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Women's Business Assistance
Forum
"Sharing the '6 Ms' of Business Success for Women"
Management - Marketing - Mentoring - Methodology - Money - Motivation

Connect with women around the country with this exciting forum to discuss topics and items of interest to women business owners.

Conducted the 4th Monday of each month, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST, and moderated by an Executive Advisor on the Womens Business Center Advisory Board Members/Mentors, the Women's Business Assistance Forum is the fast track way to stay current on ideas, issues and trends affecting women business owners.

To be included, simply register and pay $4.99 online before the day of the forum by clicking below.  


Monday, March 28, 4:30 to 5:30 PM (CST) Teleconference
Topic:
"The Power of Effective Negotiation Skills"
Presenter: Kobena Campbell, The Campbell Approach
What participants will learn: 
- Get more power and meet your goals through negotiation.
- Why not negotiating affects a woman's future income potential significantly.
- What you can do when negotiating from a position of weakness.
- Why reading body language and interpreting hidden messages are essential. -
- Tactics and Countertactics.
- Developing your own personal negotiating style.


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About the Presenter:  Results-oriented coaching for entrepreneurs, small business owners, and individuals ready to achieve their goals and improve their success rate in their business and personal lives now.  Kobena has 20+ years of experience as a successful entrepreneur and small business owner that has provided her with real-world experience for growing her consulting and coaching practice. This  gives her a unique perspective on problem solving and implementing results-oriented solutions for her clients. Ask her how she can assist you in achieving your goals now.

 

Monday, January 24, 2011, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Kobena Campbell

Topic:  "
Customer Service in the Digital Age"
Speaker: Kobena Campbell, WestTran Group, LLC

About the Speaker:  Kobena Campbell has been involved in the medical records industry for 20+ years.  She is currently president of WestTran Group, LLC, which provides medical records technology solutions to its clients.  She is a member of the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity and the American Health Information Management Association.


December Topic
"
Beyond Networking - Keys to Building Good Business Relationships"
Speaker: Kobena Campbell, WestTran Group, LLC

About the Speaker:  Kobena Campbell has been involved in the medical records industry for 20+ years.  She is currently president of WestTran Group, LLC, which provides medical records technology solutions to its clients.  She is a member of the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity and the American Health Information Management Association.

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NovemberTopic
"Ten Practical Secrets for Achieving Success"

Speaker: Kobena Campbell, WestTran Group, LLC

About the Speaker:  Kobena Campbell has been involved in the medical records industry for 20+ years.  She is currently president of WestTran Group, LLC, which provides medical records technology solutions to its clients.  She is a member of the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity and the American Health Information Management Association.


October Topic
"Good Media Relations Made Easy"

Speaker:  Sandy Lawrence, Perceptive Marketing
http://www.perceptivemarketing.com/index.html

About the Speaker:  We understand the importance and relevance of good media relations, including: managing editorial calendars and pitches, contributing timely, topical articles, designing directory listings and developing message-media outlines and campaigns.

The essence of Perceptive Marketing is achieving exceptional marketing success for authors, the publishing industry, corporations and small businesses. Understanding the transformational nature of publishing books and developing businesses, the firm puts great emphasis on planning with the end in sight and guiding clients from concept to marketable reality.

September Topic
"Communicating Your Value to Your Customers"
Speaker:  Doug Strahm, Oakcrest Strategy Group

About the Speaker:  Is your company capturing as much of the market as it could be? Are your sales, marketing, and executive teams all on the same page? Do you know what the lifetime value is for your average customer? Do you even really know why customers buy from you?  My passion is to help companies generate more revenue, and profit, while contributing to their industry and enjoying the journey. If your gut tells you things could be better than they are, give us a call - we can help!

August Topic
"Protecting Your Loved Ones - A Woman's Guide to Insurance"
Speaker:  Carolene Goffney

About the Speaker: Carolene is an Honor Club Holder with Mutual of Omaha and specializes in policies and programs to meet women's needs. Traditionally, selecting insurance companies and policies has been the man's job. However, women are taking an increasing role in the process, especially those single women with careers, older parents and children. Women are also becoming more aware of the benefits of insurance and influencing the decisions of spousal units.

