Football season is here! As you may know, I am an avid Steeler Fan and Pittsburgh is my hometown! This season has been very interesting to see the team evolve as they develop new players and work through some of the negative press regarding particular players in the organization. Looks like my Steelers are facing change in the face of adversity and will continue to work their hardest for an exciting season to produce RESULTS. Once a FAN…ALWAYS a FAN!
I’m grateful to the professionals in my circles who are being active advocates during my 4th quarter stretch. Exciting NEW opportunities are on the horizon for WBIS 2016. WE (WBIS members) are invited to a Film Screening, “A Single Step” with Voice of America on November 3, 2015. I’m extremely interested in the film to learn how to engage with our youth, future trailblazers. How do I position part of WBIS to be a platform for our youth as they navigate and climb higher or dig deeper for solutions to address economies, environmental and social barriers that plague the world or their own community? If you are interested in further information about the documentary, visit our website to RSVP to the VOA organizer of this event. Please inform VOA you were invited by the WBIS organization.
On November 13, 2015, WBIS will join in the World Kindness Movement. The mission of the WKM is to inspire individuals towards greater kindness and to connect nations to create a kinder world. WBIS is known in the community for helping women to connect personally and professionally no matter where they are in their journey. Whether one is building their business or gaining professional training to enhance their personal development, WBIS delivers. There are many stories shared with the WBIS team of women who enjoy WBIS as a professional place to meet, connect, and build relationships with one another. Our culture allows women to come and go as they please as we work behind the scenes to create viable professional connections for those who become active in the group.
Allow me to share a recent WBIS experience with you. A few years ago, Valerie Brown, Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, attended a few WBIS events. Valerie has an entrepreneurial spirit and is passionate about supporting women over the age of 40 thrive in the next phase of life, giving them a springboard to continuously move forward. She and I became closer, taking a genuine interest in one another professional and personal goals. We have 5 children between us so there are definitely other types of conversations that take place. We make a point to connect with one another by picking up the phone to say hello or liking a FB post. Valerie attends a variety of other professional networking groups and as great as they are, she indicates there is something different about WBIS. As I explained my recent transitions and an idea I have wanted to create for WBIS activity, we created a concept for an event to celebrate others and take time for ourselves, thus our November 13th WBIS NetGIVING World Kindness Day event was born.
We also discovered a similar interest in yoga and are excited about learning more about the practice. As I began the internet search to hire an instructor at our usual meeting place or try something different with the WBIS, we knew we needed to support a woman owned business in growth mode of her practice. Immediately, three woman owned businesses popped to the top of my search. I researched their sites and made cold calls…yes there is still validity in cold calling as a development strategy. I sensed the voice was not a receptionist quickly fielding calls to a program manager’s voicemail or an automated messaging system pointing me to several options when I simply needed to speak with someone directly. A very calm voice answered the phone which led to refreshing conversation between Marsha and Sheila. As I began to ‘pitch’ the World Kindness Movement event to Marsha Banks-Harold , she LOVED the idea and invited me to her studio the following day. We met, I explained my interests, desired outcomes, questions about the growth of her studio and how her beliefs have empowered her community. By the way, Marsha is married with 4 children, 2 yoga studios, a deaconess at her place of worship and an engineer by day, just to name a few of her internal strengths. We agreed, the WBIS NetGIVING World Kindness Event will take place at her studio on November 13, 2015. I shared the event idea with a few other women. They liked the idea and changed their schedule to support the event. As the idea continues to evolve, we thought it would be informational to have a Holistic Wellness Coach and Raw Food Chef present while we experience the World Kindness Day concept together. Within a few short hours, Pauline Davis, Holistic Health Coach, called me on another matter. I informed her of the idea Valerie, Marsha and I were working on and she LOVED the concept. She’s coming on board to contribute her strengths to the event. Marsha’s colleague, Vikki Brown, certified Raw Foods Chef, graduate of the renowned Matthew Kenney Plantlab in Belfast, Maine is also ready to provide services for the event as our registration process begins.
Moving forward with the World Kindness Day event, we now have 5 women managing 11+ active children’s schedules located in different parts of NoVA and promoting World Kindness. We are connecting on different levels with one another collectively and individually. Who knows how the professional relationships will evolve over time for each person? We do know planning for this experience has been pretty exciting and seamless as we put our personal strengths on the table to support one another. As women with diverse careers, we are looking forward to collaborate and celebrate World Kindness Day. Join us for a unique experience. We will enjoy a Restorative Yoga Session with Marsha guiding participants to pay attention to their bodies while moving through the physical limitations that may be blocking their ability to extend beyond comfort zones. If you are new to yoga, we encourage you to join. It will be a refreshing and reflective personal experience. If you are an avid yoga student or interested in training to develop your yoga practice, Marsha welcomes you.
Date: November 13, 2015
Location: P.I.E.S Fitness Yoga Studio- 33 South Pickett Street, Suite 200, Alexandria, Virginia 22304
(Entrance 5201 Valley Forge Drive)
Investment in your well being: $30 Pre-Registration Required
6:45-7:45- Restorative Yoga Session (Mats included. Please feel comfortable to bring your own equipment)
7:45- 8:30- Networking & Refreshments
Women, how are you Building & Investing in Success during your 4th quarter stretch?