Archive for May, 2012

C4W Business Member Profile: Judith Moore, Charleston Cookie Company

May 31, 2012

What is your profession? CEO, Chief Cookie Monster, Charleston Cookie Company

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Photography, cooking (I prefer Italian for the  emphasis on simplicity and freshness of ingredients and preparation that produces intricate and subtle flavors), sitting quietly on my screen porch listening to the birds in my garden in Spring.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I joined in 1998.

What inspired you to become a member? As a long-time “uppity woman” it seemed to me an ideal place to meet others of the same, or similar attitude.  And I am a strong supporter of organizations that exist to help women define and identify opportunities that provide for self-determination and advancement.  The Center’s mission to help women make a better life for ourselves, regardless of where we come from and what stripe or color we may be is enormously empowering.  It rocks and I like being part of that energy and spirit.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you?  For the past 8 ½ years, since I started the Charleston Cookie Company, the networking opportunities and support offered by the Center has helped me grow my business.  The Center provides invaluable assistance to women entrepreneurs.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? As a baby boomer and approaching 65, I have seen many changes in women’s roles and the expectations of society for women, though, I must admit, at the same time, there are situations I have encountered recently that have caused me to stop short and wonder if I’ve somehow time-warped back to the early 60s.

My first job, in 1968, was with a Fortune 500 company.  Women were not allowed to wear pants to work, nor were we allowed to hold jobs that were, at that time, exclusively held by men; jobs that would allow for advancement in the company and provide a decent salary.  When I applied for a sales job, I was told those positions were only open to men: the “bread-winners of the family.” It made no difference that I was a single mother and therefore the bread-winner.  Fortunately, those times have mostly gone by.    Now, a woman can own her own business, creating a full, exciting life for herself with minimal obstruction by gender roles and expectations.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Here’s a quote from an author, Tama Kieves, who writes about creating the life you want:

“Hello, my courageous friend…There’s a ticket in your bones and you know it.  You know who you are meant to be.  Still you insist on doubting yourself, calling it ‘realism,’ to limit yourself to powerlessness.  You’d rather ‘play it safe,’ hedge your bets, trust sweetness only some of the time.  But dear one, Wild Amazing Visionary people are the new safe.  We are agents of invincible faculties.  And we’re blazing trails of abundance…You want results? Trust your Inspired Self.  It’s a presence and intelligence that dwarfs everything else.”

Don’t’ be afraid to aim high and believe in yourself.  Work hard and persevere.  And never, ever be afraid to ask for help.  There are many willing to lend a hand and share lessons learned.  That’s what the Center for Women is here for.  Use it.

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C4W Member Profile: Paul Roof

May 23, 2012

What is your profession? Assistant Professor of Sociology, Charleston Southern University.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women?  I have been affiliated with the C4W for 3 years now, specifically, helping to raise money & awareness for Lowcountry Women with Wings.

What inspired you to become a member?  The opportunity to help people & serve the community.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? It is such a positive force for positive works in the community & I love seeing people help other people.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? No answer!

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? I am married to a great woman so she keeps me organized & on track!

How can people connect with you? I can be reached at

* 3rd Annual Fundraiser for Lowcountry Women with Wings
The Holy City Beard & Moustache Society is holding their 3rd Annual Beard & Moustache Championship May 26, 2012. The event will be held downtown at the Music Farm starting at 6pm. Last year this Fun, Funny, and very unique event was an evening of non stop laughter and showmanship that raised over $6,000. Come join us and come early because the event will sell out. To volunteer contact May Wahab at 843-763-7633 ext. 211 or

Recognizing Women in Business: Got Influence?

May 18, 2012

It’s nearly impossible to pick up a newspaper or listen to the news without hearing a story about how an executive, politician, celebrity, etc. has misused their power and influence. At the other end of the spectrum are those who believe they have zero power and influence, and opt out of even trying.

Both camps have it wrong.

Power and influence are available to everyone. Being proficient at influencing isn’t linked to having a big job title. In this day of social networking and relationships, one’s ability to feel personally empowered to make an appeal (to influence) based on logic, emotion or a sense of cooperation is essential for personal and professional success.  Influencing others is critical for securing support, persuading other people to champion your idea, or to stimulate someone’s imagination. As retired AlliedSignal CEO Lawrence Bossidy says, “The day when you could yell and scream and beat people into good performance is over. Today you have to appeal to them by helping them see how they can get from here to there, by establishing some credibility, and by giving them some reason and help to get there. Do all those things, and they’ll knock down doors.”

