Posts Tagged ‘woman entrepreneur’

C4W Member Profile: Kelly Gaskins

June 13, 2012

What is your profession? I own Charleston Girl LLC. I recently designed and launched my first fragrance line called Charleston Girl.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I love being active. I am a licensed Zumba instructor and I LOVE teaching in my spare time. I love the water so anything related to that, I’m there. I enjoy reading, the theatre (Phantom of the Opera is my favorite), spa trips, animals, festivals, concerts, traveling, dining out & trying new foods, meeting new people & much more.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? Just recently joined.

What inspired you to become a member? I had heard about the center before and was always interested in meeting other ambitious & driven women. It is so important to surround yourself with supportive people & positive influences. I am 27 and I’ve had a hard time finding business minded people to hang out with, learn from & support each other. I was recently talking with a member and she raved about your organization and how great her experience had been & that was it for me; I joined!

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you?  I recently joined but I am hoping for a positive, proactive & hands-on impact.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you?  I have found being in business as a young woman can be difficult. I deal with huge companies that are run by men and sometimes I feel I don’t get the same respect as business man would receive. I have to work harder and be more professional than a man I feel like!! But, I LOVE being a woman!!

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Go for it. If you are ready to put the effort in & you realize once you begin the journey it will change your life, then do it!! I would advise to be prepared, do your research and understand success does not always equal a 9 to 5 job….long hours will be ahead. But if you are passionate about your business it doesn’t matter because you will be driven and ready to do whatever it takes.

How can people connect with you?

Website: www.CharlestonGirlPerfume.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CharlestonGirlPerfume
Email: Kelly@CharlestonGirlPerfume.com

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C4W Business Member Profile: Kimberly Ritter

June 6, 2012

What is your profession? Your lifetime real estate expert.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Tennis, jogging, the beach, and golf.

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

What inspired you to become a member? I love how the Center for Women inspires and promotes women to become stronger leaders.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? Increased self confidence and empowerment.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? Felt like it was an uphill battle until I realized I was my own worst enemy. I am proud to be a woman especially one with her own successful business.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Become empowered and believe in yourself.

How can people connect with you?

843.693.8802

Kimberly@KimberlyRitter.com

http://KimberlyRitter.com

C4W Member Profile: Alesya Opelt

August 12, 2011

What is your profession? Founder, Alesya Bags – Stylish laptop bags for women

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career?

  • Hosting guests – We’ve had seven sets of visitors this summer alone!  Great perk of living in Charleston.
  • Traveling anywhere near water or family
  • Reading blogs, business books and fun fiction
  • Singing hits like “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider” with my 2-year-old daughter
  • Fawning over magazines – the old fashion print kind and the new fangled iPad kind
  • Cooking (My mother will die when she reads that.)

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

What inspired you to become a member? It wasn’t a “what” it was a “who”. Jennet Robinson Alterman – Her enthusiasm for women entrepreneurs made me realize I had to join this organization.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? The night of the Center for Women Purse Auction was a watershed moment for me.  Having the opportunity to showcase the very first Alesya Bag in front of a room full of professional women was amazing.  When Jennet called me up on stage to introduce the bag it was the first time I’d ever shown it to the public!  As the crowd “oohhhh and ahhhed” my husband Josh and friend Charlotte Zacharkiw say I was glowing.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? It’s always been said that business is an Old Boy’s Club and men help each other move up in the world, while women don’t help one another.  In Charleston, I’ve found the exact opposite to be true.  The women here have reached out to me, given me fabulous advice and continue to encourage my entrepreneurial pursuits.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? This economy has been difficult on everyone.  I’ve seen grown men (and women) cry over it.  Seriously.  History tells us times will get better.  If you can make it through this downturn – which I believe is almost over – you’ll be positioned to succeed when so many others threw in the towel.

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!

C4W Board Member Profile: Colleen Troy

May 27, 2011

What is your profession? Owner, Touchpoint Communications, a PR/Marketing communications firm, adjunct college professor, freelance writer.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I have a husband and two great kids, so I love anything we do together. We are big on traveling, and we also like cooking and dining out together.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? Wow – for at least 7 years!

