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C4W Member Profile: Karla Telega

January 30, 2013

Karla TelegaWhat is your profession? I’m a humor writer and owner of the Indie Publishing company, Tart Cookies Press.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I love the natural beauty of the Low Country, so I enjoy hiking through the woods, while keeping an eye out for freakishly huge spiders. Seriously, some of them are big enough to beat you over the head with a stick.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I only recently joined, and am looking forward to connecting with other local business women. We all benefit from mutual support.

What inspired you to become a member? I first learned about the Center for Women in connection with a Low Country authors’ book signing. When I learned about other events, I was sold.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? As a new member, I was impressed with the one event I attended. Many authors have formed their own publishing companies, ignorant of what owning a business truly involves. Writing is a rather solitary profession, so learning from successful business women and meeting other writer/publishers is a rare opportunity for personal and professional growth.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I don’t walk around with a chip on my shoulder, but I often feel that I have to work harder to earn respect. Women are often judged more by their appearance than their accomplishments, so whenever I want to be taken seriously, it involves dying my gray roots, applying lavish amounts of mascara, and squeezing into my Spanx. Oh, the humanity!

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Know-Connect-Share. Know your market. Connect with them. Share what you have to offer. I believe that the Center for Women will be an extraordinary opportunity to learn more about connecting with my readers.

How can people connect with you? I can be reached through my website: or my company email, You can also find me at LinkedIn.

C4W Member Profile: Sherry Dixon

August 16, 2011

What is your profession?  I am a Full-time Environmental, Safety and Health (EHS) professional with Boeing.  I am also a Writer.  My first book, Natural Destiny, is based on a true story about my mother’s experiences as an eight-year old prisoner of war on the island of Guam during World War II.  I am currently working on a safety book entitled The Silver Bullet and Other Safety Myths which is about my experience as an occupational safety and health professional.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I enjoy writing, singing, dancing, teaching and being with friends and family.  I also enjoy teaching adults.  Years ago when Johnson and Wales was in Charleston, I taught a class on Positive Mental Attitude, which was needed to graduate.  I am a Distinguished Toastmaster with Toastmasters, International.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? One year in September 2011.

What inspired you to become a member?  When I finished writing my book, Natural Destiny, C4W advertised a Saturday class with Shari Stauch on social marketing.  Shari was fantastic.  She not only inspired me to the point that I developed my website, but I also attended the 2010 Words and Music conference in New Orleans, LA based on her recommendations.  At the conference, I attended and talked with an agent and an editor about my book.  Based on their recommendations I rewrote my book, originally non-fiction, to a YA (Young Adult) crossover, doubled the size and wrote it in fiction format.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you?  Women need ways they can spotlight their accomplishments, network with other confident, successful women and receive cost-effective applicable education topics.  C4W does all and more.  I tell women everywhere about the C4W.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you?  At times, I feel like it’s a challenge especially in the past when I was a single parent raising my son and daughter.   But more often than not I realize how lucky, grateful and powerful I am as a woman.  I believe there is nothing I cannot do as long as I believe in what I want.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy?  Women need to know what they want, establish a plan to get it and then work the plan. Women who are not confident or successful need to get in touch with and listen to their inner voice.  They also need to spend time with other women who share the ideals that they now have or aspire to have.  Women who are successful and confident need to share their knowledge and experiences with other women.

C4W Member Profile: Dottie S. Ashley

August 10, 2011

What is your profession? Arts Columnist,  theater and dance critic and  general features writer  for S.C.’s two largest newspapers, The State in Columbia and the Post and Courier in Charleston for a total of 37 years; the the only newspaper writer to win the Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Award given each year by the S.C. Arts Commission for excellence in supporting and promoting the arts.; also, one of 10 dance critics  throughout the U.S., selected by the United States Information Agency in 1990 for a month-long visit  to Moscow and Tbilisi, in then-Soviet Georgia, to write about the famous Vaganova method of  ballet.  Is  the only dance writer to twice win a Dance Critic Fellowship from the NEA to spend a month,  with 12 other dance writers from the U.S. and Canada, writing about dancers from all over the world who performed at the American Dance Festival at Duke University in the summers of 1985 and 2005.  In 1981, she was one of 10 theater critics from all over the world to win a Critics Institute Fellowship to the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, Conn. where she spent a month critiquing new plays, featuring Broadway actors in the casts.

In September, Dottie will assume her new job as the Arts Columnists and feature writer with The Charleston Mercury newspaper, which is published every other Thursday by the Post and Courier. She will also continue to write for Sandlapper Magazine, based in Columbia, and for other publications.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? Outside my career, I enjoy dancing and swimming for exercise; traveling to New York to see Broadway plays with my husband, Dr. Franklin Ashley, a theater professor at the College of Charleston.

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? I’ve been a Center for Women member for at least six years.

What inspired you to become a member? I joined because I truly believe that women need to ban together to fight for equality and to help not only themselves, but also each other. It’s criminal that in 2011 women still make less money than men for doing the same work or holding the same positions.  Also, at the newspaper, the  top editors are still men, as are most politicians, who make the laws that often greatly affect only the lives, especially the freedom of women.

