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
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
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.
We are glad to participate our Women in Communications September networking event honoring the Humane Society of Broward County (HSBC), a progressive, non-profit animal shelter rich with programs and services to aid our community.As a pet mama, (husky girl), I’m thrilled to have learnt of a vibrant organization that has events all year round with the sole purpose of keeping pets home, by educating and providing preventive resources to make successful relationships. Many benefits have been associated to our loved friends, such as stress relief, companion, caring amongst many others. Giving back to their unconditional love is immensely rewarded. Pets Are Worth Saving, (PAWS) is dedicated to providing volunteer and financial support to the Humane Society. Programs include:
Public Awareness Education for Humans
Treatment of Animals
Animal assisted Therapy
Pet loss and grief counseling
Foster care and anti cruelty programs
Can do attitude. Over and over AWC reinstates their vision to empower women through wealth. Establish the correct connections that will lead to increased earnings. There are many reasons to justify why we haven’t. This is the perfect time to fill our Can do attitude. Watch and learn, the humane society has fundraised 545,000 dollars on on the Spirit Walk alone(Walk4animals.com) in 2018. This season they are one to watch and support at:
Upcoming Gala Event on March 2019
Green Golf Tournament
Fashion Show, and don’t forget the walk for animals event.
These aren’t the only ways to participate you may also join the walk virtually, as well as many other in kind donations and or various membership options.This amazing cause was represented by PAWS President Julie Strauch and HSBC, Board Member, Christy Gumberg reminding us there are always ways, to give, volunteer, donate, participate, be a part of.
Check out photos taking by Susan Barbini of Barbini Photography from Women in Communications September Meetup Honoring Humane Society of Broward County