Posts Tagged ‘women in philanthropy’

C4W Member Profile: Mary Chapman

September 2, 2011

What is your profession? I work as a trusted advisor for individuals interested in philanthropy. I also work with many local and statewide non-profits helping them reach out to their donors.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Taking in the beautiful sites and plethora of activities Charleston has to offer!

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

What inspired you to become a member? It was recommended to me by someone I met at a C4W event.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? It has been a wonderful opportunity to meet other women in Charleston. The professional development and networking opportunities have been outstanding!

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? It’s equipped me with opportunities to display a strong, quiet confidence in who I am and what I do best while enabling me to enjoy and display the softer side of life.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Be patient and steady. Celebrate who you are and freely give of yourself to others. Work hard and don’t hold yourself back.

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C4W Member Profile: Cindy Jenkins

March 16, 2011

What is your profession? I am the founder and owner of Full Circle Charleston.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I love to ride my bicycle, hang out with my dogs, reading and cooking.  I also like helping some of my favorite causes and do a good deal of volunteer work.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? Not sure but several years.

What inspired you to become a member? I took FastTrac at the Center and loved the energy of the staff and the programs offered.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? I have met many wonderful friends and learned so much about myself.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I am not sure having been a woman my whole life but have learned the power women have and the power they still need to claim.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? If you are doing something you are passionate about it will work.  Don’t listen to the naysayers and don’t stop dreaming.

C4W Member Profile: Robin Giangrande

March 9, 2011

What is your profession? I am a Medical Billing Advocate, helping individuals and business control the cost of health care with specialized services and results-oriented strategies.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? We have 3 dogs, 3 cats and 3 sugar gliders, so our pets keep us busy and smiling. I love to read (mainly fiction) and sew (inspired by Project Runway) and confess to watching way too much television.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I have been an individual member for a couple of years and joined as a business member last year.

What inspired you to become a member? I saw the organization mentioned in the Post & Courier and looked up the website. The array of resources and programs made membership a “no-brainer.”

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? Where do I begin? It has had a tremendous impact, both personally and professionally. I have learned how to effectively network and have met interesting and inspiring women. The most profound outcome was after attending a Center for Women event on “Women and Philanthropy.” I asked a question about how a woman goes about becoming a member of a Board of Directors. Jennet Alterman answered simply, “…just ask.” Well, about two weeks later, at a Chamber of Commerce event, I met a woman on the board of Carolina Canines for Service, Inc., asked, and now am on the Board of Directors of this wonderful organization that trains service dogs for placement with disabled veterans and civilians. Lessons. Friends. Relationships.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I have been interested in women’s issues since the early 70’s. It has been a challenge to become my authentic self in the face of all the obstacles to success and equality that persevere in our society and culture. However, 40 years later, I think I’m finally “getting it.”

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Be true to yourself. Be authentic. Don’t let economic, cultural or political issues or messages dissuade you from being true to your core. Be open to new ideas but do not be swayed by propaganda.  Success will follow you in your sure and certain footsteps. Don’t check your common sense at the door.


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