Lo­cal busi­ness women em­pow­ered through south county or­ga­ni­za­tion

Serve Daily - - FOSTERING GROWTH - By Loni Spendlove

Nur­ture, touch, feel, love. Words like th­ese de­scribe the power of women, but they aren’t al­ways found in busi­ness ... un­less you are a woman in busi­ness. Yet those at­tributes are what make women ef­fec­tive not only at home but in the work­place.

Women In Busi­ness of South Utah County was or­ga­nized in Jan­uary of 2013 as an or­ga­ni­za­tion with the pur­pose of em­pow­er­ing women in busi­ness in the south county area through net­work­ing, lead­er­ship and sup­port ini­tia­tives. Now cel­e­brat­ing two years, WIBSUC is poised for growth and look­ing for­ward to ex­pand­ing the cir­cle of in­flu­ence with like-minded ladies who are search­ing for ways to connect and cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties to­gether.

WIBSUC meets monthly at lun­cheons or evening events (new this year). At their Fe­bru­ary Con­nec­tions Lun­cheon, they wel­comed four new mem­bers and each per­son in­tro­duced them­selves and their busi­ness. Fol­low­ing lunch, or­ga­ni­za­tional Vice Pres­i­dent Traci Wor­thing­ton pre­sented a bal­loon to Pres­i­dent Randi Kauf­man, say­ing, “Randi is a fear­less leader who is pas­sion­ate about help­ing women in busi­ness. She is also an amazingly cre­ative designer.” Randi then handed a bal­loon to an­other mem­ber of the group with more en­cour­ag­ing words, fol­lowed by each per­son in turn giv­ing af­fir­ma­tive state­ments such as, “When you walked in, I knew you were a per­son I wanted to know bet­ter be­cause you carry your­self with grace,” and “You al­ways make me feel like I am the cen­ter of your at­ten­tion.” The crowd was in­flated with the feel­ing of ca­ma­raderie un­til Wor­thing­ton popped the first bal­loon with a pin ... and just as quickly the warmth de­flated as she burst each one!

“How did you feel when I popped your bal­loon?” Wor­thing­ton queried. “Then ask your­self what kind of per­son you want to be: the kind that boosts oth­ers or the type that squashes oth­ers? There may be peo­ple here who are in a sim­i­lar busi­ness as you, but we aren’t in com­pe­ti­tion to win or lose. We can all suc­ceed by build­ing each other. As women, we should sup­port and lift one an­other, and as women in busi­ness, we are here to em­power each other.”

Dur­ing the year, WIBSUC also spon­sors a sym­po­sium to ad­vance the skills and train­ing of best busi­ness prac­tices for women. Pro­fes­sional women, busi­ness own­ers and fe­male en­trepreneurs are in­vited to at­tend WIBSUC’s events and dis­cover how WIBSUC can ben­e­fit them and their busi­nesses. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.wibsuc.org and join the com­mu­nity at www.face­book. com/WIBSUC.

Becca Baggely

Mem­bers of Women in Busi­ness South Utah County at­tend their Fe­bru­ary 2015 meet­ing.

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