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Upcoming Chapter Meetings

    • May 28, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Essex Hub for Women & Business, 9 Main Street, 2nd floor, Essex Junction, VT

    Start with Why - A Roundtable Discussion

    Our WBON Essex Chapter is excited to host a roundtable discussion on “Start with Why a TedTalk by Simon Sinek. Join in the discussion to clarify the "why" of your business. What pain point does your business solve? What ‘can’t live without’ service do you provide?

    Having clarity on your purpose and ‘why’ will help you be able to clearly brand your business and identify potential clients.

    ****Update 5/14/2019: Unfortunately, we needed to change the time for our Essex WBON event on Tuesday, May 28th. Due to some scheduling issues, the session has been moved to 12 – 1:30 pm.**

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    • June 03, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Green Mountain Power Energy Innovation Center, 66 Merchants Row, Rutland, VT 05701

    Dress for Success: Look & Feel Great in Any Occupation 

    Even in Vermont, we should not underestimate the power of dressing our best for the work we do. This does not mean a business suit or your best dress every day. Feeling comfortable and confident will speak volumes above and beyond what you may actually be saying. As an Independent Cabi Stylist, Ros Cook has dressed women of all ages, occupations, sizes and fashion desires. She will help us understand the type of clothes that will work for varying body shapes, work styles, and overall comfort levels. Level-up your professionalism with this fun and informative session, and leave feeling inspired to dress your best no matter the event.

    Presenter: Roslyn Cook, Independent Cabi Stylist
    After a long career in finance at CVPS, Ros entered retirement seeking a fresh, new career that would give her the freedom and flexibility that retirement should feel like. She landed on fashion and has been styling women of Rutland County, Vermont & New England for 7 years!

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    Your Rutland Chapter Coordinators:

    Erin Anderson, Outreach Coordinator, Rutland Economic Development Corporation
    Christie Garofano, Body Essentials LLC

    • June 05, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Williston Fire Station, 645 Talcott Road, Williston, VT 05495

    Be Unstoppable: Discover and Overcome What Holds You Back

    Fear mixed with self-doubt is the #1 thing that stops women from realizing their true potential. Don’t let a lack of confidence or doubt stand in your way of making a change or diving into a new journey. With so many external factors out of your control, it is important to control the things you can. This session will teach you how to manage your inner critic so you can confidently be true to yourself and live the life you want.

    Attendees will walk away with:

    • Simple tools that will immediately reduce the negative impact of self-doubt
    • Time-tested strategies to help quiet your inner critic
    • Ways to become comfortable taking bold action in your business and personal life and be ready to make your next big move!
    About our Presenter:

    Lisa Wood is the Director of the Women’s Small Business Program at Mercy Connections, and founder of Sprout New Media and The Hive. She is a certified life + business coach, and champion for women entrepreneurs. Lisa focuses on helping women build fulfilling, sustainable businesses, and teaches them how to navigate the often overwhelming aspects of being a business owner.

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    • June 18, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Essex Hub for Women & Business, 9 Main Street, 2nd floor, Essex Junction, VT

    Social Media Strategy and Best Practices for Your Brand

    Social media is a critical tool for promoting today’s small business — making the company more visible to more people more quickly than any other marketing platform. But many small businesses are approaching social media all wrong, or they aren’t using it all.

    At this fast-paced chapter meeting, we will touch on the strategy stuff and the technical stuff. You will learn how to create the right social media strategy for your business, one that is integrated with the rest of your marketing program to deliver greater exposure for your brand. We will cover why social media matters, how to choose the most effective social media platforms for you and your audience, and best practices for maintaining, tracking, and improving your results over time.

    Our Presenter: Pat Heffernan, WBON's founding president, is co-founder and president of Burlington-based Marketing Partners, Inc., a creative agency that helps mission-driven organizations advance their goals through strategic, integrated communication.

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    • June 19, 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • The Community Room at Shaw's, 570 Shelburne Road, South Burlington, VT

    Art & Science of Project Management - A Hands-On Workshop

    Get a framework, tools, and tips to manage projects successfully. You’ll learn:

    • 7 key elements of a great project plan
    • 3 great ways to generate ideas and solutions
    • 6 free software programs that can make all the difference
    • 11 ways to use emotional intelligence to finish your project on time and on budget

    Bring a project idea that you'd like to develop, either for your business or personally. You'll leave with a great start to your plan!What sort of project idea? A project has a beginning and an end, is time-limited, and usually has budget. It could be creating a new service or product, updating or building a website, planning a major trip, doing a renovation, launching a marketing blitz, or any number of other things—something big that you've been wanting to do but haven't had a chance to get to; complex, worth investing planning time in; one that will really make a difference to your business and your life.

    Charlene Wallace, Project Management Professional, of Operations Plus, is passionate about efficiency, growth, and better ways of doing business. A global thinker with nuts and bolts practicality, she's worked in mission-focused organizations for 30 years. She uses an Appreciative Inquiry approach to her work in operations, management, team building, human resources, and systems development.

