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  • Friday, November 09, 2007 1:35 PM | Anonymous
    Since the original chapter of Executive Women International (EWI) was established in California in 1938, the nonprofit organization, now composed of 75 chapters spread across the United States, has given career-minded women the chance to help each other attain their personal and professional goals.


    Tanya English, president of Executive Women International credits the organization for many of her personal and professional accomplishments

    “The benefit is to connect with other professionals, develop your career and support your community undefined that's what EWI is all about,” says EWI's Chattanooga Chapter President Tanya English, also a paralegal at Miller & Martin PLLC.

    Membership is given on an invitation-only basis, and each member organization can designate up to three of its staff, known as representatives, to participate in EWI functions.

    Chattanooga EWI members include organizations such Miller & Martin PLLC., The Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Krystal and Chattanooga State Technical Community College, and representatives can be business owners, CEOs, paralegals or secretaries (among other positions) from member organizations.

    EWI holds an auction in the fall, donating the proceeds to a scholarship fund for underprivileged women, namely young mothers who have proven their potential to become successful businesswomen, but are financially unable to pursue higher education.

    Each December, EWI organizes a meeting to recognize the beneficiaries of the scholarship, which English always finds memorable. “It's such a touching experience, and it gives you a chance to see what you've done with all your time, money and effort and whom you're doing it for,” says English. “You just can't walk away without tears in your eyes because you've helped usually three or four women per year go back to school.”

    Additionally, representatives from EWI are connected to an instant network of fellow representatives from across the U.S. They not only share valuable information with them, but also, if an EWI representative, for example, is looking to do business with a member organization, the representative may be able to take advantage of special services or discounts.

    “Also, if you're looking for a place to develop your career or to work in the same field in a different city, you have a list of contacts who can help you do so,” says English.

    For EWI members whose line of work requires them to earn CLE (continuing legal education) credits to keep their certification, they can attend EWI functions to earn these credits to help fulfill their requirements.

    EWI helps support local communities by hosting fundraisers to benefit charitable causes. In the midst of Hurricane Katrina's destruction, for example, EWI dedicated some of its funds to the victims.

    And, as English can tell you from experience, EWI offers its representative tremendous potential for personal growth. Miller & Martin had been a member organization of EWI for 10 years, and English joined at the recommendation of a Miller & Martin representative who was about to leave the law firm.

    At first, English was tentative about joining EWI because she didn't particularly feel comfortable participating in group functions, and shuddered at the thought of public speaking.

    But the former Miller & Martin representative encouraged her to become a representative, so she gave it a shot.

    However, English still found herself apprehensive in the presence of crowds. “I still didn't want to speak in public,” says English. “In fact, I didn't like going to the meetings by myself. I always wanted to go with a friend.”

    But I started growing a little bit,” she adds.

    Within six months of joining, English became secretary for the Chattanooga EWI, and then a treasurer undefined a position she found comfortable since her educational background was in accounting. Two years ago, she reached a major turning point, not only as a member of EWI, but more importantly, as a person.
    When she attended the EWI Leadership Conference and Annual Meeting (LCAM), she found herself in a seminar where representatives were asked to nswer various questions related o the organization's mission. For the representatives, answering these questions meant raising their hands and speaking before a crowd of 200 representatives. And English, who was nominated and installed as vice president just in time for the LCAM, would rise to the occasion.

    “My friend Nancy Harrison who was last year's president and now my advisor, told me, ‘Do it Tanya, this is something you'll be comfortable talking about,' because it was my dream – my desire to pursue a business venture on my own,” says English. “I finally decided to speak out in public and it was okay. I was really nervous but when I started talking, it came across very well.”

    “I thought, ‘Wow, I just said that?'” says English. “And that was the first time I had spoken in front of such a large crowd.

    “I knew then, that it was a turning point - that my personal and professional development had really started to grow through being a member of Executive Women International,” says English.

    “I knew, as vice president, I would have to overcome this fear of public speaking,” English adds. Since then, she's delivered public speeches in front of hundreds of EWI representatives and will be giving even more public speeches since becoming president of Chattanooga EWI this September.

    English has been very impressed with Chattanooga EWI's recent activities, which prove its representatives' determination to fulfill EWI's goals. For example, last year, the population of Chattanooga EWI member firms increased 49 percent.

