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

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.

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