Observations from one of our respected Past Presidents: Last month’s speaker, Dr. Gayle Carson, fielded a question from one of the PACE girls about the best tip she could offer for getting ahead in the business world. Here’s what the S.O.B. (Spunky Old Broad) said: “Always be accountable…keep your commitments.”
Dr. Carson’s response struck a chord with me. Based on recent events, I feel many of us have gotten lackadaisical about doing what we say we’re going to do.
Here are just a few examples:
Forty-four members RSVP’d they’d be coming to the January Cannon Circle; 33 showed up.
In February, Dora cooked a magnificent Cuban dinner. She made enough food for 45, because that’s how many said they were coming –– 28 members came.
The last Book Club gathering had 10 members respond. Only four attended.
At a recent luncheon at the Tower Club, 20 members who RSVP’d did not come. (Imagine how unprofessional we must seem to the new catering manager.)
Try putting yourself in any one of these hostesses’ high heels (or chef’s hat). When there’s a 25 percent or more “no-show” rate, lots of food and drink goes to waste. Planning for these events requires a sizeable investment of both time and money. So, the next time you RSVP for an event, make sure you will actually be there before hitting “send.”
Of course, emergencies pop up: illness, car trouble, unexpected deadlines, etc. However, being pooped at the end of the day is not an acceptable excuse. Imagine how tired the hostess is!
Besides, a little face time with other WEC members is the ideal antidote to a stressful day.
Hollywood, FL (April 25, 2013) Rosana Santos Calambichis, President of BIG CHEF™, the company that specializes in gourmet canapés, appetizers and hors d'oeuvres that are delivered to your door, invited to speak at the The 8th Annual FOCUS BRASIL-EUA as part of the Panel: Brazilian Women in America - Challenges and Achievement.
FOCUS BRASIL-EUA Seminar which takes place April 29th to May 5th, in Fort Lauderdale, FL will gather hundreds of Cultural leaders, professionals, students and media representatives from different Brazilian communities in the United States and many other countries. This year, the event will be launched on April 29th at Cinema Paradiso and will proceed daily until May 5th at Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Rosana Santos Calambichis, CEO of BIG CHEF™ says: "It is an honor to be the voice of women in South Florida/Brazil. My goal in sharing my own challenges and achievement is to enlighten women about what it takes to make it in America, to get noticed for our accomplishments and not get discouraged by how long or difficult the road can often be for a foreign-born woman to realize her dreams and achive her goals. I believe in the positive impact of women’s contributions to society and in the economic development of the community and region."
About the Panel: The panel, presented by Globo Noticia Américas is being moderated by Mila Burns, News Anchor of ”Globo Notícia Américas”, TV Globo Internacional. In addition to the successful Florida business woman Rosana Santos Calambichis, other distinguised panel members include:
About Rosana Santos Calambichis: In Florida since 1991, before she lived in Cali, Colombia and Angola, Africa. Studied Law in Cali-Libre and PUC-SP, obtained an MBA from UOP in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. As a Brazilian woman immigrant, she proudly holds many unforgettable moments, among them, traveling to Sao Paulo, through SUSTA for the purpose of exporting BIG CHEF tasty items proudly made in the USA; to accept the award "Notable Women - Laurel Cecilia Meireles" Itabira, Minas Gerais, and to participate in the Pathway to Prosperity with Hillary Clinton in the Americas Women Entrpreneurs Conference in Washington, DC.
