January 2011

This New Decade for You and Your Business

 Message from the President
Anne Wilkins
Every year at this time, my husband and I review our Bucket List, a ritual we treasure. Yes, it sounds corny, but we delightedly move accomplishments to the "Been There, Done That" list, toss out goals that just aren't as important or interesting anymore, and add new ones to the list. My spouse's list, as always, is ambitious. This year, learning Chinese and skydiving moved to the top. I tried not to laugh! But for me, my list is very focused for the first time in recent years. My number one professional goal, bar none, is to grow my customer base while improving my business profits. Forget about weight loss...at least for the first half of 2011!

What is your top professional goal for the first year of this new decade and how can EWN help?

If you're still mulling this over, please attend our January 19th luncheon with Jane Pollak, a fabulous speaker, past President of EWN, and successful entrepreneur, whose talk entitled "It's 2011: Do You Know Where Your Goals Are?" should get you moving!  Described to me recently as the "Oprah of EWN" - well, I'm sure you're curious now!

If it's a sense of community you crave or feedback on business ideas from one another in a more structured setting, we hope you'll attend our January 13th AfterHours/Mastermind Open House to sign up for a group and let us help connect you with other like-minded entrepreneurs.

And, as a last thought, I suggest that we all make a resolution to increase our skills at networking, something we know will help build our businesses. When you attend your next EWN event, just walk up to someone you don't know and introduce yourself. Doesn't that sound easier than learning Chinese?

Happy New Year, Happy New Decade and Happy Networking! As the new President of EWN, I look forward to working with you and our talented group of Board and Committee members to keep EWN growing and thriving. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have an idea or want to help out.



Start Strong in 2011 !


You Are Invited !

Members and Non-Members

EWN After Hours Networking Event 


An Introduction to the New

"Meeting of the Minds" Mastermind Program


When:Thursday, January 13, 2011

5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Where:Burr Homestead (EWN's Home Office)

739 Old Post Road, Fairfield CT


Fee:   $20.00 for Members and Non-Members

Light food and refreshments will be served.


5:30 PM - After Hours Networking starts

Bring a friend, reconnect with old friends and fellow entrepreneurs

and make some new connections.  

For non-members, it is a great opportunity to learn about the benefits of 

EWN Membership, including becoming part of a Mastermind group.


6:45-7:30 PM - An Introduction to the "Meeting of the Minds" Mastermind Program 

Napoleon Hill defines the MasterMind as the "coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose."


This will be an opportunity to learn about the new "Meeting of the Minds" Mastermind program. You will have the chance to sign up for a mastermind group so we can put together dynamic groups of like-minded entrepreneurs. We believe in the power of having a support system and accountability partners so that you can discuss challenges in your business, brainstorm, and help each other achieve greater success this year and beyond. 


For any questions about this event, please contact: info@ewn-ct.org

To reserve your place at this event, please visit our website at:  www.ewn-ct.org 

January 2011 Luncheon
"It's 2011:  Do You Know Where Your Goals Are?" with Jane Pollak


On Wednesday, January 19, 2011, Jane will talk to the EWN audience about goal setting.  Jane states, "This will be a great opportunity to begin the new year and learn how to assess what you really want in 2011, and get a jump start to achieving your goals." Jane Pollak is a living example of how being a member of the Entrepreneurial Woman's Network can turn a passion into a thriving business. In 1989 as a member of EWN, Jane started her career in the unlikely field of egg decoration. Now she is a successful entrepreneur, professional public speaker, author, and business coach.  Jane was also the EWN President in 1996-1997.

This Luncheon is sponsored by the 5Rhythms® Dance/Movement Practice, which is a tool to help us navigate these times of constant change and bring our bodies, hearts and minds into alignment. Using music from around the world, we dance freestyle through five energies or beats: 

  • Flowing, to experience being fluid and letting things in
  • Staccato, to focus our passion and clearly express ourselves
  • Chaos, to shed what is not needed
  • Lyrical, to traverse the earth with a lightness of spirit
  • Stillness, to move peacefully in the rhythms of our breath
Classes are held monthly in the Westport/Norwalk area and are open to everyone, regardless of age, size or physical ability - especially healing for those who like to show off or those who can barely show up, survivors of bad backs, bum knees or broken hearts.  Come move, groove and have fun! For more information, contact Margaret@margaretwagner.com 203-209-0047 or visit www.5Rhythms.com


Wed., Jan. 19, 2011
 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

For more information and registration...
Online Registration closes Tues., Jan. 18, 2010 at 1200 p.m.

February 2011 Morning Workshop with Gilda Bonanno
"Bold Presentation Skills for Entrepreneurs"
Friday, February 4, 2011

Bold presentation skills are an essential competency for successful entrepreneurs. Developing a successful brand, marketing expertise and building a strong client base all depend on the ability to communicate in a confident, engaging and persuasive way.


In this interactive and engaging session, attendees will learn how to:

  • Develop and communicate self-confidence
  • Use powerful body language (voice, gestures, movement, and eye contact) to connect to their audience and convey meaning
  • Keep audience attention by relating relevant and engaging stories
  • Practice presentation in order to express a clear and concise message
  • Convey a level of knowledge and passion that results in a presentation that is distinct and memorable, for all the right reasons!

