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When writing up the blurb for our TWM/CHICKS ROCK! Meetup in honor of Women's History Month, the phrase "I am woman, hear me roar!" came into my head as a title...I wasn't sure where it came from, but it gave me a good chuckle. Weeks later as I sat down to write this letter, I felt compelled to talk about us as 'Women Warriors', forgetting that I had written that line into our event description weeks earlier. Now, as I connect the two, it all makes sense....and other happenings we participated in recently.
I discovered that the phrase is the first line in a 1972 song by Helen Reddy, and it reminded me just how far we have come, and how much the women who came before us fought and sacrificed for the many feminist freedoms we take for granted that have allowed us to experience the choices and equality that we enjoy today.
I'm not saying things for the modern woman are perfect, as we still have work to do in more subtle ways, and I am generally referring to American women, but we have advanced to a place where young women today do not even question the fact that the sky is the limit for them in every area of life and that their financial independence is now the norm rather than the exception.
And now, with President Obama's historic forming of a White House Women's Council, there can be no doubt that we are indeed essential to the progress of today and tomorrow - so THANK YOU women warriors of the past for bringing us to this point!
Having said all that, my question to you is - now that we're here, what will YOU do to with all this opportunity? I believe it's as simple as just being yourself. Read more of my thoughts about this on CHICKS ROCK!.As for TWM, we've had lots going on that you can read about in the articles below, and of course you can be in touch with us on a daily basis through CHICKS ROCK! , the place for each of you to read about, comment on and even write your own post about topics relating to diversity and personal growth. Be sure to subscribe via email or feed - we'll also send out out periodic eblasts highlights so you don't miss a thing!
In other news, this January,TWM brought on a new intern, Bridget Meade! She has been doing a great job so far behind the scenes, and you can read all about her in the article below. We will be conducting our 2009 TWM Survey over the phone the next couple of months to get your feedback and input, so don't be surprised if you receive a phone call from Bridget asking you for your two cents about TWM and CHICKS ROCK!* (*and be sure that your phone number is listed in your subscriber profile by clicking on the Update Profile/Email Address link at the bottom of this email)We also wanted to welcome all of our new subscribers who found us through Equinox, Women For Hire, EventMe
We do hope to get back to doing more live events and other exciting programs when possible, but simply cannot do so at this time 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 would like to see it continue and grow - please show it with your financial support .
Especially in this current economic climate, we want to continue offering you as much education, inspiration and motivation as possible to make the best of your life, so before Women's History Month is over, please consider becoming a member or donating at the highest level possible to help us keep on keepin' on!
As always we want to thank all of our past, present and future supporters - we would not be here without you!
Now let's hear you roar!
Kristina M. Leonardi
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Special thanks goes to Jane Lee for her consistent, enthusiastic commitment to supporting TWM and helping out at all our events!
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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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|FEBRUARY EVENT: TWM/CHICKS ROCK MONTHLY MEETUP! |
TWM/CHICKS ROCK! NETWORKING & MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION
Tuesday, February 24th
We kicked off the launch of our new TWM/CHICKS ROCK! Monthly Meetups with a gathering of about 30 rockin' women and men at SideBAR on Tuesday, February 24th! With an open bar and great raffle prizes, guests were easily able to celebrate, mix and mingle and learn more about TWM!
Thanks to everyone who attended the party and special thanks to sponsor Lauraine Scheurmann of Ameriprise Financial and volunteers Sally Mercedes, Jane Lee, Zanade Mann and Bridget Meade who all helped make the event as smooth and successful as possible!
Below: Guests enjoy the party!
TWM/CHICK'S ROCK! MARCH MEETUP: TUESDAY, MARCH 31st
JOIN US FOR OUR NEXT TWM/CHICKS ROCK! MEETUP
IN CELEBRATION OF WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
I am woman, hear me roar!
TUESDAY, MARCH 31st 7-9PM
Open Bar 7-8pm! Raffle Prizes!
118 East 15th Street @ Irving Place
$10 SUGGESTED DONATION
*FREE* FOR TWM MEMBERS
SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR NEXT MONTH'S MEETUP:
Tuesday, April 28th
Please contact Sally if you have a raffle prize you would like to donate to these events, too!
|MARCH EVENT: TWM'S FALL VISIONING WORKSHOP |
Using Your Creativity and Intuition to Gain Clarity, Find Focus and Manifest Your Dreams!
Saturday, March 28th 11am-5pm
Feeling a little confused with all that's going on with your career and the economy?
Not sure what to do next with your life?
Maybe you're just a bit unsatisfied overall but can't exactly pinpoint what it is....
Our Visioning Workshop can help you sort it all out!
Come to our popular and powerful semi-annual workshop for a creative, transformative afternoon where you will make a collage to manifest your heart's desire - and you may be surprised as to what that turns out to be. It's not unusual for participants to start new businesses, relationships, families or career paths as quickly as weeks or months after the workshop.
If you are looking for both answers and results to help figure out where you are right now in your life and where you want to go next, this could be thing exact thing you need to push you forward and take you there!
