Abstract expressionist represented and exhibited in Europe & Australasia; Ana Couper is a New Zealand & British citizen with an Italian Residency. BA. (Religions) PgDip. (Peace & Conflict) MA (International Law & Human Rights) (Otago). Law (Waikato), Philo (Massey). New Zealand, English (Brittany), Norse descent. Published Author of 2 books. Artist, Ceramicist, Curator of WBG, and a Mother of twins. Recipient of 3 Fulbright Hayes awards. Recipient of Prime Minister’s award for International Trade. Works from Waihi Beach, New Zealand. In early 2020 Ana worked in Sicily, Italy, with Danny Wise Fashion House to do three commissions for his Museum in France and his private residence. In 2019 she spent six months in Lucca (Tuscany), Italy, painting full time for exhibitions in France, Italy, Amsterdam, and Luxembourg. Solo Exhibitions in 2020, Waikato Museum, Artspost, HAMILTON, New Zealand. March 2020.
Jennifer is a lifelong feminist who has worked in the Jewish community for over 17 years. She joined JWF in 2014 as Chief Program & Operations Officer and became Chief Executive Officer in January 2019. She is honored to work on behalf of women and girls alongside JWF’s passionate trustees. Jennifer sits on the sisterhood board at Congregation Kol Tikvah and currently co-chairs the Florida Women’s Funding Alliance steering committee. She is a former board member of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and former board chair of NARAL Virginia’s League of Young Leaders.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Philosophy & Literature from the University of Central Florida and earned an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Florida Atlantic University. She lives in Parkland with her husband, Chris, and two children, Ezra and Ayla.
#EMPOWERYOURSELFMONDAY (EPS 10) CHAT WITH SIYA SENSE ABOUT WEB.3
#EmpowerYourselfMonday (EPS10) w/ our Board of Directors: Tonya Scholz, @kNOwAging Emily Taffel Cohen, @EmilyOnTheAve Terry Michael, @TerryLiveBreath Chat w / Siya Sense @Siya_Siya_99 about #NFTs, networking & #WEB3!
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ABOUT SIYA SENSE:
Siya Sense is a recovering corporate ladder-climbing addict in real life & a storyteller in web3.0. Her goal is to onboard and train women & youth into the WEB3 space to create a space where all can succeed by raising each other. Siya is a single mom of two amazing daughters, inspiring her to be the best version of herself. She wants to tip the scales of how resources are distributed in this world. Now is the time to do that and accomplish it. For more info Twitter.com/siya_siya_99
#EmpowerYourselfMonday (EPS 9): Chat with Margarita Arriagada, founder of Valdé Beauty
#EmpowerYourselfMonday (EPS 9) via Twitter Spaces at 10 AM EST with our board of directors: Tonya Scholz, President Emily Taffel, Communication Terry Michael, VP Chat Margarita Arriagada, founder of Valdé Beauty!
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ABOUT MARGARITA ARRIAGADA:
MARGARITA ARRIAGADA is an entrepreneurial CEO with the rare ability to envision the future and manage the now. This visionary and strategic balance is showcased in her creation of Valdé, distinctive luxury beauty and lifestyle brand launching Holiday 2020. In her previous role as Strategic Advisor at Top Shelf Consulting (TSC), she collaborated with multiple brands, including Anastasia Beverly Hills, guiding brand positioning, product strategy, regional markets, and category trends. Before joining TSC, Arriagada served as Chief Merchant of Sephora USA. In this role, she was responsible for Sephora’s long-range merchandising strategy focusing on differentiation, innovation, and elevating client experience. She earned a reputation as an inspirational leader, mentor, and passionate talent developer.
Earlier, as she rose through the executive ranks of the LVMH-owned company, Arriagada penned the vision for Kendo, Sephora’s “owned” brand development arm. Drawing on her Latinx heritage and international product expertise, she was able to help shape a new, more inclusive direction in beauty. Sourcing and negotiating all the brands in Kendo’s portfolio earned her the affectionate nickname, “The Godmother of Beauty.”
Arriagada’s professional career began and flourished in retail—working her way up from the selling floor of Bullock’s department store to Vice President, Decorative Home at Macy’s. Before leaping to the beauty world, Arriagada established herself in home décor. As Vice President of Global Retail at Lladró, she launched international flagships featuring a new, elevated branding experience. She also led global product development for the Valencia, Spain-based collectible brand. She received the National Retail Federation’s “People Shaping Retail’s Future-Power Player Award” in 2015 and The National Mother’s Day Committee, Outstanding Mother Award in 2013.