July Topic
"7 Secrets of Content Marketing Success"
Speaker:  Linda Dessau
I'm taking a stand for the quality of your content
Read my Content Creation Manifesto at:
http://bit.ly/content-creation-manifesto

About the Speaker:  Linda Dessau is an editor, ghostwriter and certified life coach. She is the author of The Customizable Style Guide for Coaches Who Write, as well as an upcoming book about content marketing. She has been writing for the web since 2003 and is also the editor of VOICE, the newsletter of the International Association of Coaching.

Linda created her "You Talk, I'll Write" service in July 2005 to combine her passion for coaching with her gift for writing. She launched ContentMasteryGuide.com in May 2010 to help coaches and other service providers use content marketing to build and enhance relationships with their clients, prospective clients and colleagues.

In this engaging and interactive presentation, Linda will reveal the 7 Secrets of Content Marketing Success, showing you how to:

* Target your writing in order to attract your ideal clients
* Check your writing for the most common errors
* Eliminate writer's block and the "imposter syndrome"
* Get the most leverage out of your content
* And more!


June Topic
"Empowerment Leadership Success Strategies"
Speaker:  Pam Terry, Chief Operating Officer, PWI
Regional Director, Houston-
Connection

We inspire women worldwide to live extraordinary lives

 About the Speaker:  Pam Terry serves as Chief Operating Officer and Regional Director for the Houston-Connection for Powerful Women International.  Pam brings considerable experience in technology, marketing, sales, entrepreneurship and organization and event management.

She began her foray into technology in 1994 and has a proven track record in sales and marketing in data, voice, collocation, IT consulting, application development, ecommerce and technology training.  Her past employment includes executive sales positions with Time Warner Telecom and Time Warner Cable and VP of Marketing for an IT consulting company, ERGOS Technology.

During her tenure in the industry, Pam has worked for TechExecs, a national senior IT network, where she was Sponsorship & Events Director, implementing CIO events and expos.  Prior to Pam’s technology industry experience, Pam was Executive Director of the Galleria Chamber of Commerce and previously provided marketing consulting in the accounting firm industry.

Throughout her career, Pam has been involved in community and trade organizations, having obtained Accreditation in Public Relations from the Public Relations Society of America, and serving on the boards of several charitable and membership groups such as the American Organ Transplant Association and the Association of IT Professionals.

Pam’s passion for people’s empowerment greatly attracted her to Powerful Women International where she has been active with the organization’s growth since its inception in 2006.  In her role at PWI, Pam brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise.  Originally from Brownsville, Texas, Pam has been in Houston since 1971. 

May Topic
"Women Business Owners: Competency with Compassion"
Speaker:  C. Dean Kring,  Director of Research,  Womens Business Center

 About the Speaker:  C. Dean Kring is Founder and Director of Research of the Womens Business Center, the first business incubator for women in the nation.

He started working with women in Corporate America in the late 60's and discovered their vast drive, potential and talent for doing their jobs exceptionally well. Overcoming considerable objections from senior management, he made the first promotion of a woman into a previously dominated male professional technical position in the entire industry, where she set a new standard for outstanding performance and opened the opportunity for other women to gain similar positions, industry wide.

In his research, Dean identified a common hesitation prevalent among many women that can be eliminated simply by having a person in a "position of responsibility" sincerely listen to their career or business issues and work with them to overcome them.

April Topic
"How to Handle Your Email Inbox"
Speaker:  Kathleen O'Brien,  Executive Advisor, Womens Business Center

 About the Speaker:  
Kathleen O'Brien
is currently retired from the firm she founded, Business Support Center, one of the first "virtual assistant" companies in the United States. She is an Executive Advisor for the Womens Business Center, a Past Chairman of Services Cooperative Association and a 1995 graduate of the Womens Business Center Program
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March  Topic
"It Pays to Know Your Financial Reports?" 
Speaker:  Holly De Vito, Sum of All Numbers 

About the Speaker:  Holly De Vito is a Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor and her passion for assisting small businesses led her to establishing her own business, Sum of All Numbers. As the founder and CEO of Sum of All Numbers, Holly brings her decade of business experience in a variety of industries including property management, financial, clothing design and real estate into helping her clients keep their business financials in order. Before starting Sum of All Numbers, Holly was the Chief Financial Officer for the American Red Cross, where she managed a full accounting staff and worked closely with the Board of Directors in making financial decisions for the organization. She understands first-hand the hardships and successes small business owners face and has used this experience and knowledge to help hundreds of clients launch their own businesses. 

