Posts Tagged ‘women in business conference’

C4W Member Profile: Connie Filippopoulou

March 14, 2012

What is your profession?  Owner of New Beginning Consignments.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I love to read, paint when possible, traveling, and taking long walks with my dogs exploring.

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

What inspired you to become a member?  The Women in Business Conference; It was inspiring and informing.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you?  I feel that it is a place where I and my business can grow and become more successful through it.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you?  Being a woman you wear many hats, daughter, sister, mother, wife etc. You have to be strong and at times work harder and/or smarter to achieve success. As a woman and a business owner, I strive to be the best I can be in my everyday life, be resourceful, kind and compassionate and help as much as I can. Being a woman in a business world can have positive or sometimes negative affect, but I always try to focus on the positives.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy?  Hang in there. Be strong, patient; stay positive even if some days it may feel you want to give up. When I feel down I refer to two different quotes that I keep handy and they help me get back on track. Always remember, in the confrontation between the stream and the rock, The Stream Always Wins…Not Through Strength, But Through Persistence.

“Determination; if you want to get somewhere you have to know where you want to go and how to get there. Then, never, never, never give up.” –Norman Vincent Peale

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” -Thomas Edison

So ladies, Swallow your tears, stand up to your own two feet, and show them that you are not giving up. No matter what!

How can people connect with you? They can connect with me through our web site at http://newbeginningconsignments.com/, by E-mail at ConsignNB@yahoo.com, Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Newbeginningconsignments, Or by phone at 843-494-9982.

C4W Member Profile: Liz DeLoach

March 7, 2012

What is your profession? Social Media Marketing Manager and Consultant with my own company, Social Strategies.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Gardening, teaching Body Pump at East Shore Athletic, writing, (which I also do within my career) volunteering, photography, socializing online and off, and spending time with my husband and two teens, and good friends. Life’s simple pleasures make me happy.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I am a brand new member and very excited about the opportunities for connecting with other women. I look forward to being a resource for them, as well as getting to know and learning from them.

What inspired you to become a member? Hearing over and over again from so many friends and acquaintances what a wonderful organization this is, and realizing that I simply must be a part of it.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? I attended my first Women in Business Conference this year, and seeing the diversity of talent and opportunity that abounds here in Charleston has unleashed a flow of ideas and energy that I am already putting to use. I am confident that successive events will enable me to keep the momentum going. We all need to to “fed” in this way, and the Center for Women provides that type of ongoing sustenance.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I think women are truly amazing in our ability to successfully wear the number of hats we do. We hold more greatness and power in shaping this world than most of us truly recognize. I believe that power is best expressed with a strong servant leadership approach. This principle guides my life.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Stand firm to your values, keep learning all you can about your chosen field and yourself, and do whatever it takes to bolster your confidence. Don’t ever let anyone make you feel you can’t do something well if YOU know you can. Find what you love and do it. Use adversity such as job loss as a springboard to better things. Every job loss I have ever had has led me to something vastly better, both personally and professionally. Losses can do the same for you as well, as long as you are able to own and use your gifts.

How can people connect with you? So many ways! Would love your follow on Twitter via my biz and personal handles @socialstrateg and @lizdeloach. I am also on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and Pinterest. Email is liz@socialmediawiz.biz , and my website where I blog is www.socialmediawiz.biz. Finally, if you prefer to talk, my telephone number is 843-532-9335.

C4W Business Member Profile: Mary Ross McQuage

September 9, 2011

What is your profession?  Owner of Aging Resources

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career?  I love to spend time in the outdoors.  My husband is one of the owners of Sea Kayak Carolina and, fortunately for me, I love to go kayaking along the coast and in the rivers in our area.  I have a very impressive collection of shark’s teeth!

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women?  Since 2008.

What inspired you to become a member?  I came to appreciate the power and significance of women as a Women’s Studies Minor at Wake Forest University.  I believe it’s so important for women to support each other, learn from one another, and to be a resource for each other.  The Center for Women provides the structure for women in our area to do all of these things and more.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you?  Several years ago when I was going through a difficult transition in my life, I participated in a support group at the Center for Women.  I am so grateful to have had that support during that time.

I love the annual Women in Business conference.  It is so inspiring as well as an incredible venue for networking.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you?  It’s a constant balancing act – mother, wife, business owner, volunteer, friend, chef, housekeeper – among the roles we find ourselves in.  It’s not easy but I am grateful for every opportunity and having a lot of fun along the way!

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? You may have to approach your goals a little differently in this economy, but don’t let today’s economic environment be your excuse to hold yourself back.  Set your goals, get focused, seek out good mentors, and keep putting one foot in front of the other.

C4W Member Profile: Megan Epting

June 29, 2011

What is your profession?  Hairstylist/ salon owner at Fix Salon Studio.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career?  I love to watch movies, read, be creative, and I enjoy great food.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I believe 2 years.

What inspired you to become a member? I wanted to get involved in the community and also meet new and interesting people.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? The Center for Women has helped me grow my business, from the Women in Business Conference to networking opportunities and classes on marketing.  It is a great organization for any woman to join.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you?  Being a woman in today’s modern world is tough because we have to strive to be successful and innovative, but we still want a home life as well.  It’s all about balance.  You can have it all, but not always at the same time.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Stay positive, when one door closes another one opens.  When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.  Also find a mentor.

