Posts Tagged ‘Public Library’

C4W Member Profile: Emily Everett

August 31, 2011

What is your profession? Director, Charleston Friends of the Library. I am the only paid employee of the non-profit that supports the Charleston County Public Library system. Currently, getting ready for our biggest fundraiser of the year- That BIG Book Sale at the Gaillard Auditorium in October.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Reading, Traveling, Music festivals, Visiting the dog park with my dog Miles, Volunteering, Feasting on Charleston cuisine.

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

What inspired you to become a member? I moved here last summer and wanted to become more active in the Charleston community. I thought what better way to meet other women who had similar interests than to join C4W? Currently looking for volunteer opportunities outside of my work world!

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? I enjoy the updates and learning more about our community from a female prospective. It’s inspiring to live in a city that has so many talented and remarkable women making a difference.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? As a woman, I feel empowered to make the
world a better place for the younger generations. I’m lucky to have grown up with a mom who made me feel like I could achieve anything if I just put the effort into it. I previously gave a presentation to a group of young girls about my job and my day to day tasks. Hearing their questions and seeing their curious eyes made the time worthwhile. The opportunities are endless.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Goals take time. Don’t give up on your dreams because you hit a road block. Your first job out of college isn’t going to be your dream job. I can almost guarantee it. Volunteer in your community to explore your interests and someday you might just get paid to do what you love!

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C4W Member Profile: Claire Gibbons

June 15, 2011

What is your profession? Director of Marketing Communications for the Charleston Regional Development Alliance.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I’m a voracious reader and a big supporter of the Public Library. I love great storytelling in movies, books and of course, from people – I want to be transported. How to charm me? Tell me a great story. I have serious Wanderlust … I want to see and experience places across the world like: Egypt, an African safari, go Mach 2 through Sydney Harbor, zip line in Costa Rica, and laze in the Seychelles. I love college basketball, GO TAR HEELS! And next to the Oscars, March Madness is my favorite TV time.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? Six years – since I moved to Charleston in 2005.

What inspired you to become a member? The C4W is THE central resource for women in business in Charleston. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, an executive or just starting your career – the C4W has the resources and information you need.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? Profound – I’ve made many friends, formed alliances and business relationships, and navigated the changes in my career all thanks to the Center for Women.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? Sore feet from cute heels?… I see the need for women to cultivate, mentor and support younger women to grow into leadership roles. Conversely, I have little patience for women who aren’t thoughtful about their place in this world and who aren’t seeking opportunities to make a difference and share their voices.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? I turn to wiser sages. I keep this Aristotle quote on my desk: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” “Do all you can with what you have, in the time you have, in the place you are. – Nkosi Johnson. And from Jedi Master Yoda, “Do or do not. There is no try.”

May the force be with you, ladies!


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