November Topic
"Tired of Struggling with the Juggling?" 
Speaker:  Debbye Cannon

About the Speaker:  The independent business woman faces the (often ignored) challenges of keeping up with family responsibilities and priorities while running her business. Debbye Cannon, the BusinessMom Mentor, created ways to keep her family thriving amidst growing businesses in direct sales, relocations, home schooling and her son’s ADD. Her SMARTcut™ systems create smooth rhythm in the home and office so you can replace stress, chaos and clutter with serenity and prosperity each and (almost) every day.

October Topic
"Leading With Passion"
Speaker:  Mary Turner, 
RN, LMT, MTI, TCF, TCC, CE

About the speaker:  Mary Turner, RN, LMT, MTI, TCF, TCC, CE (Registered Nurse, Licensed Massage Therapist, Massage Therapy Instructor, Training Center Facility, Training Center Coordinator, Continuing Education Provider).  Mary has literally taught thousands of students how to save lives.

A graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center with a baccalaureate in nursing equipped Mary to assume responsibilities such as the Director of Healthcare Recruitment for the second largest healthcare organization in the U.S. and Nurse Recruiter for a local hospital recognized with magnet status during her tenure.

Mary also served as President & CEO for the third largest medical staffing agency in Houston. Her desire to help others led her into holistic health. Mary has been a Licensed Massage Therapist for more than ten years and is currently the Program Administrator for the National Certification program at a Local Massage Therapy School. She also teaches massage therapy, anatomy & physiology, health & hygiene and business.

September Topic
"Using The Power Of  Advertorials To Make Yourself A Recognized Expert In Any Market"
Speaker:  Bonnie Boots  

About the speaker: Bonnie Boots, now a digital publisher and internet marketing coach, spent more than thirty years writing for print magazines and newspapers. An expert at crafting Advertorials, Bonnie will explain: 

* Why Advertorials are the most powerful self-promotion tool you've probably never heard of!
* How to use Advertorials to position yourself as an instant expert
* How to find freelance writers to create powerful client-pulling Advertorials for you
* How to get Advertorials published in influential newspapers, magazines, trade mags, web sites, blogs and anywhere else you want
*How to expand a single Advertorial into a complete self-promotional toolkit

August Topic
"How I Developed and Found My Brand"
Kamina Richardson
Program Manager
Business of Ambition - Co-Curricular Activities, Programs & Services
Drexel University, LeBow College of Business

About the Speaker:  Kamina Richardson is the Program Manager of the Business of Ambition at LeBow College of Business. She has developed a competitive and tightly knit graduate student community through challenging business case competitions, simulations and educational guest speakers. She also leads and organizes GMAT Prep courses that assist prospective students to excel in the exam. Currently, she is working on organizing speaker events and competitions that will allow students to recognize the importance of ethical leadership, corporate responsibility and strategic decision making in today’s corporate world. Prior to her current position, she worked for the IRS as an agent and HMP communications as a circulation manager who handled five healthcare journal circulations. With over 13 years of experience, Kamina has successfully demonstrated stellar leadership traits and exceptional management abilities.

Kamina was recently promoted as the program manager of Business of Ambitions and has since taken big strides in enhancing the Drexel MBA experience for all her students. One of the eight teams she consults for a business plan competition was recently awarded the 2009 Most Promising Company by Rice University. It also won the Baiada Business plan competition and secured awards of $15,000 in cash and $35,000 in kind.

July Topic
"Let Your Website Do The Work"

Speaker:  Jennifer Haubein

Websites 2 Grow, LLC

About the Speaker:  Jennifer is the owner of Websites 2 Grow and Best Biz Website Solutions, helping small business owners develop client attractive websites and blogs.  Jennifer is trained in internet marketing and client attraction strategies. She loves helping small business owners develop online solutions targeting their ideal customer.  Jennifer has been featured on the Wealth Spa Radio show and Pageant Talk Radio. Jennifer is the author of a special report “5 Reasons Your Current Website Just Isn’t Working”.  She also publishes an award winning email newsletter “SiteNotes” which contains easy to use technology tips designed to help you work less.  She encourages small business owners to “let your website do the work”.  To sign up for her free report you can go to www.bestbizwebsitesolutions.com/Report.html.  

