Archive for June, 2013

Becoming a Go Giver

June 28, 2013

Businesswoman shouting her victory to the world

by Karen Stawicki

The Go Giver, by Bob Burg and David Mann has transformed my life.

Almost 4 years ago, a dear friend had told me that she had been given this book and could not put it down and thought I should read it. She shared with me that when she got to the end…..she had tears, lots of them….interesting I thought.

I read the book in one sitting and you likely will too (I do recommend having a tissue nearby).  I gave the book  to my husband while we were on a cruise and he read it in one sitting and then our (then 21 year old) son did the same one afternoon hanging out poolside.  Oh, and yes, when he got to the end of the book, even though he was sporting an awesome pair of Ray Bans…I saw a few tears trickling down his cheeks.  He later confided in me that he was glad I gave him that book and said reading it would forever change his life.

What are we all looking for?  Why do we attend networking groups?  Having been in the financial services business for over 30 years, I have seen a lot of prosperity and more recently, a lot of hardship.  But in all of it, most recently, I have seen that business is not as usual. People know that we must do things differently.  Showing up, shoving a card in someone else’s hands expecting that they will call you is something of the past.  Today it’s about relationships…period.

As a result of having read this book I felt compelled to do something, so I started a group that would meet in my office once a month.  The third Wednesday of every month.  We called the group TWAS; (Third Wednesday At Stawicki’s) and for over two years, that group met every month.  The premise of the group was simply to find a way to introduce quality people to quality people… like Pindar in the book; I wanted to be “The Connector”.

That’s what this little red book is all about.  Ultimately we learn that the secret to success is GIVING!

This book takes you; along with Joe, on a wonderful journey of truths.  On this journey we are introduced to the FIVE LAWS OF STRATOSPHERIC SUCCESS.  As Joe learns each LAW, he also needs to apply the law the day he learns it….

What a novel idea…how many of us have learned something, actually had an “ah ha moment” over something that we believed would be life changing but somehow never got the chance to apply it… and then “poof” it’s gone!

I encourage you to pick up a copy of the book and take the journey.  I can only tell you that as a result of reading this amazing story, I have bought and shared over 110 copies of the book with people I’ve met, business associates, clients… those I just wanted to bless.

Having just moved here to Charleston two months ago, I am reminded as I share this story with others of the wonderful “chemistry” that just happened through the sharing of the Go Giver.  I’ve already given two copies to people I’ve met and am wondering if TWAS might not find a new home here in Charleston soon.


Karen has been passionate about sharing her knowledge as it relates to finance but more specifically creating a plan for everyone that she works with that’s based on more than hope!

She has been applauded by her clients and others for having a way of making complex, intangible concepts like retirement planning easy to understand and implement.

In addition to her work with investment and retirement planning, Karen loves to speak and is always looking for quality groups to share her stories with…topics include finance of course, The Go Giver as well as Her Testimony and  how Agape Love saved her marriage a decade ago.

Karen is married to her husband Greg  of now 33+ years and together they have two children, Samantha and Scott.


Finding a Different Road

June 14, 2013

your careerFor most of us, there comes a time when we need to find a new career path. Whether it is because we no longer are finding satisfaction in our present one, or the income potential is not there or the change has been imposed on us by a downsizing or re-engineering, the truth is that in today’s world, it is very rare for someone to start and end their career in the same profession.

Unfortunately, for many of us, this happens when we are in our late 40s or 50s and it is not that easy to start down a new path. It can be very frightening. What do I recommend? First and foremost, PIA: Prepare in Advance. Never take for granted that you won’t have a change in your work. Always have a Plan B. Prepare yourself to have choices.  Some of the saddest people I have encountered are people who feel they don’t have choices, they are stuck and cannot or will not leave a career until they are forced.

To have those choices, here are my four best tips:

YOU might be asking, why do I feel I can give advice on this? Well, like many of you it happened to me.

