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South Florida Women in Communications hosts 4th Annual Holiday Party at The Blue, Boca Raton Resort to Benefit 4Kids Of South Florida.

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.

AWCSF Annual Holiday Cocktail Party with a Purpose to honor 4Kids of SFL

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

https://www.myregistry.com/organization/4kids-of-south-florida-fort-lauderdale-fl/1181698

or donate online: https://www.4kids.us/morehomes

Boca Raton Resort is a private club, RSVP is required to gain entrance. Please use the Eventbrite link to RSVP and to be added to the guest list. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/awcsf-4th-annual-holiday-cocktail-party-to-benefit-4kids-of-south-florida-tickets-85512473109

Everyone is encouraged to arrive promptly to enjoy the breathtaking sunset views from the top 27th floor of the tower at The Blue.

Guests will receive “Happy Hour” drinks specials and complimentary hors d’oeuvres generously donated by the blue. This event is open to members and non-members.

Event hashtag: #awcsftalktales

Agenda:

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

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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

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Meet AWCSF 2018 Communicator of the Year, Carole Wilson

AWCSF 2018 Communicator of the Year, Carole Wilson

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.

Associations

Women for Excellence (2006)

Junior Leagues of Boca Raton (2007)

Soroptimist (2014)

Boca Women’s Club (2014)

DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution)

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November 2018 Honoring the Brain Bowl Organization

Did you know 5.7 million americans live with Alzheimer’s? Women in Communications November MeetUp Honoring The Brain Bowl 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. 5th Annual Brain Bowl 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. AWCSF The Brain Bowl Meetup 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.
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Women in Communications Fall Membership Drive 2018

Women in Communications Fall Membership Drive 109th Anniversary 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  Women in Communications October Meetup Fall Membership Drive 2018 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. AWCSF Fall Membership Drive 2018 Check out pics from our Fall Membership Drive 2018 at The Blue, Boca Raton Resort! https://photos.app.goo.gl/EvKMGULg6wwq4Erc7    
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AWCSF at the Ladies in the Industry Breast Cancer Charity Luncheon 2018

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 
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SHE Summit Bacardi 2018 Fort Lauderdale

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 Barriers Some 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.
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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 
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AWCSF at TEDxBocaRaton 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!
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80 million Alerts

August finalized honoring one of the fastest and most effective programs law enforcement can activate in the critical first minutes of a missing person. A Child is missing Alert & Recovery Program. 80 million Alerts to this day. While breathtaking views at The Blue, Boca Raton Resort reminded us of the serenity of our surroundings this was contrasted by the potential danger of a missing child or elderly person in our community. Learning of these liabilities as a community empowers us to be proactive and take action in the critical first minutes of a missing person case. A Child Is Missing Inc. and law enforcement have a good working partnership. Sherry Friedlander, Founder of this successful Alert Program, started this quest in 1997, serving Law enforcement nationwide,as a FAST response to a time sensitive issue bypassing criteria for an Amber Alert or Silver Alert, optimizing search times and involving surrounding citizens through satellite mapping to target calling ares focalizing efforts based on where the person was last seen. 1,000 alert phone calls can be placed within 60 seconds. This service is 24/7 365 days a year and can assist all missing cases, such as children abducted, wander off, elderly (often with Alzheimer’s/Dementia) college students or disabled individuals. If a person is in need for this service they must approach the Law enforcement authorities as they are the only ones that may initiate the request to A Child Is Missing. Expansion for the search may of jurisdiction to go nationwide if necessary.   Bringing the community together is vital to locating a missing person. You may join efforts by signing up for alerts for mobile devices online at achildismissing.org as well as providing donations and or volunteering time. For further info about A Child Is Missing, Inc. you may call Sharon at 954-763-1288. The Association of Women in Communication, South Florida Chapter was able to engage in an evening of advantageous information.    For more info or media questions please email: Julia Batres  at info@www.awcsouthflorida.org Watch the replay of Facebook Live Women in Communications Honoring A Child is Missing, Inc.
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Women in Communications Sold Out Workshop: How to Pitch the Media

Photo Credit: Janis Buongermino
The line up at the lobby of the Embassy Suites of Boca Raton, was the premonition for an enjoyable session of learning and networking.
“Walking into Women in Communications How to Pitch the Media Workshop” Photo Credit: Janis Buongermino
Following registrations, participants were able to step into the auditorium to head start with The Association for Women in Communication South Florida Chapter President, Tonya Scholz’s warm welcome reminding the association’s goal to empower women (through wealth growth).
Photo Credit: Janis Buongermino
Participants in all areas: Entrepreneurs, Non for profit advocates, Lifestyle and health, Tech & Innovations and Education amongst other fields created a vibrant audience eager to share, network and pitch within their questions to seize opportunity.  
Panel discussion with Q&A from the audience. Photo Credit: Janis Buongermino
Moderator, Emily Taffel-Cohen (founder and co-owner of Mugsy PR), led the conversation by inquiring the panel about: Biggest pitching pet peeves, Best day and time to pitch, Pitches that have stood out, How do YOU prefer to be pitched What makes the perfect PR package and Pay 2 play vs authentic editorial, and others. This allowed to harvest a few general notions throughout the panel:
  • Information must relate to a local concern, involve people, and denote implications to the community.
  • Means of communication prevail within social media and email.
  • It’s all about relationship building, making sure to review the person, do your homework, throw them a compliment.
Dia Ryan (Broadcaster at The New Hits 97.3 of Cox Media Group), encouraged the audience to seek if their product is a great fit to create that symbiotic relationship. Provide a reason why it’s beneficial for both parties remembering demographic, been sincere and genuine. Local local local, people people people, is a must for Marie Speed (Boca magazine/Group Editor JES Publications). The audience was very attentive and adapted the media request to incorporate these tips into their questions at the Q&A sharing new ideas and projects all led by women. Another outline by Pedro Heizer (Managing Editor- The Boca Raton Tribune/online and print), stated that more then send a broad pitch out, personalize your request. Might not make it to print but may be considered for online exposure. Keep in mind that television is always open for last minute stories according to Miranda Christian (Reporter WPTV). If your story revolves around a particular individual and their success, you might not have a lot of options but you are not out of them, Brian Bandell (South Florida Business Journal), voiced their consideration to outstanding profiles. This workshop turned out to be just the fuel any women can benefit from. The AWCSF encourages members and non-members to keep an eye on future events as they are continuously working to provide innovative and pragmatic sessions for all industry communications needs.  For more info or media questions please email: Julia Batres  at info@www.awcsouthflorida.org Watch replay Facebook Live of Women in Communications: How to Pitch the Media      
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Maria Henneberry on the Association for Women in Communications

Maria Henneberry on the Association for Women in Communications