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APPS, HACKS and LIFE CHANGING BOOKS

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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. – 5:45 p.m.    Facilitated Exchange Session 5:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.    Wrap-up and close   Cost (includes delicious hors d’oeuvres!): $25.00 per adult if you register by September 25th $30.00 per adult if you register after September 25th $35.00 per adult if you pay at the door Location Address: Spark Central, 330 East Liberty (Lower Level), Ann Arbor, MI 48104  ...

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WXW Forum17

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WXW Forum17

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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WXW Summer Shebang

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WXW Summer Shebang

WXW Summer Shebang  June 15, 2017, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Summer Shebang is Back! Come celebrate the start of summer with old friends and new at WXW’s Summer Shebang. There’s no agenda, no program – just fun, food and drinks with cool chicks like you. Join WXW on Thursday, June 15, from 4pm – 6pm, at Bar Louie in Ann Arbor. Revel in Michigan’s summer days with all of your favorite business folks. Friends are welcome, too. See you there! Agenda:                4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Open mingling and networking Cost:                     $5.00 per adult Address:               Bar Louie, 401 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor, 48104 Join us on Thursday, June 15, 4:00 PM – 6:00PM to unwind, reconnect with friends, and network with a warm and wonderful group of women!...

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Social Media Savvy 101

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Social Media Savvy 101

Social Media Savvy 101 Are you currently using social media to market yourself and your business, to get more customers, to make more money? If you are not, you could be losing out on many missed opportunities. Let Samantha teach you the tricks of the trade to ensure you are utilizing the best social media channels to increase your business. What you will walk away with: Biggest questions about social media answered including: What social networks should I be on? How often should I post? What should I post about? How can I use social media to increase my business? Define your brand’s attributes, “champions audience”, and create a custom content strategy Learn how to optimize your profiles and posts for increased engagement Get tips & tools to help you fit social media into your busy life Join us on Thursday, April 20th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and leave inspired! Agenda: 11:30 a.m.   –   12:00 p.m.     Check in, casual mingling, lunch 12:30 p.m.   –   1:20 p.m.       Facilitated Workshop 1:20 p.m.     –   1:30 p.m.       Wrap-up and close Cost: $25.00 per adult (includes delicious lunch!) Location Address: Washtenaw Community College Morris Lawrence Building 4800 E. Huron River Drive Ann Arbor, MI. 48105   Meet Your Facilitator:         Samantha West, Director of Communications, Alzheimer’s Association  Samantha West is a self-proclaimed (but backed by a jury of enthusiastic peers) rock star of marketing, design, problem solving, pep-talking, cheerleading, and, well, actual music too. She spends her days as the Communications Director/Spirit Diva for the Alzheimer’s Association’s Michigan Great Lakes Chapter, and her nights as a freelance marketing & social media consultant. She also enjoys snuggles with her husband and kitty, rocking out with her band(s), cracking cheesy jokes, and binge-watching old episodes of 30-Rock. Tina Fey is her spirit animal.    ...

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Listen to Your Clients or Lose Your Business

