Archive for October, 2010

Halloween Magic

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

blackcat12Ghost, goblins, jack-o’-lanterns, costumes and candy are all symbols of Halloween, a holiday children in many countries observe. In the United States it is celebrated each year on October 31. Festivals, parties and trick-or-treating all create the fun and sugar-high collection kids accumulate from mall stores handing out candy to neighbors dispensing treats into plastic pumpkins and Halloween bags.

trickortreat1Each Halloween, moms are busy helping the little ones select just the perfect costume. Ballerinas, cowboys, politicians, celebrities, witches and others adorn the night landscape as little munchkins go door-to-door in search of sweets.

pumpkin11Houses are decorated with carved pumpkins, spider webs, ghosts and witches. Spooky lightening and scary music, haunted houses and carnivals all contribute to the fun of the holiday for kids, and many grown ups as well. Parties, and traditions such as bobbing for apples, have existed for decades.

witch11According to some historians, Halloween had a religious beginning and trick-or-treating did not become a widespread practice until the 1930s. The first U.S. printed appearance of the term was in 1934, and the first use in a national publication didn’t occur until 1939. Haunted attractions in the United States, many operated as fund raisers by philanthropic organizations, bring in an estimate $300–500 million each year, and draw some 400,000 customers.

October is Pink: Support Breast Cancer Awareness for the Cure

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

totebag1Nancy Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, was inspired by her sister’s struggles, concern for other women and losing battle with breast cancer. Founded in 1982, it is now the global leader in the breast cancer research and awareness movement. From its annual race in numerous cities, generous corporate contributions and individual donators, Susan G. Koman for the Cure® has invested nearly $1.5 billion with doctors and institutions.

Ford has been a National Sponsorship of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® series for 16 years. To date, Ford has devoted more than $105 million to the cause and more than 50,000 employees and many dealerships participate in the Race for the Cure® events. Their commitment goes includes working to increase awareness and early detection by creating over one billion media impressions last year alone.

In its 12th year, the Save Lids to Save Lives® by Yoplait® donates 10 cents for everyskcureartisan2 lid it receives back during its specially marked containers’ campaign. This effort has resulting in contributing $25 million.

As part of KitchenAid’s Cook for the Cure® program, which has raise over $7 million, they donate up to $50 per specially marked or pink kitchen essentials bought during their promotional campaign. They have also created a second program, called Pass the Plate.

mlblogoTo learn more about what you can do to help these and hundreds of other companies that support Susan G. Koman and women’s breast cancer support, check out www.komen.org. You will find everything from appliances to apparel and sports teams to bottled water.

This is a universal disease, not just a women’s issue. It affects families and friends. I’m sure each of us has been touched in some way by this horrific disease. Let’s fight to end it in our lifetime.

Women Don’t Do It Alone

Monday, October 4th, 2010

nawbologoWomen leaders turn to many organizations to foster their personal and professional growth. One such organization is the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), which was founded in 1975. It is the voice of more than 10 million U.S. women-owned businesses. Its roster boasts over 7000 members and 70 chapters across the country. NAWBO’s mission is to propel women owned businesses into more economic, social and political power worldwide by providing insightful commentary on issues important to them. By focusing on the unique attributes that women business owners bring to the table, NAWBO joins female entrepreneurs from a wide range of businesses into a more-influential voice and helps them achieve dynamic leadership roles.

The vision for eWomenNetwork was to create a vast network of success-oriented female business owners andewnlogoa11 professionals who would have easy access to each other’s skills, talents, knowledge and resources. eWomenNetwork supports, promotes and showcases members’ products and services to help them achieve their professional objectives by providing multiple venues including online support, monthly meetings, coaching, publishing, a speaker’s bureau and annual national conventions. The eWomenNetwork.com philosophy is to give and serve others before focusing on ourselves.

webologo4Another medium designed to support women are Exec-U-Links, which are comprised of high-level female corporate executives and successful business owners who come together to share challenges, solutions, experiences, expertise and best practices. Two specific examples are the Women Executives and Business Owners (WEBO) and the Automotive Women Dealers (AWD). Both groups are comprised of creative, passionate, results-oriented women who discuss issues ranging from growing revenues and profits to hiring and succession planning to marketing and social media. Exec-U-Links are limited to 12 women who meet in a comfortable, confidential environment to support, encourage and help each other achieve their passions.

These are just a few ways women connect and develop their leadership potential. For more information on any of these wonderful groups for talented and successful women, contact us at gerry@advisorylink-dfw.com