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Upcoming WBON events

    • February 21, 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • The Community Room at Shaw's, 570 Shelburne Road, South Burlington, VT

    From Coffee to Closing - Maximizing value from your professional one-to- one meetings  

    As business owners, meeting face-to-face with other like-minded business professionals can be an enjoyable part of our work that facilitates an exchange of ideas and potentially opens doors to new opportunities.  

    The question is “how you are using that time?” Your answer to this question can drastically change the results of your meetings, and can make this difference between time lost or amazing growth for you and your business!  

    Take time to educate yourself about the many beneficial techniques of face-to-face business meetings so that both parties benefit drastically.  Vickie Wacek, Executive Director of BNI Vermont shares some best practices and insights into how to make the most out of your one-to-one meetings.

    As Executive Director of BNI Vermont, Vickie Wacek is responsible for all current and potential BNI members in Vermont and works tirelessly to create an organization that is transparent, creates success for all members, and is changing the way Vermont does business. Vickie has resided in Vermont since 2001 with her husband, Neil, 70 lbs of dog named Ajax, her cats Ophelia and Tosca, and a 4 year old snake named Marley. With a degree in Mathematics and 2 degrees in Opera Singing, Vickie still calls professional Opera Singing an active part of her life! When not immersed in BNI, you can find Vickie teaching opera at St. Michael’s College, playing trumpet at UVM Basketball and Hockey games, and playing accordion with the Vermont-based German Polka Band named IN-ZEL-DOOD-LER. Her key to success is based on that “Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it.”

    • February 27, 2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Essex Hub for Women & Business, 15 Pearl Street, Essex Junction, VT

    Peer Mentoring - Strategy & Solutions Circle

    When you face a challenge in your business, or you are ready to step into an exciting opportunity, it helps to access new perspectives, fresh ideas, and valuable feedback by talking with other successful women business owners.

    Our Strategy & Solutions Circle peer mentoring is an immensely valuable benefit of WBON membership & participation. Tap into the wisdom of your peers. Bring your challenge to the table and come away with renewed energy and practical actions.

    • March 07, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Williston Fire Station, 645 Talcott Road, Williston, VT 05495

    When you say “okay”, do you really mean “no”?

    The current tidal wave of sexual harassment allegations has opened the door to a larger shared reckoning. Many women are finding a voice that lets them push back and share their stories. Others are still trying to understand how to cope with this kind of behavior, which can foster a climate of fear and unease in both work and life. Our socialization makes changing these patterns very difficult.

    How do we respond to unwanted attention? Should we expect those in charge of the workplace to take action and manage this kind of behavior and create a safe climate for women? Recognizing and publicizing bad behavior is one thing. Actually coping with it in real life is another question altogether. Changing deeply embedded patterns is not easy. Individually, we can begin to learn a few strategies that can, with practice, help bring a confidence into our work and social lives.

    In this presentation, we’ll look at the problem of sexual harassment and why it is so prevalent. We’ll consider the ways we deal with it in how we respond and how we often have no choice but to “go along to get along”. We’ll do a few simple exercises to start shifting our own internal response mechanisms. We’ll learn why “OKAY” is not a good word, and why learning to say “NO” can be a powerful force for changing not just our own workplace environment, but our larger life as well.

    Lola Houston of Live A True Life loves helping others untangle the complexities of love and life. As a coach, she guides individuals and couples through challenges, helping them find an open heart with mindful, playful compassion. But wait! There’s more! Organizations seeking a stronger, thriving workplace will discover that she can help them navigate the ups and downs of interpersonal dynamics, and start vanquishing the dragons of misbehavior, restoring a sense of safety and respect to an organizational culture.

    • March 21, 2018
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Upstairs above the Community Room at Shaw's, 570 Shelburne Road, South Burlington, VT

    Apparel Workshop For The Professional Woman  

    We know first hand the importance of looking our best. Yet with so many options available to us, it can at times feel overwhelming. Questions can arise such as:

    • How do I look my best when I am in a transition yet want to maximize what I own?
    • What are the best ways to dress around my "trouble areas" ?
    • How do I dress in a way that honors my personal style yet is also tasteful?
    • How do I shop on a budget when I am new to my career and resources are limited?

    Join Brandon Dewyea, Apparel Stylist and owner of Moxie, and learn some tangible tips to apply immediately which will boost your confidence and potentially have you thinking of some fresh ways to even use what you already own in your closet!

    This session is appropriate for any woman at any point in her career. All ages and sizes are encouraged for this positive and FUN workshop!

    Brandon greatly enjoys working with women, men, and teens, of all ages and sizes, to help them find their own unique individual style for their personal and professional life. She believes working with an Apparel Stylist isn't about revamping everything about the individual. It's about unveiling the best version of oneself. Too often women and men dress for what they feel they “should” be wearing vs. dressing for the body type and personality they have. "It's not about the size you wear it's how you wear your size."

    • April 24, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Hampton Inn, 42 Lower Mountain View Drive, Colchester, VT 05664

    Save the date!

    The WBON Spring Conference planning team is hard at work crafting a powerful full-day conference for you! We will keep you posted as plans develop. In the meantime, save the date: April 24, 2018 at Hampton Inn in Colchester.

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