People with first-rate influence skills combine interpersonal, communication and assertiveness abilities. The purpose of influence is building win-win interactions between people, not controlling or manipulating them, both common misperceptions about power and influence.

To determine how effective your ability to influence is, ask yourself:

  • Do I drive results even when I’m not the boss?
  • Do I have the ability to shape outcomes and make things to happen?
  • Do people seek out my opinion?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, polishing up your skills in the following areas will help you increase your sphere of influence.

Get clued in. Watch what’s going on in your company or around you at home or with friends. Individuals with strong influencing skills examine, ask and validate.

Have a bias for action. Be clear about what you want to achieve and have a plan for making it so. Under-promise and over-deliver on timelines for getting things accomplished.

Involve others. People who have highly developed influence skills first pull people to their ideas, and then push those ideas to the rest of the organization through other people.

Watch your intentions. Understand your motivation. Are you in it to win it for yourself, or for the greater good?

Be a broker of ideas and information. Share what you know. Connect people with ideas and each other. Create alliances and identify stakeholders who share a win-win orientation and common goals.

Don’t be a conversation or credit hog. Don’t force your ideas on people or perpetually keep yourself in the spotlight. Don’t let your ego stand in the way of positive win-win outcomes.

How successful you are in influencing others depends in large measure on your ability to use the right tactic. Jay Jamrog, senior vice president of research for Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) believes leaders must know the influence skills they have, be able to identify skill gaps and get the right development tools to close those gaps. As part of its new Women’s Leadership Institute, the Center for Women recently offered a “Power, Persuasion and Influence” workshop. Participants learned which influence styles are commonly used by both men and women, which ones women use most often and which ones they should be using more.

Ready to get some positive power and influence?


Author:  Jane Perdue, Leadership and women in business expert and consultant with Braithwaite Innovation Group.  Reach Jane through her company’s website or at

First appeared in the Business Review section of The Post and Courier Monday, April 30, 2012.

C4W Member Profile: Lilla Folsom

May 16, 2012

What is your profession?  Starting in TV,  I moved to marina management then worked as a chef on private yachts. I came back to Charleston to attend Culinary School at Johnson and Wales. I graduated, Hurricane Hugo hit and I got married all within a few months.  Since 1998, I have been selling real estate and writing freelance.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career?  I an am avid surf photographer and also enjoy the cottage in Nova Scotia that my husband and I have restored.

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

What inspired you to become a member?  I like the people and the purpose. I think it’s a good place to meet like-minded professional women.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you?  I can’t wait to find out.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? My mother always taught me that the only shame in life isn’t failure, but not attempting. That advice has lead me on many adventures and I must say I have enjoyed my life.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Network, get as much knowledge as possible and  work by the golden rule. Also always make time to give back by mentoring someone.

How can people connect with you? I have 2 websites…www.Lilla.Net and

Moms’ Run turns the spotlight on PPD

May 11, 2012

Guest blogger Center for Women member and Ruth Rhoden Craven Foundation Board Member, Holly Fisher, spotlights postpartum depression.

I like to tell people if they are a mom, know a mom or have a mom they should want to support the annual Moms’ Run. You don’t necessarily have to have babies living in your house right now to appreciate what moms go through.

The ninth annual Moms’ Run + Family Fun Day raises money and awareness for the Ruth Rhoden Craven Foundation for Postpartum Depression Awareness, a local organization dedicated to educating, supporting and healing.

This event on Mother’s Day weekend turns the spotlight on the often difficult role of motherhood made even more challenging for women going through postpartum depression. While upwards of 20 percent of new moms have PPD, it remains a taboo subject. The baby books give it a brief mention and many women feel too ashamed to admit the feelings they may be having.

Many people may not realize that PPD can develop any time during the first year after a woman gives birth and it is drastically different from the “baby blues,” feelings of sadness that linger a couple weeks after giving birth but go away on their own.

PPD is a medical condition requiring treatment through medication, counseling, a support group or some combination of the three. It’s not something a woman can just “get over.” A hot bath or a walk around the block won’t cure PPD. But it is indeed treatable and most women overcome PPD and are able to enjoy their babies.

Events like the Moms’ Run are so important because they give us a reason to talk about PPD and to make it OK to discuss the struggles of motherhood. But let’s not limit our discussions to a once-a-year event. Let’s keep the conversation going. Let’s support each other as mothers and women. Let’s recognize this illness and get our sisters, daughters and friends the help they need and deserve.

