Posts Tagged ‘center for women’

C4W Member Profile: Sarah McLeod

November 18, 2013

rsz_1dscn4048What is your profession and how long have you been in that profession?
Independent Insurance Agent. 6 months

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career?  

Being outdoors, spending time with husband, family, friends, and my two dogs (Raleigh and Bronco), playing and watching sports, sewing/redecorating my house, reading, thrift shopping!

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

Brand New Member

What inspired you to become a member?

I just moved back to Charleston and wanted to meet other professional women in the area!

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you?

It has been great so far and I have been inspired to work harder and help more people!

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you?

I embrace being a woman and try to use my knowledge to succeed.

What woman (living or past) do you find most inspiring?

Ellen DeGeneres for her philanthropies and for the ability to laugh that she brings to so many people.

If you could have one super power what would it be?

To go invisible!

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy?

Never give up, smile, and hold your head high.  When bad days come or the road gets rough always remember this too shall pass!

Women from History: The Grimke Sisters

November 7, 2013
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Angelina and Sarah Grimke

Some of the first advocates of women’s rights and the abolition of slavery were two sisters from Charleston, South Carolina, Sarah Grimke (1792-1873) and Angelina Grimke (1805-1879). The Grimke sisters were “raised in the cradle of slavery” and were the daughters of a wealthy plantation owner, Judge John Fauchereaud Grimke. Even though the girls grew up with the privilege and comfort of their aristocratic life, they grew to despise the institutions they were so much a part of: slavery and patriarchal societies that oppress women. As young girls, the sisters taught their slaves to read, something that was highly punishable not only on the plantations, but by law.

Sarah accompanied her father to Philadelphia in 1819, and it was there that she encountered the Society of Friends, or Quakers. The Quaker’s view on equality of the sexes and antislavery resonated with Sarah, and she eventually converted to Quakerism, and Angelina later on. The Grimke sisters moved to Philadelphia, and that move gave them the motivation and confidence to know, that as women, they could make a difference and have their voices heard.

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A copy of Angelina Grimke’s pamphlet, “Appeal to the Christian Women of the South”

Angelina published a pamphlet called “Appeal to the Christian Women of the South”. This document was directed at Southern, white women, and it was a call to arms to help end the institution of slavery. The pamphlet was burned and criticized in many areas of the South in opposition to the Grimke sisters’ message. Sarah and Angelina began a speaking tour of over 67 cities, mostly in the North, which was “unheard of women of the time… Angelina’s last speech of the tour, to the Massachusetts Legislature, made her the first woman in American history to speak in front of a legislative body”. Sarah and Angelina’s involvement and fervor on the subjects of abolition and  women’s right lead to a lot of “condemnation from religious leaders and traditionalists who did not believe that it was a woman’s place to speak in public”.

These groundbreaking women helped pave the way for future abolitionist and women’s rights activism. They broke from their privileged, plantation life and linked the struggles of women and slaves in order to create the hope for an equal and progressive future, free of oppression.

Sources:

http://www.pbs.org/godinamerica/people/angelina-grimke.html

http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/ww/grimke.html

C4W Member Profile: Christina Mikolajcik-Edles

November 6, 2013

christinaWhat is your profession?

Esthetician, Master Sugarist, Business Owner

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career?
Traveling, driving my car, organizing things, thinking, quiet, creating a good meal, yoga, making life an adventure

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

What inspired you to become a member?
To support a great organization, connect, encourage other women and to find other women to appreciate

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you?
We’re brand new but already see the benefit of connecting with like-minded women in our community

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you?
It has given me an immense appreciation for the challenges women faced many years before me and what they accomplished in the face of adversity. “The picture” looks very different now but unfortunately there are still major stumbling blocks, particularly the negative social stigma regarding women in professional roles. I like to challenge that stigma with the strength that comes from success.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy?

If something doesn’t work I don’t consider it a failure I simply begin looking for another way to accomplish the task. Think of what a defeatist might do and do the opposite. Find a mentor and keep a list of things that inspire you. Don’t make your primary goal making money, make it about establishing and maintaining opportunities and connections—the money will come.  Do what you love for a living. Then it is not just work. Ask for help when you need it.  Think before reacting. Work with compassion and without presumption. Some of the most intense struggles of my life have blossomed into beautiful gardens and blessings.

How can people connect with you?