    “This year, through more professional development speakers at our monthly meetings, outreach programs with the community and career development events, it is my goal as president to increase the membership even further and to retain every member firm we have.

    “Executive Women International has given me an outlet I really didn't know I had a strength for until now and it's really dear to my heart,” says English. “If you are interested in learning more about our organization, you can visit our website ewichattanooga.org and see why I am so passionate about it.”

    By Adam Parker
  • Saturday, November 03, 2007 2:34 PM | Anonymous
    Executive Women International recently installed Tanya English as its new president. Ms. English is employed by Miller & Martin PLLC.

    Outgoing president Nancy Harrison, with the law offices of Lloyd Stanley, will serve as director-at-large and corporate membership advisor to the Knoxville Chapter during the 2007-2008 term.
  • Friday, October 26, 2007 2:33 PM | Anonymous
    Executive Women International (EWI) nominated Denise Reed for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce award for Navigator of Entrepreneurship.

    The official announcement was during the Chamber After Hours hosted by EWI member firm Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union (TVFCU). Nautilus nominee, Denise Reed with The Concierge Level, LLC, was greeted at the door with a purple ribbon for her lapel at the announcement event. It was exciting to know “one of our own” was up for this prestigious nomination. Karen Hannifin with TVFCU, Cynthia Olive with the Closet Factory, and Debra Welsh of The Concierge Level, LLC were in attendance to cheer Denise as she received her nomination recognition with a beautiful bouquet of flowers.


    Celebrating EWI Representatives
    Back row left to right: Suzanne Bidek with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network; Karen Hannifin with Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union; Nancy Harrison with the Law Offices of Lloyd Stanley; and Cynthia Olive with the Closet Factory.
    Front row left to right: Debra Welsh of The Concierge Level, LLC; nominee, Denise Reed with The Concierge Level, LLC; Denise's mother, Diana Balli; Mary Ellen Maycann with the Walden Club; and Tanya English with Miller & Martin PLLC.

    At the Nautilus Awards banquet on October 26, 2007, and in honor of Reed's nomination a table hosted cheering EWI firm representatives Suzanne Bidek with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Tanya English with Miller & Martin PLLC, Karen Hannifin with TVFCU, Nancy Harrison with the Law Offices of Lloyd Stanley, Mary Ellen Maycann with the Walden Club and Cynthia Olive with the Closet Factory.

    Also in attendance with Reed were her mother, Diana Balli, and Debra Welsh of The Concierge Level, LLC. Other EWI firm representatives were cheering in the crowd including Melody Boggess with Derryberry Public Relations, Kelly McCoy with Citadel Broadcasting Corporation, and Mandy Senn with the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce.

    Reed nominee of Navigator of Entrepreneurship award is a navigator to many of our EWI members as she serves as Vice President/President Elect for EWI. She has served on the EWI Chattanooga Chapter Board for many years and continues to do so for 2007/2008 Board.

    Reed says, “Thank you to her many mentors within the EWI Chapter for their encouragement and support of The Concierge Level, LLC.” She understands how important EWI's mission is focusing on connecting businesses, career development, and community involvement. She has adopted similar business practices for her firm and will also execute that mission as she prepares for the EWI Chattanooga Chapter's presidency for the 2008-2009 term.

    For more Executive Women International information please see ewichattanooga.org or phone Suzanne Bidek, Membership Director, member firm Northwestern Mutual Financial Network at 423-490-3009.
  • Monday, October 22, 2007 2:32 PM | Anonymous
    Executive Women International will host the 10th Annual Barnyard Auction this Thursday, Oct. 25. Located in the Imperial Ball Room at the Holiday Inn Chattanooga Choo Choo, the auction will feature More than $20,000 worth of donated goods and services will be auctioned, including travel from Allegiant Air, overnight stays in some great cities, electronics, golf packages, sports packages, spa treats and more.Tickets are $35 each or $300 for a table of 10 and include dinner. For more information, visit www.EWIChattanooga.org .
  • Friday, October 19, 2007 3:32 PM | Anonymous
    English named president of group

    Tanya English of the law firm of Miller & Martin PLLC has become the new president of Executive Women International, a networking and leadership development organization.

