Posts made in March, 2011

SBA’s 2010 Michigan Small Business Award Winners Are Announced

Posted by on Mar 13, 2011 in Blog

Carrie Hensel and Debra Power, Co-Founders and Co-Presidents of the Women’s Exchange of Washtenaw have received the prestigious award for Women in Business Champions. The Women’s Exchange of Washtenaw is a volunteer-based group, which runs educational and networking programs for businesswomen. WXW has helped women find jobs, create connections, generate referrals and make friends. This award would not have been possible without the support of all the volunteers and WXW attendees. The U.S. Small Business Administration awards will be presented on April 29, 2010 during the sixth annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards event at The Lansing Center. Keynote speaker, Governor Jennifer Granholm, will recognize the critical impact small businesses will have on the future of Michigan’s economy. View a full list of all the...

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WXW Donates Over 40 Business Suits to the Women’s Center of Southeast Michigan

Posted by on Mar 13, 2011 in Blog

The Women’s Exchange of Washtenaw (WXW) held their holiday mixer for women business leaders on Tuesday, December 8, at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. Merry Mingling attendees were asked to donate their gently worn business suits for donation to the Women’s Center of Southeast Michigan, a local non-profit that helps disadvantaged women acquire job skills, coaching, and professional attire so they can succeed in work and life. WXW Merry Mingling attendees donated 41 business suits as well as several professional winter coats to help stock the Women’s Center’s career clothing closet. “Thank you so much for supporting our Career Closet, which helps women in our community have appropriate professional attire for job interviews and early days in their new jobs,” said Kimberli Cumming, Executive Director of the Women’s Center of Southeastern Michigan. “Clothing can be such a barrier for women who are starting over and picking up the pieces. Our own job-seeking clients, and women living in area shelters who also use our Career Closet, are much more likely to be successful in efforts to get back on their feet because of generous women like you.” The mission of the Women’s Exchange of Washtenaw is to host unique events where women business leaders talk through their issues, share...

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WXW and Carrie Hensel Covered In Concentrate Magazine

Posted by on Mar 13, 2011 in Blog

The February 18, 2009 edition of Concentrate featured WXW’s co-founder, Carrie Hensel. In the article, Carrie discusses her winding career path, her philosophy of “fun” in business, and her motivations for starting WXW. Carrie notes – Debra and I “decided we wanted to form a business group and wanted it to be for women who are leading or part of growing companies,” Hensel explains. “Though there happens to be a lot of support for start-ups, there isn’t as much for established companies that are 5, 10 or 15 years old and face different challenges.” “Our tag line is ‘Now we’re talking’ and that’s what we do (at WXW events). That is really where the magic happens,” Hensel says. “It sounds cheesy, but that’s the place I want to be — when you’re talking to people and figuring stuff out.” We encourage you to attend a WXW event to find out what the magic of conversation can do for you and your company. > Read the entire Concentrate article...

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WXW Co-Founders Featured on Lucy Anne Lance’s Radio Show

Posted by on Mar 13, 2011 in Blog

On January 31st, Debra Power and Carrie Hensel, WXW’s Co-Founders, were featured on the Lucy Anne Lance Show on WLBY 1290 AM – Lively, Local & Relevant to the Ann Arbor Area. To hear the entire radio show, visit Lucy Anne’s website. Debra and Carrie are featured in Hour 1. Lucy Anne asked lots of good questions about WXW’s February 4th event at the United Way – Women in Leadership Roles with Nonprofits. Debra and Carrie talked about why it’s so important for women business leaders to get involved with local and regional nonprofits. They noted that involvement on nonprofit boards is helpful for women who want to learn to be better leaders; it’s also beneficial for community nonprofits who want diverse, invested, and engaged board members. Debra and Carrie also promoted WXW’s huge May event, the WXW Forum 2009 – Now We’re Talking.” On Friday, May 15th at the Kensington Court conference center, WXW will host an all-day event with morning workshops, and an afternoon filled with a panel of high powered business women, 8 dynamic breakout sessions, and a networking-packed happy hour. Attendance is expected to exceed 300. To listen to Debra and Carrie, visit Lucy Anne’s...

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WXW Event Appears In The Ann Arbor News

Posted by on Mar 13, 2011 in Blog

(What follows is a reprint from the Sunday, May 18 edition of the Ann Arbor News.) What happens when high-powered business leaders get together to share success stories, exchange ideas, and lessons learned? We found out on Wednesday, May 7, when the Women’s Exchange of Washtenaw (WXW) held their inaugural event in Ann Arbor. Over 200 people attended this first event of what promises to be a dynamic, rewarding, and highly successful group. About a year ago Carrie Hensel (CEO of Inner Circle Media) and I sat down to discuss several pressing business issues. We wanted to grow our businesses and found that as we talked we were helping each other solve our business problems. We wondered how many other businesswomen were having this same type of conversation. The more we talked the more we felt we needed to take action. We decided to form the Women’s Exchange of Washtenaw, a group dedicated to growing businesses by encouraging an exchange of ideas and an open approach to conversations. By bringing business leaders together to build stronger relationships we hoped to foster growth in our region. A Steering Committee was formed, and an energized group of businesswomen led the charge to create the first WXW event. After a year of...

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