The Association for Women in Communications South Florida (AWCSF) invites the local community to their 4th Annual Holiday Party at the blue, Boca Raton Resort Tuesday, December 17th from 5:30 PM -8 PM to benefit 4Kids of South Florida.
In 2016 AWCSF hosted its Meetup with a Purpose honoring 4Kids at The Blue, Boca Raton Resort. Since then it’s has been an annual holiday Meetup raising funds and awareness for 4Kids.
4KIDS is propelled by the vision of a home for every child. Whether that is a child removed from their home for the first time, siblings who need to stay together, a young mom in an unplanned pregnancy who needs a refuge, or a young adult who needs a place to belong, 4KIDS is there with hope and homes.
AWCSF want to contribute to their efforts by kindly asking all attendees to bring one of the following items:
– Cash or Check Donation of $10 or more.
– Gift cards: Publix, Walmart, TJMaxx, Old Navy, Marshalls, Target
5:30 PM-6:30 PM Meet and greet at Happy hour special drinks Passed hors d’oeuvres
6:30 PM to 7 PM
Introducing 4Kids of South Florida
7 PM to 8 PM Networking and happy hour drink specials
About 4Kids of South Florida:
4KIDS began in 1997 as a movement to recruit foster families from the churches in South Florida. 4KIDS has grown from a grassroots agency to a full-service organization now serving over 2,000 children and families per year, including the Treasure Coast. 4KIDS provides a full continuum of care for children in the womb to young adults. Our Vision is: “A Home For Every Child,” and our mission is: “Providing Hope for Kids in Crisis.” For more info go to 4Kids.us
Through 10 weeks of raising funds and awareness for Best Buddies, our Champions will generate countless opportunities for friendships, jobs, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. At the campaign’s conclusion, we will join together to celebrate each other’s accomplishments, honor the Champions’ collective impact, and name the ultimate Champion of the Year! ~ via Best Buddies International
South Florida’s very own Karyn Turk, former Mrs. Florida (2016), TV Host, Social Media, Radio Personality, Producer and Actress has set her mind on a new challenge. To become Champion of the year for Best Buddies.
Anthony Kennedy Shriver founded Best Buddies in 1989, fomenting friendships among individuals with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). He first reached out to his college peers to come together and broaden the experiences that people with IDD could be exposed to. This volunteer movement makes one-to-one friendships possible along with employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with IDD.
As part of the program, Karen has been paired with a high school student named Ethan Litman. “He is a rock star!” she claims. Someone that is a little bit older than her son and such a great journey. Ethan is instrumental in creating awareness for the program and embraces his differences which converts into a powerful thing. He has aspirations to go into the military. An athlete for the Special Olympics within bowling and track and field.
It’s not all about giving, this can be selfish as well. Having the opportunity to meet this kid has changed her perspective and this is not about what you give but what you get in return which can be life-changing.
Karen remembers her motivation behind Mrs. Florida she recalls not seen herself as a pageant girl. Her Jewish mother would have been like what are you doing? And the reason to participate was to gain access to an incredible platform that allowed to create awareness towards organizations in need.
This time her goal is to bring more and more awareness. Best Buddies gives her a purpose, a drive, a goal and a reason to work harder. Being in a contentious media environment, she thrives to focus on what is positive. What can make your life better?
The IDD community served by Best Buddies includes people with Down syndrome, autism, Fragile X, Williams syndrome, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, and other undiagnosed disabilities
Every little bit counts, a person sent a handbag for her birthday party to auction, by looking into her birthday petition. This is a job to be done in sync, we are all in this together. The idea behind everything is learning how to be inclusive in this world.
What makes you a better adult? Been exposed to people with different needs. Best Buddies is a charity over and above. As part of her plan as Champion for this organization, she formulating an increased exposure of the charity to high net worth entrepreneurs.
Some CEO’s within South Florida have no idea of the organization and its program. Our community has the potential to step up. Karen definitely sees an opportunity to raise the bar.
The Association of Women in Communications South Florida will be supporting Karen and Ethan’s efforts on Tuesday 24, at The Blue, Boca Raton Resort.
Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1989 by Anthony K. Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant organization that has grown from one original chapter to nearly 2,900 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Today, Best Buddies’ nine formal programs — Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies® , Jobs, Ambassadors, Promoters and Inclusive Living— engage participants in each of the 50 states and in 54 countries, positively impacting the lives of over 1.25 million people with and without disabilities around the world. In many cases, as a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships. For more information, please visit bestbuddies.org, facebook.com/bestbuddies or twitter.com/bestbuddies.
About Karyn Turk:
For over two decades, Karyn has worked as a journalist, television producer, host, editor and brand ambassador specializing in business, technology, politics and all things relevant to the modern woman. In 2018, Richtopia ranked her as #200 on their list of Top 250 Most Influential Business Journalists in the World. Karyn also holds the title of Mrs. Florida 2016 and was named one of Florida’s Top Power Women and Influencers in 2015. She has also been featured on the cover of national magazines and has appeared on the show “In Sanity, Florida” and in the award-winning film “Nearly Departed.” She is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video in “Fake News: A Trump Story.” For more info: karynturk.com
A $470 billion dollars was the result of unpaid services in 2013, exceeding the value of paid home care and total Medicaid. Right in the ballpark of the Wal-Mart sales of 477 billion. [AARP Public Policy Institute. (2015). Valuing the Invaluable: 2015 Update.]
Approximately 43.5 million caregivers provided unpaid care to an adult or child within 12 months in 2015. [National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. (2015)
Helping someone with daily needs. Look out for the most common status: Overwhelmed. For years we have overseen the value and lack of incentive for caregivers within all households. Going through a healing process due to illness, injury or disability is not a one-person task, this is surrounded by individuals that facilitate our recovery and sustainability. We are all bound to become a person in need of care or a provider without even been prepared.
Regardless of the process that you require recovery off, the focus will be mainly placed on the individual suffering the illness. But as a primary rule of survival, just as when you hear the flight attendant on every aircraft, one must place the breathing mask on ourselves before helping others.
How do we assure and support caregivers for the wellbeing of those in recovery? Recognizing their status is very important, providing incentives and motivation could be one.
Caregivers asking for help will reflect on the care provided to your loved one. Part of being taken care of is the feeling of guilt, having help for providing assistance can reattribute a sense of relief to the person in recovery. Making time for yourself is always overseen, but crucial to providing the best support.
In our South Florida community, we encounter many exemplary individuals that look after their loved ones. According to Family Caregiver Alliance *Upwards of 75% of all caregivers are female, and may spend as much as 50% more time providing care than males. [Institute on Aging. (2016). Read How IOA Views Aging in America.] As women supporting women the Association of Women in Communications South Florida (AWCSF), promotes awareness towards this service.
One association looking into this matter and focusing on the 5.5 million caregivers caring for former or current military personnel in the U.S* and stressing the fact that 9 in 10 caregivers of veterans are female and 70% provide care to their spouse or partner is One Life to Live Foundation.
Increased stress or anxiety, sleep deprivation are only a few of the issues they look to support women with. Daphnee Uter, Pamela Black, Yolanda Brown and Arie Lewis former veterans honorably discharged have set their minds on giving back to the support system that allowed them to adapt to their civilian lives. As each gathers different serving stories that affected their well being and families, who they wish to recognize and assure that all caregivers for veterans are supported.
The Association of Women in Communications South Florida will continue to deploy efforts towards our caregivers and their recognition for the wellbeing of their loved ones.
*(1.1 million post 9/11). [Ramchand, R., Tanielian, T., Fisher, M., Vaughan, C., Trail, T., Batka, C., Voorhies, P., Robbins, M., Robinson, E., & Ghosh-Dastidar, B. (2014). Key Facts and Statistics from the RAND Military Caregivers Study.]
One Life to Live Foundation
One Life to Live Foundation, 501(3)C non-profit organization founded in 2019 by Daphnee Uter, Pamela Black, Yolanda Brown and Arie Lewis. Four Women Veterans, realized that most Women Veterans were underserved and caregivers, in general, tend to neglect themselves as they care for others. Understanding the unique needs of Veterans and their caregivers, the Founders decided they needed to be a source of support for positive change among this demographic. A day of respite and retreat to refocus on the individual needs. To learn about self-care and gain a better understanding of what our body requires to maintain a healthy lifestyle is just what caregivers and Women Veterans need. The goal is to raise awareness about Woman Veterans and support caregivers’ Wounded Warriors. For more info: onelifetolivefoundation.com
Self-identified as a professional volunteer, daughter of her father’s patriotic bloodline dating as far back as the Revolutionary War (Dr. Henry Skilton) boasting a never-ending chronicle of reinvention, Carole Wilson is a women of determination, focus and values with the personal motto – Success is not how much you have but how much you give.
