Amidst the Storms...Love, Wonder & Laughter

 Message from the President
Anne Wilkins


February is upon us.  The coldest, snowiest month of winter some say, a time when the holiday gatherings  have passed and Spring is still too far away.  What to do?  Well, there's Valentine's Day - a time to celebrate romantic love, but also the love we have for ourselves, our families, our friends and other special people in our lives.  Make sure to take time to remember and acknowledge those folks.  We'd like to send you a special Valentine's Day thank you for your support of EWN and the contributions each one of you makes to our special community.


This month here at EWN we also hope to make you wonder and laugh - weather permitting! 

Our Morning Workshop this Friday, February 4 features Gilda Bonanno on the topic of "Bold Presentation Skills for Entrepreneurs".   I remember wondering more than ten years ago if I could ever summon the nerve to be a public speaker and deliver presentations confidently and with ease.   Hopefully, Gilda will make you wonder too so that you'll stretch yourselves in this regard, whatever your skill level right now.


Later in the month, Maria Miranda will delight us with a personal memoir of marketing tips her father imparted to her as a salesman for Frito Lay, in her presentation "All That and a Bag of Chips" on Thursday, February 24.  Having listened to just a few tidbits of Maria's many stories in arranging for her to speak to us, I know we can all benefit from the lessons imparted and her very funny and delightful presentation.    Please join us for some warmth, fellowship, and laughter.



Happy February!





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




Dear Fellow EWN Member -


It was such a pleasure to serve as January's luncheon speaker.


Thank you for the opportunity and for your overwhelmingly warm reception.  As a 20-year member, and past-president of EWN, it truly felt like a homecoming.


Your enthusiasm and passion for your businesses, and your focus on supporting each other, is inspirational.


As a way to say thank you to EWN, an organization that has had such a profound impact on my own business, I am offering you a special rate on my upcoming Remarkable Women's Network series.  Click here to learn more about this series and to register. At checkout, simply enter this special code: EWN.


Each and every one of you is truly remarkable and I wish you every success.







CPCC - Certified Professional Co-Active Coach

Jane Pollak, Inc.

Leading Remarkable Women to Uncommon Success

Author - Soul Proprietor: 101 Lessons from a Lifestyle Entrepreneur


203.866.2013 - jane@janepollak.com


12:00pm ~ 2:00pm

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






Monday, March 21, 2011 ~ 5:30pm - 8:00pm
The Norwalk Inn

Join us on Monday, March 21st, 5:30pm to 8:00pm at the Norwalk Inn for an evening of light fare and refreshments. Five (5) EWN members will be showcasing their businesses.


The evening will be profiling Jennifer Covello of Frittabello baby gifts; Lisa Bruggemann, an independent fashion designer; Sandy Lamarre of Alexandra's Gardens; Peggy Garbus, professional photographer and Diane Schroeder from Seed Design Jewelry.  Each vendor will have fabulous displays showcasing their products.  Jennifer will be selling her newly published book at a discount for attendees, Lisa will be 'dressing' some attendees, Sandy will be transforming the Norwalk Inn into a garden, Peggy will be vending her photography services; and Diane will be showcasing her beautiful jewelry collection.


In addition, these members will be offering valuable and desirable gifts as door prizes.  It will be a very exciting evening and a tremendous opportunity to network and connect with other like-minded women.  Bring lots of business cards and come prepared to discover what a EWN membership can do to expand your circle of influence and explode your business!


Members attend at discounted price of $33. Non-Members at  $39.   Walk-in fee $5.


ADDED BONUS! Join EWN in the month of March, 2011 and receive 5 extra months of free membership (until August 1, 2012).  You'll have 15 full months of EWN membership benefits, such as discounts to all EWN events, a profile on EWN's website, and the opportunity to be spotlighted in one of our upcoming monthly newsletters.  Plus you'll be connected in a network with other successful entrepreneurial women, and you'll be a member of an organization that has been around since 1982!


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.


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.    







For the second year in a row, Frittabello, LLC is a key sponsor of Bumps, Babies & Beyond Expo, the brainchild of EWN Member, Frittabello founder and author, Jennifer Covello.  To be held at The Italian Center in Stamford on March 27, 2011 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm, this year's event promises to be even better than its inaugural 2010 expo.

Raffles and giveaways, a staple of the event will also be offered in addition to goody bags for all attendees. Any EWN business that would like to display a flyer in their place of business can contact Jennifer Covello at jcovello@frittabello.com.  Jennifer can also be contacted for any additional information about the event. 






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 March Newsletter is March 2, 2011.


 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.










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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Questions or comments? Contact us at info@ewn-ct.org or 203.222.3404.