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Past Chapter Meetings and Speakers

May 15, 2019 Burlington Chapter Meeting
May 06, 2019 Rutland Chapter Meeting
April 17, 2019 Burlington Chapter Meeting
April 10, 2019 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
April 03, 2019 Williston Chapter Meeting
April 01, 2019 Rutland Chapter Meeting
March 20, 2019 Burlington Chapter Meeting
March 06, 2019 Williston Chapter Meeting
March 04, 2019 Rutland Chapter Meeting
February 26, 2019 Essex Chapter Meeting
February 20, 2019 Burlington Chapter Meeting
February 13, 2019 CANCELLED - Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
February 06, 2019 Williston Chapter Meeting
February 04, 2019 Rutland Chapter Meeting
January 22, 2019 Essex Chapter Meeting
January 16, 2019 Burlington Chapter Meeting
January 09, 2019 CANCELLED - Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
January 09, 2019 Williston Chapter Meeting
January 07, 2019 Rutland Chapter Meeting
December 25, 2018 No December Essex Chapter Meeting
December 19, 2018 Burlington Chapter Meeting
December 11, 2018 WBON 2018 Holiday Social
December 11, 2018 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting combines with WBON Holiday Gathering!
December 05, 2018 Williston Chapter Meeting
December 03, 2018 Rutland Chapter Meeting
November 21, 2018 No November Burlington Chapter Meeting
November 14, 2018 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
November 07, 2018 Williston Chapter Meeting
November 05, 2018 Rutland Chapter Meeting
October 17, 2018 Burlington Chapter Meeting
October 10, 2018 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
October 03, 2018 Williston Chapter Meeting
October 01, 2018 Rutland Chapter Meeting
September 25, 2018 Essex Chapter Meeting
September 19, 2018 Burlington Chapter Meeting
September 12, 2018 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
September 10, 2018 Kick-off! Rutland Chapter Meeting
September 05, 2018 Williston Chapter Meeting
August 28, 2018 Essex Chapter Meeting
August 08, 2018 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
August 06, 2018 New Rutland Chapter Meeting
August 01, 2018 Williston Chapter Meeting
July 24, 2018 No July Essex Chapter Meeting
July 18, 2018 Burlington Chapter Meeting
July 11, 2018 No July Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
July 04, 2018 No July Williston Chapter Meeting
June 26, 2018 Essex Chapter Meeting
June 25, 2018 New Rutland Chapter Meeting
June 20, 2018 Burlington Chapter Meeting
June 13, 2018 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
June 06, 2018 Williston Chapter Meeting
May 22, 2018 Essex Chapter Meeting
May 16, 2018 Burlington Chapter Meeting
May 09, 2018 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
May 02, 2018 Williston Chapter Meeting
April 24, 2018 No Essex Chapter Meeting in April - See you at the Spring Conference
April 18, 2018 Burlington Chapter Meeting
April 11, 2018 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
April 04, 2018 Williston Chapter Meeting
March 27, 2018 Essex Chapter Meeting
March 21, 2018 Burlington Chapter Meeting
March 14, 2018 WEATHER CANCELLATION - Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
March 07, 2018 Williston Chapter Meeting
February 27, 2018 Essex Chapter Meeting
February 21, 2018 Burlington Chapter Meeting
February 07, 2018 Williston Chapter Meeting
January 23, 2018 Essex Chapter Meeting
January 17, 2018 Burlington Chapter Meeting
January 03, 2018 Williston Chapter Meeting
December 26, 2017 No Essex Chapter Meeting in December
December 20, 2017 No Burlington Chapter Meeting in December
December 12, 2017 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting combines with WBON Holiday Gathering!
December 06, 2017 Williston Chapter Meeting
November 28, 2017 Essex Chapter Meeting
November 15, 2017 Burlington Chapter Meeting
November 08, 2017 No Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting in November
November 01, 2017 Williston Chapter Meeting
October 24, 2017 Essex Chapter Meeting
October 18, 2017 Burlington Chapter Meeting
October 11, 2017 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
October 04, 2017 Williston Chapter Meeting
September 26, 2017 Essex Chapter Meeting
September 20, 2017 Burlington Chapter Meeting
September 13, 2017 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
September 06, 2017 Williston Chapter Meeting
August 22, 2017 Essex Chapter Meeting
August 16, 2017 No Burlington Chapter Meeting in August
August 09, 2017 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
August 02, 2017 Williston Chapter Meeting
July 25, 2017 No Essex Chapter Meeting in July
July 19, 2017 Burlington Chapter Meeting
July 12, 2017 No Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting in July
July 05, 2017 No Williston Chapter Meeting in July
June 27, 2017 Essex Chapter Meeting
June 21, 2017 Burlington Chapter Meeting
June 14, 2017 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
June 07, 2017 Williston Chapter Meeting
May 23, 2017 Essex Chapter Meeting
May 17, 2017 Burlington Chapter Meeting
May 10, 2017 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
May 03, 2017 Williston Chapter Meeting
April 25, 2017 Essex Chapter Meeting
April 12, 2017 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
April 05, 2017 Williston Chapter Meeting
March 28, 2017 Essex Chapter Meeting
March 15, 2017 CANCELLED: Burlington Chapter Meeting
March 08, 2017 Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
March 01, 2017 Williston Chapter Meeting
February 23, 2017 Essex Chapter Meeting
February 15, 2017 Burlington Chapter Meeting
February 08, 2017 Greater Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
February 01, 2017 Williston Chapter Meeting
January 18, 2017 Burlington Chapter Meeting
December 21, 2016 Burlington Chapter Meeting - No December Meeting
December 13, 2016 WBON Holiday Social
December 07, 2016 Williston Chapter Meeting
November 16, 2016 Burlington Chapter Meeting
November 02, 2016 Williston Chapter Meeting
October 19, 2016 Burlington Chapter Meeting: Fall Conference in lieu of October Meeting
October 11, 2016 Greater Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting - No October Meeting
October 05, 2016 Williston Chapter Meeting
September 21, 2016 Burlington Chapter Meeting
September 13, 2016 Greater Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
September 07, 2016 Williston Chapter Meeting
August 17, 2016 Burlington Chapter Meeting
August 09, 2016 Greater Waterbury Area Chapter Meeting
August 03, 2016 Williston Chapter Meeting - August 3
July 20, 2016 Burlington Chapter Meeting - July 20
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