inspired you to become a member? You guys!  Impressive organization.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? So far great networking!  Hoping to be more involved.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? Not really sure how to answer this, other than I love being a woman and wouldn’t have it any other way. Of course I believe that we are the dominant sex and one day take over the universe!!

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Even in tough times with little or no money (God knows I’ve been there), there is still hope and you can do whatever you set your mind to. There are so many ways you can cut back, and scale back to save and still do what you want to do-that is, what your heart says you should be doing. There’s never a perfect time to make those life changes like starting your own business, you just have to DO IT!  But be flexible and adapt! But NEVER GIVE UP!  Don’t take NO for an answer.  Think outside the box!  Refuse to be a YES woman.  Sometimes the best action is no action. People do what they want to do, so what are you waiting for!


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