Archive for May, 2013

C4W Member Profile: Kelsey Gilmore-Futeral

May 29, 2013

kelseyfuteralWhat is your profession? Attorney – General Counsel for Atlantic Bedding and Furniture and manager and associate of our law firm, Futeral & Nelson, LLC

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I adopted a vegan lifestyle as a new year’s resolution in 2009, and haven’t turned back!  I love to cook vegan food for my family and ‘veganize’ omnivore recipes, my husband and I volunteer at a local assisted living facility with our therapy dogs; I am also a tester/observer and the secretary of our national therapy dog registry, Therapy Dogs Incorporated.   I love to run, and have my sights set on a half marathon at the end of this year, and enjoy reading with the amazing group of ladies in my book club.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I’m brand new!

What inspired you to become a member? In the furniture and legal businesses, I am overwhelmed with men in my day-to-day relationships and interactions.  For a long time, I looked for an organization that would enable me to network with other professionals, provide me the opportunity to improve my skills, and teach younger people some of the lessons I have learned.  After working in fields dominated by men, I decided my ideal organization would focus on women and improve the relationship between women to unite us as allies rather than competitors.  C4W was that organization!

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? As a new member, I am overwhelmed at all of the amazing opportunities C4W offers for networking, support, and education.  I am excited to take advantage of all of these amazing opportunities. The C4W has inspired me to begin expanding my network and improving my marketability in the Lowcountry.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you?  Working as a professional and living as a woman is a balance of finesse, kindness, compassion, strength, guile, and dedication.  What I love most about being a female lawyer is the opportunity to negotiate and argue contentious legal matters, contracts, and disputes, then return home to cook dinner for my family and love on our five rescued dogs.  Living as a woman has taught me to bring finesse to the office and perseverance to the home.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Everyone knows the economy is tight, as we’re pinching our pennies as shoppers, homemakers, and consumers.  We need to bring that mindset to our businesses and help our companies minimize loss and risk and take the penny-pinching mindset into our work in sales.  Money doesn’t flow like it did ten years ago, and as women, we oftentimes hold the purchasing power and define the consumer mindset.  It’s important to bring your female consumer brain to work with you to help your business succeed in this frugal economy.

How can people connect with you?  Via email and LinkedIn –

C4W Member Profile: Lupe Barragan-Moser

May 22, 2013

Lupe Barragan-MoserWhat is your profession? I am a BA Communications/Journalism with a MBA- Development projects with 15+ years of experience in the areas of formulating corporate strategy, implementing restructuring policies/procedures and managing Internal/External Communications. During my tenure with Electricaribe ESP, a subsidiary of Gas Natural Fenosa Group in the Caribbean Coast of Colombia, South America, I became the Project manager of the company’s 501C3 Foundation which launched many innovative cultural, educational and healthcare programs in high risk low income communities, which gave me the opportunity to work out with bold entrepreneurial initiatives. I have had extensive experience as liaison between public and private institutions. I was developing successful project teams within complex business environments, integration of resources and achievement of goals. I would like to continue with the same style of work. I enjoy helping people, to improve themselves, is a way to improve myself, is a win – win.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Life brings to you so many choices and I take advantage of them…I share with Dietmar, my husband, a beautiful day, but at the same time a rainy day. We enjoy traveling and listening nice music and cooking at home, share our time with good friends and interesting people. I love to be in contact and share with my children, Melissa and Antonio,  and family. I like to read magazines, newspapers, take pictures and all about art.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I am a new member since May of 2013.

What inspired you to become a member? I have relocated to the Charleston, S.C. area and in my research for potential opportunities to interact and share visions and purposes, but at the same to be involved in a group, which I can be myself, wherever I am, I discovered this association. I have become aware of this organization and I am impressed with Center for Women commitment from its personal, business and social standpoint.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? The Center for Women works to accomplish equality for women, its challenge “make room” for plurality and diversity. It also guarantees greater participation in the productive activities of the city, offering participation opportunities for women. The participation of women is the possibility of contributing identity and personal and social autonomy.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? To be a single mother was the main point that affects my day-to-day, because you need to manage and resolve all the needs, you don’t have a partner. But at the same time I always took time for my own affairs. Now my children are grown and I am continuous with the purpose of them becoming professionals, but I took space to enjoy my life with a wonderful human being and at the same time began new goals in my life, like study new things, new experiences, new professionals purposes – not in an easy way, but which let me feel alive.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Women’s available potential is great and have a powerful multiplier effect that benefits all of the society. The impact of education and being involved in new development programs is undeniable to join the modern world and offers us better jobs and opportunities and the ability to influence change in our lives. Is easier together, than alone!

How can people connect with you?


Phone: 843 375 9222


C4W Member Profile: Barbara M. Fowler

May 15, 2013

Barbara-Lucey-410What is your profession?  Partner and CMO At Chief Outsiders, a marketing strategy firm.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Reading, playing with my dogs, teaching International Business and Cross Cultural Management (I taught these as an Adjunct at Rutgers University before I moved).

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? Recent

What inspired you to become a member? I just moved here from NJ to start firm and several people mentioned the importance of this group.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I love it. My husband stayed home and took care of the kids and I was able to go wherever my career took me. I love the choices women have today-as long as we have them. I always want to feel like my life is a “work in process” and that I have lots more to do and learn.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Keep learning, growing and changing so that you have choices in the future. 

How can people connect with you?, on Twitter at @barbfow50, on LinkedIn at or just an old-fashioned telephone call at 843-388-7769.