The outgoing entrepreneur and owner of BIG CHEF™ has taken on many leadership roles and has been recognized in numerous organizations of distinction, mentored young entrepreneurs, participated and sponsored innumerous events & causes in the community. She is President-elect of the Women's Ecommerce Association International www.wecai.org; sits on the Board of Directors of The Alliance of Broward County http://www.gflalliance.org/ , member of Fort Lauderdale Women's Executive Club www.wecftl.com and of the Tower Club . She is the author of two ebooks “The Ultimate Appetizer” and “The Ultimate Holiday Feast” and the Food and Entertainment editor for "WeMagazine for Women." www.WeMagazineforWomen.com
About BIG CHEF™:BIG CHEF is a health conscious, lean & green food manufacturer since 1999. BIG CHEF™ offers hors d'oeuvres and canapés, gourmet prepared food and Blossoms fresh fruit bouquets, shipped nationwide, delivered locally and catered to your homes, yachts and business. Private Label and Co-Packer. BIG CHEF Gourmet Market is located at 4811 S State Road 7, Davie, FL 33314. For more information, visit www.Bigchefonline.com , call (954) 965-2480 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
April is “Jazz Appreciation Month” and we’ve been busy providing jazz opportunities for people to enjoy lots of jazz. We started out the month with our “First Friday Jazz Jam” on April 5 which features local jazz students. On April 12 we presented jazz pianist Bill Mays in his “Mays at the Movies” jazz concert at the Broward Center. We just completed our annual “Jeanette M. Russell Jazz Scholarship Competition” on April 20 with over 50 area jazz students who competed for jazz scholarships to summer jazz camps and for college tuition assistance for next year. On Friday, April 26, we’ll be cookin’ with jazz at our “Jazz Cooks” event at the Lenore Nolan Ryan Cooking School, a fun evening of food and jazz by the Broward College Jazz Ensemble.
Our upcoming events in May include the “First Friday Jazz Jams” on May 3, which is free and open to the public. On May 10, we’ll be hosting the “Spring Fling Pub Crawl” at the North Beach Arts District from 6pm – 8pm. Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. May 8 will be our final jazz concert of the season, “South Florida Jazz Divas,” featuring Wendy Pedersen and Paulette Dozier accompanied by members of the Gold Coast Jazz Society Band led by Steve Ahern. Tickets are $40/person and can be ordered at 954-462-0222.
There’s still time to appreciate jazz in April! Call the Gold Coast Jazz Society for information about any of the events listed above.
Our kickoff is Tues. April 23rd. I have sat on the prestigious board for Jail & Bail Broward County for over 10 years. We raise a lot of money for the American Cancer Society. This is near and dear to my heart. My Mother, 2 first cousins and 5 wonderful young friends have lost their lives to this dreadful disease. Please make a donation to keep "Baby Face Beth" out of Jail and try to conquer cancer.
BIG CHEF is participating in Rock the Ocean's Inaugural Tortuga Music Festival on April 13th and 14th, 2013 in collaboration with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation which is putting together the Conservation Village. During this historic 2 day event, the beach will be transformed into an oceanfront experience, featuring top country and rock artists and local culinary delights on the shores of the Florida Coast; including BIG CHEF, specifically Mano Calambichis who will be cooking Lionfish Ceviche with sustainable seafood, specifically created for the event.
According to Rosana Santos Calambichis, CEO of BIG CHEF "We know the impact the Tortuga Music Festival will have in the community will be far-reaching. Mano and the BIG Chef team have create the right gourmet appetizers for this event, keeping in mind the importance of offering food that is not only pleasing to the palate, it is sustainable and leaves a small ecological footprint on our environment. And it tastes good!"
About BIG CHEF: BIG CHEF is a health conscious, lean & green food manufacturer since 1999. BIG CHEF offers Gourmet appetizers, hors d'oeuvres and canapés, prepared food and Blossoms fresh fruit bouquets, shipped nationwide, delivered locally and catered. BIG CHEF GOURMET MARKET is opening at the Broward Plaza, 4811 S State Road 7. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314 . visit , call (954) 965-2480 or email email@example.com
We have been having some difficulty with members saying they are attending the luncheon and then not showing, or ladies that have forgotten to make reservations and just showing up. This puts, not only our greeters as great disadvantage but also the Tower Club themselves. When we call in the total amounts for the entre choice, Tower Club orders accordingly. When the members do not show, the Tower Club has to eat those orders. Just last month, there were 20 ladies that rsvp “yes” that didn’t show. We also had 10 ladies that showed and never made a reservation. There is also changing of the entre happening when some women arrive on the luncheon day. Example, you order chicken and when you get to the Club, you change to steak. It puts the Chef into a frazzle as you could probably tell. This does not put a good light on our club as we are all highly trained professionals in our field. We have to be more considerate to our Tower Club as they want to make things right for us. Please Ladies, we will have until the Friday before to get our reservations in so please be observant of this. We are an outstanding group of woman and I know that we all want to show up in our best light.
It is an honor and privilege to introduce candidates for our incoming WEC Board. Each candidate wrote a short description about herself and her vision for her leadership role. Our official vote takes place at our April luncheon. In the meantime, if you have questions for any candidate, please reach out to her via the email link in our membership directory.
