Archive for March, 2013

C4W Business Member Profile: Lisa VanBergen, Florence Crittenton Programs of SC

March 27, 2013

LisaVanBergenWhat is your profession?   Executive Director, Florence Crittenton Programs of SC.  I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Addictions Counselor.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career?   Spending time with my family, enjoying concerts and community events.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women?  For the past two years as an individual, and this year Florence Crittenton joined as a business member.

What inspired you to become a member?   Jennet Alterman, who is such an amazing advocate for and inspiration to other women, and the opportunity to network with and learn from others.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you?   C4W has encouraged me to step into my power as a leader, learning from others and support from mentors.  Also, they have provided wonderful support for my 13 year old daughter who is interested in math careers, which came from me speaking up at a Women in Business conference.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you?   As a young woman, I definitely felt my opinions weren’t respected as much as those of young men.   So I spoke up more often and more vehemently.   As a young mother, I felt my parenting skills weren’t respected.   So I became a diligent mother who changed the ends of fairy tales so my daughter wouldn’t grow up to think a prince would solve her problems.  As a more mature woman, I have been blessed with amazing role models who have encouraged me to define success for myself, not allow others to define it for me.  So I have taken side steps and back steps professionally that have met my personal and family needs, but those choices have led to greater fulfillment.  I’m very lucky to have amazing parents, Peg and Harry Van Bergen, who always supported me.  And my daughters, Constance and Chloe Belton, who teach me about being a woman every day.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Follow your gut, not your fear.  And connect with each other.  We are a great resource!

How can people connect with you?

LVanBergen@florencecrittentonsc.org

C4W Member Profile: Sharon Hox

March 20, 2013

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What is your profession? Proprietor, Sharon Hox & Associates, LLC.  Retired Management Consultant. Very checkered career in multiple industries.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Reading, sailing, travel, theater, ballet, golf, fine dining, wine, wonderful friends, volunteerism.

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

What inspired you to become a member? Volunteering at the Women’s Business Center prompted joining.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you?  Remains to be seen

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? It has made me a powerhouse!

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy?  Be optimistic but not blind to reality; trust your instincts; a little “good” (to clients, co-workers, suppliers, and the world at large) goes a very long way. And network network network. Don’t be afraid to take a step back and a bigger step forward. 

How can people connect with you? Email SharonHox@aol.com

C4W Business Member Profile: Kathryn Hollis Peters, Seeking Indigo

March 13, 2013

kathrynpetersWhat is your profession? Visionary and Founder of Seeking Indigo.  Seeking Indigo is a unique 6000 square foot comprehensive retail and  wellness experience offering clients an extraordinary opportunity to engage, shop, heal and awaken.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Anything outdoors.  Travel is my passion.  Although I thrive on working with cultures around the world, specifically in  Bali and India,  it’s always amazing to come home to Charleston.  We are so very fortunate to have a plethora of options in this beautiful town – my favorite pastime is just walking the streets of downtown Charleston with my beloved goldendoodle.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I have just rejoined as one of my New Years resolutions.  Something everyone should consider.

What inspired you to become a member? The Center is making amazing progress and doing such extraordinary things for our community.  I’m excited to be part of this opportunity to touch the lives of so many women.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? I spoke years ago for the Center for Women.  Telling my story of the trials and tribulations of starting a new business  and the many rewards of  running your own company hopefully inspired many to follow their dreams.  I have always admired Jennet and the work she is doing.  The Center for Women also serves as a perfect opportunity for businesses and individual networking.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? It hasn’t always been easy but being a woman in business.  The good news is that  we now have tremendous opportunity as there  is a shift happening of how women are viewed… as leaders, visionaries and goddesses in their own regard. Organizations like the Center for Women help make this possible.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Go forward with confidence and perseverance.  That which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.

How can people connect with you?

katpeters@me.com

www.seekingindigo.com

twitter   @seekingindigo

facebook :  www.facebook.com/kathryn.h.peters

C4W Member Profile: Katie Henderson

March 6, 2013

katiehendersonWhat is your profession? Executive Vice President and Owner – Dunhill Staffing Systems (a family-owned /woman-owned) business providing temporary staffing and direct hire recruitment in a variety of industries)

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Right now all of my free time is spent with my 1-year-old son (and my husband).  Other than that, I’m a huge Clemson fan so Saturdays in the Fall are typically devoted to football games).  It’s also hard not to take advantage of all that Charleston has to offer.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I was a member a few years ago but have just recently rejoined.

What inspired you to become a member? Having the opportunity to meet Jennet and learn of the incredible accomplishments she’s had in her professional life.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? I’ve only attended one event recently, but ran into several women I’ve known professionally through other organizations.  I really felt that at the C4W event there was a more personal connection to these ladies and I look forward to growing those relationships (and new ones).

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? My life has changed drastically in the last year, being a new mom now, and I’m still learning how to best balance work, family, and fun.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy?  It’s the same as I would say to a woman or man, be honest about who you are, what you’ve done, and what you’re capable of doing.  The truth never changes! 

How can people connect with you? Email – kwh@dunhillstaff.com; LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/in/dunhillkatie; Phone – 843-375-0031


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