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C4W Member Profile: Angela Cole Henry

January 23, 2013

angelahenryWhat is your profession?  Management and Aspiring Writer.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career?  Along with my Husband, teaching my step-son the meaning of service.  We enjoy taking advantage of volunteer opportunities, as a means of creating stronger bonds with one another.  I also enjoy taking my dog to the James Island Dog Park, taking in comedy improv at Theatre 99 and writing every opportunity I can find.  Preferably, I like to write on random perches around downtown, on a blanket in the park or in one of the many beautiful Charleston beaches.

What inspired you to become a member?   A workshop led by Cathy Liska inspired me to join.  Surrounding yourself with positive, empowered women can only work to your advantage.  I do not always have the courage to take the risk, use my voice or make the change.  It is my hope that being a part of a sage group of women, also inspired to achieve greatness in their own exceptional way, will bring strength to me when I need help.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you?  My experience with the Center for Women is limited.  My research of this organization has led me to learn about such initiatives as the Walker Phenomenal Spirit Award and Women’s Leadership Institute.  I look forward to moving closer to my goals by taking advantage of the programs offered by this organization.

How has living day to day as a woman affected you?  My experience as a woman has been riddled with bewilderment.  By this I mean that the traditional expectations of women measured against the modern day reality of the female experience are vastly different.  I am not necessarily speaking of the outdated model of a traditional barefoot-in-the-kitchen woman.  I am speaking of my Mother, the quintessential Superwoman.  I am speaking of the woman who juggles the role of wife, mother of two girls, full time computer geek in the downtown high rise by day and achieving student by night.  My personal experience as a woman rides on the heels of one of our country’s great pioneers and champions of women’s rights.  Today’s woman is allowed to be innovative.  She is allowed to be exactly who she wants to be, given that she is willing to create it.  There is great responsibility to live up to the opportunities open to today’s woman.  I am affected with a sense of great responsibility, as I seek to achieve that which is worthy of the fight that women like my Mother fought for me.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy?  There is a time and a place for every idea, every dream and every single risk.  Make this moment your time and place.  Innovation and sustainability are how I view the path to my success.  Find that idea which inspires you, and then decide how you can make this idea your own.  Everybody has the ability to succeed at something complete unique to anybody else.  Find out what this is and do it.

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C4W Member Profile: Tina Newton

February 4, 2011

What is your profession? My profession is a part-time sales person at The Silver Puffin, (the corner of King & George Streets) downtown.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I enjoy raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team-in-Training programs. I just completed my 3rd marathon competing as a walker through Disney in Orlando. There’s still time to check out the website before it closes if you’d like to read about the process.

I am also involved with my church as part of the nominating committee and decorating committee. I teach Sunday School, Children’s Church and Vacation Bible School.

I enjoy volunteering for various events offered by the Center for Women. Much is to be learned from the classes offered as well. I enjoy writing and attending seminars on topics new to me.

One of my favorite things to do on a lazy day is just hang out with my husband and our mutts, Roscoe and Gidget.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I have been a member of the Center for Women going on 5 years now, since 2006.

What inspired you to become a member? What inspired me to become a member actually stemmed from depression. I left a job that I loved at one point, after much controversy and closed myself off to the world. After more episodes of Oprah and Dr. Phil than I’d like to admit, I found a local counselor through Dr. Phil’s website. Eventually, she suggested attending events at the Center for Women to have social interaction. I found a surprisingly supportive group of women and began to trust again.

Slowly, I began working through panic attacks by attending certain events, the first of which was at The Family Circle Cup. Most recently I applied for the Walker Phenomenal Spirit Award and although I didn’t win this year, the process encouraged defining my dream, ways to achieve my dream, placed a financial plan in order and encouraged a time frame. These are all elements that spurred me on to success. Meeting a very special woman at the end of the marathon, who works in Kabul bringing two societies together, was icing on the cake of this victory.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you?The impact that the Center for Women has had on me is multi-dimensional.

*When I wasn’t well, I was welcomed, comforted, supported and encouraged.

