This blog is dedicated to the women in my life on Galentine’s Day, February 13th, the celebrating of female friendships the day before the world becomes clogged with Valentine’s Day. For years, Valentine’s Day was big with sweethearts, spouse, and then children, and now grandchildren!
Yes, it goes out to sisters by birth and sisters by choice: Joyce, Marge, Beth, Jane, Vicki, Kass, Mary Jane, Jessica, and more. But it also is the time to celebrate with the more than 70 women across Northeast Ohio who are part of my professional sisterhood and passion through my four, soon to be five, Northeast Ohio Professional Women’s Connection groups. For these are the women I have grown to know and love over more than five years. I salute each and every one of you today and every day…
Many years ago, I had to learn how to network as I was thrown into the public sector in various government positions, and I took to it quite naturally as an extroverted introvert! I actually taught a course at a local community college on the book HOW TO WORK A ROOM… But since then through the formation of a number of nonprofits in a leadership position, I have continued the networking, and five years ago, I was asked to take on the decade old group which became Professional Women’s Connection West (Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and grew to Professional Women’s Connection East (Lake County, Ohio) and then Professional Women’s Connection Lorain County. Now, we are ready with Professional Women’s Connection Medina County.
I am a unique being, and I have learned what to do that is best for me–a God given mandate. As a result of that, the networking groups’ members are all unique and high energy in their own respective ways. There is no competition, only collaboration, through protected industry categories. They each learn to like and then build relationships of trust with each other. They become each others’ sales forces. Most succeed; some who do not make an investment in this business tool do not. The energy of each woman reflects my major life passion: Energy, Money Energy, and being real! It is integrity and authenticity….
I am unafraid to say that I have a gift for brining women together in networking…I have been given a gift, and it is good for me and for all who allow it to be a gift to them. Not every woman is ready, but, if they are, I love the opportunity to help them grow their businesses through really professional networking. Growth continues into Summit County, Ohio in the fall and potentially Geauga County, Ohio in 2020.
so for all…Happy Galentine’s Day…may our paths continue on the road to success and love, my sisters, one and all!