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  • Friday, April 25, 2008 3:59 PM | Anonymous
    Well-known speaker, writer and columnist Dr. Nell Mohney will speak to the May meeting of Executive Women International. Her topic will be, “Smart Cookies Don't Crumble."

    In 1992, Dr. Mohney was named to the Women of Distinction Hall of Fame and in 1999 was named Tennessee Woman of Distinction. Earlier this year, she and her husband Dr. Ralph Mohney, Sr. were awarded The Distinguised Service Award, given annually to the person or couple who has made outstanding contributions to Chattanooga.

    Executive Women International is an organization for connectionsundefinedpromoting member firms and careers while enhancing personal and professional development as well as community involvement. EWI member firms will meet at The Walden Club on Tuesday, May 13 at 5:30 p.m.

    Visitors are welcome to attend; however, reservations must be made prior to May 2 by contacting the organization at ewichattanooga.org. The cost for dinner is $25. All employees of member firms may attend at a cost of $20.

    EWI's professional development opportunities range from the comprehensive, proprietary Academy of Leadership series, an annual Leaders Summit for graduates of the Academy program, to an Online Learning Certified Professional Leaders Program and an online resource with leadership themes, live author book chats, and skill-building Tele-seminars called the Leadership Link. Professional development is cited as the key benefit to individuals.

    For more membership information, contact Suzanne Bidek with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network at 423 490-3009
  • Monday, March 31, 2008 3:57 PM | Anonymous
    Executive Women International (EWI), Chattanooga's premier organization for networking and leadership development
    recently installed three new representatives.

    Charlie Galvin of Curves (North Chattanooga & Lookout Valley), Colleen Teal of Bill Ortwein Signs, Inc. and Kerry Smith of State Farm were installed at the March meeting by the EWI Chapter Membership Director Suzanne Bidek of
    Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, bringing the total number of member firms to 53.

    EWI is a nonprofit organization of leading business, service and professional companies. It is unique in that the firm is the member, as opposed to the individual. Professional development, much of it at no cost,
    is available to all employees of member firms. EWI brings together key individuals from diverse businesses for the purpose of connections - promoting member firms, careers - enhancing personal and professional
    development, and community - encouraging community involvement. Look at ewichattanooga.org to see if the firm you work for is a member. Membership is by invitation only.

    For more information please see ewichattanooga.org or phone Suzanne Bidek of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network at 423-490-3009.

  • Tuesday, February 26, 2008 1:55 PM | Anonymous
    The Chattanooga Chapter of Executive Women International (EWI) recently made a contribution to the Jean Bradford Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund. Twenty-two awards have been made since the establishment of this scholarship fund for women. The criteria specifies special consideration be given to displaced homemakers and single mothers. Preference is given to students who have gone through UTC's Center of Community Career Education Educational Opportunity Center.

    Tanya English, president of the chapter and representing Miller & Martin PLLC, says, “Executive Women International members raise scholarship funds through our Annual Barnyard Auction and other fund raisers with support from many of Chattanooga's premier businesses. Our members cheer on the recipients every year at our December meeting. Their testimonials regarding the difference we have made in their lives through our donations keep us working year round.”



    Dr. Roger Brown, UTC Chancellor, says, “Executive Women International's gift to the Jean Bradford Memorial Scholarship reinforces the organization's historical commitment to helping young women realize their dreams of a college education. The lives of so many worthy women have been changed as a result of EWI's efforts.”


    EWI was established in 1938 and the Chattanooga Chapter Chartered in 1987 as an association of businesswomen dedicated to personal and professional growth. Chapter members come together for networking, recognition, exchange of information and ideas, leadership and service opportunities. The Chattanooga Chapter is a who's who of leading companies and educational institutions, including The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, with 50 plus member firms participating in our fund raising efforts.




    Pictured from front left is Kathy Sok with Reliable Building Solutions, Inc.; Nancy Templeton, EWI Life Member; Catherine Cox with Lyndhurst Foundation; Barbara Verhine, UTC; Tanya English of Miller & Martin PLLC; recipient on behalf of UTC is Dr. Roger Brown, UTC Chancellor; Denise Reed with The Concierge Level, LLC; Mary Ellen Maycann with Walden Club; Margaret Browning of Coca-Cola Bottling Company; and Suzanne Bidek with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network.
  • Monday, February 25, 2008 1:54 PM | Anonymous
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- The Chattanooga Chapter of Executive Women International (EWI), including one alumna from the association, presented their annual scholarship donation to benefit a female student with financial need at Chattanooga State Technical Community College.