C4W Member Profile: Vladia Jurcova-Spencer

April 29, 2011

What is your profession?  Publicist, Stylee PR & Marketing

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Traveling is a huge passion of mine. I am also a closet Egyptologist, a huge history nerd; I don’t think that anyone besides my husband knows this about me.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I think I joined in 2003 for the first time.

What inspired you to become a member? I moved here from Seattle and didn’t know a soul in Charleston. I learned about the Center 4 Women, I believe, from Skirt!. I wanted to meet other entrepreneurially thinking women, network. I liked the variety of workshops that the Center offered.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? At one of the workshops presented by Sharon Spence I met my former business partner, Sherrie Bakshi. Months later, we founded Stylee PR & Marketing. We later on worked again with Sharon when she covered our clients for travel publications. I met Shari Schleis at the Women in Business Conference the same year. She introduced me to Zonta. Needless to say, the Center for Women was pretty instrumental in shaping my professional career.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I have always been surrounded by powerful and successful women, starting with my mother and grandmother. My mother was a politician, in most elections she ran against all men and won. An experience like that is quite empowering for a teenage girl.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? I don’t think that they should worry about the economy much. Many great businesses were founded in tough times. To succeed, one has to have passion and also set goals. Maybe the economy is forcing us to be more creative, more flexible, and finding that niche market with plenty of opportunities doesn’t hurt either.

C4W Member Profile: Ronii Bartles

October 6, 2010

What is your profession? Business Management Consultant

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I love to watch college football (I’m a WVU fan), lay by the pool with a good friend or good book, go to the movies and eat popcorn with lots of butter and letting someone else cook for me. I’m a mentor for Big Brother Big Sisters and I enjoy hanging out with my little brother BJ (he’s not so little anymore, he is 15 now) on the weekend and having lunch, watching movies or going to the Charleston Museum.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? A year and a half

What inspired you to become a member? I was inspired to become a member by other women in businesses who are members. C4W members are so enthusiastic about The Center’s programs and members; I had to find out what it was all about.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? The Center for Women has been a good support system, educator and promoter. I have been able to find answers to problems at the Center for Women because of their programs designed to educate women business owners as well as meet other amazing women in the community that make a difference for all of us. The Center for Women has provided me with opportunities such as the annual Women in Business Conference to learn and grow, which has made my business more successful.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I have never really thought about it because my mother is a strong, independent businesswoman that I have never known any other way to be. Having such an amazing role model really paved the way for me to break down barriers and be my own person and start a company. I would say living day-to-day as a woman has affected me in a positive light because I have accomplished to many things that have propel me to this point in my life to be a better friend, partner and business owner.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? I feel that women are better equipped to handle the stresses of today’s economy and society because we have an innate ability to cope against all odds. My advice would be to find the positive in every situation and what are/have you learned from this experience because every situation and experience is a learning opportunity to be successful.

C4W Member Profile: Jennifer “Jennie B” Fiechtl

September 29, 2010

What is your profession? Marketing Specialist at Coldwell Banker Commercial Atlantic International, Inc.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I live to be Inspired and at nearly any moment outside of my work day you can find me in awe of inspiration or….writing, writing and more writing! Granted I do love reveling in life’s little pleasures, spending time with friends and reading as well, but all of it lends itself to being inspired and to my writing.  Sneaking away to a park for a few hours, roaming antique stores with girlfriends and picking up a classic for the uncountable time, offers endless opportunities to be inspired.  I love capturing it and translating through my writing whether it be for personal use, a potential essay idea or something for my Web site.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I joined the Center for Women just under a year ago after attending a few different events.

What inspired you to become a member? I attended the Women in Business Conference in 2008. I left the Conference feeling absolutely refreshed and empowered.  After the conference, I met with some of the members on a one on one basis and developed close ties with these women, which convinced me the Center for Women was truly a great place for inspiring and empowering women to come together.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? I was new to the area and new to the idea of being a real woman as opposed to simply a college girl.  Through the Center for Women’s events, networks, members, and educational lectures I’ve grown stronger as an individual and a business woman – a grown up if you will – and I am incredibly grateful for the support they offer through all their outlets each and every day.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I absolutely love everything about being a woman! Well actually  – those times when you are stuck using a road side restroom and trying to juggle not falling over, not dropping anything and not ruining your clothes – I wouldn’t mind being a man in those situations – but that’s it.  Once I started to embrace all the different sides of being a woman and stopped trying to squeeze into a self-imposed box, things started going much more smoothly than ever before.

Yes I still get frustrated when others try to categorize me into a certain box – sweet, young, marketing girl, naïve, trouble maker (only on occasion), little sister, free spirit, receptionist, blogger, emotional, etc. etc. – and it may happen more often than I like, but I’ve learned to simply smile and laugh because no matter what, I know there’s a lot more to me than what they may perceive.

This feeling is something I want every woman to hold onto. More and more every day, I feel moved to encourage others in that process, helping them to learn how to embrace and love every little thing that comes with being a woman – the good, the bad, the heinously ugly – and take it all in and use it to make herself a better woman.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? A woman’s touch should never be underestimated, so keep at it and don’t be afraid to get creative.  Frustrations may come and troubles may arise, but acknowledge them and then keep moving with your eyes focused on the prize!

And if that doesn’t work, happy hour with your girls never hurts, either.  😉


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