Posts Tagged ‘women business owner’

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: Dr. Marguerite Germain

September 7, 2011

What is your profession? Board Certified Dermatology / Germain Dermatology

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Traveling, visiting friends and family, reading, writing, painting, and catching up with old Navy buddies.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women?  1 year

What inspired you to become a member? I have always felt that women can be successful and happier when they work together. The Center for Women is an organization that inspires strong and hard-working women to support each other as a community. I wanted to be a part of it.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? The Center of Women allowed me to meet wonderful and strong women, and it opened my eyes to the wonderful possibilities that we have in Charleston. There is so much to be gained by the wisdom and experiences of others that are so willing to share.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I believe that as women, we are resilient, however, we often put others before our own needs which means we neglect ourselves both inside and out. We all should take some time for ourselves. When you feel good on the inside, your strength and beauty shows. Taking care of your skin is vital, but I have always said that skincare is not about looking as young as possible, its about looking as good as you feel.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Knowledge is power. Learn everything you can and keep up with the trends around you. With today’s shift in business and technology, it’s important to broaden your horizons and always be learning. And never be afraid to try new things, because you never know where that new idea or thought will take you.

C4W Board Member Profile: Jennifer Dyer Buddin

February 2, 2011

What is your profession? I’m a “word of mouth connector” polling thousands of women about the businesses they trust and rely upon and asking those referred businesses to be a part of our free directory, The Little Black Book for every busy woman. I’m also passionate about entrepreneurship and helping connect people to resources and information.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? My absolute happiest moments are when I’m outdoors, piddling around my house or laughing with family and friends. My husband Howard and I spend a lot of time taking walks, hiking, camping, canoeing or swimming; I think in my next life, I’ll be a fish – evolved back into the sea. Tinkering around my house with my apron on, baking, moving things around, working in the yard, it all makes me feel calm and serene.  Laughter is a big part of my life and lucky for me I’ve got lots of hilarious friends. I’m a part of the Theatre 99 family and the comedy improv groups Mary Kay has a Posse, Hot Pants and Tone Locos, a musical improv group.  Improvising frees my brain and never stops teaching or entertaining me.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? The Center was one of the first groups I joined upon starting my business right out of college – 11 years ago in 2011.

What inspired you to become a member? The services and programs offered for entrepreneurs initially compelled me to join, and thankfully I did because some of my most valued mentors were developed through the Center and great friendships as well.  Now, I also do my best to help facilitate the mission of helping other women everyday as much as I can by sharing any knowledge I have gleaned from my personal experiences.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? The Center is so “full circle” for me.  I grew up in North Georgia – all “my people” are from there – and when you’re in a new city or a new phase in life, you need help, resources, support and encouragement – you need some more “people”. My business was founded upon that need and the Center helped fill it.  Now, The Center for Women is a “sister organization” to WomenSource in my hometown of Gainesville, GA.  That connection is illustrative of my experience – helping women broadens our horizons and brings us back home.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? It’s affected me a lot hormonally; I mean there are a lot of ups and downs. (rim shot!)  Seriously though, I truly believe that empowering women changes worlds.  The way we communicate and share with one another, take care of what and who needs to be taken care of and then help each other out instinctively – it’s powerful and I’m glad to be a part of it.  Thank you X chromosome!

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? We’re experiencing a paradigm shift.  Lots of things are changing – new technology, financial uncertainty and access to capital, the way people communicate and process information, on and on.  When things are shifting, you’ve got to pay attention and let yourself be affected by it.  If the old way of doing things isn’t working, get creative and find new ways of doing business that do work.

C4W Member Profile: Nan Brown

January 26, 2011

What is your profession? Owner of L’ATHENE Pure-Nutrient Skin Treatments; also a Registered Nurse

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I enjoy art, music, theatre, nature walks and reading.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? Since 2006

What inspired you to become a member? With L’ATHENE, my business partner Lil Bogdan and I are dedicated to helping women feel empowered to succeed and feel good about themselves. That is also what the Center for Women is all about, so it was a natural fit to be part of the group.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? It has been so inspiring to be with an organization of people who share the same dedication in their business and their clients as we do. It is synchronistic.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I feel that women have more challenges in business than men.  Since I have had a business for over 14 years, I feel I have ran into just about every challenge you can have and therefore it has helped me be resourceful in my decisions and the way I live my life.  I now expect that if I want to do something, I will indeed be able to get it done.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Keep going.  Believe in yourself and never take no for an answer if it is something you are truly passionate about.  There is always a way—it is never about the destination but always about the journey.  Live for the journey!

C4W Member Profile: Amelia Phillips Hale

December 3, 2010

What is your profession? I produce fresh photography for happy people with my business Dreamland Images.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I love helping out in the community, cuddling with my pups, and relaxing with my husband.  I also love shooting film, and playing around with our old cameras.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? Since I moved here in 2009

What inspired you to become a member? All of the inspirational women involved in the C4W really drew me to join the group.  I was new to the area, and it was refreshing to meet strong women producing such powerful programs in the name of women.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? The Center for Women introduced me to the Charleston community.  It has helped me grow as a woman and business owner.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? Being a woman is incredible!  It can have its’ challenges, but I wouldn’t trade them for anything.  Challenges always make you stronger, and provide you with a better understanding of the world.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Don’t be afraid to find what makes you come alive and do it!  Once you find your passion, it can drive you to accomplish so much.  As you come alive, so will those around you, which is the best part!


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