Register for the Moms’ Run and learn more about the Ruth Rhoden Craven Foundation at

C4W Member Profile: Hillary Hutchinson

May 9, 2012

What is your profession? Career and academic coach working with people in higher education.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Hiking, birdwatching, ballroom dancing, reading

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? Since 2007.

What inspired you to become a member? Love the idea of helping other women succeed.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? It’s been a great venue for getting the word out about the kind of work I do.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? It makes a difference in everything I do, because I am always conscious of the need to be better than a man doing the same things I do; also, I have had to become aware of the cultural differences between how women and men are socialized with regard to being helpers.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Always do your best and always act in integrity with your own value system.

How can people connect with you?

Phone: 843-225-3224

Skype: hillaryhutchinson



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The Job Coaches: Insightful companies need intrapreneurs

May 4, 2012

Dorothy Perrin MooreToday’s most successful careers are molded and developed by people who have a

personal vision of how all the parts might fit together and develop a path. They may become an entrepreneur by establishing a new firm. They may remain inside an organization and by creating something new become an intrapreneur.

Jennet Robinson Alterman, executive director of the Center for Women, is an example of a public sector, nonprofit intrapreneur who shepherded a service concept for women, inspired and developed the projects and initiatives, sponsored creative ideas and reached out to a current membership of more than 1,000 women in the tri-county area and across the state. Someone similar in a different kind of organization would be a “social entrepreneur.”

Insightful companies evolve from entrepreneurial ideas, and after a while policies and procedures may become restrictive. At this point, they need intrapreneurs on board to cultivate and develop new concepts. This requires firms to provide intrapreneurs with the trust and freedom they need to reinvent, transform, and push them up to new heights. These paths also challenge the status quo and seldom fit neatly into the embedded organizational culture. It is easy for a company to continue to follow the once-innovative business models conceived by their entrepreneurs, but which are now outdated.

The paradox in the business model: Firms need intrapreneurs. But creative implementers, the mavericks with intrapreneurial streaks, exhibit traits that may not be compatible with the status quo and viewed as creating turbulence. In static firms, would-be intrapreneurs end up not asking for permission to implement their initiatives because experience has taught them that any creative ideas will be zapped before they can get off the drawing board.

One intrapreneur/entrepreneur who transitioned many times is Marjorie Alfus. In “Careerpreneurs, Lessons From Leading Women Entrepreneurs,” I noted that she not only solves complicated problems in a creative way but also breaks out of career walls, a person who “knows an opportunity when they see it, one who is not bound by tradition, procedures or job descriptions,” someone who “works when and where there’s a need, rather than according to schedules and deadlines,” one who “cares less about why things happen but is interested in making things happen,” one who is “easily bored and infinitely curious, marches to the tune of a different drummer, thrives on chaos, and at times creates a little discord here and there to keep entertained.”

A few tidbits from her voluminous Maverick approach: Determined to have both a family and a career, she earned a Master of Science degree in biochemistry at 18, completed a stint as a fellow in pediatrics at NYU’s Bellevue Hospital. Then she wrote popular science shows for television, hosted and produced women’s daytime fashion and beauty shows for television, and joined her husband in running his leather sportswear design and manufacturing business in Italy.

She next created a high-fashion knitwear operation in the mountains north of Venice. This first of her many Italian factories consisted of two machines in a loft. There she learned three important rules of business: “How to drink Grappa and speak Italian; How to stay warm (it’s always colder when you are struggling); and the knit business, the hard way.”

In Marjorie’s own words, “I am sure I ran into roadblocks along the way but I kicked them down.” When I met her, she had just created “Golfers Gizmo” on the Internet and through the Marjorie Alfus/Committee of 200 Fund at Harvard Business School, had been instrumental in creating the first business cases featuring women. Most recently, at age 82, she developed and launched a nine-month online certification program in patient advocacy at the University of Miami.

Is there a strategy to identify intrapreneurial or entrepreneurial moments in your career?

Are you an intrapreneur? In your organization, do you create and initiate something new that adds value or capacity?

Are you a corporate climber? Are you most comfortable when people follow the manual, the SOPs? Do you feel you are on a fast-career track when you follow all the organizational prescribed guidelines and please your boss? Are you particularly skilled at “managing up?”

Are you entrepreneurial intentionally? Do you have an idea, product or service and have always wanted to own a business?

Are you a latent entrepreneur? Have you been seriously thinking, planning and mapping out a business ownership strategy?

Have you been working toward entrepreneurship all along? Are you self-reliant, independent, motivated, innovative — driven to accomplish goals, but delayed by life or economic circumstances?

