Archive for November, 2012

C4W Member Profile: Robin Giangrande

November 28, 2012

What is your profession? I actually have two professions. I work as an Independent Wine Consultant with WineShop at Home, holding private wine tastings in people’s homes and offices and offering limited edition artisan crafted wines direct from Napa Valley.  I also work as a Medical Billing Advocate for my own company, RG Advocates, helping businesses and individuals control their healthcare costs.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career?  I love to read and admit to watching way too much television. I also enjoy my pets – 4 dogs, 4 cats and 2 sugar gliders.  And I love sitting with a friend enjoying a glass of wine.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women?  For about 3 years.

What inspired you to become a member?  Their mission, the programs they offer and the wonderful people who work there.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you?  The first workshop I took there was on “how to network” and I learned many skills that still help me today. And I am still in contact with some of the women who took that workshop with me. I have also built solid working relationships with other women because of connections I have made as a member.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? There are a lot of adversities that are faced by women and I have studied them and experienced them over many years. However, as I get older, I also recognize that life is simply difficult for many, men and women alike.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy?  Take the time and make the effort to build real relationships. These relationships will stay with you and help you to build your career or your own business.

How can people connect with you?  I’m out and about networking a lot. My email address is Visit either of my websites or I look forward to new connections and building new relationships.

C4W Member Profile: Diana Rogers

November 14, 2012

What is your profession? Own D&R Gunsmithing and Sales and work full time as a Human Resources Manager.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? When I have time I enjoy reading, spending quality time with my family, long relaxing drives to nowhere in particular.

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

What inspired you to become a member?  The ability to network and share the hardships and joys of being a business owners. To gain insight from others.  Also to become knowledgeable in ways to find funding to help grow my business to employ more people.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? Multitasking. We have to multitask and wear multiple hats. It is expected from us. After a while it gets tiring.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Don’t give up. Find a mentor to help you through the process. Make sure you have your family support. Take baby steps.

How can people connect with you? Email-

Long-term care very much a women’s issue

November 9, 2012

By Barbara Franklin

Work-life balance, equal pay, access to childcare – these are the issues that we tend to think of as “women’s issues.” But there’s a very real issue that doesn’t get as much attention among women: long-term care planning.

November is Long-Term Care Awareness Month, an effort to bring attention to this important issue. Long-term care planning is very much an issue of grave importance for women and one they should make sure is part of their financial planning and retirement program. Women typically outlive their spouses, so this means not only will they most likely be caring for a spouse but they also will need outside care as they age.

The majority of nursing home residents and those with Alzheimer’s disease are women. More than 65 percent of all long-term care insurance benefits are paid for care received by women.

Most of us don’t like to think about growing old or needing nursing home care, but the truth is 70 percent of people who reach age 65 will require long-term care services. And the last thing any of us wants to do is become a burden to our families as they struggle to figure out how to pay for our care. Rather than spending time together as a family, our children are saddled with the emotional and financial strain of nursing home or home health care bills. That’s not exactly most women’s idea of aging with dignity.

That means now is the time to plan for the future. The average age for new long term care insurance applicants is 57. That means you don’t want to wait too long to secure coverage. The older you get, the more likely you’ll have a health problem that could keep you from getting coverage.

Don’t put off getting your own insurance because you think Medicare will take care of you. Medicare covers very little of the cost of long-term care.   Most of us want to have choice in the type of care we receive.   Do you want to choose the best nursing home or wait until you have to select the least expensive nursing home? Do you want to be prepared for in-home care or leave your loved ones struggling to help take care of you?

Making decisions now means you can have more control over where and how you want to live out the final years of your life.

A long-time Center for Women member, Barbara Franklin is the owner of Franklin & Associates, a Charleston-based company offering both traditional and innovative approaches to long-term care planning and financing. During the month of November, Franklin & Associates is offering a complimentary policy review of any long-term care insurance policy. To schedule an appointment, call 843-762-4260 or visit

C4W Business Member Profile: Lori Swan, TD Bank

November 7, 2012

What is your profession?  Commercial Lender for TD Bank.
What do you enjoy doing outside of your career?   Spending time with my husband and daughter, running, boating.
How long have you been a member of the Center for Women?  Brand new member.
What inspired you to become a member?   Now that I am a Commercial Lender I want to seek out businesses influenced by women in hopes of providing commercial financing for them.  This is a great networking opportunity!
How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you?  I have continued to learn to prioritize and multi-task.  As always, the struggle to be the best mom with family coming first while maintaining a successful career can overtake you.  Being a woman makes me focus on both aspects of my life and makes me do/be the best I can be.
What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy?   Persistence!  I am learning that nothing can be taken for granted or that success is going to be handed to you.  You have to get out of your comfort zone and join so many others who are doing the same to make success happen for you. 

How can people connect with you?  You may contact me at

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