Jun 5, 2015 by Reen Rose
Two and a half years ago when I first started working for myself, I decided I needed to do some networking. This was a skill far from my comfort zone, so I had to do some research, make a plan and then force myself to carry it through. It actually took me a few months to prepare myself to go off alone and meet some business women.
After looking at my options I decided to try Kelowna Women in Business and registered for their September meeting. Fortunately, someone I knew saw my name on the guest list and contacted me saying she would also be there and would save me a seat at her table. Tanya Federici, you will never know how much I appreciated that. The meeting was interesting and I watched as a cheque for thousands of dollars was presented to a local charity.
I had made a promise to myself to attend at least three meeting before I could decide to stop going – talk about building myself up for failure. At my second meeting I happened to arrive at the same time as someone who was there for the first time. Julie was extremely easy to talk to and we sat at the same table. As fate would have it, we sat beside the person who was taking over as president and she mentioned that there were positions available on the board. Julie and I are both pretty proactive and somehow we ended up saying we were interested in joining the executive. I have been Treasurer and Julie Hoffman has been Sponsorship Chair ever since. I have recently also picked up the position of Speaker Chair. My husband just looks at me with bewilderment.
I attend other networking groups that I thoroughly enjoy, but Kelowna Women in Business is special for me. As a not for profit organization, its mission is to help local women promote their businesses, offer educational opportunities with engaging speakers and give back to the community by supporting a local charity. This year we are raising funds for the Wish Come True Society who has set themselves the task of building a children’s hospice here in Kelowna.
I have met so many amazing women, helped support local charities and learned a lot in the process. Patricia Chandler and Michelle Belanger do an amazing job of leading the executive team. Julie and I are joined by Aura Rose, Jackie Froese, Michelle Duford, Tracy Wright and Roberta Gizen.
If you are looking to mingle with other local business women then this may be a great fit for you. I would like to stress that you don’t have to be a business owner or CEO to join. If you are involved in business as an employee, or in career transition, you are part of the business community. All events are open to members and non-members with monthly meetings alternating between dinner and lunch. All profits are given to charity.
Come along and check this group out. You can find more about Kelowna Women in Business at www.kwib.org