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Wow, where do we begin?! This is our first TWM eNewsletter since the end of May, and we all know how very much has happened and changed since then! You'll also notice that we have expanded our reach in to the social networking world so be sure to check out and connect to our pages on Facebook, Meetup, Twitter, MySpace and Change.org. Become a fan, write on our wall, let your friends know about us and spread the word about what we are doing! CHICKS ROCK! was also thrilled to get a mention in a recent eblast by The White House Project - so welcome to all of you who found us that way!
Now that the dust has settled on our historic election, I have had some time to reflect on what it has meant personally to me. As an American who dedicated her life to promoting unity through diversity - in fact our tagline, "Recognizing Our Unity; Celebrating Our Diversity" is actually a trademarked part of our logo - by founding The Women's Mosaic® nearly eight years ago, I
could never have imagined a presidential race like this, let alone the
outcome, and I could not be more proud, uplifted and full of hope for
the future, and would be remiss in not taking a moment to talk about its relevance to TWM, which you can read about here.
We've also had lots going on around TWM - on September 15th we launched our new blog CHICKS ROCK! as a place for each of you to read about, comment on and even write your own post about topics relating to diversity and personal growth. We have posted regularly every day since its launch - there are some great posts about the recent election among others so be sure to check it out if you are not already subscribed! We we also be sending out periodic emails for you with blog highlights so stay tuned for that as well. To celebrate this new exciting addition to our work, we held our CHICKS ROCK! Launch Party on Thursday, September 18th and had over 50 of you come out to OBIVIA for champagne, cupcakes and to meet our regular contributors (pictured below l-r) Kekla Magoon, Sally Mercedes and Pauline Karakat. Read more about our blog and the party in the articles below!
We do hope to get back to doing more live events and other exciting programs when possible, but simply cannot do so at this point without significant financial resources. If you have been on our list for some time and enjoy reading these eNewsletters, or if you are just learning about TWM and support who we are and what we do and want to see it continue and grow - please show it with your financial support .
Because we are a small, grass-roots nonprofit organization, every penny counts and goes farther than you might expect, so please consider becoming a member or donating at the highest level possible to help us keep on keepin' on!
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, among the many blessings we count in our lives, here at TWM we especially want to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to all of our past, present and future supporters - we cannot exist without you!
Have a joyous holiday season and we'll see you next year!
With Peace & Gratitude,
Kristina M. Leonardi
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|On Monday, September 15th, 2008 The Women's Mosaic launched CHICKS ROCK!, our blog to provide women a vehicle to express themselves on topics related to diversity and personal growth!
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|SEPTEMBER EVENT: TWM'S FALL VISIONING WORKSHOP |
Using Your Creativity and Intuition to Gain Clarity, Find Focus and Manifest Your Dreams!
Saturday, September 27th
On Saturday, September 27th, an intimate group of veteran and virgin visioning workshop-ers came to our popular and powerful semi-annual happening for a creative, transformative afternoon where collages where made to manifest their heart's desire!
Our interactive, supportive group was ready to make new changes in their lives and the workshop helped chart that direction. Our participants all had meaningful experiences, whether it was their first time or fifth!**
|OCTOBER EVENT: TWM's CLOSE-UP ON COLOMBIA
TWM's CLOSE-UP ON COLOMBIA:
Coffee, Cumbia, Cartels & Shakira!
Tuesday, October 21
On Tuesday, October 21st over 35 guests made their way to Little Colombia in Jackson Heights to learn more about and celebrate all things Colombian! We had a video presentation, a distinguished panel of speakers, delicious food and memorable music and dancing!The discussion opened up for the audience to hear from Colombian women who attended about what being Colombian meant to them, and we all went home with wonderful goodie bags from ProExport!Thanks to John Moreno, Mariana Suarez, Jessica Restrepo and Claudia Castro for their help in planning the event, to all of our speakers and performers, and to our volunteers Kekla Magoon and Jessica Reinelt who helped staff it that night!