What inspired you to become a member? I really like the positive, empowering spirit of the Center for Women. I always meet such cool people at Center events, and feel energized by the program content and the ideas shared.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? The Center has helped me see that women can, and do, have a real voice and impact in this community. It’s easy to believe otherwise sometimes and become dispirited, but women really do rock, and the Center gives us a focus for that strength.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? As a mom, I’m trying to raise both my son and my daughter to be good feminists. (Yep, I said the “f” word) That means they know women can do anything, just as men can do anything. I think that I was raised to be confident, married a man who isn’t afraid of that, and just want to keep the momentum going.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Believe in yourself, even if it seems like nobody else does. Sure, day to day can become a real grind. But take the time now and then to reflect on the progress you’re making. Be flexible. Be open. And be a friend to yourself!

C4W Member Profile: Donna Powell

April 15, 2011

What is your profession? Web designer, Charleston Webweaver

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Anything dog.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? 4 months

What inspired you to become a member? The range of activities offered by the Center that interested me professionally and personally.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? Whether male or female, life has its challenges and rewards that are often gender-specific.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Exceed expectations and do the right thing.

C4W Member Profile: Pat Eardley

April 6, 2011

What is your profession? Human Resources Consultant for Small Businesses

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I love shopping with friends and volunteering in my community and church.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I have only been a member for a short time but I have been attending events and volunteering for about a year. I had a moment of truth with myself and I came to realize that I love C4W and there is no good reason not to be “all in”.

What inspired you to become a member? I love the diversity in both the membership and the programs offered. It really is an organization for ALL women.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? I have learned so much. We’ve all heard the statement “You don’t know what you don’t know” well that also holds true in learning. At the Center there have been informative seminars, speakers and classes on topics that I can’t say that I would have sought out on my own. The exposure has been excellent.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? Well, being in my 30s and having been surrounded by female leaders from early adulthood until now has helped me to be comfortable, strong and empowered in my own skin.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy?It’s more like messages or words to live by. Never give up on your dreams, NEVER. If friends and family don’t dream with you, respectfully dump em’. You’ve got one life to live…..live it! Do your best, and you’ll never let yourself down.

C4W Member Profile: Atmah Ja

March 18, 2011

What is your profession? I am currently an art gallery owner and certified yoga instructor / massage therapist, at Atmah Ja’s, The Art of Core Consciousness, along with business partner and exclusive gallery artist, Iamikan.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? What I enjoy doing outside of my career comes full circle in supporting and enhancing my craft defined by what is the art of yoga and massage.  I am an active outdoors enthusiast, running ½ marathons, cycling, and kayaking.  Also, my newly found passions are performing the art of comedy improv with Theater 99 and playing acoustic guitar.  My outside activities compliment a balanced intention to stabilize the demands of directing my own business while at the same time offering me a reflective source from which to share.

How long have you been a member at The Center for Women? I’ve been a member for the last year and a half.

What inspired you to become a member? First and foremost, the Center for Women has validated and confirmed what I have always put stock into as being an equal counterpart as a woman in what would typically be defined as a predominantly man’s world. The Center for Women astrides the force of my life philosophy, putting into action the potential that one possesses as a women to manifest her desires successfully as an entrepreneur, most importantly, complimented by a belief in equanimity!

What kind of impact has the center for women had on you? The Center for Women has represented for me a mirror to reflect a collective group of compatible innovators with intestinal fortitude and creativity to manifest dreams into reality. The C4W format applies a structure that synchronizes the whole of all moving parts in unison with one desire – to support each and every other!

How has living day to day as a woman affected you? Being and becoming a woman has been the embodiment of this life experience, highlighting all that I do with a belief in knowing that ones gender does not limit the possibilities or opportunities that we are all afforded.  My conditioning has always been to identify myself as an equal, unaffected by the polar opposite. My daily ritual is and continues to be centered on my aspirations to utilize my fullest potential, qualities and attributes for empowering women in demand.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? My message to convey would be to know your desire at the core and design it… AND direct it!  It is necessary in this day in time to be sure, certain and arrow straight in knowing your place of passion and purpose, regardless of the rise and fall of an economy! I would conclude in sharing this message with empowering ones belief in recognizing the ups and downs of life as potential opportunities to build character and conviction when pursuing a dream.

*Join Atmah Ja at the Center for Women Thursday March 24th ~ to  *DE~STRESS AND REFRESH
This one hour interactive session explores the mind~body system and how to function more intelligently using the life force with the assistance of breath techniques, subtle movements and stretching.


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