C4W Member Profile: Kristina Ramirez

August 14, 2013

kristinaramirezWhat is your profession? Director of Be a Mentor, a local nonprofit that helps at-risk children reach their full potential by matching them with volunteer mentors for our school-based programs.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Spending time with my husband and 18 month old daughter, reading, visiting family, playing sports, travelling, drinking coffee and volunteering.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? 10 months

What inspired you to become a member? A networking forum I attended in November. After I heard the Executive Director’s speech at the time, I was thoroughly inspired by her words and knew I had come to the right place.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? This group is extremely supportive of us as women and professionals. It brings very different women together from all walks of life and allows us to remember just how much we have in common.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? As a wife, working mom and Director of a nonprofit, I am required to play many roles (as most women in today’s world are). While this used to overwhelm me, and even still does at times, I’ve become much more aware of how these roles are all intertwined with one another and feel blessed for the incredible power of influence we are given as women on a daily basis. The Center for Women does a great job of not only reminding us of this, but not letting us take it for granted, either.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Find your passion and pursue it – no matter what anyone says! Build as many relationships as you can with good people and do not take them for granted. These are the two rules that make me excited to get out of bed each and every day, and I would not have it any other way.

How can people connect with you?

Email: kramirez@beamentornow.org

Phone: (843) 554-5987 (office)

Website: www.BeAMentorNow.org

LinkedIn: http://lnkd.in/jDJnMe

Twitter: @BeAMentorNow



Giving Back and Paying Ourselves

August 2, 2013

Businesswoman giving thumbs upI recently moved here and joined the Center for Women. I meet so many great, mature women who are at a “crossroads” in their lives and career and they don’t see much opportunity ahead on the horizon.  When we talk about what they really want to do, going forward, many say that they would love a new career, in the non-profit sector, helping people in some way, giving back to their community.

This is a wonderful ambition.

But let me play “devil’s advocate” for a minute.

Today, what do most, if not all non-profits need? Regardless of the cause they support, what is most lacking?

Think for a minute? What are they crying out for?


Government funding has been cut, contributions are harder to come by and to do what they need to do, they need additional CASH.  Usually, they have enough talent. They need financial resources.

What do most women, looking into or changing a career need?


We need to make enough money to pay our expenses, educate our children, and retire-or at least have the choice to retire- someday.

So, how can we as women serve both purposes?

We need to find work in growing fields that pay a living wage and give us opportunities for the future. Then with some of the money we earn, we can give back to the non-profits we want to support through cash contributions and volunteering our time. Just imagine for a moment that you had the opportunity to work for a non-profit, earning $3000 a month or a for-profit company earning $4000. You could decide to give 10% of your income to your non-profit ($4800 a year) and still have an additional $7000 or so to invest for your future.

So, right now, where can we go to earn more money and how can we prepare to get there?  Where are some of the opportunities?

I am going to highlight 3.

  1. Coding/Web Design/ SEO: Many people think this is a “young persons” career but it is not. Many people have come to this later in life and are doing well.  Where do you get training?  Here in Charleston, one place is Trident Tech and if you want to do this online, there are some excellent courses. A new one I heard about today is  One Month Rails but there are many others.
  2. Nursing: There is a growing need for nurses and, based on our aging population, probably no end in sight. It does take longer to become a nurse and/or going into other health related fields and you may need some financing or scholarships. And you don’t earn money while attending school so it is not a choice for everyone.
  3. Your Own Business: Become an Entrepreneur. You won’t make a lot of money right off the bat, but becoming your own boss can have long term financial benefits. You might want to start with some free-lancing along with other work. At first, on the free-lancing sites, you don’t make much money because you need to build your reputation.  But look at sites like taskrabbit, elance and odesk. And Google is trying to help us with some free support for building and hosting websites for our businesses.

The story of John Templeton always inspired me. Templeton considered becoming a missionary in China, but he found he was ill-suited for it. So he came back here and grew his fortune in the stock market with the Templeton Funds.  With that fortune, he was able to help many people who needed his contributions.

Maybe not at his level, but maybe some of us can do the same and help those who need us.