    Tanya English with Miller & Martin PLLC, president of the chapter said, “Executive Women International members raise scholarship funds diligently every year with the support from many of Chattanooga's premier businesses. Our scholarship dollars are designated for displaced homemakers or single mothers. Our members applaud the recipients every year at our December meeting. Their stories keep us working year round.”

    “I'm proud this scholarship donation opportunity helps struggling students attend my alma mater. My associate degree from Chattanooga State, combined with my bachelor degree, have made a huge difference in my ability to more effectively manage my firm, The Concierge Level, LLC,” said Denise Reed, current chapter vice president/president elect.

    Archie Meyers, Chairman for Chattanooga State Foundation Board of Directors, said, “Chattanooga State recognizes how very important the support of distinguished groups such as Executive Women International is in ensuring that deserving students receive their education. This gift truly will make a difference to our recipient students.”

    The Chattanooga EWI chapter was chartered in May 1987. The first scholarship at Chattanooga State was awarded in 1997 and continues through the efforts of the members of Executive Women International. The local EWI chapter has more information about its scholarship programs at www.ewichattanooga.org


    Over 3,000 companies and 3,500 representatives are members of EWI today in 75 chapters located in major cities in the United States, Canada and Europe. EWI is the premier organization for networking and leadership development for today's business professionals and their firms.




    Photo:
    Front left to right Denise Reed with The Concierge Level, LLC; Archie Meyers donation recipient on behalf of Chattanooga State; Tanya English with Miller & Martin PLLC; Mary Ellen Maycann with Walden Club. Back left to right are Margaret Browning with Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling Company; Nancy Templeton, EWI Life Member; Kathy Sok with Reliable Building Solutions, Inc.; Catherine Cox with Lyndhurst Foundation.
  • Monday, February 25, 2008 1:51 PM | Anonymous
    The Chattanooga Chapter of Executive Women International, including one alumna from the association, presented their annual scholarship donation to benefit a female student with financial need at Chattanooga State Technical Community College.

    Tanya English with Miller & Martin PLLC, president of the chapter said, “Executive Women International members raise scholarship funds diligently every year with the support from many of Chattanooga's premier businesses. Our scholarship dollars are designated for displaced homemakers or single mothers. Our members applaud the recipients every year at our December meeting. Their stories keep us working year round."

    "I'm proud this scholarship donation opportunity helps struggling students attend my alma mater. My associate degree from Chattanooga State, combined with my bachelor degree, have made a huge difference in my ability to more effectively manage my firm, The Concierge Level, LLC,” said Denise Reed, current chapter vice president/president elect.

    Archie Meyers, chairman for Chattanooga State Foundation Board of Directors, said, “Chattanooga State recognizes how very important the support of distinguished groups such as Executive Women International is in ensuring that deserving students receive their education. This gift truly will make a difference to our recipient students.”

    The Chattanooga EWI chapter was chartered in May 1987. The first scholarship at Chattanooga State was awarded in 1997 and continues through the efforts of the members of Executive Women International. The local EWI chapter has more information about its scholarship programs at www.ewichattanooga.org.

    Over 3,000 companies and 3,500 representatives are members of EWI today in 75 chapters located in major cities in the United States, Canada and Europe. EWI is the premier organization for networking and leadership development for today's business professionals and their firms.


    Front left to right Denise Reed with The Concierge Level, LLC; Archie Meyers donation recipient on behalf of Chattanooga State; Tanya English with Miller & Martin PLLC; Mary Ellen Maycann with Walden Club. Back left to right are Margaret Browning with Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling Company; Nancy Templeton, EWI Life Member; Kathy Sok with Reliable Building Solutions, Inc.; Catherine Cox with Lyndhurst Foundation.
  • Monday, February 25, 2008 1:47 PM | Anonymous
    The Chattanooga Chapter of Executive Women International (EWI) including one alumna from the association present their annual scholarship donation to benefit a female student with financial need at Chattanooga State Technical Community College.

    Tanya English with Miller & Martin PLLC, president of the chapter says, “Executive Women International members raise scholarship funds diligently every year with the support from many of Chattanooga's premier businesses. Our scholarship dollars are designated for displaced homemakers or single mothers. Our members applaud the recipients every year at our December meeting. Their stories keep us working year round.”