*When I became well, I signed up to do my first marathon in 2007 with LLS, Team in Training. I attended a job counseling class at the Center for Women and took an inventory of many things to improve. This began some planning and goal setting. Survival had been my mode of operation, so planning and goal setting was not my strong suit.

*Figuring out strengths became my next challenge. I’ve read many books, taken some classes, written a bit and have been hanging out in “prep” mode. While I’m still working through things myself, I support the Center for Women because they meet each individual woman where she is, then help her succeed. New challenges are created for growth, then they help her succeed. They keep the learning process and victory celebrations going all while she is succeeding. Then, to top it off, they show by example HOW and WHEN and WHERE and TO WHOM and most importantly WHY to give back. The Center for Women creates a success spiral that is meeting women at every level.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you?Living day-to-day as a woman has affected me in both positive and negative ways, as I imagine the same would be true for men.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? My suggestion to any woman would be to get connected with The Center for Women to experience what is possible through knowledge, while at the same time, stay grounded in faith. The balance of both worlds beaming with mutual respect is the future I work toward.

Pacesetter – Doretha Walker

November 23, 2010

Every month Traxee features one extraordinary member who exemplifies the spirit of women’s running and of giving back to the community. This month they featured our very own C4W Board President, the amazing Ms. Walker – triathlete and founder of the Walker Phenomenal Spirit Award…

Doretha Walker
Age: 49
Home: Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
Years she’s been running: 25

Average weekly mileage: My workout schedule varies depending on what I’m training for. I try to get at least one 10-mile run in every week.

Current training goal: I am currently training for the She TRIs Wilmington – Women ONLY Triathlon 2010 triathlon in September, so right now I’m back in the pool as well as running.

Favorite Race: The Marine Corps Marathon

Gear love: My current (running shoe) love is the Brooks Glycerin 7s. I also use eSoles (specialized insoles), Yankz laces, and Footlocker socks (I like them better than the more expensive brands).

Favorite reward: Champagne – and putting the event magnets on my car! I have 26.2, Running Girl and Swim, Bike, Run.

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We first met Doretha on Traxee’s Facebook Page just before her first triathlon and it didn’t take long to discover that her passion for running is only matched by her commitment to service.

By day, Doretha works full time as a logistics manager. She is also an adjunct instructor in Human Resources and Public Relations for the Art Institute of Charleston, a guest columnist for Charleston Post & Courier and serves as the President of the Board of Directors for The Center For Women (C4W), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to make personal and professional success an everyday event for women in the Lowcountry region of South Carolina.

Since 1990, C4W has touched the lives of more than 70,000 women, connecting them to professional sources for practical help by providing counseling, facilitating peer support groups, and making referrals. Oprah Winfrey honored The Center for Women in 2006 with an Oprah’s Angel Network Grant and the organization has been recognized by numerous civic organizations on the state and national level.

In 2005, Doretha developed the Walker Phenomenal Spirit Award, which provides one-time grants to women 35 years of age and older to help fund a project, activity or event that fulfills a heartfelt dream. Impressed? There’s more!

Our Ms. Walker is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in public policy and administration and is actively working on bringing an all-woman triathlon to the Charleston area. “My goal,” she says “is to get move women involved in the sport in a non-intimidating way.”

Doretha clearly redefines the concept of “finding time!”

Earlier this month Doretha took time out to talk with me about her passion for running, her training schedule, and the things that have inspired her most in life.

How did you get started running? I was going into the Army out of college and running is a requirement. My dad is a former Army drill sergeant and he would take me out for runs.

How do you stay motivated in your training? I think of all of the people who cannot move and remember how blessed I am. I also love to eat sweets and I know that if I don’t run, I will pay the price for butter cream frosting. I also love what running does for my mind and body. Running is the only place where I don’t ever feel angry, lonely, or any of those other depressing emotions.

We talk a lot on Traxee about the positive ways in which running influences women’s lives. How has running influenced you and your work? Running is a stress release for me. Completing my first marathon gave me such a boost of confidence. Now, when I find myself in difficult situations I just say “I got this. I ran 26.2 miles. This is easy.”