BarbaraFowlerBarbara Fowler is a CMO and Partner with Chief Outsiders in the Charleston, SC area.
Follow her on twitter at @barbfow50 or contact Barbara at 908-956-4529 or email at bfowler@chiefoutsiders.com.

C4W Member Profile: Kim Wright Brown

July 24, 2013

KimBrownWhat is your profession?  Associate VP Development, Carolina Youth Development Center.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Spending time with my husband Dean and family, entertaining, travel, being a good friend and I love watching college football (Gamecock Fan)!

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women?  I just joined as an individual. I have had the good fortune of being involved with my previous company over the past couple of years and would not miss being a member.

What inspired you to become a member?   I have been inspired, supported and encouraged by many of the women I have met at the C4W over the past few years.  The Women & Power series is exceptional and the opportunity to meet and get to know the talented and amazing women in the Charleston business community is not to be missed. 

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? There are so many opportunities to get involved, learn, or share with other women.  The connections I have made at C4W have helped in all areas of my life, personal to professional.  It is a tremendous resource.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you?  I had an amazing mother, who taught me I could do anything, be anything I wanted.  She instilled in us all to believe in ourselves and be good to yourself.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy?  Dream BIG! Help each other…I love a quote that was in Time Magazine several months by Taylor Swift…she said

“There is a place in hell for women who do not help other women.”

Reach out, connect with other women (and men).  It is a tougher road alone.

How can people connect with you?

a)      Email – kbrown@cydc.org

b)      Phone – (843) 266-5218

c)      Facebook – Carolina Youth Development Center

d)      Website – www.cydc.org

f)       LinkedIn – Kim Wright Brown

C4W Member Profile: Alice Paylor

July 17, 2013

alicepaylorWhat is your profession? Lawyer in private practice.  Currently President of the SC Bar.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career?  Shopping, fast walking, swimming, biking and working out.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? 4 years

What inspired you to become a member? Jennet Alterman is my heroine.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? It is comforting to know that it is there.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I would not have it any other way.  I love being a woman and pushing myself to get out of the stereotypical box and, instead, doing things that are outside of my comfort level. 

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Find your passion and pursue it.  If you love what you do, you will be great at it. 

How can people connect with you? Email – apaylor@rrhlawfirm.com

C4W Member Profile: Jaime Moore

July 10, 2013

jaimemooreWhat is your profession? I own Carolina Classic Clothing, which features the exclusive ETCETERA clothing line.  Four times a year, my home becomes a pop-up-boutique and women have the opportunity to shop at trunk shows and purchase high-quality, exquisite clothing.  From career,  to casual, to evening elegance.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Civic work, entertaining, gardening, motorcycle riding, cooking, fine wine and theatre.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I was a previous member for two years and re-joined in June 2013.

What inspired you to become a member? My life is blessed beyond belief and I wanted to give back and support women who may not be as fortunate.  C4W truly is a great organization!

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? From my past membership, the impact for me personally was networking and relationship building.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I think women have the hardest job in the world.  We are expected to be everything to everybody.  The juggling act we do is no less than miraculous!  As a woman, I feel I have had to run faster, jump higher, out-bake, out-maneuver, and attempt to out-think any man on the planet in order to prove myself in business, being a wife and mother, serving on a variety of boards, keeping a home and caring for myself.  You see where I rank!  I listed “caring for myself” last!

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Be prepared to sacrifice.  Never stop believing in yourself.  Don’t stop trying.  For every ten people that say no to you, remember that it only takes one to say yes.  Network – network – network!  Ask other successful women for resources and advice.

How can people connect with you? There are multiple ways to reach me:

a)      Email – jaime_moore@bellsouth.net

b)      Phone – (843) 408-5419

c)      Facebook – Carolina Classic Clothing

d)      Website – CarolinaClassicClothing.com

e)      Pinterest – Carolina Classic Clothing

f)       Linkedin – Jaime Moore

g)      Twitter – CCCbyJaimeMoore

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 changingplacesconsignment@yahoo.com 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?





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 – Kelsey@AtlanticBeddingAndFurniture.com



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