ONLY THREE SPOTS LEFT - RSVP TODAY!
$110 for non-Members; $125 at the door
*TWM Members can bring a friend at the member rate!
|JOIN TWM'S TEAM FOR THE REVLON RUN/WALK on MAY 2nd|
JOIN TWM'S TEAM FOR THE REVLON RUN/WALK FOR WOMEN'S CANCERS
Saturday, May 2nd
TWM Member & Captain Mary Brower once again leads our 6th team to raise funds for women's cancer research!
Spring is here! The sun is shining!
The flowers are all in bloom! It is time to get out and enjoy nature and leave
the cold of winter behind. It is also time to once again join 40,000 of your
closest friends and be united in one voice and one
goal---the eradication of Women's Cancers!
Here's her note to you:
Saturday, May 2nd, TWM's team will be participating in the 12th Anniversary Revlon Run/Walk For Women.
We will gather in the early morning hours in Time's Square and await the
kick-off (otherwise known as the firing of red and white confetti into the
air--the sanitation department must love us) to begin a leisurely (or not so
leisurely) 5k stroll into Central
Park. The event will end with a wellness expo (fancy
name for party), complete with music, free lunch (yea!!), rockin' goodie bags
and a chance to visit the booths for exciting information from the sponsors and
the chance to win prizes! Plus you get the added bonus of spending time outdoors
while making new friends! We will also be taking a team photo in the
park, so you can have a visual reminder of your great accomplishment (plus who
wouldn't want a photo with me).
This is a chance
to do some bonding, see what the early morning hours look like, try out those
new sneakers, firm up that rear (not that any of us need that mind you) and oh
yea--raise some dough for a really good cause.
you can't join us in the walk, you can join us in the fight by making a pledge or donation on behalf of one of our
team members. Your pledge will help fund important research into the
cause and cure of women's cancers, prevention, education and support service
programs. Every pledge will help bring us one step closer to a cure.
Please visit our team page to register or make a pledge
our Team Captain Mary Brower with questions by email or phone:
Mugglymoo@yahoo.com, 917-734-5562 (cell) or 212- 207-7818
| THANK YOU TO ALL OUR DONORS & MEMBERS!|
A big THANK YOU to everyone who has donated, joined or renewed as a member since our last TWM eNewsletter!
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|TWM SPOTLIGHT: Bridget Meade|
TWM SPOTLIGHT: Bridget Meade
TWM's Spring Intern!
In January, Bridget Meade is the newest member of TWM's family. This accomplished young woman is a senior at Vassar College, where she studies Political Science and Women's Studies and plays left wing for the Women's Rugby team. Previously, she interned for a Congresswoman, studied abroad in Denmark, and is a dual citizen of the United States and Ireland. To welcome her to TWM, Bridget is the focus of this month's Spotlight.
After working as a Fellow for Dutchess County Citizen's Action Network, Bridget decided to make a change. "I wanted to be a part of an organization that focuses on dialogue as a source of personal transformation and empowerment." After being selected for the internship, Bridget started collecting information about other organizations to add to TWM's link page, and will use the same to help develop professional partnerships.
She has also begun work on a membership survey, which will determine what members want to see from the TWM community, such as CHICKS ROCK! and Diversity Initiatives. Instead of performing regular administrative duties that require little creativity, Bridget feels that her position has given her the opportunity to make a significant contribution. "I feel like the work I am doing is meaningful and can help women feel engaged in TWM's community," she said.
Bridget is using her internship to help prepare her for future plans. One goal is to go to Europe again to study their contemporary issues of discrimination. "I think TWM is a great opportunity for me to not only apply my studies to real life situations, but to learn how a community can draw on the diversity and strength [from] its members to inspire active, positive change in each other's lives."
How does Bridget think TWM distinguishes itself from other non-profit organizations about women? "It isn't driven by a single issue that lectures *at* you, but rather TWM serves as a forum for women to meet and discuss their passions and experiences," she said. "I think this act of sharing is an incredibly powerful thing,as it encourages us to learn how to respect each other and ourselves."
Welcome to TWM, Bridget!
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Where have you been?
Where are you going?
What do you have to say?
Here's a chance to make YOUR voice heard!
Become a guest blogger on CHICKS ROCK!
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One of the best ways to show your appreciation for what we are doing is to support The Women's Mosaic by becoming a member!
We want to expand and grow our organization to become a powerful voice for women, but we cannot do so without your help.Besides providing general financial support for the organization, your membership allows us to garner funds from other sources such as foundation and corporations; and gives you benefits and perks like reduced admission to our events, discounts on various products and services, as well as other opportunities - the more members we have the more benefits we can offer. The bottom line is that if you enjoy what we are doing, please show your support! Membership levels begin at just $35.00!
The more members we have, the more we can do for you!
|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 Kamins
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
[The 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
To be in the loop about this and other talks by Kristina, be sure to check off the "Seminar & Workshops by TWM Founder" list on your subscriber profile by clicking on the Update Profile/Email Address link at the bottom of this email.