What does your typical weekly training schedule look like? Tell us your secrets! I do cross-train and am in the pool twice a week, on the bike twice a week, and run at least twice a week. I used to do Pilates and I miss that, but fitting it into my schedule is just not possible right now. At work I do a lot of walking and rarely take the elevator. My eating regimen consists of tons of fruits and vegetables and I eat lots of salads and make my own dressings. I do not eat red meat and I bake instead of fry. I live near the ocean so fresh seafood is always available and is a staple in my diet. I make it a point to eat breakfast. I also allow myself that piece of chocolate or glass of champagne when warranted. My other treat to myself is a monthly facial. It’s very relaxing and I consider it “preventive maintenance” for my skin – repairing the damage caused by sun, stress, and age.

Who is your greatest inspiration as a runner? I will always admire Wilma Rudolph. She couldn’t even walk as a child and look what she did with determination and confidence! I have a quote by her taped to my bathroom wall. I saw Jackie Joyner Kersee at the Millrose Games awhile back. She has asthma and she is amazing. I loved Flo Jo as well, and Lolo Jones is phenomenal. I love to see women who are strong and still look like women.

How did you first become involved with the Center for Women? I was a consumer credit counselor and I did brown bag lunches (free lunchtime seminars) for them on credit card debt and how to buy a car. Then I started doing anything they asked me to from painting to manning booths at events. I fell in love with the mission: “To help women succeed everyday”. You do not have to be a label (homeless, abused, or any other name we use to categorize ourselves) to benefit from the many programs the Center provides.

What motivates you to volunteerism? What effect has your work with The C4W had on your own life? I grew up volunteering and honestly do not remember a time when I did not do it. My parents are committed volunteers, even to this day. They taught us that because we are blessed (and we are all blessed), it is our responsibility to pass along the blessings to others. I am the woman I am today due to some amazing volunteers who were my Girl Scout leaders, softball coaches, cheerleader coaches, and of course due to my parents’ teachings. It is a circle. I am doing my best to perpetuate it.

The award from Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network must have been thrilling! There’s a lot of competition for such recognition. How did that happen? Oprah’s people found us on the Internet. She was coming to Charleston and wanted to give a grant to a women’s organization. We were one of the few organizations that had a web presence.  They sent a thorough confidential grant application and we were awarded the grant and tickets to see her.

How did you get the inspiration to create The Walker Phenomenal Spirit Award? It was actually on a six-mile run. I was thinking about going back to school and was wondering where I could get funding. People don’t usually give financial aid to people who aren’t “at-risk.”  I am not homeless, a single parent, abused, unemployed, uneducated, in poverty, or anything else that would put me in the category of those needing money or immediate rescuing. I am not rich, but I get by. So I decided that when I had some extra money that I would establish a foundation to help women pursue dreams regardless of the dream – and definitely regardless of their circumstances. The only criteria the Award that they be at least 35 years old and have a dream. When I got a sizeable bonus from work, I set up the Foundation. That happened to be around the same time Oprah came to town. Everything she said confirmed in me what I was about to do.

What do you think the biggest challenge is facing women today? I would say lack of confidence in themselves. If you are confident in your own abilities, the other stuff falls into place. It’s not easy, but confidence is the one thing you cannot buy. You have to earn it. You cannot rely on others to give it to you. It comes with the tour of duty in life.

What advice would you give a woman who may be in transition in her life? Be fearless – or at least act like it. Surround yourself with only true friends (I call them “dear sistergirlfriends”). Do not waste time trying to convince others that what you are doing, or about to do is the right thing. Your sistergirlfriends will support and nourish you through the process. Also, be a mentor to someone else. It’s the “each one teach one” philosophy. As you go further, you have a responsibility to give back some how.

How do you find time to do all that you do? I am driven. I just do what I do without thinking that I am doing too much. If it is important to me, I will find a way to get it done. I am also a master at saying no to the things that do not bring value to my life, or that are too draining without benefits. I am learning to be more selfish with my time, weeding out the things (and people) that do not fit.

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You can help Doretha make more women’s dreams come true by donating to the Walker Phenomenal Spirit Award through the Center for Women Website at Doretha can be contacted by email at

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