Left: Adriana Aristizabal talks about her experience as a journalist covering guerilla warfare, the recent improvements in the country as a result of the current government policies, and her work as the Cultural Attache and Press Contact for the Colombian Consulate in NYC.
Right: Guests enjoy food & entertainment Colombian-style!
Some comments from our attendees:
...It was also really inspiring to know how passionate Colombians are
about their country and culture. Hearing people talk about their
experiences definitely helped me to see beyond some of the immediate
connotations that come to mind when I think of Colombia.
I was invited to the event as a performer, and was extremely excited to
see what a tremendous job so many people are doing in benefit of my
country. I was born in Colombia, but was raised in NYC from the of 9.
It's like us Colombians say, "we carry our pride as Colombians where
ever we go." But after so many years being away from my country having
been raised Colombian-American, we tend to forget the struggles our
country and our people, especially women, still go through today. This
event was extremely inspiring for me,seeing especially how people
outside our culture are as passionate as we are. Thank you to all the
organizers of this event. And to anyone who is reading please support
this organization. They do an excellent job!!!
The Columbia event was a wonderful combination of people, education,
music and food. It was a great experience and I look forward to the
A portion of the proceeds from this event went to Caring For Colombia to support women who have been internally displaced as a result of the ongoing conflict and violence that has occurred (although has improved greatly in recent years) over the last four decades.
Below the speakers and organizers of this event l-r Claudia Castro, Adriana Ariztizabal, John Moreno, Mariana Suarez, Jenny Shapiro, Patricia Sancristan. Not pictured: Jessica Restrepo, Francisco Sierra Toro, Gregorio Uribe, Katherine Chacon and Jasper Marzola.
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TWM Flashback: Politics Schmolitics!
Pauline Karakat re-visits our women in politics panel four years later
At the dawn of the 2008 presidential race, the possibility of the
next commander-in-chief of the United States of America being a woman
was a strong one. Political insiders and media pundits were sure that
Senator Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic nominee. None of them
could forsee that Senator Barack Obama from Illinois would be the
wrench that would deter the former First Lady's presidential
Expectations were high back in 2004, when The Women's Mosaic(R) hosted Politics Schmolitics! a panel that featured an eclectic group of
women shared their experiences in the tumultuous political arena in all
levels of government, and lived to tell their tales. Four years later,
I cannot help but wonder: What do they think about Clinton's loss to
Obama for the Democratic nomination for president? What are their
thoughts about the "maverick soccer mom" from Alaska as the Republican
vice-presidential nominee? Their voices are sorely missed during this
election. Their input would be far more interesting than what we have
now: our current political players making bold promises and tearing
each other apart, all in hopes of winning the highest office in the
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|UPCOMING NON-MOSAIC EVENTS FEATURING TWM FOUNDER KRISTINA LEONARDI
|TWM's Founder, Kristina Leonardi is an expert on topics regarding women, diversity and personal growth. As a speaker and seminar leader she provides a practical framework for each attendee to make the most of their personal and professional lives, allowing them to recognize, connect to and fulfill their role in the world at large.
...You would be a huge asset to ANY group who is looking for an amazing one-of-a-kind speaker. Your ability to connect to a variety of personalities, cultures and ages is a true gift!.... - Stacy Francis & the Savvy Ladies Team
TO BOOK KRISTINA AS A PRESENTER FOR YOUR COMPANY 0R ORGANIZATION, PLEASE CONTACT HER AT email@example.com or call 917-816-0834 or visit www.kristinaleonardi.com for more information.
Kristina conveys really important practical ideas with such
passion and in a really accessible way. Thank you! - Andrea
What I like most about
hearing Kristina speak is her real down-to-earth quality. She is a normal
person, much like me, with fabulous thoughts and ideas and the generosity and courage to
share those ideas with others. To me, she is an inspiration - she makes her
dreams come true and teaches us all how to do the same. Thank you!
- Karina Duque
session] allowed me to have reflections about myself and make me think
what I can do to make my life better and be more meaningful. - Lilly Lo
be in the loop about this and other talks by Kristina, be sure to check off the
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