Her story begins in Massachusetts where she studied at Lasell College and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with a Psychology minor at Southern Connecticut State University and Quinnipiac University. While juggling a job and children she still managed to turn that minor into a full Psychology degree.
Fearlessly reinventing herself, she studied Interior design in 1970 by mail correspondence in New York (our current version of online studies). Homework was tough-going, but she became ASID certified. This paved the way for her joining the renowned furniture company, Miller & Rose for four years where she became the company’s #1 salesperson. Her expertise was required for sales training all through the states of Virginia, North & South Carolina.
She had always focused on raising the bar and looking for something different to be done. Her next adventure would come at Roanoke at Capitol Broadcasting in Sales for radio. Her self development continued to grow as she enrolled in Roanoke community college for Graphology or handwriting expert (which would later come in handy serving attorneys and/or private parties).
While handling a particular age demographic (25-54), she took pride in creating innovative proposals for advertisements with her client companies that set her apart from her peers by generating continuous sales ranging from $50,000 to $3,000,000.
After a long and successful career, in 1994 Carole traveled to Florida to be with her parents. Once again adapting a new skill set, she joins Merrill Lynch as a private secretary and later moves to Oppenheimer & Company as financial advisor. Sadly in 2008, she suffers a car crash waiting at a traffic light that radically altered her life path towards joining Boca Nursing Services as office manager. Predictably, she took it upon herself to do everything and be on call.
A decade later, she remains focused on her many causes and working independently as a Graphologist, recently participating in the investigation of authenticity for a last will and testament determining inheritance from a wealthy Asian businessman, through handwriting verification.
She served on the selection committee for the Junior League of Boca Raton earning Volunteer-of-the-Year/the “Go-Getter Award” from the Women Prosperity Network. Carole personifies the strength of a woman and her potential.
An avid networker, she has belonged to both the Boca Raton & Delray Beach Chambers of Commerce. Through her participation in various associations she seeks to support education for girls without access. She loves being counted alongside loving men and women who care about America. Her expertise in raising funds is only excelled by the joy she receives from giving back. Being involved is very important, it keeps you young, she points out. While working hard all her life, retirement only comes partly as she dedicates her time to helping others.
Did you know 5.7 million americans live with Alzheimer’s?
Helping always starts with awareness. This past Tuesday, November 27th we were able to gather and learn from the Brain Bowl organizations on how to support this cause that is projected to affect 14 million americans by 2050. This is also represents the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, killing more than breast cancer and prostate cancer.
The Boca Brain Bowl Alzheimer’s luncheon Raises awareness and necessary funding for education, research and treatment of this insipid disease. Their annual luncheon is to be held this coming April 12, 2019 at Boca West Country Club.
We were happy to meet and share with women with common goals. Our networking for a cause is always an opportunity to give back to the community and expand your network to grow professionally. Check out our pics taking by Susan Barbini, founder of Barbini Photography.
Welcome to all the new members of South Florida we look forward to see you on our next event.
It is the time of the year again when becoming a member is a no brainer. Through out October 1st up until November 30th, new members will be waived from application fees. This is an investment that will empower your career and allow you to connect with like minded women. Allow yourself to be up to date on new trends from different fields such as : Technology, Social Media, Arts, and more. To join, please go to our National’s website, https://www.womcom.org/content.aspx?page_id=60&club_id=903060 Be a part of our non stop educational programs, accompanied by a strong group of women support. Enjoy our monthly Networking while learning about new ways to participate and get involved within the community through renown charities. Allow us to connect you with your next business partner, employee, client.We thank all attendees for joining us this past Tuesday and hope to see you soon as part of one of our many committees.Check out pics from our Fall Membership Drive 2018 at The Blue, Boca Raton Resort! https://photos.app.goo.gl/EvKMGULg6wwq4Erc7
During Breast Cancer awareness month, we have been able to witness support provided by the professional community. RE/MAX Services has stepped up to this month by gathering the top talent in Real Estate of Palm Beach County in a panel discussion to share their challenges and success in the industry.
