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Hopeful not Homeless

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on February 13, 2011

By PWG Member Jana Gamble

Today @S.I.S. Mentors partnered with the @Midwest Professional Women’s Group and had an amazing trip to Hopeville!! We spent an hour with the Mayor and the residents of Hopeville touring, talking, engaging, and encouraging!! Through our trip we uncovered the truths about the rumors and myths about this group of 45 “homeless” people. We’ve got it wrong folks- they ARE at home! Many of them are there by choice and do not want to leave. You can learn a lot by walking an hour in their shoes. There are 45 residents, only 7 of which are women and the Mayor is a Woman!! How cool is that! The youngest person is about 21 and the oldest is 62. Some of them have flame retardant homes, pets, spouses, families in the St. Louis area, they are skilled, talented, friendly and caring individuals. Several of them stated that this is the first time they have ever had their own home!

When we pulled up a couple of us in the car started to cry. When we left we left changed! We drove away with smiles on our faces and we grateful to make some new friends. This was a life changing experience for my family, my S.I.S. girls and my PWG sisters! We’re so grateful for this opportunity! ❤

Hopeville is in need of many items you may not think of such as: Men’s clothing, batteries (lots of them and all sizes for flashlights, etc.), socks, gloves, propane tanks, blankets, building supplies, phone cards (minute cards) and of course toiletries.

Today make an impact on our community! Show someone that there is Hope and that our community cares today!
Jana Gamble, is a Midwest Professional Women’s Group Member. She is the author of three books, I am a child of God, 107 ways to Give When You Think You Have Nothing to Give and Capture your Giving and Blessing, A Journaling  Journey to new discovery. Gamble writes a column in the monthly Connections Newsletter entitled “Inspirations from an Everyday Woman.”

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Tips for Maintaining Health Eye Care

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on August 16, 2010

It’s been said that the eyes are the mirror of the soul. Keeping your eyes healthy is an important part of maintain your overall health. Follow these simple steps to keep them seeing their best for a long time to come.

Get a dilated eye exam

Many common eye diseases, such as glaucoma, often have no warning signs. A dilated eye exam is the only way to catch them in the their early stages,. your eye care provider will  drops in your eyes to widen the pupil. This allows in more light so he or she can check of signs of damage or disease.

Maintain a healthy weight

Being overweight raises your risk of getting diabetes which can lead to vision loss.  If you’re having trouble with weight gain, talk to your doctor.

Quit smoking or never start

smoking is as bad for your eyes as it is for the rest of you. Research links smoking to an increased risk of cataracts and optic nerve damage. These can lead to blindness.

Wear Shades

Sunglasses look cool, but their most important job is to shield your eyes from sun damage. When buying shades , look for ones that block out 99 to 100 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet ( UV rays).

Give your eyes a rest

If you spend a lot of time at the computer , you can forget to blink. This makes your eyes tired. try the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes , look away about 20 feet in front of your for 20 seconds. This reduces eyestrain.

Click links below for more tips

August Immunization Awareness Month/ Healthy Eye care month

2010 Immunization Schedule

Eye care

Source; National Eye Institute: National Institutes of Health

Reprinted form Professional Women’s Group Tip Sheet

Aetna and Dress for success Empower Women & Thies families to Make Healthy Life Choices

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3 degress of Giving Through Networking

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on July 31, 2010

Based on a presentation at Dare to Soar by Karen Hoffman and Donna Gamanche.
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Networking can be done anywhere. You can network at the grocery store, church, gym and mall. Networking is about building a relationship with others. Relationship networking begins where you are and grows as you concentrate on others first.

The first tool you need to network is a common interest. So ask questions about the other person. It can be something as simple as ” Hello, how can I help you today?” This opens the doors of conversation and gives you the opportunity to help others.

Here some example questions to ask.

* What is your favorite color and why?
* If you were a candy bar, what kind would you be and why?
* Where were you born?

Here are some suggestions on how to introduce yourself.

* Tell your name
* Tell what you do

Here is something powerful to think about: Statistics show that most people know 250 other people.

Adapted From Worksheet and Exercise at Connections to Success Dare to Soar ( 2nd annual Women’s Conference)

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How Toastmasters Can Help You

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on July 25, 2010

Professional Women’s Group recently started a Toastmasters Gavel Club. Professional Women’s Group coordinator Cherilyn Washington suggested to the ladies that having a Toastmaster Gavel Club would be a good idea.  She explained, ” No matter what your goal in life may be,  it’s necessary to communicate with others. Your communication skills may be the only thing that separates you from your competitor.  Whether you’re a professional, a student, a stay at home parent, or a retiree, Toastmasters is the best way to improve your communication skills.”