The greatest obstacle women face

May 10, 2013

JaceyVDepending on my age, I have given a variety of answer to the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Kindergarten: teacher, because I admired my teacher.
Fourth grade: famous author, because people praised my writing and why wouldn’t I believe I was good enough to be famous?
High school: lawyer, because writing isn’t a “realistic” career ambition, and I wasn’t as good as I’d once believed.
Post grad: No idea, but benefits and a living wage would be a good start.

When someone asks what you want to be, they’re really asking what you want to do. We make decisions about what we do in an attempt to be something else: financially secure, happy, respected, famous.

I’ve constantly changed my mind about what I want to do, but I’ve always wanted to be one thing: proud of myself.

This enigmatic, slippery state of being has proven impossible to grasp for more than a few moments at a time because it is a double edged sword. On one side, I’m looking to others to affirm me. I need someone else to tell me that who I am and what I’m doing is sufficient.

On the other side, my own standards are higher than anyone else’s. “Oh, you think I did a good job? Well, thanks, but I should have finished it earlier and let me point out the mistakes I made.”  

I’m writing in black and white here, but more often than not, I discount my achievements and place in the world until someone else affirms them, and then deflect the recognition when I do get it. It’s an exhausting, impossible quest, and I know I’m not alone.

At a time of unprecedented opportunity for women, my own experience leads me to believe that the greatest obstacle for women today is…ourselves.

Women continue to rise to leadership positions in almost every industry, proving their competence and value. It’s inspiring, but I can’t help but wonder: for every woman succeeding publicly and privately, how many intelligent potential influencers have we lost to their own insecurities? How many have believed the outdated script that their ideas are not worth sharing? How many have sold themselves short, waiting voluntarily in the wings without even trying out for the part?

My own self limiting beliefs have held me back personally more than any outside opposition. No legislation, corporate policy, or cultural enlightenment will make a difference if we don’t first believe in ourselves.

A note to myself, and you, too:

Your value doesn’t depend on what you accomplish. You have a lot to offer, but no one will know until you believe you are valuable and competent, that your ideas are worth sharing, that your skills and knowledge are beneficial to the people around you. Whether those people are your coworkers, husband, children, or friends, everyone is missing out when you live life as an apology instead of a statement.

Jacey Verdicchio loves good books and deep conversations. You can find her on her blog, The Balanced Wife, where she pursues exceptional living and often falls short. She lives with her husband, Michael, and dog, Jack.

C4W Member Profile: Liz Price, R.N.

May 8, 2013


What is your profession?  I am a registered nurse at a local community hospital in the newborn and Level II nursery. I have most recently started my own business, Nurse at Night, Inc. My greatest goal for the business is to help new parents by caring for their newborn at night to assist them in getting a good night of sleep so they can be well rested for the next day.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I love doing anything that involves spending time with my husband and two lively boys. You will find us at the park, aquarium, children’s museum, or volunteering at our church.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? Less than a month

What inspired you to become a member? My friend Corrie with Teacups and Trucks introduced me to this wonderful community of women. After the first networking meeting I knew I wanted to be a part of this organization. It supplies you with so many wonderful resources and introduces you to wonderful women who know exactly what you are going through and will journey along side you.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? It has surrounded me with women who are like-minded and it has helped give me the courage to take a leap of faith in the business world and start my own business.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I love being a woman, a wife, a mother, and a friend. I have always tried to stay true to myself and who God has created me to be and I feel very blessed to be a woman.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Find out what your passion is, think of a way that it can help others, and go after your dream. Surround yourself with people that will encourage you and eliminate those around you that tell you your goals are unreachable. Pray about your business idea and get a true sense if its something you should pursue. Get involved with the Center for Women and let them lead and guide you in your steps to becoming the woman your were called to be.

How can people connect with you?


Phone: 843-270-2910

You can also visit my website:

C4W Member Profile: Deb Mangolt

May 1, 2013

debmangoltWhat is your profession? Co-author of Drink Wine and Giggle (101 ways girlfriends can connect, have fun and be inspired) and Event Planner for women groups, family reunions, and corporate team-building for groups that want to have fun while they learn new things.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I am a licensed Life Coach and licensed Zumba instructor. I play golf, volunteer at Hospice and I’m an avid runner.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? Since 2007 (maybe earlier—I cannot remember living in Charleston without C4W and we moved here in 1997).

What inspired you to become a member? The programs that C4W offer cover the gambit. I love the staff and leaders at the C4W and feel extremely confident that the center is genuine in helping women to reach their highest goals. Jennet Robinson Alterman is truly an inspiration and we are so fortunate in Charleston to have the opportunity to get to know Jennet. I am especially honored in that Jennet has endorsed our book, which can be seen in the opening pages.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? Substantial. C4W has been with me through job changes, mid-life crisis, career changes, and much more. I’ve learned about putting together my website to building a business to having more joy in my life.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I am proud to be a woman. Although inequalities still exist, I will fight for my rights in the way in which I was raised—with compassion, honesty and a sense for community—and refuse to take the more aggressive approach to reach my goals.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Women are uniquely skilled and positioned to help each other. Find a network that offers support and relevant advice and then be ready to reciprocate. United, women are very powerful. There is a tremendous amount of talented women ready and available to help you succeed. You need only ask for help. Typically women do not like to ask for help but try it once and you’ll see how the network of women operate to make us all successful.

How can people connect with you?
Twitter @LynneDebJulie


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