Are you a Copreneur? Do you and your spouse operate a business together with equal ownership and opportunities?

A family firm owner? Will you inherit or take over a business, develop new concepts and ideas, advance strategies created by your family with new innovative initiatives and technology?

Dorothy Perrin Moore, Ph.D., is professor emerita of business and entrepreneurship at The Citadel.

The Job Coaches are experienced volunteers from the Center for Women’s Job Counseling Program. Ask them a question by calling 843-763-7333 or e-mailing If you would like further assistance, make an appointment; a donation of $20 is requested for appointments.

First appeared in the Moxie section of The Post and Courier Friday, April 23, 2010.

C4W Member Profiles: Marcie Jacobs and Ellen Stebbins

May 2, 2012

What is your profession? MJ: My official title is Chief Story Starter, but I created StoryClub Games. So, as far as a profession, I suppose that makes me an entrepreneur. ES: I have been blessed with the gift of connecting people to create opportunities. My 3 companies allow me to pursue this passion! As the Vice President of StoryClub games, I am privileged to connect women and get them laughing their heads off. As the Co-Founder of The Lowcountry Business Network, I connect entrepreneurs together and get them networking in a fun and creative way. As the Co-Founder of Charleston Internet Marketing, I connect businesses to their target market! I also love to speak to various organizations on Networking, Social Media and Attitude Amid the Chaos!

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? MJ: I love reading. Anything and everything. I also love gardening. Something about planning, selecting, arranging, and then of course, watching it grow. I love tackling a complicated recipe and making it my own. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I used to love traveling and still have moments of wanderlust, but all in all, I love just being home. Life’s pretty simple and sweet here in the Lowcountry. ES: Exercising, traveling, boating, personal development, spending time with my family and friends.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? MJ: Couple of years. ES: I am a new member!

What inspired you to become a member? MJ: I was impressed the first time I met Jennet at a site visit to C4W for a Women Making a Difference grant. The C4W truly has made a difference in the lives of Lowcountry women. ES: I love what the Center For Women does for our community as a whole. It truly makes a difference in the lives of women!

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? MJ: The Center has a vast cadre of programs. I’ve learned so much and, at the same time, been able to meet and network with so many fantastic Lowcountry women! ES: Jennet and Amanda have provided me with a number of opportunities to teach, learn and grow in the C4W Environment. Additionally, I am always inspired by the number of powerful women that we have here in Charleston. It has been amazing to connect with them!

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? MJ: As most women, my day-to-day life is based on my relationships. I understand that women connect differently than men and that our relationships are our support systems to be able to deal with all of life’s successes and failures. So, I work very hard to nurture those relationships. ES: Being an entrepreneur and a single mom has been quite a wild ride! I have built 2 companies and am starting on a 3rd (StoryClub!). Some days it seems that every second is filled with activities. But we manage to fit everything in and still have some down time. I certainly couldn’t have done any of it without my support system – my good friends that love my children as their own, and all the members of the community that I can count on to help me with anything I need. I am eternally grateful!

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? MJ: Connect with other women! I read somewhere that spending time with friends is just as important to our health as working out. So cherish your girlfriends. Make time and plan get-togethers. You’ll be amazed at the inspiration and motivation that a little ‘girlfriend therapy’ offers! ES: For most of us, when things are going great, it’s easy to be good. It’s easy to be happy. But when things are not going that great, we get sad, negative and pessimistic. Sometimes, it’s very hard to look around and be grateful for the blessings we have. However, through whatever, challenges you are facing, you have to condition your mind to where very little could shake you and take you down. Know that without challenges, without setbacks, without difficulties, without chaos, you could never reach your full potential in your life. Take your challenges and tell them that they will not defeat you! YOU have a big purpose in your life and you should be determined to become who you know you are. You are powerful beyond measure! You playing it small with your attitude doesn’t serve you and it certainly doesn’t serve the world. Remember that you will always get what you give – and where your focus goes, energy flows. What you focus on will determine your outlook on life. Make sure you are focusing on the good news of THE BRIGHT SIDE which will change your attitude, your outlook and ultimately, your life!

How can people connect with you?

* Women Stories Laughter
In celebration of Mom’s Day, surprise all the women in your life with exactly what they need…the best girls’ night ever with a StoryClub Game! Moms, daughters, sisters, girlfriends, etc., all love Girls’ Night StoryClub. Touted as Sex and the City meets book club, this girlfriend get-together is 100% giggles! Go to to order, and a $5.00 donation will be made to the Center for Women with each game purchased.

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