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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: 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: 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

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

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: Dawn Marquez

June 5, 2013

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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?

dawn@buysellschs.com

http://www.BuySellCHS.com

 

 

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

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/kelsey-gilmore-futeral/13/b35/b03

www.charlestonlaw.net

C4W Member Profile: Liz Price, R.N.

May 8, 2013

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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?

Email: liz@nurseatnight.com

Phone: 843-270-2910

You can also visit my website: www.nurseatnight.com

C4W Member Profile: Erin Marqua

April 24, 2013

erinmarquaWhat is your profession? Owner of Gourmet Bay Catering with my husband, Patrick Hickey.  I handle all the internet marketing and he handles the kitchen.  Gourmet Bay caters weddings, special events, corporate functions and everything in between. 

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I love hanging out on Folly Beach with my husband and two pups Pelota & Maple.  We are an outdoor loving family and enjoying swimming, SUPing, surfing, and beach walks.  I also love to travel in Europe and take photos.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I just joined!

What inspired you to become a member? I joined to network, gain new relationships both professionally and personally, and participate in the one-on-one counseling at the business center.  I’m excited to empower other women business owners and get advice from them along the way. 

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? Positive. I have already met many wonderful women who are interested in what I do, how to help, and in turn need my help.  Last year was the 1st time Gourmet Bay Catering participated in the Women in Business Conference Culinary Showcase and we decided to do it again this year.  It’s one of our favorite events. 

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I love being a woman in Charleston.  There is great opportunity for women in business nowadays and the Center for Women is making it easier to succeed.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy?   Be yourself and work hard.  Owning a business isn’t easy, but it is worth the sacrifice.  

How can people connect with you?

erin@gourmetbay.net

twitter: @GourmetBayCater

www.facebook.com/GourmetBayCateringCharleston

http://www.gourmetbay.nethttp://erinmarqua.wix.com/erin

C4W Member Profile: Debra Shelton

April 3, 2013

Debra_SheltonWhat is your profession?  Global Receptionist of MeadWestVaco Specialty Chemical Division.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Supporting, planning and living my life with my family.  I’ve been in yoga classes for 11 years, have found a new interest in birds of prey and just recently completed a photography class. My desire is to inspire and encourage those around me.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women?  I’ve been a member of the SCD Women’s Network for 2 years and MWV has been a member of the C4W for the past 2 years.

What inspired you to become a member? I am inspired by those who touch our human side.  Being myself is the only option for me.  As individuals, the privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.

What kind of impact has the Center for Woman had on you?  The women of the Center for Woman have supported my walk forward in certainty and with integrity.  I feel strongly that the people who make a difference are not the ones with the credentials, but the ones with concern.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you?  Living day-to-day as a woman inspires me to encourage and hold up all women.  That’s who I know myself to be.  Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, or the smallest act of caring- all of which have the potential to turn a life around.  As women, we have unique gifts of purpose, caring appreciation and gratitude. I try to pass it forward every day.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy?  Treat others with dignity, honor and respect. Nurture your relationships and strive to represent the best of who you are and what you do.  My message to send out is to “Dance While You Can,” no one cares if you cannot dance well, just get up and dance to your own life song.

How can people connect with you? debra.shelton@mwv.com


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