The event was beautifully colored in pink, starting by the assistant’s attire, following the decor. Royal Palm Polo Club by Toll Brothers, provided a pleasant and luxurious environment with a gratifying feel surrounded by a luminous hall.
The panel exemplified how challenges are a part of women’s lives. Four strong women exposed their stories led by David Serle, Broker REMAX/Services.
Kynse Leigh, Broker of RE/MAX Dreams a double organ transplant recipient turned her experience into an organization Don’t burry good organs INC. while building a strong career and operating a Boutique Firm in West Florida, that stands out for it’s particular design, thanks to her professional Design background.
“You can’t go somewhere professionally that you haven’t gone personally”. Leanna Fruin, Broker of Engle and Volkers, outlines how when personally affected by a close friend’s struggle she went from not knowing to becoming an advocate in a very short time. We need to find ways to help people that shut down. Her dedication and passion are part of her Multi property portfolio expertise.
Age or bank account balance are no parameter when learning from Kristin Stampini, RE/MAX Services. In 10 years she has managed to overdo her life from scratch and is currently a top producer with 5 successful businesses. She defines motivation by identifying what you can do to make a difference in peoples lives.
The well known Senada Adzem, Douglas Elliman, luxury real estate expert and media contributor with over $1 billion sold joined the panel with great energy and enthusiasm identifying herself as a survivor not a victim of war in Bosnia. Her energy is contagious and glows over with market details of rising activity reflecting the best stats in 10 years for Palm Beach and best in 4 in Miami. A vivid advocate of Boca Raton. “It’s not just the weather, Yes the lifestyle but it’s the tax reform”, when referring to why it is the time to invest in Florida. Her focus and professionalism are eminent.
Survivors where recognized through the event with a heartwarming applause by the end of the panel, igniting strength.
All profits were destined to Go Pink Challenge at Boca Regional Hospital, for their Breast Cancer Foundation with all proceeds to be utilized for the purchase of technology to provide advanced Biopsy and Mammography.
Donations may be done at https://www.donate.brrh.com place “Go Pink Challenge” as the fund and “RE/MAX” in comments.
Check out pics from Ladies in the Industry Breast Cancer Charity Luncheon 2018
The Association of Women in Communications South Florida Chapter AWCSF, participated of the S.H.E Summit BACARDI 2018, at Fort Lauderdale this past September 13.What did you miss?An all day session of women empowerment and motivation. Opening Remarks highlighted that this would be learning on the go.Over 500 attendees and a room at its full capacity surrounded by the overwhelming warm ocean breeze.The morning session started with Ashtin Berry, Food and Beverage Activist, who was able to explore the concept of Intersectionality, connoting the need for Interconnectivity and context behind words, uncensored ourselves as part of advocating for others as well as calling men for conversational sponsorship.Intermissions were held by Jennifer Cassetta, Clinical Nutritionist and 3 Degree Black Belt, guiding attendance through different techniques of martial arts and meditation to keep the energy flowing. Power poses are always a thing.Panel discussions included topics such as: Raising Children who value equality, Ascending into leadership- Internal and external BarriersSome interesting facts regarding our finances were presented by Ashley Feinstein Gerstley, Money Coach and author of 30 money cleanse. Providing 3 easy steps to improve our finances: Keep track of all expenses, Pay yourself first, Throw a money Party(not what it sounds like, dedicate time to review your expenses and make it fun)The most aggressive panel and most representative of the events hashtags (#bebrave, #unapologetic, #confident) corresponded to the panel for : Women Disrupting the Status Quo and Changing the World.Shannon Allen, Founder of Grown and Dune Ives, Executive Director of Lonely Whale, were the perfect contrast of how different realities can ignite the passion to overcome and give beyond enough.The strongest content of the event was provided through this talk these are ladies to follow and be inspired by. Shannon reminded us that been the hero suggest that you don’t need anyone, letting people help even in the small things can create a new dynamic. Dune explained that we need to act more like brands to get people to care, we can take the choice to be comfortable or do what is within our means regarding anything.Talk about fear and overcoming it, been able to sell a confidence recipe and be openly insecure, this created an aura of empathy and understanding. Heather Monahan, CEO of Boss in Heels led the panel for overcoming setbacks.An all together well executed event that ended with a Bacardi happy hour for networking along the ocean front terrace.We are glad to participate in women empowering events and be a part of the offer for the demand of spaces to build together a community of strong individuals. Check out pics from S.H.E. Bacardi Summit 2018
At The Association of Women in Communications South Florida we are proud to be part of such a dynamic community, with quality events that showcase local talent both individual and business wise.
