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  • 08 Nov 2010 12:37 PM | Working Women (Administrator)
    Who wants to attend the "The Coolest Outdoor Lounge Party" in St. Pete? Working Women of Tampa Bay is giving away 2 VIP tickets to the 3rd Annual Chillounge Night on Saturday, November 20th.

    The tickets are for The VIP Lounge - which is currently SOLD OUT.
    Inside the VIP Lounge, food, drinks, cigars and gift bags are complimentary!!!!

    Here's what you have to do to win!
    RSVP to Chillounge on Facebook
    Become a fan of the Working Women of Tampa Bay
    Post a comment about why you deserve to have a "license to chill" on this blog
    Be present at the St. Pete Happy Hour sponsored by Florida Lifestyle Pools and American's Business Manager to receive your tickets!

    Drawing will take place at the Happy Hour at 8pm on Wednesday (11/10) at Queenheads Restaurant. Hope to see you there!

    More about:
    3rd Annual Chillounge Night on Saturday, November 20th, 2010
    6 pm - 11 pm.
    Straub Park will transform again into a magnificent outdoor lounge with 6 trucks of beautiful lounge furniture. Benefiting Creative Clay and The Woodson Museum.

    Be part of the transformation...this unique event, where the live broadcast and Park setting under the stars will be filled with life...and everyone will remember this enchanting evening.

    Again with a huge fireworks display presented by Gold & Diamond Source

    New Atmosphere Productions, the Gulf Coast's Premier Full Service Special Event Company who is responsible for Stage Light and Sound.

    Producer and Director Rainer Scheer.


    Buy tickets now at : http://www.stpetersburg.chillloungenight.com/tickets
  • 25 Oct 2010 6:11 PM | Working Women (Administrator)
    Working Women of Tampa Bay is teaming up with members Cindy MacRitchie and Tonya Seay to host a special Fondue Night at the Carrollwood Melting Pot on Election Day, November 2nd.

    One lucky winner will get to come to the event for FREE!

    To enter to win, you must be a fan of Working Women of Tampa Bay, Keeping the Balance and Strategic Success Builders. Plus! Post a comment on this blog about why Working Women should exercise their right to vote.

    Guests who come to the event wearing their "I Voted" sticker will also get an extra raffle ticket for the prize drawing!

    We'll announce the winner on Friday! Good luck!




  • 21 Oct 2010 11:08 AM | Working Women (Administrator)

    Want to win (2) free tickets to see the musical hit comedy 9 to 5: The Musical? Working Women of Tampa Bay is teaming up with the The Straz Center for the Performing Arts to kick off their 2010-2011 Broadway season with a super fun giveaway.

    To be entered to win, you have to be a fan of Working Women of Tampa Bay and The Straz Center for the Performing Arts and post a comment on this blog about what you love about being a Working Woman!!

    Winner will be announced on Monday at 10am. The tickets are for Tuesday night's show. The winner's name will be placed at Will Call.

    By the way, Working Women of Tampa Bay can save 50% off select seats ! Use promo code DORALEE and save on tickets to the Tuesday or Wednesday evening performances in price levels 1, 2 or 3. Each purchase is limited to 4 discounted tickets. Offer not applicable to prior sales. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Subject to availability.

    Tickets can be purchased at the Straz Center Ticket Office, by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or visiting STRAZCENTER.ORG.


    You can learn more about 9 to 5: The Musical by visiting STRAZCENTER.ORG or by clicking here: http://www.strazcenter.org/Events/1011-Broadway/9-to-5--The-Musical.aspx



     

  • 12 Oct 2010 11:18 AM | Working Women (Administrator)
    Want to win tickets to the Halloween event of the year? Working Women of Tampa Bay is teaming up with Busch Gardens to give away (2) tickets to the Howl-O-Scream!

    It's 11th season has MORE haunted houses than ever before, ALL-NEW scare zones, Alone – a revolutionary idea in how guests experience haunted attractions – and a live concert each night of the event by the rock stars of horror – Sylvie and her killer band, My X.

    Howl-O-Scream is $74.95. You can cash in on discounts participating Publix Supermarkets and at MyXRocks.com for Passport Members and Florida Residents. Discounts are also available with promotional codes from select Pepsi, Domino’s Pizza, Applebee’s, Smoothie King and Muvico theaters.

    To enter to win - you must be a fan of Working Women of Tampa Bay and Howl-O-Scream and post a comment on this blog.

    Winner will be drawn at random on Friday, October 15th.

    Good Luck!

    PS: For an inside peek at this year's Howl-O-Scream fun, check out this photo gallery from Metromix.

  • 15 Feb 2010 10:26 PM | Working Women (Administrator)

    What’s your story? Do you have one? Is it consistent and relevant? Without having a strong consistent brand/story developed for your organization all of your other marketing campaigns will fall short. Many organizations become so excited about launching new and exciting marketing strategies they overlook the importance of building this important foundation first.