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Listen to Your Clients or Lose Your Business May 18, 2017, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM A fundamental need of most people is to feel appreciated and this especially applies to customers. Seventy six percent of consumers view their experience as the basis for how much a company values them. If you have lost business to a competitor, it could be that your customers felt ignored. Why should anyone attend this workshop? Statistics reveal that businesses fail to resolve consumer problems 50% of the time even with an experienced customer care staff. News of poor service reaches twice as many people as news about a positive experience. Without ongoing customer service training, businesses will continue to come up short and will watch the competition abscond with their clients. This workshop will: Help participants gain insight to deliver celebrity status service; retain clients and attract competitor’s clientele. Engage the participants in role playing for the purpose of improving listening and communication skills with internal/external customers, the C-Suite, vendors and suppliers. Dig deep into the fact that customer service goes beyond the purchase of goods and services. It involves the activities before, during and after a prospect decides to buy. Reveal useful insight – get best value in placing the right person in the right position Learning Outcomes: Noticeably improved communication with internal customers (staff) resulting in higher morale. Thoughtful consideration will be given to reviewing your company’s customer service policy and establishing a customer service philosophy. Participants will be able to apply the interactive role playing to: Establish the standard for “exceeding customer expectations” Establish a plan to proactively anticipate customer complaints Educate and empower their staff to make decisions without first conferring with management Join us on Thursday, May 18th, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and leave inspired! Agenda: 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.          Check in, casual mingling, delicious breakfast 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.          Facilitated Workshop 9:45 a.m. –  10:00 a.m.        Wrap-up and close Cost: $25.00 per adult if you register by May 15th $30.00 per adult if you register after May 15th $35.00 per adult if you pay at the door (includes delicious breakfast!) Location Address: Washtenaw Community College 4800 E. Huron River Drive Ann Arbor, MI Please note parking restrictions for this event: WCC are repaving the parking lot in front of the building, so an alternative entrance might need to be used. Your Facilitator: Colette Douglas is President and CEO of Elite Customer Service, LLC, a consulting firm that coaches professionals on how to deliver red carpet customer experiences to internal and external clients. After she retired as a wealth advisor, her clients continued to reach out to her because they no longer received the extraordinary service they had become accustomed to. It was then that she decided to come out of retirement and train businesses on how to give customers what they deserve: respect, acknowledgement and undivided attention resulting in increased profit margins, improved employee morale and client retention.  Always looking to find a way to resolve a problem when others give up or say that it cannot be done, Colette welcomes the challenge of assisting clients to “get in front” of a complaint by helping them to focus on a customer service philosophy rather than a customer service policy. Contact Colette: www.elite-customer.com; email: colette@elite-customer.com; w. 734-203-0040; c. 313-910-8485    ...

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Our Journey, Our Stories, Our Leadership

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Our Journey, Our Stories, Our Leadership

Our Journey, Our Stories, Our Leadership Stories make up rich oral traditions before even the development of the writing to transfer knowledge and shape future generations. Our lives are filled with stories that are amazing, funny, sad, intense, inspiring, and so much more. Embedded in our stories are essential truths about who we are, our talents and strengths, life lessons, and insights for greater wisdom. Storytelling is an increasingly important leadership art and skill. Impactful storytelling enable leaders to inspire and motivate talent, transfer knowledge in leadership succession, embed organizational values, build high performance teams, and generate positive connectivity. Our time together will reflect on stories along the journey to learn more about ourselves as leaders. We will identify and share stories to obtain feedback which will enable polishing our stories while developing our storytelling skills. Workshop: Please bring 2-3 stories to share and prepare to tell each one in less than 3 minutes. All Attendees will have an opportunity to exchange their stories and obtain feedback to further develop their storytelling skills. Some important take ways from our story time will be to: • identify important stories along our leadership journey; • describe different types of stories that every leader needs; • develop key storytelling skills • exchange stories to connect to others who intersect and share in our current journey; • gather feedback to build leadership skills for more effective storytelling; • share insights from stories to make explicit what we know but do not have words yet to express;    Join us on Thursday, March 16th, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and leave inspired! Agenda: 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.         Check in, casual mingling, delicious appetizers 4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.         Facilitated Workshop 5:45 p.m. –  6:00 p.m.         Wrap-up and close Cost: $25.00 per adult (includes delicious appetizers!) Location Address: Mediterrano Restaurant, 2900 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104 Meet Diana J. Wong, Phd, CPLP Diana believes that with the willingness to learn, people can fulfill their dreams. For over five decades, she collected many lessons from stories in her global life journey that started in Vancouver and then Papua New Guinea, Norway, Massachusetts, China, and many other parts of the world in between. One of her 3-minute stories took 3 days to develop and captured 5 generations of women in her family. Currently, she is the Futrell Fellow of the Center for Professional Development and Associate Professor in Strategy, Entrepreneurship, & Organization Development at Eastern Michigan University. As the founder of Sensei Change Associates, LLC, she leads a team to support clients in creating strategic plans, designing organization development processes to implement strategic change, developing leadership competencies for organizational change, and expanding leadership competencies with executive coaching. Her journey includes raising four children in Ann Arbor with her life partner and straddling both coasts to stay connected with family. You can learn more by visiting Diana’s website – www.senseichange.com/index.shtml.                                                 ...

