Women's Economic Development Council

WEDC President's Blog March 2016

25 Mar 2016 4:05 PM | Lane Fabby

To have 140 members/guests attend the Truth #2 leadership training series meeting, Credibility is the Foundation of Leadership, was inspirational.  I loved the energy in the room and the caliber of ladies who attended reminded me of the importance of why successful women need to rally together and have each other’s back.  We learned from the second chapter of The Truth About Leadership that credibility matters.  When people see their leader exhibit high credibility, they’re significantly more likely to be proud to tell others they’re part of the organization.  They feel a strong sense of team spirit, feel attached, committed and have a sense of ownership of the organization.  In our book we learned that “Only credible leaders earn commitment, and only commitment builds and regenerates great teams and organizations.” Therefore, credibility is the foundation of leadership!

Our Meeting:  Our speaker, Ms. Jody Singer, shared her beliefs of the two reasons why folks lead…because of PEOPLE and PURPOSE.  When people and purpose are the motivation, then RELATIONSHIPS and RESULTS are the outcome.  She shared the story about the space shuttle, Columbia, and how that mission was a product of people and purpose.  Jody explained that when building human space exploration, people look for leaders who are: (1) Honest; (2) Forward Looking; (3) Inspiring; and (4) Competent.  If people don’t believe in you, they won’t willingly follow you.

We also had the pleasure of welcoming our new Milestone members.  These ladies are the future of our organization and we know they have great things to add to our membership.  We proudly inducted the following Milestones: (1) Leilani Banaszak; (2) Caroline Bivens; (3) Jennifer Buckner; (4) Amber Finley; (5) Crystal Green; (6) Camillia King-Stanley; (7) Anna McDonald; (8) Katherine McGuire; (9) Madelin Miles; (10) Audra Morris; (11) Ashley Ryals; (12) Rebekah Schmidt; and (13) Lauren Smith.  Members, please take the initiative to get to know these young professionals and cultivate a mentoring culture within our organization.

Want to Be a Member?: Membership is an 8 month process which begins when two current members make a joint commitment to sponsor and co-sponsor one (1) woman they know to become a member for that calendar year.  In 2016, we will only accept 20 new members.  To review the 2016 membership criteria, please visit our website at http://wedchsv.org/want-to-be-a-member.

Our 2016 Leadership Conference: Registration for the 2016 WEDC Leadership Conference is now OPEN!  We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker is nationally renowned leadership speaker and bestselling author, Jim Kouzes.   Mr. Kouzes is the co-author of various books such as “The Leadership Challenge,” “The Truth About Leadership,” and “The Leader’s Legacy.”  You can find all the info you need on our website at http://wedchsv.org/Leadership-Conference.  Register now to insure that you are among the first 150 registered attendees who will receive a FREE Insights Discovery Personal Profile!

Please consider becoming a Corporate Partner and check out the corporate partner options at Conference Corporate Partnership form 030716.pdf.   

Our Foundation’s Women Honoring Women Event: The nomination window for Women Honoring Women opened Tuesday, March 1st and closes Friday, April 15th, 2016. Nomination forms can be found at www.wedcfoundation.org/women-honoring-women/.  This year’s WHW event "When Perseverance Meets Passion" will be held on September 15th, 2016 at the VBC - North Hall from 5:30-8:00pm.  WEDC members/guests are encouraged to nominate and reach out to those with potential nominations.  Please help us get the word out and disseminate this information accordingly.

Next Leadership Training Meeting: Looking ahead, our next meeting will be held on Thursday, April 14th at the Jackson Center and we will have Ms. Patti Martin, President of Martin Strategic Solutions as our guest speaker.  Our topic for next month is Truth #3, Values Drive Commitment.  Patti will remind us how important it is that we know who we are, where we came from, and the values that guide us in our lives.  Remember that this is a JOINT Women’s Economic Development Council (WEDC) & Women in Defense (WID) meeting so spread the word to others who may be interested in learning more about who we are and what we do as an organization.  

We will also promote our Foundation’s upcoming Women Honoring Women event at our next meeting.  It is important that we support our Foundation and the great things it does to help women make their dreams of economic independence come true.   

Our next Leadership Training Meeting that is OPEN to the public will be held on Thursday, July 14th at Burritt on the Mountain from 11:30am-1:00pm.  Guests will not need a member invitation or password to register for this event.

I look forward to providing education, mentoring, andnetworking opportunities for one another throughout the rest of the year!  Thank you to our Program Coordinator, our Board, our Committee Chairs/Co-chairs, and ALL Members for your commitment, engagement, and dedication to this amazing organization!

It is awesome that we have each other’s back!

All the best,

Lane Fabby 

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