Another reason my husband Franklin and I were inspired to become  members of the Center for Women was that  weI had the unforgettable pleasure of briefly knowing Executive Director Jennet Robinson Alterman’s parents, Pat and Emmett Robinson. When we moved to Charleston as newly weds in 1966, the Robinsons had been notified by one of their old friends and a frequent actor at the Footlight Players, Dr. Frank Durham, that his protege, whom he had taught in graduate school at USC, Franklin Ashley, then 24, was to be teaching at The Citadel that fall, and was moving to Charleston with his new wife.  I remember that, following the first production that fall, directed by Emmett at the Footlight Players, that afterward, Jennet’s mother, Pat, an accomplished actress and author on her own, sought us out and invited us to an intimate, opening-night gathering at their beautiful home for drinks and a light supper.  They kindly introduced us to several other theater-supporters and actors, some of whom became instant friends of ours.  As Franklin once noted: “Emmett could do it all: write, direct, design sets and costumes and teach. Because of this, and the fact he was such a nice person, made him a never-to-be-replaced contributor to the lasting success of theater in Charleston. ”

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? I have enjoyed meeting interesting people through my membership, and in the future hope to become more active in the organization as my work load will not be as heavy.  Also, my husband, Franklin has been a Center for Women member for several years, as he believes in its goals and also in the equality of women in society.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? Over the decades, I’ve found that women do not assert themselves as strongly as men do. Also they fail to promote their accomplishments to their higher-ups and supervisors, and they are often afraid to ask for raises. However, men often assume its their right to ask for more money because they feel they are honestly worth it. I’ve discovered the hard way, that it’s often a double-edged sword, in that most men, seem to resent assertive women and often feel threatened by them. Also, if a woman makes a mistake, she is often punished for it no matter how excellent she has performed in the past. With men, even if it’s truly a fireable offense, the opposite occurs.

C4W Member Profile: Holly Fisher

January 28, 2011

What is your profession? Account executive, Step Ahead Inc., a public relations, social media marketing and Internet marketing firm.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I have a daughter who is almost 3 years old, so “me” time is a luxury, but I enjoy reading, writing, gardening and doing CrossFit with my husband.

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

What inspired you to become a member? I had been familiar with the Center for Women for several years and always admired its role in the community as a resource and supporter of women. I joined so I could be a part of that effort.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? The sheer variety of programming is terrific, from the annual Women in Business Conference to the Women Writers Forum, I truly appreciate that the Center for Women has a program for every woman in the Charleston area. I also have had the chance to speak at a couple of events and welcomed the opportunity to give back to the organization and to meet other terrific women in the community.

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? I find as I grow older and, particularly now that I am a mother, women carry an enormous load. We take personally the successes and failures of our children and families. We strive to balance our personal and home life with our career aspirations. We go through each day trying to keep all the balls in the air and beat ourselves up when one hits the ground. Women need to cut themselves some slack and realize that even on the days when we feel defeated, we have accomplished so much – simply by being women who contribute to our communities, our families, our jobs and, from time to time, ourselves.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? You have to be flexible. When I lost my job two years ago, it was devastating. But I knew I had to regroup, refocus and be open to new possibilities. I truly believe women aren’t limited in what they can do as long as they are determined and willing to take a chance. While making a change might be scary, as long as you believe in yourself, you will succeed.

C4W Member Profile : Jennifer Lynn Rone (Jeni)

November 3, 2010

What is your profession? Accredited Financial Counselor and Photographer // Sea Star Arts (we live in a beautiful city! Who wouldn’t want to capture that…)

What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? My career as an artist allows me to engage with all types of people, places and events that inspire me to be a better, more creative person. Nothing like the bride’s mother asking if she can adopt me!

How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? Oh gee, I think at least 2 or 3 years now?

What inspired you to become a member? I noticed that the Center for Women were involved in many events that moved me and I needed a local organization to give back to. I travel all over our country for work and I needed a strong foundation to support and be supported by when I am home.

What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? Oh where to begin? Other than great friendships that have been established, I have taken advantage of almost every service offered by the Center. I enjoy the Brown Bag Lunch series and definitely have fun at all the great events that are sponsored by or benefit the Center for Women. My most favorite has been the writers series, though. I have met some outstanding writers, editors and women like me that want to develop their skills. Having Dottie Frank bring a new book and sign it for us was tops! She’s a riot!

How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? Maybe because I use the cliché term –southern blonde? But I have a hard time day to day being taken seriously and avoiding being harassed. I am an intelligent, hardworking person that happens to be a self-reliant woman. The Center for Women has supported and is run by so many strong women that I feel confident in my day to day life to overcome obstacles and challenges that happen because I am a woman.

What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? No matter what shape you are, size you wear or shoe color you have on today, make sure to be proud of who you are and what you represent. There is no one out there more important than yourself and your number one goal should be to properly take care of her.

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