Before joining Chief Outsiders, I was with Prudential for 30 years, switching careers several times. I started as a tax lawyer, went to marketing, training, sales, and management, and then was asked to start field operations in Argentina, Poland, and Asia. I loved it.  However, after those 30 years, it became obvious to me that my opportunities to make a further contribution there were limited. It was depressing, but that was the reality of the situation. I had to leave. The change was tough.

But with every change, you have the opportunity to reinvent yourself. I don’t mean you change everything, but you have the chance to think about what went right, what went wrong, what you could have done differently, and what you want to do better in the future.

I liked marketing and sales. I enjoy the challenge of developing and implementing a plan to grow revenue. I enjoyed developing team performance and aligning sales and marketing teams. So when I was looking for my next career, joining a company that provided fractional and part-time CMO services to a variety of different companies fit my needs. But it’s totally different. When you are a VP and CMO with a big company like Prudential, you have lots of help, lots of benefits, and your title lends you immediate credibility. Starting over with a new company, developing my contacts, handling the administrative side, and finding health insurance was new. It’s a transition! One of my favorite quotes is by Benjamin Disraeli: “The secret of success is to be ready when your opportunity comes.” So many people I’ve met want guarantees that they will be successful if they do certain things, like get an MBA or take on a new position. There are no guarantees. But every time you take a risk, you gain new perspective and new insights, and you are prepared for more. Failure – and getting up from it – teaches you so much.

I recently moved to Charleston so in addition to a new career, it is in a new place.

Barbara-Lucey-410Barbara Fowler is a Partner and CMO with the Southeast Team at Chief Outsiders. They provide part-time marketing executives to help mid-sized businesses grow. Fowler’s specialties lie in sales and marketing synchronization, global business strategies, and family business turnaround techniques. A frequent speaker and writer on topics such as leadership, cultural diversity, and developing an environment of success, she has effectively led culturally diverse organizations and written and implemented training programs for CMOs worldwide.

C4W Member Profile: Jeanette Turner

June 12, 2013

jeanetteturnerWhat is your profession?  Owner, Changing Places, Fine Home Furniture Consignment

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career?  Spending time with my wonderful Brussels Griffon dog, Max, walking him and playing with him.  He’s so funny!  I also love spending time with friends when I have time.  I love going to auctions and estate sales for work.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women?  I’m on my second year and I love it.

What inspired you to become a member?  It interested me to become a member of a women’s organization where it was women helping women.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you?  Center for Women has had a big impact on me with their networking meetings, as well as the tremendous one on one counseling that is available.  That was a huge help to me as I started my business and continues to be.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you?  It’s become clearer to me as I’ve been in the business world that women are not treated the same as the “good ole boy network.”  Therefore, I think it’s very important that we pull together as women and try to get equal pay and rights for all women in the workplace and those trying to start and run their own businesses.

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.  You can succeed in today’s economy.  Sometimes success is feeding your family, or just paying your bills however, we have to take pride in our small successes as well as the larger ones.  If you want to open your own business, it is possible.  There are loans available for women who persevere.  Just remember, you can do it! 

How can people connect with you?  By e-mailing me at my store at or by calling me at (843) 556-4000, store or on my cell at (843) 814-1355.  I’d love to hear from you.

C4W Member Profile: Dawn Marquez

June 5, 2013



What is your profession? Realtor

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Walking my dog, spending time with family and friends, and traveling.

How long have you been a member of the C4W? I am a new member.

What inspired you to become a member? The various classes and networking opportunities available to members. I also believe in the cause.

What kind of impact has the C4W had on you? The C4W has impacted me by  its outreach to all women of all walks of life. It creates opportunity for all!

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? Living day to day as a woman has taught me how to be a mother. I had to adjust to many inequalities with regards to men vs women. I have had to learn how to be aware of sexual harassment in life. Most importantly, being a woman has taught me how to be  a good, loving, caring person.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? To stay strong, connected with others and be determined!

How can people connect with you?



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