C4W Member Profiles: Marcie Jacobs and Ellen Stebbins

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!

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* 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 http://storyclubgames.com to order, and a $5.00 donation will be made to the Center for Women with each game purchased.


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