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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Call for WXW Forum17 Workshop Proposals

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Blog

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...

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WXW Summer Shebang

Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Blog, Past Events

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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