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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Advice, tips & more from our favorite WXW contributors

All Year Resolutions: 2018 Goal Setting Workshop

Posted by WXW on Dec 12, 2017

All Year Resolutions: 2018 Goal Setting Workshop Thursday, January 18, 2018 Mediterrano Restaurant Goal setting is a useful exercise, but what do you do when the New Year’s thrill has worn off and you’re discouraged at how life’s gotten in the way? The answer? Stop focusing on goals, and start focusing on your desires. On January 18th , we’re putting on a new type of goal-setting workshop. One that throws out all the “rules” and shows you how to stoke your own inner fire. It’s based on best selling author and speaker, Danielle LaPorte’s The Desire Map. Here’s how Danielle describes the revolutionary approach to resolutions: “A holistic approach to life planning, using your core desired feelings as the guidance system for your intention & goal setting.” Get ready for a workshop that’s inspiring and practical. Starting with five core areas of your life, you’ll dig into your core desired feelings and use those to guide you to what you want to do, have and experience. Join us Thursday, January 18th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and leave fired-up for 2018! Agenda 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.     Check in, casual mingling, delicious lunch 12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.       Desire Mapping 1:20 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.         Wrap-up and close Cost $25.00 per adult if you register by January 14th $30.00 per adult if you register after January 14th $35.00 per adult if you pay at the door (includes delicious lunch!) Location Mediterrano Restaurant 2900 South State Street Ann Arbor, MI...

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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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Call for WXW Forum17 Workshop Proposals

Posted by WXW on Jun 1, 2017

Call for WXW Forum17 Workshop Proposals The WXW Forum17 Committee is excited to announce that we are now accepting workshop proposals, nominations, or awesome workshop ideas for:   WXW Forum 2017 Wednesday, October 25, 2017 Washtenaw Community College Call for Workshop Proposals Do you run an awesome workshop that would appeal to women in business? Do you believe that women can be positively influenced by what you can teach them? Would you like to be a facilitator and an inspiration at WXW’s Forum 2017? Call for Nominations for Workshop Facilitators Do you know someone that you would like to nominate to run a Forum17 workshop? Call for Workshop Ideas Just have a great idea for a workshop that you would like WXW to explore? YOUR CALL TO ACTION Please read the 2017 CFP Guidelines and fill out the Call for Proposals Submission Form.  If you are making a nomination or suggesting an idea, please complete the submission form with your contact information and as much information as you have about your “really cool idea”.  We can’t promise, but we’ll do our best to see if we can get it filled. Submissions Due: June 15, 2017 We are excited to hear from you! About Woman’s Exchange of Washtenaw – WXW WXW is a nonprofit organization for business women to share ideas, talk about pressing business problems, learn from each other and grow their companies and careers.  WXW provides a venue for making real connections, developing relationships, and supporting professional and personal development.  Its mission is to host unique events where women business leaders talk through their issues, share experiences and ideas, and...

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