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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.

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