Ms. Washington stated, ” Toastmasters can help you lose the fear of public speaking and learn skills that will help you be more successful in your chosen endeavors.  Several members have presented their first speech before the group.  The women who are participating now are learning new skills by filling vital roles during the meeting, ranging from giving a prepared speech or an impromptu one to serving  as timer, evaluator or grammarian. There is no instructor; instead, each speech and meeting is critiqued by a member in a positive manner, focusing on what was done right and what could be improved.

Around the world more than three million men and women of all ages and occupations have benefited from Toastmasters training, and more than one thousand corporations, community groups, universities, associations, and government agencies now use Toastmasters training to enhance their communication skills.

Toastmasters International has grown from its humble beginning in a 1924 at YMCA in Santa Ana, California.  The Toastmasters organization has become a world leader in helping people become more competent and comfortable in front of an audience.   The nonprofit organization now has nearly 250,000 members in more than 12,500 clubs in over 106 countries, offering a proven – and enjoyable! – way to practice and hone communication and leadership skills.

Toastmasters provide the tools that enable us to become effective communicators and leaders, all at a very low-cost.    Toastmasters training helps everyone:

  • It helps us give better presentations, even  if it is only a request to the boss for a raise.
  • It helps to hone our management skills.
  • It helps us to work better with fellow employees. Often listening to what they have to say will help your day at the office  go a little smoother.
  • You may have invented the better mouse trap. Toastmasters will help you effectively develop and present your ideas.
  • Toastmasters offers constructive criticism, to help you effectively develop and present your ideas and help you make the changes that lead to better communications.
  • Toastmaster will help you to accept criticism more objectively.
  • Toasmasters produces results.

When and Where

St. Charles PWG, every 1st Monday of the month, 7-8pm at the Connections to Success Campus

170 N Second St.

St. Charles, MO

3rd Monday of the month 7-8pm  at St. Louis PWG (Jubliee Community Church)

4231 N Grand

St. Louis, MO 63107

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The H.O.P.E. Leadership Summit

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on July 25, 2010

Twenty-five thousand (25,000) people have been served by the nonprofit organization “Connections to Success” (CtS) and 242 cars awarded through its“Wheels for Success” program, since opening their doors in 1998. This month, “Connections to Success” (CtS) held its 3rd Annual Women’s Leadership Summit.  The theme for this year was Helping Others Pursue Excellence (H.O. P. E.).  CtS has several different programs that provide resources to empower and encourage men and women to break the cycle of poverty one family at a time.

Kathy Lambert, CTS Co-Director expressed, “This year’s H.O.P.E.  Summit is very special because the Leading Ladies and members of the Professional Women’s Group were instrumental in the planning and execution of the whole event.” KMOV’s Kristin Cornett and Anne Murray, a graduate of CtS 2005-2006 Leading Ladies program, served as emcee for the event.    Leading Ladies is a 9-month intensive course where women learn about the different aspects of community leadership.

Molly Bunton from Charlie Dooley’s (St. Louis County Executive) office presented a proclamation stating that it was Connections to Success Third Annual Entry Level Women’s Conference day.

Michelle Y. Wright gave a presentation entitled “I’m Every Woman.”  She talked about the various roles women play in society and gave strategies to encourage and empower women in all that they do.   Vision 5 from Christian Embassy Church performed a moving inspirational dance routine.

Lethia Owens, an author, motivational speaker and founder of Lethia Owens International was the key note speaker. Owens shared her personal success story of how, despite the obstacles of being a teenage mom,  she became a high school graduate with an academic scholarship to Albany University. She shared her formula of action which leads to success and wealth. Owens calls the formula the 3 simple D’s.   She explained how after graduation from high school she defined what she wanted to achieve. She didn’t settle for being busy as an employee and dare to be a business owner. She shared her journey of how she transitioned from a six figure corporate employee to the owner of two thriving enterprises.

Donna Gamache of  EWomen Network and Karen Hoffman of City of Experts shared about the power of networking.  Hoffman said, People hire people, 70% of people receive employment through networking.  They also demonstrated through role play good and bad networking skills.  Hoffman stressed, the key to networking is asking “how can I help you.”

