May 2019 President's Message

 Unleash your brilliance!  This is the national theme for ABWA this year.  I am one of those people who is always looking for the “how.”  How do I help those around me to succeed? How can I achieve that? As I was thinking about this, I came across a recently published Forbes article about “The Power of the Pack: Women Who Support Women are More Successful.” One of my favorite quotes from this article is “Woman alone has power; collectively we have impact.”  As women and as female business women, we impact the lives of so many people in our professional and personal lives.  No matter where we are in our careers: starting out, climbing the ladder, starting over, at the peak of our career, or retired, each and everyone one of us has impact!  To quote Jane Goodall, “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”  What kind of difference do you want to make?  What kind of impact do you want to have?  Take some time to really think about this!  It is worth it.

The Forbes article continues about our need to reframe “networking.” Rather than feeling the pressure to network, by putting ourselves into environments that give us opportunity to meet with peers and get to know each other and share experiences, is a game changer.  It is all about relationship!  This really is what ABWA is all about! 

Several of us from our chapter recently traveled to the ABWA Regional Conference in Safety Harbor.  Attending the conference gave us an opportunity to be in a professional, supportive, learning environment with fellow business women from around the United States sharing experiences and learning from each other.  The power of the pack does have impact, and as the Forbes article stated, “women who support women are more successful!” Thank you for your impact, and for the difference you choose to make!

~ Cindy Schmitt


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