Arriagada holds a Degree in Merchandising and Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles. For more info: valdebeauty.com
#EmpowerYourselfMonday (EPS 8) Chat with Ankita Dhakar, founder of SecurityLit & Cyber Cosmos World
Meet Ankita Dhakar, Managing Director of SecurityLit & Founder of Cyber Cosmos World, A community for women to share their stories and achievements while also inspiring other women to go after their dreams.
Originally Live streamed on February 29, 2022 at 10 AM EST
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About Ankita Dhakar:
Ankita Dhakar is the Managing Director of SecurityLit, A cyber security company based in New Zealand. She is passionate about making cybersecurity easy for businesses, big or small.
Ankita moved to New Zealand when she was just 22. She faced numerous challenges when she started her own business. She entered a male-dominated industry without any experience and with limited resources. She could not find help or support, but that did not stop her. Ankita learned to become resourceful and overcame each obstacle that came in her way! Today she’s running a successful tech start-up, has won awards for her contribution, and is known as a leader in the Cyber Security industry.
Ankita is not just an entrepreneur; she also looks for opportunities that positively impact the community. For that reason, she created Cyber Cosmos World, A community for women to share their stories and achievements while also inspiring other women to go after their dreams. For more info: cybercosmos.world
Because of “Zoom fatigue of 2020”, audio social apps are the fastest growing social media network adoption in 2021. Communicators are excited about audio social because this niche market has become more mainstream. Audio conversations with friends and followers are increasingly popular. The launch of Twitter Spaces has reinvigorated online discussions.
On Thursday, June 10 at 5 PM EST, beta hosts of Twitter Spaces will team up to teach you the hacks of making the perfect Space to get more followers and interaction with your brand or projects.
This virtual workshop is FREE for members & non-members! It will be hosted on our Twitter page. You can listen live via desktop or Twitter app.
Emily Taffel-Cohen (@EmilyOnTheAve) is the Communications Director of Association for Women in Communications South Florida and Founder of Mugsy PR. She has successfully designed and executed numerous viral campaigns, created experiential events, wrote record-breaking strategy and growth plans, and has placed feature pieces for brands in a range of industries from international entertainment, luxury lifestyle, travel, marine, and hospitality clients to those in retail, F&B, and local non-profit organizations.
Samantha Kelly ( @Tweetinggoddess ) Samantha is a Twitter expert, author, community builder, and founder of the Women’s Inspire Network – a global online network for Female entrepreneurs. Named as one of the top marketing influencers on many global lists, Samantha has an engaged following of 52k and is an international speaker. Her mantra is: People buy from people and ‘Don’t worry about people copying your ideas, just keep being the best at what you do.’
Shannon Skinner (@Shannon_Skinner) is an award-winning author, international speaker, writer, radio host, and host/producer of the television show Extraordinary Women TV. She is the author of The Whispering Heart: Your Inner Guide to Creativity, and writes about lifestyle and travel, as well as feminine wisdom. She presently can be found weekdays sharing inspiration on Twitter Spaces. She is based in Toronto.
Samantha Demers (@samanthademers) With a background in events, marketing, and communications, Samantha Demers uses audio social media to experiment with growing a few different brands. She co-hosts three weekly Twitter Spaces. One for issues women in business face, another to explore personal growth ideas, and the final one to focus on career, business consulting, relationships, and psychology.When she’s not running Twitter Spaces, Samantha is writing content for her online businesses, helping solopreneurs strategize their messaging copy, and using her interviewing skills to help budding authors craft their books.
Tonya Scholz (@knowaging) is the Association for Women in Communications South Florida Chapter president and has held that position on and off since 2008. Her multimedia talk show, Social Chats, celebrated ten years of Live Streaming in 2020. She has rebranded with a new website and relaunching her previous and latest shows via Twitter Spaces.
Because of the Covid19 pandemic and social distancing, all AWC South Florida (AWCSF) events will be held virtually.
Join AWC South Florida for a virtual networking and membership drive Meetup via Zoom. Find out more about our four weeks of the Association for Women in Communications (AWC) South Florida Online Education & Membership Drive Campaign, upcoming monthly networking & educational classes, Empower Yourself workshops, and virtual Meetup for a Cause. Prizes will be given out all through the event and will be shipped to the winners.
Opportunity to connect with AWC National Members worldwide, The AWC Membership Drive Directory provides 24/7 access to networking with your peers. Add value to your personal and professional growth. This virtual Meetup is complimentary to members and nonmembers.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 from 6:30 PM-8:30PM
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
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