June Topic
The Impulse Factor
Speaker: Sarah K. Gallagher
SKG Associates

About the Speaker:

Sarah K. Gallagher and Associates have been building bridges in communities for a long time. Our vision is for healthy communities to begin a positive local conversation about your future and start collaborating in a larger regional neighborhood. This will lead you to more effective asset and resource development and a realistic affordable marketing strategy to the world wide web and market yourselves effectively to the world at large.

April Topic
Verbalizing the Issues to move forward.
Speaker: C. Dean Kring,
Services Cooperative Association

About the Speaker: C. Dean Kring is Founder and Director of Research of the Womens Business Center, the first business incubator for women in the nation.

He started working with women in Corporate America in the late 60's and discovered their vast drive, potential and talent for doing their jobs exceptionally well. Overcoming considerable objections from senior management, he made the first promotion of a woman into a previously dominated male professional technical position in the entire industry, where she set a new standard for outstanding performance and opened the opportunity for other women to gain similar positions, industry wide.

In his research, Dean identified a common hesitation prevalent among many women that can be eliminated simply by having a person in a "position of responsibility" sincerely listen to their career or business issues and work with them to overcome them.

March Topic
"The Face of Change - A Journey into the Honoring of Women." 

Speaker:  Yvonne A. Ybarra, I Am Celebrations.  Do you have a woman who inspired you and others by causing positive change in her community? Please attend and share her story.

About the Speaker: I am a 49 year young woman on an incredible journey and along the way I have found that what is true is: I Am an artist, a visionary, a philosopher, a healer, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a yayi, a friend, a lover and a soulmate; I Am powerful, beautiful, confident, intelligent, passionate and creative;.I Am in celebration of all women everywhere; I Am the creator of "I Am Celebration." This creation is developing so that I may help you remember and celebrate the incredible being that you are.

January Topic:  How To Be Compelled To Accomplish Your Goals
Speakers:  Kathleen O'Brien and Rosemary Behrens

Kathleen O'Brien is currently retired from the firm she founded, Business Support Center, one of the first "virtual assistant" companies in the United States. She is an Executive Advisor for the Womens Business Center, a Past Chairman of Services Cooperative Association and a 1995 graduate of the Womens Business Center Program.

Rosemary Behrens is an ordained Methodist Minister,  In 2002, she was honored as a Woman of Excellence by the Federation of Houston Professional Women. In 2004 she was the American Business Women's Association WINGS Chapter Woman of the Year. She is a Senior Advisor for the Womens Business Center, a Past Chairman of Services Cooperative Association and a 2005 graduate of the Womens Business Center Program.

November Topic:  Building Your Business
Speaker:  Deavra Daughtry

About the Speaker: Deavra A. Daughtry, President and CEO of Excellent Care Management, one of the nation's largest personal in-home care agencies, started from humble beginnings. Beginning with just one employee, herself, she worked tirelessly to fulfill her mission. By the end of the first year, there were three employees in the office and forty attendants working in the field. Today, Excel-E-Care employs over 500 hard working people. Excellent Care Management was birthed out of the success of Excel-E-Care and is currently building a Senior Community on 8 acres of land.


October Topic:  Create Your Best Year Ever
"The pathway to your heart's desire"
Speaker:  Pamela Grant, MSOE

About the Speaker: Pamela C. Grant, MSOE is an author, speaker, internationally recognized coach and management consultant, as well as a Licensed Career Counselor. She has more than 22 years of experience in corporate management working with Fortune 500 companies, smaller companies and individuals in virtually every field.  Pamela's principal innovation in the career-counseling field is to bring the concept of "spirit-centered" investigation to the process of finding what's best for each individual.

September Topic:  Time Management
Speaker:  WBC Panel

About the Panel:  I kept getting notes, messages, and survey responses telling me that the biggest frustration when trying to make money is TIME MANAGEMENT.  No wonder - we've all got more to do, less time to do it, and more distractions and interruptions than ever.  Members of our Advisory Board, all business owners, tell how they get things done in their business.

August Topic:  One Small Step Can Change Your Life
Speaker:  Rosemary Behrens

About the Speaker: Reverend Rosemary Behrens is an ordained Methodist Minister,  In 2002, she was honored as a Woman of Excellence by the Federation of Houston Professional Women. In 2004 she was the American Business Women's Association WINGS Chapter Woman of the Year. She is a Senior Advisor for the Womens Business Center, a Past Chairman of Services Cooperative Association and a 2005 graduate of the Womens Business Center Program.