    Nancy Harrison, the previous president, will serve as director-at-large and corporate membership adviser to the Knoxville chapter during the 2007-08 term.

    The Chattanooga chapter has 56 member firms and 60 representatives.
  • Thursday, October 18, 2007 3:31 PM | Anonymous
    The Tenth Annual Barnyard Auction on Oct. 25 will be sponsored by Executive Women International (EWI), Chattanooga Chapter.

    Located in the Imperial Ball Room at the Holiday Inn Chattanooga Choo Choo, the auction items preview will begin at 5:30 p.m.

    Tickets are $35 each or $300 for a table of ten and include dinner.

    “There are no ‘stuffed shirts' at this blue-jean event to raise scholarship funds for recipients of the Jean Bradford Scholarship at UTC and Chattanooga State,” said Tanya English, EWI president, representing Miller & Martin PLLC. “The auction is not only a fun and lively EWI tradition; we also know we're helping make a difference in the lives of students who benefit from the scholarships.”

    As an open outcry style auction, participants can win valuable items for as little as one dollar. More than $20,000 worth of donated goods and services will be auctioned, including travel from Allegiant Air, overnight stays in some great cities, electronics, golf packages, sports packages, spa treats and more.

    “This is our biggest fundraiser of the year with nearly 300 people attending from some of Chattanooga's largest and most influential employers,” said Denise Reed, EWI vice president/president elect, representing The Concierge Level, LLC.

    Call Jody Hermann representing Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon Inc. for tickets at 423 756-3025. For more details see ewichattanooga.org.

    EWI was originally established in 1938 as an association of key women working to promote their firms and improve their communities. 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.
  • Thursday, October 18, 2007 3:29 PM | Anonymous
    Executive Women International (EWI), a Chattanooga organization for networking and leadership development, recently installed their new president for 2007-2008.

    Outgoing President Nancy Harrison with Law Offices of Lloyd Stanley, hands off the responsibility of her position to incoming President Tanya English with Miller & Martin PLLC.

    Ms. Harrison has mentored English for a year to take the helm of the Chattanooga Chapter. She will serve as director-at-large and Corporate Membership Advisor to the Knoxville Chapter during the 2007-2008 term.

    She said, “I am very proud of all our chapter accomplished this year. Tanya is a wonderful leader; with her guidance of the Chattanooga chapter it will continue to grow and provide educational services for members and non-members alike.”

    EWI also installed the board for 2007-2008. The incoming board plans to continue the progress of the former board bringing together key individuals from diverse businesses for the purpose of:
    * Promoting member firms
    * Enhancing personal and professional development
    * Encouraging community involvement

    EWI is a nonprofit organization of leading business, service and professional companies. The board represents just a few noteworthy member firms including: President Tanya English with Miller & Martin PLLC; Vice President/President Elect Denise Reed with The Concierge Level, LLC; Secretary Sheri Callaway with Tastefully Simple; Treasurer Lynda Childress with Luken Holdings, Inc.; Sergeant-at-Arms Margaret Browning with Coca Cola; Membership Director Suzanne Bidek with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network; Program Director Kelly McCoy with Citadel Broadcasting Corporation; Publications Director Zelma Pack with ELD Associates, LLC; Ways & Means Director Jody Hermann with Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc.; Director-at-Large Nancy Harrison with Law Offices of Lloyd Stanley.

    The Chattanooga Chapter announced having 56 member firms and 60 representatives. The chapter was chartered May 13, 1987.

    EWI was originally established in 1938 as an association of key women working to promote their firms and improve their communities. 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.

    Officials stated that EWI 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. Membership is by invitation only.

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

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  • Monday, October 01, 2007 3:28 PM | Anonymous
    This was a really big conference for me!

    As outgoing President of a chapter, you sure have a lot of fun celebrating the completion of the year. Last year I was in Presidents caucus all day on Wednesday learning the drill with all the other incoming presidents …this year, I stayed in Chattanooga and worked until 2pm! (Maybe that's not such a good deal after all, but my boss was happy!)

    Five of us flew in together Wednesday evening and met up with the others at a restaurant.

    Thursday from 8 to 4:30 I attended my fourth Academy of Leadership module, the “leadership experience,” becoming the second member of our chapter to graduate from this series of courses. Zelma Pack and I are now eligible to attend alumni events – the next one is scheduled for the spring of 2009. Karen Hannifin lacks one class to graduate and Tanya English just two.