With seven speakers from #MIT and seven local entrepreneurs . #TEDxBocaRaton 2018, was a perfect gathering for a passionate group of volunteers seeking to engage in Technology, Education and Design.
This was perfectly achieved by the event organization as per their various sponsors: Boca Raton Innovation Campus (BRIC), Farmers Table, Florida Atlantic University (FAU) TECH Runway, Wyndham Boca Raton. Real Memories photography provided a fun souvenir for all attendees.
The night of the event brought a large pouring of rain, that was unable to affect attendance. The event outcome was extremely positive and we could see Erik Mintz (Organizer) running around and taking care of everything along with Cindy Metzler (partner in venture for TEDx Boca). Diverse speakers had the opportunity to engage with the audience and share their thoughts on several topics such as: Fake News, Failure as a Pass to Reinvention, Fired up amongst other, if you seek to understand their content we encourage to follow @tedxbocaraton on Facebook as videos will be released throughout the following month.
We can only say thank you for all the passion towards our community for bringing TEDx to Boca we understand the commitment and we look forward to TEDx DelrayBeach and what Robin DeLisser has in play for South Florida.
Check out our pics from TEDx Boca Raton 2018!
One more session down. As we continue on the path of women empowerment. Constantly faced with the concept of branding, being able to package and sell a product or service to an audience. With multiple challenges on the journey of figuring out how to create beneficial exposure. Instagram represents a platform with over 1 billion followers, that enclose humongous opportunity. This has allowed a new era of self branded individuals adjusting their skills and passion to an audience online.Special thanks to Terry Michael @terrymichael55 for starting the workshop with a breathing exercise and the panelists who shared their money making tips. Emilia Andrea Lujan @myvegandaily, Alex De Carvalho @alex_dc, Sharon Gadbois @sharongadbois, Andressa Lopes @iandressalopes.With the moderation of Sarah Caro @scaropr we were guided through several recommendations from diverse perspectives leading to the following golden tips for Instagram feeds,hope you enjoy
Keep it clean and simple
Use stories, they are great to promote post and create content engagement
Ask people to like you and follow you “You can make a lot of money through social media”. Companies hire Influencers to expose their products.
Tag yourself and all local companies and follow them
For content creation for brands prepare a media kit with a brief of yourself and pictures
You will require constant posting to be portrayed at the top of Instagram feeds, takes a lot of work.
IGTV provides a great option for instant videos.
Giveaways really work, people like to receive free perks, request shares and tags.
Companies know when followers are not real. They measure you on sales.
You can add up to 30 # on Instagram
Model @iandressalopes recommended as a first step to become brand ambassador to get an edge and be noticed. Place your account information on everything, car, business cards, emails, pictures, etc. Seek trending hashtags to use in your feeds.Wellness and Vegan blogger @myvegandaily recommended to not be scared if not everyone wants to work with you. Make sure to ask a question at the beginning, people love sharing. Business Development Expert @sharongadbois suggests to make sure you measure your engaging not only by likes but direct messaging. This will provide a more meaningful understanding of your audience.Director of Visual Storytelling @alex_dc reminded us not to oversee South Florida’s advantaged views, they are miraculous, use them as a moment to connect yourselves, or follow and be inspired by his daily quotes and captions. The Association of Women in Communications thrives to innovative and provide tools, we hope you are ready to start applying these tips. Recommended AppsTouchnotePlanopyHashtagify meHashtag GeneratorNinesquareMindsquareHashtaggerCheck out photos taking by Susan Barbini of Barbini Photography from Women in Communications: Storytelling with Instagram for Brands.