Posts by swest

It’s Not Me, It’s You – Changing Defensive Communication™

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Blog, Events

  3rd Thursday, May 17, 2018, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Mediterrano Restaurant We all know defensiveness when someone acts defensive towards us – and when we are defensive with others. It can be hard to see past defensiveness and know how to navigate it. Come learn all about defensive communication – why we do it, what we can do instead, and how to move ourselves and others beyond a defensive communication climate. Join us Thursday, May 17th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and leave prepared for more positive communication! Check Back for Registration Link – we’re working on it! Agenda 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.     Check in, casual mingling, delicious lunch 12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.      Interactive Workshop 1:20 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.         Wrap-up and close Cost $25.00 per adult if you register by May 13th $30.00 per adult if you register after May 13th $35.00 per adult if you pay at the door (includes delicious lunch!) Location Mediterrano Restaurant 2900 South State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48104 Check Back for Registration Link – we’re working on it!   Meet your Facilitator: Sarah Brabbs Sarah Brabbs, M.A. author of “So People Say You’re an Asshole: A Book for You, People Who Love You, and People Who Work with...

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Catching Up with WXW Co-Founder Carrie Hensel

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Blog

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...

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Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in Blog, Past Events

APPS, HACKS and LIFE CHANGING BOOKS Bring your best APPS, HACKS and LIFE CHANGING BOOKS to this Fabulous Exchange Session! Join WXW on Thursday, September 28th when we share our favorite 90-second recommendations for life-changing apps, hacks and books. We all know that September is the Other January – that time of year when we reflect and reset. So, what better time to get together and share three things: Our favorite apps (maybe you’re a Wunderlist fanatic, or swear that MyFitnessPal has made you a new person) Our favorite lifehacks. (Remind me, what’s lifehacking? Lifehacking is any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method to increase productivity and efficiency. Really, it’s anything that solves an everyday problem of a person in a clever or non-obvious way, like this.) Books that have changed your life. (Did you KonMari your home…once and for all? Or has following The Slight Edge principles made your business more profitable or led to a promotion at the office? Spill it, please.) Here are a few categories to prompt your brain: Household/family management Personal productivity Technology Office/business Mindset/attitude/habits Join us on Thursday, September 28th, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and leave inspired! You’ll walk away with 30+ tips to live a better life. Agenda: 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.    Check in, casual mingling, delicious hors d’oeuvres 4:30 p.m. –...

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

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Blog

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...

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WXW Forum17

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in Blog, Past Events

WXW Forum17 Wednesday, October 25, 2017 Registration is Open! Click Here For full Agenda & Session Overviews!   Date: October 25, 2017 Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Location: Washtenaw Community College – Morris Lawrence Building 4800 East Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, MI...

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