Teresa Willis talked about “Missouri Women in Trades,” a support and advocacy organization for women in trades.  Ms. Willis explained all the programs that  Missouri Women in Trades is involved in, from helping women get  construction work clothing to accepting donations of old tools to support the organization. She states she wants to help women to be more comfortable working in the construction field from work environment to clothing designed with them in mind.   Vycky Vaughan shared her experience as a participant in Construction Camp which is a five-day camp where high school girls are introduced to welding, carpentry and electrical work.

The H.O.P.E. Leadership summit ended with a fashion show “Hatitude with an Attitude” organized by Leading Lady graduate Sandra  Mc Clendon.  The models were women from Leading Ladies and Professional Women’s Group.  Some of the hats modeled were designed by Mr.  Song Millinery. He is  famous for the hat he designed for Aretha Franklin to wear at president Obama’s inauguration. The hats were provided by Sew Unique Boutique.

The Professional Women’s Group meets monthly in East St. Louis, St. Louis, and St. Charles.  Contact the Connections to Success office for more information at (314) 333-4490

Twenty-five thousand people have been served by the nonprofit organization “Connections to Success” (CtS) and 242 cars awarded through its“Wheels for Success” program, since opening their doors in 1998. This month, “Connections to Success” (CtS) held its 3rd Annual Women’s Leadership Summit.  The theme for this year was Helping Others Purse Excellence (H.O. P. E.).  CtS has several different programs that provide resources to empower and encourage men and women to break the cycle of poverty one family at a time.

Kathy Lambert, CTS Co-Director expressed, “This year’s H.O.P.E.  Summit is very special because the Leading Ladies and members of the Professional Women’s Group were instrumental in the planning and execution of the whole event.” KMOV’s Kristin Cornett and Anne Murray, a graduate of CtS 2005-2006 Leading Ladies program, served as emcee for the event.    Leading Ladies is a 9-month intensive course where women learn about the different aspects of community leadership.

Molly Bunton from Charlie Dooley’s (St. Louis County Executive) office presented a proclamation stating that it was Connections to Success Third Annual Entry Level Women’s Conference day.

Michelle Y. Wright gave a presentation entitled “I’m Every Woman.”  She talked about the various roles women play in society and gave strategies to encourage and empower women in all that they do.   Vision 5 from Christian Embassy Church performed a moving inspirational dance routine.

Lethia Owens, an author, motivational speaker and founder of Lethia Ownes International was the key note speaker. Owens shared her personal success story of how despite the obstacles of being a teenage mom she became a high school graduate with an academic scholarship to Albany University. She shared her formula of action which leads to success and wealth. Owens calls the formula the 3 simple D’s.   She explained how after graduation from high school she defined what she wanted to achieve. She didn’t settle for being busy as an employee and Dare to be a business owner. She shared her journey of how she transitioned from a six figure corporate employee to the owner of two thriving enterprises.

Donna Gamache of  e Women Network and Karen Hoffman of City of Experts shared about the power of networking.  Hoffman said, People hire people, 70% of people receive employment through networking.  They also demonstrated through role play good and bad networking skills.  Hoffman stressed, the key to networking is asking “how can I help you.”

Teresa Willis talked about “Missouri Women in Trades,” a support and advocacy organization for women in trades.  Willis explained all the programs that  MO Women in Trades is involved i , from helping women get  construction work clothing to accepting donations of old tools to support the organization. She states she wants to help women to be more comfortable working in the construction field from work environment to clothing designed with them in mind.   Vycky Vaughan shared her experience as a participant in Construction Camp which is a five-day camp where high school girls are introduced to welding, carpentry and electrical work.

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The H.O.P.E. Leadership summit ended with a fashion show “Hatitude with an Attitude” organized by Leading Lady graduate Sandra Mc Clendon.  The models were women from Leading Ladies and Professional Women’s group.  Some of the hats modeled were designed by Mr.  Song Millinery. He is  famous for the hat he designed for Aretha Franklin to wear at president Obama’s inauguration. The hats were provided by Sew Unique Boutique.

The Professional Women’s Group meets monthly in east St. Louis, St. Louis, and St. Charles.  Contact Connections to Success office for more information at (314) 333-4490

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Ly Syin Lobster, is member of  Midwest Professional Women’s Group. She has been elected as the 2011 Midwest Delegate and assigned the task of leading the 2011 Community Action Project.

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