Walk at a fast pace beside me.  To find out where I’ll be, email me at Christina@mysweet185.com

C4W Member Profile: Sharon Becker, LISW, ACSW

October 2, 2013

What is your profession? Therapist, Private Practice

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career?  Activities Outdoors – hiking, biking, running, beach and bridge walks, Reading, Cooking

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

What inspired you to become a member? Wanted to take advantage of the many interesting, useful workshops, meeting other women with similar goals and ambitions.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? It has been inspiring, educational and has served to connect me with other women in business.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? It has enabled me to nurture my spirit and embrace my unique role as the mother of “boys”. What comes from the heart goes to the heart of others.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Define your own parameters for success, Go with the flow and always have faith. Remember that what we get can be different than what we thought we wanted and this becomes a true blessing. 

How can people connect with you? Email me at beckersj@comcast.net or call my office at 843-884-0887.

C4W Member Profile: Elizabeth Beasley

September 11, 2013

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What is your profession? I do a little of this & a little of that, but mostly I’m a writer and marketer. My day job is Creative Strategist and Copywriter for Kaleidoscope Youth & Family Marketing. On nights and weekends I manage marketing/social media for DuMore Improv and I write freelance articles for ApartmentGuide.com.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I do love writing, so I’ve been trying to expand those skills into writing poetry or songs. But that’s hard. So sometimes I just like to drink wine and think about writing poetry or songs.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? This is my 2nd year of membership!

What inspired you to become a member? I moved to Charleston in July 2012 and thought it would be a great way to meet other smart business ladies and make new friends.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? Mission accomplished – I met smart business lady friends!! Honestly, C4W has given me a great group to network with and awesome professional development classes. And that Be Brave Bash in August – so fun!

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? It’s awesome! I get pedicures, drink wine and gab with my girlfriends. But some days I find being a single female entrepreneur can be tough. Finding financial and emotional support are the biggest obstacles. Often, you feel like you are dealing with everything on your own. That’s how C4W helps me – a great support network of like-minded women.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Never stop trying and network in the unlikeliest places. Word of mouth is the best free marketing there is, but you still need to send the right message to the right people. Hanging out with your peers doesn’t always help you meet the next client. Take a risk and hang out with a group you have nothing in common with. They might lead you down a new path to a different type of customer.

How can people connect with you? At happy hour! Or email me at iebeasley@gmail.com & we’ll plan a happy hour 🙂

C4W Member Profile: Louisa Storen

September 4, 2013

LouisaStorenWhat is your profession? Psychotherapist

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Gardening, exercising and reading

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? 15 years and a former board member.

What inspired you to become a member? To interact with different women from various backgrounds.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? I have met some good new friends and business contacts.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? As opposed to what? I love my life as a woman and love the other men and women in my life.
 
What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Trust in yourself, reach out to others, and be determined to succeed.

How can people connect with you? louisa@louisastoren.com or 843- 416-1103

C4W Member Profile: Sarah Swingle

August 21, 2013
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Photo by Alice Keeney Photography

What is your profession? After starting my career in the advertising and Jewish non-profit fields, I decided to pursue my passion and work toward a Master’s in Animal Policy and Advocacy. I’m about halfway through my online program at Humane Society University, and upon completion of my degree, I hope to work for a national or international animal protection organization on farm animal or wildlife policy.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I went vegan out of concern for animals in 2009, and now I write a blog called What I Vegan to show people how accessible, fun, and delicious a vegan lifestyle can be. I also love volunteering for Unchain Charleston and other organizations, watching Alabama football (Roll Tide!), reading, and hanging out with my husband and our four rescued companion animals.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I joined in July of this year, so I’m a newbie!

What inspired you to become a member? Throughout my nearly six years in Charleston, I heard of the Center for Women, met its great staff members, thought about joining, got lost in my busy life…and forgot. I received an email about the Center’s upcoming Be Brave Bash and thought it sounded fabulous. I decided I had better join right then before I got distracted! I encourage you to join right now too if you’ve been putting it off!

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? In the short time I’ve been a member, the Center for Women has connected me with interesting, diverse, and empowered women. In fact, I went to lunch the other day with two new friends I met at orientation! There are many programs I’m interested in attending (Women Writers Forum and networking events particularly), so I’m looking forward to jumping in!

 How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? As a member of a gender that is affected by the glass ceiling (or should I say ‘concrete ceiling’ in South Carolina?), pay inequality, and other issues, living as a woman has made me aware of all the injustice in the world.  This awareness has given me a sense of social justice and is the main reason I am an activist for women’s rights, human rights, gay rights, civil rights, and, of course, animal rights.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? As much as possible, don’t let the economy keep you from pursuing your passions. Sacrifices made today might translate into a dream come true in the future if you set your sights high!

How can people connect with you?

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/sarah-swingle/6/282/8b7/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhatIVegan

Twitter: @what_i_vegan

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

                @BAMkramirez

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?

MONEY. MONEY. MONEY.

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?

MONEY, MONEY, MONEY.

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


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