About Gilda Bonanno

Gilda Bonanno is a Speaker, Trainer and Coach who helps people improve their presentation and communication skills so they can be more successful. She achieves these results by combining her extensive business experience with a background in improvisational performance and a belief that with the right training and practice, everyone can become a more effective communicator and leader. 


Gilda speaks about communication, leadership, motivation and humor to groups ranging from entrepreneurs to engineers to healthcare professionals.  In addition to facilitating high-energy, client-focused training programs, she also coaches individuals to overcome their fear of public speaking and eliminate the barriers to letting their voices be heard.  She has worked with clients throughout North America and in Europe, China and India.


To find out more about Gilda, read her articles and/or sign up for her newsletter, click HereWatch Gilda speak at the National Speaker's Association.  To register for this event, click here


All That and a Bag of Chips.  HJ Miranda, the father of agency principal, Maria Miranda, sold Frito Lay brand products throughout New England for nearly 40 years.  In this touching and inspirational presentation, Maria shares the stories HJ told over the dinner table each evening.   Enjoy this memorable and energizing presentation, designed to engage any team involved in sales or outreach efforts. 


Maria is known for her "creative" and hysterically funny presentations, guaranteed to inspire and tug on the heart strings of her audience.  Not only will it provide a great sales lesson, attendees can expect to walk away with principles Maria learned from her father, to apply to their everyday life.




About Maria Miranda


Maria has served the strategic communications needs of organizations from Maine to Florida since establishing Miranda Creative in 1988. She has received national recognition for effective, creative and compelling pieces and is a community-focused leader.   Maria is a member of many service organizations, regional chambers and non-profit boards, and is a recognized Minority Based Entrepreneur for the State of Connecticut.

Maria has received her undergraduate degrees, in Marketing and Design, from the University of Connecticut, and has completed post-graduate coursework in Interactive Technology, Communications and Trademark Law.


Register for this event online at www.ewn-ct.org 



EWN is always looking for a few good volunteers!  To find out more about open volunteer positions or ways you can help in just 2 hours a month, please e-mail Info@ewn-ct.org - and someone WILL get back to you!


EWN's March Luncheon - March 15, 2011:

A Panel Discussion - Setting, Managing & Exceeding Client Expectations...Every Time!


With three successful EWN entrepreneurs: Liz Ball, TFI Envision; Nancy Collamer, Collamer Career Consulting and Kristen Hallett Rzasa, Interplay Health

Moderated by Anne M. Wilkins, CFP®, EWN President; Investment Adviser with Anderson Wealth Management & Founder of SmartWomen, SeriousMoney™


For Registation and More Information log on to www.ewn-ct.org


Looking for a great way to promote and build your business?  We invite you to consider the benefits of sponsoring an EWN Event!




Sponsorship Package Includes:

  • Your business featured in e-mails promoting the event, on EWN's Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages and in press releases
  • The opportunity to address attendees at the event for five minutes
  • A link that remains on the EWN website throughout the year
  • The opportunity to place promotional materials at each table setting
  • The opportunity to set up a dedicated display table to showcase your products/services

Morning Workshops - $150 for EWN members; $225 for non-members

Luncheons - $275 for EWN members; $350 for non-members 

Contact Heather Habelka, Chair - Ways & Means, 203.362.7925 for more information or to reserve your sponsorship.

E-mail info@ewn-ct.org to take advantage of this sponsorship opportunity.


Monday, March 21, 2011 ~ EWN Spring Business Expo - 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Norwalk Inn
Thursday, April 14, 2011 ~  Luncheon - 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Norwalk Inn
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 ~ EWN After Hours  - 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Location TBD`
Thursday, May 5, 2011 ~ Luncheon - 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Norwalk Inn
Monday, May 16, 2011 ~ Morning Workshop - 8:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. at the Norwalk Inn
Monday, June 6, 2011 - GRAND NETWORKING EVENT (GNE) 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - Norwalk Inn

Register online at www.ewn-ct.org.    



Are you experiencing success in your business? Have you just published a Book or  launched a new Product?  If so, share your good news with EWN and we will share it with everyone else.

This service is available to active EWN Members.  Info about your good news should be sent to info@ewn-ct.org. Please keep information limited to a brief paragraph.  Deadline for submissions in EWN's February Newsletter is February 2, 2011.

About the Entrepreneurial Womans Network

A leading Connecticut businesswoman's organization, the Entrepreneurial Woman's Network (EWN), based in Westport, CT, is a not-for-profit organization devoted to developing the business talents, capabilities, leadership and skills of entrepreneurial women.  Founded in 1982, the group provides information, activities and support to help EWN members grow their businesses and run them more effectively.  It also provides a network that fosters the willing exchange of information with other entrepreneurial women who share similar experiences.

EWN Mission
  • Develop the business talents, capabilities, leadership, and skills of entrepreneurial women.
  • Provide information, activities, and support that will help EWN members grow their businesses and run their businesses more effectively.
  • Provide a network that fosters the willing exchange of information with other entrepreneurial women who share similar experiences.
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