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Connecting women to themselves, each other and the world around them
FALL 2009
In This Issue
CHICKS ROCK! ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR DONORS & MEMBERS
WRITE FOR CHICKS ROCK!
TWM/CHICKS ROCK! Monthly Meet-ups
MARCH EVENT: Visioning Workshop
MAY EVENT: TWM'S FOCUS ON FITNESS & HEALTH
JUNE EVENT: TWM SPOTLIGHT ON ZIMBABWE
TWM MEMBERS-ONLY MAKEOVER EVENT
Become a Member of TWM Today!
TWM Needs YOU!
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Well HELLO!  We hope you had a wonderful summer and are having a great start to Fall! As for TWM, we had so much going on the past several months we're finally excited to fill you in now as to what we've been up to....

Since our last TWM eNewsletter we had two TWM/CHICKS ROCK! Meetups, our semi-annual TWM Visioning Workshop our amazing three part series, TWM's Focus on Health & Fitness, our innaugural TWM Sizzling Summer Book Club, our enlightening TWM Spotlight on Zimbabwe and our fabulous TWM Members-Only Makeover Event.

There were also some exciting happenings for TWM.  In May, we had a small but mighty team raise nearly $1000 for TWM's Team for the Revlon Run Walk.  On June 8th, we were listed as Goodsearch's Charity of the Day!  Thanks to all of you who used and continue to use it for all of our online searches - we receive a donation every time you do.
 
In July, I was chosen as one of several women to be honored at theWNBA's NY Liberty's Inspiring kljumbotronWomen Night at Madison Square Garden.(You can watch a one-minute video of it here!) Thanks to everyone who came out to support me on my big night!
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chicks rockAnd this week, we celebrated the one-year anniversary of  our blog, 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 - and if you have your own blog, let us know so we can cross-post and send you some Link Love!

We've also slowly been building our social media sites, so we need you to join us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to continue all of our conversations, connect with TWM friends and be up to the minute with what's happening!

As many of you are aware, NY Times Magazine  last month ran a big piece about how women are the key to creating a more peaceful and prosperous world. This is what TWM has been saying for the past eight and a half years, and we are extremely proud of the over 90 events we have offered women to learn more about themselves and the world around them, and how our website,TWM eNewsletters, and CHICKS ROCK! have made you part of a community that focuses on creating positive change in the world, one woman at a time.

We hope to continue offering 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 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!
 
All the best,
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Kristina M. Leonardi
Founder
TWM VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH!
Special thanks goes to Kris Mayor for her help with our Focus on Health & Nutrition and Makeover events!
GET INVOLVED! Email us at info@thewomensmosaic.org with the type of skills you have or experience you are looking for - chances are we've got lots for you to work on!
 TWM BLOG'S ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

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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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Learn more about us, and check out our over 270 posts on travel, stereotypes, personal growth, careers and much, much more!
Be sure to visit, read, write, comment and spread the word!


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 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/CHICKS ROCK MONTHLY MEETUPS for MARCH & APRIL! 

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Tuesday, March 31st  & Tuesday, April 28th

We continued our TWM/CHICKS ROCK! Monthly Meetups with a gathchristiannabridgetering of about 30 rockin' women and men at SideBAR the last Tuesdays in March and April! 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 our gatherings and special thanks to volunteers Sally Mercedes, Christianna MihaiuLeticia BidoCasey Stokes and Bridget Meade who all helped make the event run as smoothly and successfully as possible! 

MARCH EVENT:  TWM'S SEMI-ANNUAL VISIONING WORKSHOP
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VISIONING WORKSHOP:
Using Your Creativity and Intuition to Gain Clarity, Find Focus and Manifest Your Dreams!
Saturday, March 28th

This past March we once again offered our popular and powerful semi-annual workshop for a creative, transformative afternoon to help participants manifest their heart's desire and get in touch with what they really want.  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!
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 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH - RSVP TODAY!

$65 for TWM Members* $75 at the door;
         $110 for non-Members; $125 at the door
*TWM Members can bring a friend at the member rate!
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CLICK HERE FOR OUR VISIONING WORKSHOP POSTS 

**If you have attended a TWM Visioning Workshop in the past, let us know about YOUR experience by adding your comments to the blog post by clicking here!**
If you would like to arrange a Visioning Workshop with your own group of friends or organization, please contact Kristina at kleonardi@mindspring.com or call 917-816-0834.
MAY EVENT:  TWM'S FOCUS ON FITNESS & HEALTH SERIES
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A Diversified Approach for a
Mosaic of Women!
*Fitness in the Park*
*Health & Nutrition:  Perspectives from Around the World*
*Zumba!*
                                            May 9th, 12th and 16th

In May, The Women's Mosaic launched TWM's Focus on Fitness & Health, a three part event series that coincided with National Women's Health & Fitness Week and offered both experiential and educational ways of approaching health, fitness and nutrition in a variety of formats. Be sure to click on the links below for more detailed descriptions and insights on these events!

Special thanks to our instructors and panelists: Rhonda Josephson, Tammy Lakatos Shames, Elysse Lakatos (The Nutrition Twins), Milvi Vehik, Dr. Priyatarssini Balamurugen, Jared Koch, Dr. Mei Li, Jessica Grippo, and Alicia Harris.
Special Thanks to Our Sponsors & Resource Guide Adverstisers: Isagenix Happy Wellness, Sustainable Stress Reduction, Team Northrup,Christine Possemato, BEIA Insurance, Juliana Neiman,New York Health & Raquet Club, A Black Bike, Zico and National Advertising & Printing.
 