    Thursday's lunch included a reading rally where children from a local classroom paraded into the room, shared lunch with us, and then went on stage and listened to a short story book while we all followed along on the screen.

    Pin trading at 5pm was followed by the welcome party in The Corinthian, a beautifully restored building in downtown Houston. The local chapter put on quite a spread with a variety of entertainment; a live band, a few photo stations and caricature stations and what may have been the main attraction – Brad in his tub. This civil engineer was moonlighting as eye candy and getting his photo taken in a claw foot bathtub while handing out martinis and cosmos. This happened to be the same night Peggy Quinn, the corporate Education/Professional Development Director presented me with my beautiful medal commemorating the Fellows scholarship I won.

    Friday we were up bright and early for our opening breakfast at 7:30. We heard from Simon Bailey who encouraged us to realize our brilliance and that we are all diamonds in the rough and ‘rubbing against each other' – learning from and mentoring each other – will just increase our brilliance.

    We then heard Joe Marlotti of TimesFour give an amazing performance as he impersonated each of the four generations – traditionalist, boomer, gen-x-er and millennial. An incredibly entertaining and yet very poignant presentation, Joe brought out each generations' strengths and why we need to be supportive of one another even when we sometimes seem to be at odds. The TimesFour show was a favorite of many attendees.

    Leaders Luncheon was mid-day Friday. We outgoing presidents introduced themselves to the assembly one by one and received a beautiful ‘diamond' paperweight. We sat together for lunch and as always it was fun to catch up on the year.

    Friday afternoon two career track courses were offered. This portion of the weekend has been the weak link for at least the last couple years. But, I can hardly complain – it was just two hours out of a jam-packed three days.

    Friday night we had a rare evening to ourselves. Some of our chapter reps went to the Galleria where we introduced the folks at the Kona Grill to the proper way of serving a drink they call the “woo woo.” They may still be talking about us.

    Saturday morning we started the open forum at 8am followed by the delegates session at 9. None of the votes taken had been previously announced and all were routine, requiring no discussion. The corporate board was asked to look into a possible re-vamp of the by-laws, so next years' session in Palm Springs may be much livelier.

    The annual meeting was then held, including the installation of our new corporate president, Wendy Cowley, and the rest of the corporate board. The location for LCAM 2009, after Palm Springs, was announced: Louisville, Kentucky!

    We then went to the Scholarship and Literacy luncheon. Catherine Cox, as a corporate committee member, sat at the head table. I sat with the other Fellows winners. The EWI Scholarship Program (‘EWISP' - E-W-I-S-P - for short) winner spoke to us and as always left everyone impressed. She memorized her speech and delivered it like a true professional.

    Saturday afternoon, with the annual meeting concluded, we again had a few hours to ourselves. We met at 5:35 for our chapter photo, everyone wearing their “Sunday best times 100!” I wore my ‘princess dress' and had so much fun. After attending the presidents reception, I joined the rest of our chapter at the closing dinner. We learned more about our new corporate president as she addressed the group and introduced her family. We were also entertained by a world class magician.

    Sunday morning we headed home! LCAM is not relaxing, but the friendships and networking, the overall level of the educational offerings and the pure energy and excitement of over 500 “EWIs” in one room is worth losing some sleep over. See you in Palm Springs!
  • Thursday, September 06, 2007 3:27 PM | Anonymous
    Executive Women International® (EWI), Chattanooga's premier organization for networking and leadership development recently installed three new representatives.

    Pam Grant of Catoosa County Climate Controlled & Regular Storage, Kelley Eblin of Republic Parking System and Mandy Senn of Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce were installed at the August meeting, bringing the total number of member firms to 54.

    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. 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 Carolyn Stringer at 423-757-5641.
  • Thursday, September 06, 2007 3:26 PM | Anonymous
    Executive Women International ® (EWI), Chattanooga's premier organization for networking and leadership development recently installed three new representatives.

    Pam Grant of Catoosa County Climate Controlled & Regular Storage, Kelley Eblin of Republic Parking System and Mandy Senn of Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce were installed at the August meeting, bringing the total number of member firms to 54.

    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. 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 Carolyn Stringer at 423-757-5641.

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