    “I'm proud this scholarship donation opportunity helps struggling students attend my alma mater. My associate degree from Chattanooga State combined with my bachelor degree have made huge differences in my ability to more effectively manage my firm, The Concierge Level, LLC,” says Denise Reed, current chapter vice president/president elect.

    Archie Meyers, Chairman for Chattanooga State Foundation Board of Directors, said, “Chattanooga State recognizes how very important the support of distinguished groups such as Executive Women International is to ensuring that deserving students receive their education. This gift truly will make a difference to our recipient students.”

    The Chattanooga EWI chapter was chartered in May 1987. The first scholarship at Chattanooga State was awarded in 1997 and continues through the efforts of the members of Executive Women International. The local EWI chapter has more information about its scholarship programs at ewichattanooga.org.

    Over 3,000 companies and 3,500 representatives are members of EWI today in 75 chapters located in major cities in the United States, Canada, and Europe. EWI is the premier organization for networking and leadership development for today's business professionals and their firms.





    Photo:
    Front left to right Denise Reed with The Concierge Level, LLC; Archie Meyers donation recipient on behalf of Chattanooga State; Tanya English with Miller & Martin PLLC; Mary Ellen Maycann with Walden Club. Back left to right are Margaret Browning with Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling Company; Nancy Templeton, EWI Life Member; Kathy Sok with Reliable Building Solutions, Inc.; Catherine Cox with Lyndhurst Foundation.
  • Wednesday, January 23, 2008 1:39 PM | Anonymous
    Executive Women International, an organization for networking and leadership development, will meet Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Walden Club. The topics of the meeting are tax planning tips and tax law update.

    Douglas G. Bullard, CPA, and J. Steven Lewis, of Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, P.C. will give the presentation.

    Visitors are welcome to attend, but must RSVP prior to Feb. 8 through www.ewichattanooga.org. The cost, including dinner, is $25. All employees of EWI member firms may attend at a cost of $20.

    EWI's professional development opportunities range from the comprehensive, proprietary Academy of Leadership series, an annual Leaders Summit for graduates of the Academy program, to an Online Learning Certified Professional Leaders Program and an online resource with leadership themes, live author book chats, and skill-building Tele-seminars called the Leadership Link. Professional development is cited as the key benefit to individuals.

    For more information, contact Suzanne Bidek with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network at 423 490-3009.
  • Friday, January 18, 2008 1:39 PM | Anonymous
    Executive Women International (EWI), an organization for networking and leadership development, is meeting at the Walden Club on Tuesday, February 12, 2008, at 5:30 p.m.

    Douglas G. Bullard, CPA and J. Steven Lewis , of Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC. will give a presentation on Tax Law Update and Tax Planning Tips.

    Visitors are welcome to attend, but must RSVP prior to February 8 through ewichattanooga.org. The cost, including dinner is $25. All employees of member firms may attend at a cost of $20.

    EWI 's professional development opportunities range from the comprehensive, proprietary Academy of Leadership series, an annual Leaders Summit for graduates of the Academy program, to an Online Learning Certified Professional Leaders Program and an online resource with leadership themes, live author book chats, and skill-building Tele-seminars called the Leadership Link. Professional development is cited as the key benefit to individuals.

    For more information contact Suzanne Bidek with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network at 423-490-3009.
  • Monday, November 19, 2007 1:38 PM | Anonymous
    Sitting with her mother and sister around a kitchen table last year, Tekelia Kelly had a revelation: The three women were trying to succeed professionally and trying to do it alone.

    “It hit me how we were making our efforts independently, like operating on a island,” Mrs. Kelly said.

    She went home and built a Web site to help women connect and support each other. Dubbing her fledgling idea “Sisters in Business,” Mrs. Kelly saw it grow to include more than 100 businesses and a roster of almost 30 corporate sponsors who have been members since the site's February 2006 debut.

    “My Web developer told me, ‘You are growing like a snowball rolling down a hill,'” Mrs. Kelly said. “It has just really taken off.”

    As women gained more power in the world of work, they learned to use advocacy and support networks to help themselves and their peers succeed. In recent years, they have helped launch efforts that aim to accomplish everything from sending underprivileged women to college to promoting each other's businesses and mentoring younger women.

    “UNIQUE APPROACH”

    Having a forum where everyone understands the challenges of being female in the work force makes for a special environment, said Julie Bestry, a member of the Chattanooga chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, which came together in 1990.

    “Women have a unique approach to business,” said Ms. Bestry, the owner of Best Results Organizing.