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TWM'S SIZZLING SUMMER BOOK CLUB
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TWM'S SIZZLING SUMMER BOOK CLUB
June 17th, July 20th, August 18th

People have been suggesting for years that we do a book club, so finally this summer we offered it to you! We had a month to read the book, then discussed it over coffee and Italian pastries at the East Village's famous Veniero's Cafe. Whether everyone enjoyed the books or not, they all led to fascinating conversations and connections that meant far more than the books that initiated them!

The book selection this summer was:
June: The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundusaren
 July:  Without Reservations: The Travels of and Independent Woman by Alice Steinbach
 August:  Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun by Faith Adiele

Stay tuned for announcements about a Fall and a Spring book club meeting! Please email christianna@thewomensmosaic.org with any suggestions.

CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT OUR JUNE BOOK CLUB MEETING
JUNE EVENT:  TWM'S SPOTLIGHT ON ZIMBABWE
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Tuesday, June 23rd

On Tuesday, June 23rd, TWM offered one of our signature multicultural events,  TWM's Spotlight on Zimbabweat Xai Xai South African Wine Bar.  Over 40 attendees came out on a summer night to learn more about this country - it's culture, recent struggles and about the work of Eco-Africa Social Ventures, a non-profit organization that helps support Zimbabwean women artisans and their families with basic survival needs, and who received a portion of the events proceeds.   Speakers Tanya Nomaziko, Rory Kugler, Jane Madembo and Janice Ashby shared their experiences with us and gave us a glimpse as to what life is like there both in the recent past, the present and what their hopes for the future. Attendees enjoyed scrumptious appetizers, purchased beautiful crafts and connected with each other before and after the event. Special thanks to our intern Casey Stokes for helping plan this event!


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TWM MEMBERS-ONLY MAKEOVER EVENT

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Wednesday, August 26th

We had a great turnout at our special TWM Members-Only Makeover Event on Wednesday, August 26th at the ESPRIT store on Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Center. In addition to enjoying refreshments provided by our sponsor and bidding on raffles, attendees watched an exciting fashion show and received a 25% discount on all purchases made that nite!


Thanks to Monica Diaz of Style Matters, Inc. for her style talk super quick fabulous transformations of our member makeover models Sharon Joseph Spence, Anneris Mercedes, Amanda Mittman Goldfarb, Tricia Amy, Kirsten Tanjucto.  We would also like to thank volunteer Kris Mayor, Lara Cohn, Heather Floyd, Kelly Janes, Moon Kim and Rae Kim and to our Program Coordinator Christianna Mihaiu for helping to make the event the huge success that it was!

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Special thanks also to ESPRIT and to our sponsors and donors to this event: MAC Makeup, Godiva Chocolate, Dean & Deluca, Crush Wine, Brooklyn Brewery, TyKu, ZICO, Comix Comedy Clubs
, Warren Tricomi Salon, Ruth Asburn, Amanda Goldfarb, Redken, Jessica Yunker, On Location Tours, Kristina Leonardi, Life of Reilly Organizer, PopChips

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BECOME A MEMBER OF THE WOMEN'S MOSAIC!

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Join now to help us continue to bring you these exciting, inspiring programs!

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!

TWM NEEDS YOU TO GET INVOLVED!
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  GIVE YOUR TIME, TALENT OR TREASURE!DEVELOP A NEW SKILL!
  
Lend your voice, passion, talent, or time to make The Women's Mosaic the best it can be!

* Want to share your culture or other passion? Express yourself by planning a TWM event or participating in CHICKS ROCK! 

* Volunteer for TWM! We've got many ways for to you to help out depending on the skill set you have or want to develop, and the time you can give.

*Spread the word about TWM! Forward this email newlsetter on to friends so they can sign up and become part of our dynamic and diverse community!

*Become a Member of TWM! Support an organization that enriches your life and the lives of others! The more members we have, the more we can do for you as well as be a force for women both here and abroad.

*Donate to TWM! Besides actual cash donations, we are always in need of in-kind donations of supplies, copying, postage and other items to help us cut down on costs.

If interested in any of the above you can contact us directly and also be sure to  check off the "Volunteer" category box through the Update Profile/Email Address link at the bottom of this newsletter in order to receive separate emails about volunteer and committee opportunities.

UPCOMING NON-MOSAIC EVENTS FEATURING TWM FOUNDER KRISTINA LEONARDI
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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 kleonardi@mindspring.com or call 917-816-0834 or visit www.kristinaleonardi.com for more information.

NEXT EVENT:
Tuesday, October 20th 6:30pm- 8:30pm
Who Are You & What Are You Supposed to Be Doing With Your Life?
Sponsored by:  Woodhull Institute
Contact Laura Sinkman at lsinkman@woodhull.org for more info and to RSVP

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.
The Women's MosaicŪis a 501c3 not-for- profit organization dedicated to uniting and empowering women through programs that promote intercultural understanding and personal growth. Since January 2001, TWM has offered over 90 unique activities and events that have provided education, inspiration and motivation for women to express their full power and potential in the world!
For more information please visit our website.
phone: 917-816-0834