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Empowered and confident business women are vital for economic growth.
To support, develop and create opportunities for women in business through education, information exchange, collaborative partnerships, and alliances that promote commerce and economic empowerment.
Monthly Business Luncheon: September 15
Join us for our Monthly Business Luncheon at our NEW VENUE - The Doubletree by Hilton - on September 15 ... when the Women's Chamber welcomes Michael Perini to discuss effective crisis management.
Every business and organization is vulnerable to disaster and you need to be prepared to avoid incurring even more damage. Michael Perini knows how to handle crisis communications successfully, and will share remarks entitled: Crisis Ahead: Steps To Prepare and Succeed During Tough Situations. Using examples from 911 to Hurricane Katrina, from Colorado crime victims to business site accidents, Michael will share how you can integrate crisis communication strategies to be proactive and prepared.
Michael is the owner of Perini & Associates, a full-service PR and marketing firm, and shares his expertise from a long career as a Public Relations consultant, experienced Executive Director, former NORAD Santa Tracker and Air Force One spokesperson. Mike was the first U.S. military officer journalist to visit the Soviet Union and holds an "ABC" accreditation from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). During 2005, he led the largest U.S. military public affairs operation in the U.S. during Hurricane Katrina.
Join us for a timely and important presentation from a notable local resource, who will share: 10 Steps of Crisis Communications; 1 Great Reference (free giveaway!); and “The 2-minute Networking Drill" - an essential tool for use in crisis situations.
! REMEMBER ! An EARLIER final headcount is required, so all discounts EXPIRE the Thursday before the event.
Register by Close of Business THURSDAY, 09/10 & $AVE
Non-members $35 | Members $28 >> Register Today >>
After September 10: All late registrations / walk-ins $40
Business Leader Honored
Trudy Strewler Hodges - CEO :: Pikes Peak Community Foundation - was named the 2015 Accolades Business Leader of the Year at award ceremonies at the Garden of the Gods Club & Resort on August 18.
Appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation in January, Trudy had previously served as the Executive Director for Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children [CASA], after having launched their program in Colorado Springs 26 years ago.
Her business acumen created a long-term business vision that solidified the non-profit’s success, increased its stakeholder investments and created a model that provides sustainability.
On hand to present the award was 2014 winner Jan Erickson (Janska) and Selection Committee representative Kim Jackson (of Wells Fargo, herself a former President of SCWCC). Congratulations to Trudy Strewler Hodges, for being named the 22nd Accolades Business Leader of the Year by the Southern Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce.
Also named at the luncheon were annual award winners Robin McPeek (All-In Social Media), as Member of the Year and Felicia Kelly (Cottonwood Center for the Arts), as the Young Professional of the Year. Both awards recognize excellence, embodied within the categories of member involvement and young professional initiative.
Member of the Year Robin McPeek & Young Professional Felicia Kelly
First Fridays at The Inn at Garden Plaza
Join the Women's Chamber for FREE networking at The Inn at Garden Plaza, 2520 International Circle at 7:30 AM on the First Friday of each month.
Give yourself enough time to get situated - opt for on-site coffee and continental breakfast items (on the honor system to cover costs) - then get ready to spend some quality time with our growing and dynamic group of early-bird networkers.
The complex can be found just slightly south-and-east of Stargazers (off Pikes Peak) and offers plenty of lot and on-street free parking. You'll enter the main doors, locate elevators on the right (across from reception), then go down one level and the meeting room is to the immediate left. Bring plenty of business cards, and we'll see you then!