    “Men are not eager to talk about their failings or their challenges, but women I find are comfortable with opening up and saying, ‘These are the skills and talents I have; these other areas are my areas of weakness; can I seek your experience, your guidance,'” she said. “That's an amazing thing.”

    The Chattanooga chapter of Executive Women International formed 20 years ago with a mission of advancing women's education, said chapter President Tanya English, a paralegal at the Miller & Martin law firm. The chapter has 64 member firms, she said, and it grew about 40 percent in its last fiscal year.

    “There are so many more professional women out there today, and a lot of single professional women,” Ms. English said.

    But in a male-dominated business world, women typically haven't been invited onto the golf course or to the ball game where many professional relationships are built, said Kristi Haulsee, vice president for member-investor services at the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. These groups give women a way to build their own networks and feed their professional goals, she said.

    “We are each other's best advocates,” she said.

    Last year, the Chamber created three local awards to honor women in business and leadership. The Nautilus Awards were an outgrowth of the national Athena Award, which has been given in Chattanooga since 1997, Ms. Haulsee said.

    The Nautilus Awards recognize three people: one who has worked in grass-roots efforts to improve the lives of women, a female entrepreneur and a high school junior or senior with strong science and math aptitude. Next year, the Nautilus Awards will include a fourth recipient undefined a woman who is over 25 who will receive money for college.

    LIFTING EACH OTHER UP

    The growth of recognition and support for women in work and education is a natural result of generations of women pushing their way into the workplace, Ms. Haulsee said.

    In 1960, about 43 percent of women ages 25 to 54 were in the work force, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. By 2005, more than 75 percent of women in that age range were part of the labor force.

    “Women before us did a whole lot,” Ms. Haulsee said. “These groups are really trying to help women understand that we need to help each other and lift each other up.”

    Mrs. Kelly said she could have used such an organization when she was an engineering student, entering a “man's world” and struggling to find her way.

    “I felt very vulnerable, especially when I started having children,” said Mrs. Kelly, the mother of three children who range in age from 21 to 12. “What has happened is that I've come through the ages, and I see this new paradigm of women saying, ‘My family is important; my career is important; I better look out for myself.'”

    Carol Berz, the head of Private Dispute Resolution in Chattanooga and the chairwoman of the Tennessee Economic Council on Women, said there is still much to be done to make women successful in Tennessee, which ranks 49th nationally in women's political participation.

    “It's important for women to network and get to know each other so that they can help each other gain financial and personal success,” she said.

    Encouraging women to seek leadership roles is one of the missions of the Women's Leadership Institute, said Marj Flemming, managing director.

    The local organization began 11 years ago as informal meetings of seven friends who got together every couple of weeks to talk about “the state of things for women in Tennessee, for women in Chattanooga, how much progress women had made and how much we needed to make,” she said.

    “Finally we decided, ‘We can sit and talk about this forever, but we'd better do something about it,'” she said.

    The group's annual leadership address has grown by 150 people a year, and this year's event featuring Gloria Steinem in January already has 510 people booked, Ms. Flemming said.

    “We offer programs that hopefully introduce people to new ideas about their own development,” she said.
    E-mail Mary Fortune at mfortune@timesfreepress.com

    ON THE WEB

    Sisters In Business: Sistersinbusiness.net
    Women's Leadership Institute: www.cwli.org
    National Association of Women Business Owners: www.chanawbo.org
    Executive Women International: www.ewichattanooga.org
    National Women's Business Council: www.nwbc.gov
    Tennessee Economic Council on Women: state.tn.us/sos/ecw

    By Mary Fortune Staff Writer
  • Monday, November 12, 2007 1:36 PM | Anonymous
    Chattanoogan Nancy Harrison was awarded the annual Lawassa B. Jones Memorial Scholarship by the Tennessee Paralegal Association (TPA).

    Tammie C. Murphy of TPA states, “The scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing a degree in legal assistant studies within the state of Tennessee.” TPA is an affiliate of the National Association of Legal Assistants and has three chapters; the East, Southeast and West Tennessee chapters.



    Mrs. Harrison currently is in the paralegal studies program at Chattanooga State Technical Community College. “I am honored to have been chosen. I have since joined TPA and am impressed with the caliber of their membership.”

    Mrs. Harrison is employed in the law offices of Lloyd Stanley, is a student member of TPA and a board member of Executive Women International, a non-profit organization of leading business, service and professional companies. More information about both organizations may be found at tnparalegal.org and ewichattanooga.org.

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