    Just like life, you need to know who you are before you can attract others. Building a brand is more about a snappy logo or catchy slogan. Building a brand is about telling your customer a story about who you are, what you believe in and why they should trust you. If you developed a strong business plan you should already have this information written down, if not follow these steps to get going in the right direction.

    1) What is the goal of your business/service/product? This should have nothing to do with sales or your personal profit/success. This should have everything to do with how your business can make your customer’s life better. Why in the world, with all the many products and services out there, would your customer benefit by choosing you?

    2) What makes you unique? Why would your customer choose you over the 15 zillion other ‘yous’ on the market?

    3) What personality do you want to convey? Make your business human. People like working with other people, not other things…why do you think everyone moans when they have to navigate through a computerized ‘customer service’ phone answering service, or stand yelling at the ’self-check-out’ computer at the grocery store. Person to person interaction is always a better experience. Develop a personality for your business and keep it consistent in everything you do. It could be your personality, it could be one you make up….have fun and always consider what will best appeal/resonate with your target audience.

    You can learn more about branding at this month's Girls Night Out on 2/25!

  • 28 Jan 2010 11:39 PM | Working Women (Administrator)

    Are you an incredibly busy, highly productive,  goal oriented, multi-tasking, sometimes freakishly organized, wife/mother/girlfriend, who slave drives herself to the break of dawn?  Or maybe you only wish you were.  How can you increase your energy; your vitality?  A good philosophy to consider is an oldie but a goodie.  Just take the time to consider your own wellbeing and you are well on your way.

    We talked to two wellness experts, who have some sage advice for those looking to attain a better quality of life.  Their advice sheds light on a common theme.  Only making small changes, not drastic ones, is the best way to achieve your optimum self.

    Suzanne Andrew specializes in Thai yoga massage provides Ayurvedic Therapy to her clients.  She also teaches yoga, and is an accomplished Reiki Master.  She says that for her, “the journey to wellness has been about stripping away all the unhealthiness (extra weight, bad habits, limiting beliefs and negative thoughts) to reveal the true me.  I do believe, at our core, we are all healthy, whole and complete.” 

    So how can we embark on that journey?  She recommends “the ayurvedic advice of slowly changing habits for sustained success.  Can't do an hour of yoga every day?  No worries.  Commit to 15 minutes on your mat, or 5 minutes of stretching before getting up, or even 2 minutes of deep breathing every time you stop at a red light.  Eventually, all the good work adds up and changes your life!”  According to her, tiny changes can make a noticeable difference in your wellness.

    Liz Sylves is a Wellness Counselor whose expertise is weight loss and life coaching.  We wanted to know to what extent wellness has had an impact on her.  She says that “focusing on wellness has changed my whole life.  I went from being lazy and unmotivated to driven and very motivated.  I used to be over 200 lbs and now I am 67 lbs down.  I feel I can do anything.  My body feels better, my mind is stronger, and my spirit is free.”   

    How can a busy working woman can incorporate more wellness into her life?  She attests that any woman can do this very easily, “by making herself a priority and scheduling time with herself like an appointment.  This will allow her to focus on her wellness goals.” 

    To celebrate how you can re-connect with yourself, we invite you to join others in the pursuit of wellness this weekend at the Working Women Wellness Expo.  Attend 3 seminars of your choice from a variety of compelling experts in the field.  Check out WorkingWomenofTampaBay.com to find out more.

    (Besides, its going to rain this weekend anyways. )

    Discover more about Suzanne Andrew by visiting www.TryThaiYogaMassage.com

    Learn about Liz Sylves by visiting www.hytechslim.com, or  www.facebook.com/hytechweightloss .

     

    You can connect with Megan Daniel on Facebook.

     

  • 11 Jan 2010 8:20 PM | Working Women (Administrator)

    Do you network?  Many of us could not imagine life without being involved with either a face to face or an online network.  Whether you show up personally to Meetup events or, perhaps you prefer to do your networking from home using Facebook, you may be asking yourself: why is this important to me? What you should be asking yourself is what your importance is to your network. 

    It is deeply ingrained in human consciousness to be connected.  The reason, as the poet John Donne stated, is that “no man is an island.”  Sexism aside, imagine yourself on a raft in the middle of the ocean.  You are perfectly happy with your little space; you don’t see anything bad on the horizon.  You continue to float along on your little happy raft without worry.  Suddenly and without warning, your raft springs a leak and you begin to sink at an alarming rate.  You shout for help until you lose your voice.  No one answers.   

    Now, imagine your raft is connected to a circle of other rafts, which in turn are also connected to many other rafts.  In that same terrifying situation, everyone’s buoyancy combined can keep you from sinking.  I believe the mantra is:  “I have a friend who knows someone who can help you with that!”  This is the power of networking.  It is also a basic human survival technique.    