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WXW – Got Ambition? Panel Discussion

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WXW – Got Ambition? Panel Discussion   November 16, 2017, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Whether it’s becoming CEO, starting the next Rent the Runway or nailing that promotion, ambition matters. Waiting to be noticed and rewarded for your good work won’t get you to your goals. The world universally admires ambitious men. But ambitious women? That’s when it gets trickier. Being seen as driven or “trying to hard” is considered unappealing. These unconscious stereotypes can prevent us from fulfilling our own potential. And it’s not just external obstacles. We hold ourselves back, too: Fear of taking risks Lack of confidence Perfectionism (can you relate?) To make it even more complicated, we often have different interpretations of what “ambition” means to us. For some it’s seeing your future without limits. For others, ambition pits women against each other. Join us and a panel of dynamic women to talk our views on ambition and the role that it plays in our careers and lives, from growing your network, to balancing big goals with family, from access to capital to opportunity for advancement. Together, we’ll examine what ambition means to us personally and how we can stoke it to achieve our dreams – whatever they are. Join us on Thursday, November 16, 2017 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at Torrent Consulting in downtown Ann Arbor. Agenda: 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.    Check in, casual mingling, delicious hors d’oeuvres 4:30 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.    Panel discussion 5:50 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.    Wrap-up and close Location Address: Torrent Consulting 111 N. Ashley, Suite 202 Ann Arbor, MI  48104 Thanks to Torrent Consulting for hosting this event!   Torrent excels at helping organizations align their culture and business processes with technology to best serve employees and customers. Torrent Consulting are experts in Salesforce, mobile and cloud technology, but it goes so much deeper than that. They are business consultants who pride themselves on listening first, then making intentional, holistic changes that transform your business. Their goal, and they insist on it, is to help you build something greater.   Your Panelists: Stephanie Blackburn Freeth, Jen Howard and Anna Zinkel   About our panelists: Stephanie Blackburn Freeth is a Nonprofit Strategist and Founder of Adaptive Alternatives LLC, a consulting firm providing strategic planning and fundraising consulting services to nonprofits and social enterprises who are ready to adapt and thrive. With an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a BA in English from Princeton University, Stephanie brings unique perspectives to her clients. Jennifer Howard is the Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association, Great Lakes Chapter, responsible for oversight of the care and support of over 55,000 individuals in Michigan with dementia, fundraising activities for the organization and state and federal policy efforts. Jennifer holds a BA in Psychology from Wayne State and a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a focus on gerontology, clinical practice and community organization from the University of Michigan. Anna Zinkel is a student at U of M’s Ford School of Public Policy, pursuing a Masters of Public Policy. Anna has been named a fellow in the David Bohnett Foundation Leadership & Public Service Fellowship program and will be interning in the Detroit Mayor’s Office in 2018. Prior to returning to school, Anna worked on business development at Ann Arbor SPARK, focused on Livingston County. She began her...

