Art of a N E W Start!

Happy SPRING!

I’m calling it and hope you are engaged in a prosperous season for your health and business goals!  Although we have not met in person for the past two months it is my hope you are staying engaged with one another outside of our scheduled meetings.  I’m very excited for our new Spring/Summer schedule and am grateful for the colleagues who are taking their time and resources to help us bond in 2015. Below are a few projects we are developing and look forward to you being part of and sharing with your networks.

I would like to begin by introducing you to Samantha Benson.  She owns a consulting business, Acts 3 Consulting, LLC.  Samantha is coming onboard to become our member liaison as we unveil new membership options. She resides in Alexandria VA with her 2 children and has been very kind to take ownership of our membership initiatives.  Let’s welcome her to the organization! If you have questions regarding your membership, renewal or become involved in speaking at a meeting, Set up an appointment with her today.

We will launch our 2015 schedule April 9th with an Evening Event of Painting Your Picasso for a worthy cause! Member, Robyn McClure has officially launched her NEW mobile business, Pinot’s Pallette.
Join WBIS in discovering your Inner Artistic Talent while celebrating Robyn’s NEW business endeavor. Three paintings will be chosen as WBIS ART DECO AWARD and will be auctioned supporting women in career transition and entrepreneurial endeavors.  WBIS will feature your Paintings on our Blog along with your business contact information.  What better way to have a conversational piece of art in your office to engage your clientele that your business also gives back to worthy causes?

Join Us April 9th from 6:00pm- 9:00pm for an Evening of Painting, Connecting and Enjoy the Spirit of Generosity as we tap into our creativity and build our WBIS NetGIVING Foundation.

Check out the photo we will paint for the evening.  Think about words that are part of your mantra for the year and let’s Paint It Forward!  Early Bird Registration is $39 per person, at the door $ 50.00 per … Supplies and Appetizers will be provided. If you choose to have spirits, they are available in the hotel for your purchase. 

We are also excited to highlight a NEW entrepreneur who will make us sweet treats for the evening!  Taylor is a young lady in high school who is working on her business, Sweet-T-Cakes and would enjoy your feedback on her product. She will be a sponsor of the WBIS NetGIVING event and we are looking for 3 additional business owners in the group to showcase their products at this evening event.  Mother’s Day is near and why not get it all done in one place?  There is an exhibit fee of $75 and a percentage of what is sold that evening, benefits the WBIS NetGIVING Foundation.  Contact Us for further sponsor information.

 

#StepUpWomen May 8, 2015, we are collaborating with a panel of women who are active in the community and political leadership.  If you have pondered becoming an advocate or politically active in your community and want to be a voice ….this will be a great event to attend.  While women’s organizations are rallying to increase the number of women running for offices, we decided this would be the perfect time to open discussion. Community Partner, Krysta Jones, founder of VA Leadership Institute will facilitate a powerful panel of community experts to address what it takes to STEP UP TO THE PLATE and find your voice.   We will have organizations,   community leaders and business owners in attendance. Please share this event with women you know who you think should run for office. Panelists include Catherine ReadKrysta JonesGrace Han WolfLauren Toomey and Sheila DixonRegister for  Friday May 8, 2015 8:00am-9:30am at the Hyatt Fairlakes 12777 Fairlakes Circle Fairfax VA 22033

 

SpeechCraft Workshops begin April 21, 2015! Thank You to Brittany Morrell for creating a WBIS alliance with Toastmasters International.  Brittany works with Randstad Technologies and joined WBIS in January.  As career women, entrepreneurs and women becoming more active with their public speaking skills, we decided to host a series of classes for our WBIS members and colleagues.  In collaboration with Toastmasters International, we will schedule in person meetings beginning April 21, 2015 to assist women interested in actively developing and honing in on their speaking skills.  You will work with  Northern VA’s Toastmaster’s Team over the course of six (6) weeks and take your speaking to the next levels. Seats are very limited.  Our ultimate goal in providing this workshop is to have you in a broadcast studio by the end of 2015. We would like a communications or media expert to assist us to the end of this project. Contact us for class information and registration. Phone 703.477.6350.

JUNE is our Annual Winery Affair at Paradise Springs! CELEBRATING YOU to summer and scheduling member presentations/workshops for Fall 2015/Winter 2016.  Keeping this event VERY simple and FUN…Bring a lunch or dessert item to share, bring your one sheet, video or audio clip of your presentation, schedule the month you would like to present, enjoy the grounds and network with one another.   We are excited at the possibility of having Virginia Colin, host of Voice America’s Family Matters and owner of Colin Family Mediation presenting to the group sharing how women can protect their empires.  Linda Wheeler and her husband have officially launched their Real Estate Investing Seminars and would like to show us how investing can help build our empires.  Sheyla Blackman has launched business-coaching individuals interested in Government Contracting.  If you have a meeting idea, workshop or program you would like to deliver, share it with us in June.  We will send out a poll to see which date works best for maximum networking amongst us. “Above the Line” Our potential is unlimited when we build collaborative communities.

This should hold us for a few months.  It’s a good feeling to see women in the group contributing their strengths as we forge through the year.  I look forward to spend time with Y O U this year at WBIS and continue to position our group as an “Above the Line” resource for women building their empires.

Best for a great month in your business!

Sheila

 

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