    But let’s not oversimplify things.  Consider also the more technical ways to more concretely understand how you stand in your social network. Think of yourself as a small node: for example a single brain cell, or one home computer connected to network.  Scientists and technicians use two factors, known as “betweenness” and “closeness” to determine a particular node’s usefulness on a network.

    Your “betweenness” factor measures how much control you have over what flows between yourself and other members of a network.  In quantifiable terms, this is the number of times you are able to connect to others around you.  Ask yourself:  “how often is my node a connector in the pathway of communication between other nodes?”  So from this we know that the amount of people you introduce to others in social settings, either directly or indirectly, is very important. 

    The other factor of measuring your influence in a network is your “closeness” factor.  This reveals how easily you can access what is available on a network.  If you had an emergency, how quickly could you get your request to the entire network?  Appraise what resources are available to you, should you need them.  What are you personally making available to other members of your network?

    When a brain cell fails, the other cells around it extend their growth to keep the brain functioning properly.  Computers aren’t yet this advanced, however a single computer can make available to the other machines around it greatly increased availability of information and speed of retrieval.  We can learn from these examples that routinely examining and enhancing our own levels of betweenness and closeness can make our network stronger, which will in turn make you a stronger member.

    You can connect with Megan Daniel on Facebook.

     

  • 21 Dec 2009 10:41 PM | Working Women (Administrator)

    Big thanks to everyone who helped support the Working Women of Tampa Bay during the Holiday Season. Early estimates indiciate that more than $1000 changed hands between members thanks to the contest. We are pleased to announce the winners on the raffle. If you're on the list, please send us an e-mail to claim your prize. Happy Holidays!

    OLGA CARR – MAKEUP SESSION W/ TAKE HOME GIFT & HEAD SHOTS BY BRANDI MORRIS

    SUZIN CARR – $100 SPA GIFT CERTIFICATE

    ROBIN BORLAND - THE CHOICES PENDANT FROM OAC DESIGNS

    DANIELLE  LEE – JK FLOWERS GIFT BASKET

    CRYSTAL ESTES – LIFE BALANCE GIFT BASKET & SACRED GLO CANDLE

    STEPHENIE ENSOR - 5 HOURS OF STYLING WITH KRAYL FUNCH

    CAT ANDERSON-  KOOKIE KRUM GIFT CERTIFICATE

    STEPHENIE FENTON - PAMPERED CHEF GIFT BASKET

    SUSAN LEONIDAS -  FLIP FLOP EMBROIDERY GIFT CERTIFICATE

    CHRISTIE BRUNER - TALK OF THE TOWN GIFT CERTIFICATE & “I CHOOSE” BOOK AND T-SHIRT

    FAITH SMITH  - AVON GIFT & DEBRA DAKIN SIGNATURE EYEBROW WAX

    KIM FRANCIS - VUE SPA AND SALON GIFT CERTIFICATE

    BILLIE JO GRASSINGER - FIT FOR FASHION TRAINING SESSION

    ANGELIQUE CARTER  -GENERATIONS YOGA PACK OF CLASSES

    WENDY GIBSON -EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS GIFT CERTIFICATE

    PAULA ROMAN – PILATES LOFT CLASSES & MY UNICITY GIFT CERTIFICATE

    PATRICIA HUNTER – INTENSITY ACADEMY SAUCES

    SUSAN ORNECK – ARBONNE GIFT CERTIFICATE

    MEGAN DANIEL – POINTS OF WELLNESS GIFT CERTIFICATE

    REBEKAH REIDY - RODAN AND FIELDS SKIN CARE BOOK

  • 18 Dec 2009 8:50 PM | Working Women (Administrator)

    The holiday season, also known as the time of giving, is once again in full swing.  But is it centuries of tradition that drives us to give gifts to others at this time of year, or is it perhaps something much more primal?  Recently, I was intrigued by an article in the New York Times that suggests that brain chemistry and deeply ingrained instinctual drives are the true cause of the holiday spirit. holiday-shopping-cart.jpg

    The article tells the fascinating story of a woman named Cami Walker, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.  After many unsuccessful attempts to relieve the physical and mental pain that accompanies her disease, she resorted to an unusual form of therapy suggested to her by a holistic medicine specialist.  The prescription was to give a gift every day for 29 days.

    Although skeptical, she was desperate for relief, and decided to give it a try.  The result?  At the end of her treatment, test results showed that her MS had stopped progressing.  She was also able to stop taking her pain medication.  The effect of this “giving treatment” was so profound she decided to write a book about it, entitled “29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life” (Da Capo Press).

