Posts Tagged ‘balance’

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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C4W Member Profile: Leslie Haywood

March 21, 2012

What is your profession? Founder and President of Charmed Life Products, inventor of Grill Charms™ , the “must have” grilling gadget that is revolutionizing the American Cookout.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career?  Tennis, vacationing, entertaining friends, and EATING!

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? Joined in November 2007

What inspired you to become a member?  When I first joined in 2007, most of us were living pretty high on the hog, so my reason for joining was simply because I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself.   Since then “things” have changed and I truly believe that women owned businesses and women entrepreneurs are the answer to our country’s economic problems.  Now if we just had the right women in the white house, we’d be all set!

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you?  Every time I attend an event it reminds me just how powerful we women are and that our potential is limited only by our dreams.  I am constantly inspired by the people around me… and who couldn’t use a little shot of inspiration every once and while?

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? Can I get on my soap box for a minute?  This question brings up a topic that ONLY US WOMEN (specifically us mothers) deal with and it effects me greatly.  “MOMMY GUILT”!  I left my career of 9 years to become a stay at home mom (like my husband and I always planned I would do).  Three years into living my dream of being that ideal stay at home mom, I had an idea for a business. It was something I felt almost compelled to do!  (Much like the “need” to have children, I felt this was something I NEEDED to do!)  I followed that new entrepreneurial dream and completely derailed both mine and my husband’s expectations of the “perfect family”.  It is HERE that I feel my mommy guilt radiates from.  Growing up, my mother was a stay at home mom and my two younger sisters and I agree to this day that our childhood was just about PERFECT.  Our home was loving and caring and unbelievably happy.  Because of this, I wanted to do things exactly like the most perfect mom in the world… MINE.  (Which meant being a stay at home mom)  I never planned on having any kind of light bulb moment where I would find this urge… (Compulsion really) to start my own company, but I did.  Now I wrestle daily with what I can’t help but feel are my “selfish” desires to be a successful entrepreneur.  I hate that I feel this way and on an intellectual level, I know that these thoughts and feeling are RIDICULOUS, but I can’t help but feel “mommy guilt” none the less.  I have realized that my guilt stems from my preconceived notions and life experience which tell me that the most perfect childhood comes from having a mom that devoted herself completely to her children. Well…. as happy and wonderful as my childhood was, I am learning through new life experiences that a “perfect childhood” can come in many different shapes and sizes.  I do feel like our home is full of happiness, TONS OF LOVE, encouragement and all the things that make for happy, healthy, well balanced adults in training and the best part is, I’m showing them that it can be done “differently”.  My daughters were 1 and 3 at the time of my “deviation” so they have always grown up thinking all moms were also “entrepreneurs” or inventors. With this, I am hopefully breaking the chain of mommy guilt with them and showing them that happy childhoods don’t necessarily come from one perfect formula.  It’s too late for me, but maybe I am leading by example so that the next generation of mommies won’t suffer from the mommy guilt syndrome quite as much.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? I am the poster child for, “if you have a dream, you CAN Do it.”  Whether it’s inventing a product, starting own business or creative positive change in a business you already in, I guarantee that unless you are a rocket scientist… (and some of you MIGHT be!) what you want to do is NOT ROCKET SCIENCE.  It is simply a process that can be broken down into a series of smaller steps that will lead you to your goal. I am proof that with enough drive and determination ANYTHING is possible.  Simply start SOMEWHERE.  Put one foot in front of the other and the path will appear.  But be ready and be excited!!… because the path that appears isn’t always the one you intended to take!

How can people connect with you? People can connect with me at www.grillcharms.com  Twitter @grillcharmer  FB http://www.facebook.com/#!/GrillCharms

C4W Member Profile: Michelle Forrester

February 15, 2012

What is your profession? Professional Organizer

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Reading, Volunteering in the community, sending time with my family going to the movies.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? 2 years

What inspired you to become a member? I was at one of the speed networking events and I learned what the Center for Women do in the community and I really like the purpose of the organization.  So, I join for that reason.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? It has showed me how to listen more to what individuals say so that I can understand what they need.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I’ve learned that as a woman I can achieve my dreams and goals if I focus on strengths and put them to work in every area of my life.  And in doing this I have a well-balanced life.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? I truly believe if women would look on the inside of their selves they will find the strength to overcome any situation and circumstance in the economy.

How can people connect with you? They can connect with me on my website: www.stylebyconstantine.com, Twitter: @StyleConstant, Blog: styleconstant.blogspot.com, Facebook Fanpage: facebook.com/stylebyconstantine, or LinkedIn: Michelle Forrester

C4W Member Profile: Amee Davison

November 2, 2011

What is your profession? Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Most importantly spending time with family and friends, especially my two month old baby girl.  I also enjoy shopping, taking my two dogs to the dog park, and watching movies with the hubby!

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I just joined!  We are new to the Charleston area.

What inspired you to become a member? I love what the Center stands for, especially when it comes to empowering women.  Working for a company like Mary Kay who which has many of the same priorities as the Center for Women it was a no brainer decision!

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? It has strengthened my belief that as women we need to embrace who we are and form relationships with one another to achieve more for ourselves as well as for our families and communities.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? As a new mom it has shown me that we wear many hats: mom, wife, business woman, daughter, sister, friend…. and juggling those hats takes having priorities, balance, and most importantly endurance to make it through each day!