July Topic:  Impact of Social Media - The "New" Marketing
Speaker:  Mary Frances Blatchley

About the Speaker:  Mary Frances Blatchley has been helping her clients build strong brands with beautifully executed, award-winning solutions for 20 years.  In 2000, shortly after the birth of her daughter Brianna (who inspired the company's name), Mary Frances established forBri Marketing & Design.  She is Marketing Chair of Houston Interactive Marketing Association, a member of the American Advertising Federation and she actively speaks on marketing, interactive strategies and social media marketing.

June Topic:  "Ten Facets of an Entrepreneur's Vision"
Speaker:  Carolyn Gray

About the Speaker:  Carolyn is the owner and President of Zircon Consulting, a Human Resources and Personal Development Consulting firm in Houston, Texas.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources  and a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) from Toastmasters International.   She is the author of the book, All About ME: "Manners and Etiquette for TWEENS and TEENS" 

May Topic:  Special Rags to Riches Series
From time to time, we will bring you special guests to share with you their real life experiences of building their businesses into million dollar companies.  The first in the series is a conversation with George Anderson.

About the Speaker: George Anderson is founder of Anderson & Anderson, the first global provider of anger management, stress management, communication and emotional intelligence and the most widely used anger management model in the world.  In an era in which many psychiatrists, psychologists and couch-committed psychoanalysts are being financially squeezed by managed-care paperwork and shrinking reimbursements, George Anderson is building an empire.
 
April Topic: "Without Change, there would be no butterflies."
Speaker: Sandy Lawrence

About the Speaker: Sandy Lawrence is a former Advisor and Mentor for the Womens Business Center and is owner of Perceptive Marketing, an award winning marketing and public relations company.

March topic:  Financials for Newbies
Speaker: Rhonda Ryan, CPA

About the Speaker: Rhonda Ryan is a CPA with a private practice that has included Fortune 50 clients. In 2004, she was honored as a Woman of Excellence by the Federation of Houston Professional Women. She is a Past Senior Advisor for the Womens Business Center, a Past Chairman of Services Cooperative Association and a 2006 graduate of the Womens Business Center Executive Program.

February topic: Purpose of the Mission Statement
Speaker: Cathy James

About the Speaker: Catherine James is President of Dixie Cullen Interests, one of the largest industrial storage facilities in the United States - an industry traditionally ruled by men. She was recently named among the Top 15 Women in Gulf Transportation in the nation. In 2003 she was recognized as a Top 10 Business Woman by the American Business Women's Association, from a membership of more than 650,000 women. In 2000, she was honored as a Woman of Excellence by the Federation of Houston Professional Women. Catherine is past Chair of the Texas Business Incubator Association and Former Chair of the Womens Business Center Advisory Board.

January topic: Business Strategy
Speaker: Kathleen O'Brien

About the Speaker: Kathleen O'Brien is currently retired from the firm she founded, Business Support Center, one of the first "virtual assistant" companies in the United States. She is an Executive Advisor for the Womens Business Center, a Past Chairman of Services Cooperative Association and a 1995 graduate of the Womens Business Center Program.

December topic: S.M.A.R.T. Goals
Speaker: Rosemary Behrens

About the Speaker: Reverend Rosemary Behrens is an ordained Methodist Minister,  In 2002, she was honored as a Woman of Excellence by the Federation of Houston Professional Women. In 2004 she was the American Business Women's Association WINGS Chapter Woman of the Year. She is a Senior Advisor for the Womens Business Center, a Past Chairman of Services Cooperative Association and a 2005 graduate of the Womens Business Center Program.

Your reservation will be confirmed by email and you'll be sent the teleconference link on the day of the forum. Sorry, no refunds can be made should you not attend.

The Women's Business Assistance Forum also makes available virtually any service needed to accelerate the development of your business with the WBAF Service & Support Network. Added benefits to you are service and support which are provided by other women business owners and at their lowest rate.

To see a partial listing of the assistance available through the S & S Network, click here.

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to your participation in the next Women's Business Assistance Forum.
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"This group is going to be very helpful. I am very grateful. It really means a lot to know you are behind me. Thank you."

Cindy Stallings
Titus Collectibles
Houston





 

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