What is WXW?

What is WXW?

Meet WXW

Since 2007, WXW has been supporting women in business. Our Ann Arbor-based non-profit successfully connects, teaches, and inspires hundreds of women in the region, and believes that if we can help women solve business problems together, we will grow our companies, create more products and services, employ more people, and revitalize our region.

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How does our all-volunteer non-profit consistently deliver such top-notch events?  You guessed it…we have the BEST volunteers!  Period.  Learn about opportunities to collaborate and connect as a WXW volunteer, and feel the satisfaction of contributing directly to the ongoing success of our vibrant organization.

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Sponsorship

Sponsorship

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WXW would not exist without the help of our amazing sponsors, whose support helps us offer the stellar events our attendees look forward to every month. Find out more about the local businesses and organizations that make our monthly events possible, and learn how you can join our league of super-sponsors today.

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Catching Up with WXW Co-Founder Carrie Hensel

Posted by WXW on Oct 19, 2017

On the 10th anniversary of Women’s Exchange Washtenaw, we thought it’d be fun to interview Carrie Hensel, Queen Bee at Color Hive Creative and one of the original co-founders of WXW, to find out her initial inspiration for starting this organization, what she has gained from WXW over the years, and what her hopes are for WXW moving into its second decade. What was your inspiration for starting WXW? Debra Power and I were eating lunch together one day, talking about business, and asking each other questions like, “What do you do when this particularly tricky situation arises?” We both said in unison, “Hey, wouldn’t it be great if we could rely on a larger group of business women to ask and answer questions about business, careers, and life? Just imagine what we might learn.” Right there on the spot, we decided to form a steering committee of professionals who might see value in a new type of networking and educational organization for women. At our first meeting, the women on the steering committee decided that we should host an event, which we called a forum, where we could “talk it out” on a wide range of topics like communication, hiring and retention, marketing, sales, leadership, finding strength in difficult times, and life balance. At that first forum, we had over 150 people registered to attend, and we were ecstatic! But when we opened the doors, we had a big problem. So many people showed up who hadn’t registered that the event venue had to scrounge up 50 more chairs! Attendees loved the format of the event, with a...

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For Business or for Pleasure: Making the Most of Your Business Trips

Posted by WXW on Aug 22, 2017

If you’re a businesswoman and travel for work, you have an exciting opportunity to see the world … if only you could break away from the boardroom! Well, with a little planning, you can turn your next business trip into your own personal vacation … And you won’t be alone. According to CNN columnist Debra Alban, more and more business travelers are combining the two to save money and time. Here are a few ways you can make your business trip successful both professionally and personally. An extended escape If your business trip falls mid-week, consider dipping into your vacation time for one or two days immediately before or after. More than half of American workers entitled to vacation days don’t take them so there is a good chance you have plenty of time to utilize. (Fortune has an interesting article on the topic of women using fewer vacation hours than men.) If your company is footing the bill for travel, look for a return flight similar in price to the day you were originally scheduled to return. If it’s less, all the better for your company. You may be able to pay the difference out-of-pocket for flights that are more expensive. Since your company will likely be paying for your hotel for your approved business travel days only, speak with hotel management at check-in to see if they can split your stay, providing one invoice for business expenses and one that covers just your personal days. Seeing the sights Before you go, do some research on the area where you’ll be staying. A lot of hotels are finding...

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Comparison – A Four Letter Word

Posted by WXW on Apr 20, 2017

If you are a small business owner you can’t help but compare your business to all the others you bump up against each day. Twitter, Facebook, Google +, it’s endless. You are aware of each and every move your competition makes. Is it driving you crazy? It was me. When I was first starting out I remember having such an exciting day. My Alexa score was climbing, a big JV partner had just gotten back to me with a yes, and I had booked a client. Pretty awesome day for a brand new business, right? Then I take a quick look at facebook just to post my happy news and there it was. One of the big fish in my field had posted that she had just started her launch today and within 10 minutes already had 2,000 people signed up for her free webinar. Oh, and she was being interviewed on the Today Show later this week. Seriously, I could hear the loud wah, wah, waaaaa. I sat there stunned. and then it started that horrible flood of “I’m never going to get there.” “I can’t stand her.” When the reality is I worship the ground this woman walks on. We all compare ourselves to other people at one time or another. We look at other entrepreneur’s web-sites, JV partners, Webinars, podcasts, everything. Then in our minds we measure ourselves up to what we see in them. Usually taking note of all of our own shortcomings. You may have had the best day in your business, even had a chance to book a new client. Followed by a...

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