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Zero to 6 Figures: How Planning & Relationships are the Key to a Profitable Business

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Zero to 6 Figures: How Planning & Relationships are the Key to a Profitable Business

Zero to 6 Figures: How Planning & Relationships are the Key to a Profitable Business Do you ever wonder how some small businesses are able to go from nothing to steady revenue in a short amount of time, while others struggle to ever get off the ground? Sarah Dew is here to share with you how she created her 6-figure consulting business working 20 hours a week in her first year of business. With a little planning and a focus on creating relationships in your business, Sarah will show you how you can too. This highly interactive and information packed workshop will help you create a plan to reach the goals you want to reach in your business. Whether you are just starting out, are hoping to transition from your 9-5 or have been in business for a while, you will leave this workshop with: 1. What you need and more importantly DON’T NEED in order for you to be successful. Offer, pricing and a clear understanding of how many clients you need in order to reach your financial goals. What the common distracters are in your business and how to let them go. 2. Relationships are the key to success. Where to find your core relationships, how to initiate, maintain and nurture them. How to ask for what you want without feeling like a used car salesman. If you have a service based business you owe it to yourself to attend. No matter what stage of business, implementing these techniques will quickly add revenue to your bottom line. These are the same techniques Sarah uses with her multiple 6 and 7 figure clients. You don’t want to miss it! Join us Thursday, February 16th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Leave knowing what you need to be a successful!    Agenda: 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.      Check in, casual mingling; lunch 12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.        Facilitated Workshop 1:20 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.           Wrap-up and close Location Address: Washtenaw Community College Morris Lawrence Building 4800 E. Huron River Drive Ann Arbor, MI. 48105 Cost: $25.00 per adult (includes delicious lunch!) Your Facilitator:  Sarah Dew  ...

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WXW Merry Mingling 2017

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WXW Merry Mingling 2017 December 7, 2017, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Ring in the season with other women business leaders at WXW’s annual holiday mixer on Thursday, December 7th. Join us on Thursday, December 7, 2017, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM to relax and enjoy an informal evening to connect with local women business leaders and reconnect with women in the WXW community! Venue: Melange Restaurant 312 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104 Cost:  $25 Early Bird Registration...

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Make 2017 Your Best Year Ever – One Day at a Time

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Make 2017 Your Best Year Ever – One Day at a Time

Make 2017 Your Best Year Ever – One Day at a Time January 19, 2017, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM “How we spend our days is of course, how we spend our lives.” Annie Dillard Do you ever get to the end of the day and wonder what happened? Somehow you never got around to half the stuff you intended to get done. Why do our days so regularly get hijacked? And why is there never enough time?   While Nan cannot add more hours to your day, she can show you how, by making even minor shifts in your routines, you can not only make your time go further, you can reap huge benefits in the quality of your days. And of course, days add up to weeks, months and years. The rest of your life in fact! This event will be highly interactive – tapping into the collective wisdom in the room. You will walk out with a host of tips that are easy to implement right away. Drawing from research in the behavioral sciences we’ll: Create simple routines to begin and end your day so that you can: make sure what’s most important gets done increase your sense of joy and satisfaction Think of some habits you can develop during the day to: stay focused be your smartest self make your time go further get back on track when you feel stuck or frustrated boost your energy, and more! Send you home with a plan you can begin straight away! Learn strategies to intentionally shape the quality of your days.  Don’t just let the day happen to you! Agenda: 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.      Check in, casual mingling; lunch 12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.        Facilitated Workshop 1:20 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.           Wrap-up and close Location Address: Washtenaw Community College Morris Lawrence Building 4800 E. Huron River Drive Ann Arbor, MI. 48105 Cost: $25.00 per adult (includes delicious lunch!) Your Facilitator:   Nan Reed Twiss, PCC, CPC, ELI-MP, Coach for Higher www.CoachForHigher.com Nan’s warmth, high-energy, and results-oriented approach make her exceptionally good at helping her clients become more effective and authentic leaders. As a Life and Leadership Coach, she brings more than twenty years of experience as a coach, consultant, facilitator, and educator. Her clients include senior partners at top management consulting firms, middle managers at Fortune 500 companies, small business owners, and yes, even gang kids in Oakland, California. Whatever the engagement, Nan’s delight is to help her clients deepen their learning, produce extraordinary results in their lives, careers, businesses, and organizations. Her clients become better at motivating, inspiring, and bringing out greatness in others – as well as in themselves – to make a positive difference in their world professionally and...

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