    University studies have shown that giving to others releases endorphins in the brain.  Those chemicals in turn provide us with feelings of well being and a marked reduction in stress levels.  New studies now show that higher endorphin levels correlate with increased healing, and can even stymie the progress of diseases, as Ms. Walker’s case exemplifies.  However, there is a converse side to this process.  When we do things that cause our brains to release endorphins, instinctually we will seek out ways to continue to get that natural chemical reward.  This is what the article refers to as “the giving high.”

    Unfortunately, a syndrome I will call “over-giving” affects many people at Christmas time, and I believe the underlying cause of this is the unconscious thirst for the rush of endorphins that comes from giving. It is estimated that banks will earn $1.8 billion in overdraft fees during this year’s holiday season.  Are these financial institutions taking advantage of the primal human drive to give - and give more than they can afford?  Times are tough and everyone is under extra stress this year, which leads me to suspect that there will be a lot of overcompensating for negative feelings through over-giving. 

    I will be the first one to admit that I have sought relief from my troubles by shopping my sorrows away for holiday gifts.  Although this practice definitely elevated my spirits, the end result is usually increased stress due to strained finances come January.  Now that I am more aware of the bio-science behind giving, I can consciously channel this urge in more constructive ways.  Because we are all under an inordinate amount of stress this particular holiday season, I think a wise choice would be to satisfy this increased need for endorphins by balancing gift giving with giving of yourself. 

    As illustrated in Ms. Walker’s book, therapeutic levels of endorphins can be attained by simply doing something kind for a stranger.  You don’t have to buy a lavish gift for someone to produce the “helpers high.”  You can feel just as good, if not better, by doing something simple, thoughtful, and inexpensive.  Additionally, the altruism must be completely voluntary to produce the desired effects.

    Ms. Walker credits her success to spending time with people, offering emotional support, and small acts of kindness.  So you don’t necessarily have to run out and join the Peace Corps if you are feeling blue, all you need to do is be more patient and kind in your everyday life.  You will be surprised and satisfied by both the psychological and physiological results, and perhaps avoid over doing it on presents this year!

    To learn more about giving and how it can improve your overall health, visit 29gifts.org.  

    And to all my loyal readers, have a happy and healthy holiday season!  I look forward to connecting with you at Working Women of Tampa Bay events in 2010.

    You can connect with Megan Daniel on Facebook. 

     

  • 13 Dec 2009 10:09 PM | Working Women (Administrator)

    When decorating for the holidays, it’s not about how much money you spend, but how creative you can be with what you already have!  decor-story-nov-candle.jpg

    Start by thinking about what kind of style and / or color scheme you want to incorporate. Once you have your direction, it’s time to start to illustrate it.  Before you hit the store, take a look at what you have in your home.  Chargers, china, or even that mirror on your wall can be the perfect base for a beautiful display to adorn your coffee table.

    Sure, ornaments look great on your tree, but they can also create a focal point on your dining table.  Grab a clear vase, and fill it up with some ornaments, and scatter a few around the base.  Don’t have that many ornaments?  Fill the center of the vase with crumbled tissue paper and push the ornaments around the paper, against the glass, but be sure you can’t really see the tissue paper from the outside.  It will look like you have 60 ornaments instead of 20.

    Don’t buy expensive napkin holders to only use for one month, make your own!  Take some ribbon and tie it around your napkins and adorn it with a small ornament and accent with a sprig of evergreen.  Are your dining chairs not festive enough for your pretty holiday table?  Take some thicker ribbon and tie a bow around the back of each chair.  You could also add some extra special flair to your chairs by again adding an ornament or bit of Christmas tree.  Don’t forget your chandelier over the table.  Add some touches of the season to your lighting fixture with some garland and intertwining red bows. Your guests marvel at your innovation!

    When it comes to creating an environment, you must take into account more than just your sense of sight.  Think about your sense of smell as well.  Yes, scented candles will do the trick, but the good ones can cost a pretty penny!  Grab some unscented candles from around your home and hit your spice rack! Scatter nutmeg and cinnamon sticks around the candles. Other ways to add scent is with extracts.  Vanilla and peppermint are popular holiday scents.  I would not suggest putting the extracts directly near the wick, because a number of extracts can be flammable.  Tie a ribbon around the base or scatter some rocks below, and put a few drops on that instead.  If you have a live tree, cut some twigs off the back of the tree and use the fresh pine to accent a display.  All of these scents will fill your home with the smell of the holidays.

    Do you have a corner in your home that just needs something?  Wrap some empty boxes with some pretty paper and bows, and stack them there.  You’ll be able to enjoy them longer than December 25th!  Is your guest bathroom not welcoming guests with the holiday spirit?  Don’t purchase a whole Christmas bath set.  Instead, drape some holly and a red bow or two around your mirror, and voila!

    Be creative this holiday season and your wallet will thank you!

    Happy Holidays to you and yours!

    Staci M.

    Unique Event Design

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