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy?  I’ve always run my business on the belief that if we do the work, God will do the rest.  Also, on my own personal mantra be committed, be consistent, and be determined.

C4W Business Member Profile: Mary Ross McQuage

September 9, 2011

What is your profession?  Owner of Aging Resources

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career?  I love to spend time in the outdoors.  My husband is one of the owners of Sea Kayak Carolina and, fortunately for me, I love to go kayaking along the coast and in the rivers in our area.  I have a very impressive collection of shark’s teeth!

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women?  Since 2008.

What inspired you to become a member?  I came to appreciate the power and significance of women as a Women’s Studies Minor at Wake Forest University.  I believe it’s so important for women to support each other, learn from one another, and to be a resource for each other.  The Center for Women provides the structure for women in our area to do all of these things and more.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you?  Several years ago when I was going through a difficult transition in my life, I participated in a support group at the Center for Women.  I am so grateful to have had that support during that time.

I love the annual Women in Business conference.  It is so inspiring as well as an incredible venue for networking.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you?  It’s a constant balancing act – mother, wife, business owner, volunteer, friend, chef, housekeeper – among the roles we find ourselves in.  It’s not easy but I am grateful for every opportunity and having a lot of fun along the way!

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? You may have to approach your goals a little differently in this economy, but don’t let today’s economic environment be your excuse to hold yourself back.  Set your goals, get focused, seek out good mentors, and keep putting one foot in front of the other.

C4W Business Member Profile: Ruth Brennan

August 18, 2011

What is your profession? Owner: Bits of Lace Fine Lingerie

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Swimming, hiking in the mountains.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I have been involved since the beginning but just became a member this summer.

What inspired you to become a member? An opportunity to support women in their health and happiness.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? Fundraising, fitting for mastectomy patients at our boutique.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? As a mother, nurse, business owner, wife, and now new grandmother, I have recognized the need to find the time each and every day for My Time. This helps me balance the responsibility of my life in a healthy way.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Re-inevent yourself. As our society continues to present changes we must, as women, find paths that are unique to us. You can always count on CHANGE!

C4W Board Member Profile: Cynthia Washington Williams

March 23, 2011

What is your profession? Licensed Professional Counselor/National Certified Counselor, Private practice in the West Ashley area.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Event Planning –Occasions And Events by Cynthia, Serving at my church, Royal Missionary Baptist, traveling the world and “fellowshipping with self-assured ladies”.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? 7 years

What inspired you to become a member? The plethora of programs offered for women from all walks of life.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? It has further empowered me to serve my community at an optimal level and the Center has given me the opportunity to share my knowledge with others.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? As  woman we wear so many different hats and the necessity to be able to balance all we do as wives, mothers, professionals, etc. is what I am reminded of daily.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Step back review your life, sow into your area of purpose, search and find your area of passion so that you will plan, pursue and prosper.

C4W Member Profile: Amanda Moreno Duke

January 14, 2011

What is your profession? Owner/Designer of Cutie Pa Tutus, manufacturer and retailer of our trademarked “Pa Tutus” (Pompom Filled Tutus) and Personalized, Reversible Super Hero Capes. Other products include Pa Tutu Onesies, Poofy Pompom Magic Wands, Pa Tutu Leggings, Outfits, and more.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? HA! Is there such a thing as a life outside your career when you own your own business?  I work 7 days a week, holidays, nights, etc.  But I love spending time with my kids, taking them to events & attractions around Charleston.  For adult time, I’m just happy to have a glass of wine (or two) with my friends and catch up, doesn’t matter where anymore.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I’ve been a fan for years but only a member for a few months.

What inspired you to become a member? The support I’ve received from other women, both locally and virtually through social media, has been tremendous.  I can’t say that my company would have come nearly this far without the advice, help, promotion, etc. of other women.  Because of that, I decided I’d like to be a part of the Center for Women to get more closely connected to local women and try to give back if I can.  The philosophy and mission of C4W is so inspirational that it was the obvious choice, and it’s a true honor to be a member.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? The C4W has helped me in so many ways already.  Besides winning the Power Up! Inspire Others award at last year’s Women in Business Conference, C4W helped point me in the right direction to improve my business plan, find financing for my company, and get connected with some influential women around town that can help advise me in developing my business strategy.  They put me in touch with the Local Development Corporation, which just approved my small business loan!!

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? My entire business was basically founded & shaped because I’m a woman.  As a career woman turned mom, I aspired to find a balance between career and family.  My product was developed for my daughter, and once it started gaining attention, my drive to be a work at home mom fueled my determination to turn the hobby into a business.  My clients are mostly women, my end consumers are little women in the making…..every thing about my business is female-focused!

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? I think it boils down to determination and drive.  I started this company with $150 to buy a sewing machine and some tulle; I had no family money to rely on for an investment, no savings and no business partner.  But through sheer determination—and with the help of good allies I’ve made along the way—I’ve built an international business in under two years.  I don’t sleep much, I have no free time, but I have determination to make my company succeed.  If you are determined to do something, dig in and put your determination to work.  Get it done.

Secondly, but not any less important is the power of relationships with other women.  Women will be your biggest cheerleaders, your best advisors and your most loyal customers.  Do anything you can to foster both IRL (in real life) and social media relationships, and remember to give back.  You must pay it back and pay it forward; when someone helps you, remember to help them in return.  Never underestimate the power of relationships.


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