As your incoming president, I promise to build on our mission of friendship. AND it all starts at our retreat on June 8th at Carol Metevier’s stunning party room. Our theme: Girlfriends: Party in Purple.Trina London, Rodica Charles, and I are busily planning a “can’t miss” day filled with things girlfriends love to do together.
Stay tuned for details, but for a sneak peak, what about champagne & chocolate, flowers & food, pictures & presents all kicked-off (literally!!!) by premier performance from our very own EXECUTIVETTES?
I am blessed with extraordinary presidents who came before me. I promise to follow their wisdom, build on their heritage, and offer you the best of ME. Thank you for your trust. I’m excited and humbled.
Born and raised in upstate New York, Michelle received a BS degree in Management from Binghamton University and a M.B.A. degree from Syracuse University in June of 2000. In 2003, Michelle relocated to Fort Lauderdale and joined Smith Barney in 2004. She achieved the Certified Financial Planner status, and currently serves, along with her husband Scott Anderson, as co-manager of the Anderson Group at Morgan Stanley. The Anderson Group serves as advisors to a select group of high net worth families ranging from $1 to $45 million in assets. “We are a relationship-based financial planning team recognized by our individual and corporate clients for quality advice, effective implementation and superior service.” Dedicated to the highest ethical standards, the Anderson Group provides customized multi-generational solutions for the select families we serve. We have a focus on building long- term relationships founded on mutual trust and respect. In today’s volatile market the advice of a trusted professional is more valuable than ever. As your VP of membership, I will work to actively recruit the highest quality new members in the local community.
Susan Kissinger: VP of Internal Involvement
Hello Everyone My name is Susan Kissinger and I have been a member of WEC since 2009. What a difference this wonderful group is from others! While I have been a member of many chambers and organizations, during my careers in Special Events and Equipment Rentals, and then with my own company Kissinger Promotions and Send Out Cards, this by far has been the most rewarding. It's like having 50+ new girlfriends all at once. The first two years I was on the front table checking everyone in so I could learn names and faces! Jump right in and get to know the ladies were my thought, and it worked. I have enjoyed the retreats so much and I love to take pictures and then put them in Send Out Cards then sending to everyone to remember the great time we had.
I am so honored to be the incoming VP of Internal Affairs, I will do my best to continue the smooth flow of the different areas I will cover. Following after Judith will be a blessing as she has created a failsafe road! I see smooth sailing ahead.
I am married to Paul the man of my dreams for 11 years and have two furry family members, Buddy and Trudy T. and am very lucky that we both love to travel and take a pretty exciting trip each year! This year it's off to Madagascar.
Trina London: VP Events
I originally joined WEC because I loved the fellowship and energy of the group. I have received so much more than I could have imagined. The support of other women business owners, the sistership, compassion and love I have received is far beyond what I could have expected. Giving back to the club by being on the board, fund raising for PACE and participating in various events has given me an amazing sense of belonging and community
Kathleen Ryan: VP of Community Involvement
This position oversees: Women Empowering Women (WEW) Scholarships, Future Executive (FX) Mentoring program, ongoing relationship with PACE as WEC designated community charity, special collections of food at Thanksgiving and gifts for PACE girls at December party, and Media and Public Relations.
Quote: “It is my honor to coordinate programs in which WEC members inspire, mentor and support women and girls in fulfilling their educational and career goals. WEC has a proud tradition of “giving back” to our community.”
For the 2013-2014 year I am looking to establish a Media Committee to assist in television and print exposure of WEC and its impact on the community. If interested contact Kathleen Ryan at 954-561-6939 ext. 317.
Christy Sjoblom: VP of Corporate Records
Greetings, Sisters! I've been a member of WEC for three years! I am looking forward to serving you as the Vice President for Corporate Records. I am an independent financial planner specializing in working with women during life changes by day. My 24/7 titles are wife and loving partner of Steve Sjoblom and mommy to Robbie (6) and Johnny (2). I am excited about getting further involved in WEC and helping us all to "Lean In" both personally and professionally.
Kimball Stadler: VP of Communications
To me, nothing is more important than great communication. My goal is to be sure all WEC members know who is who and what is what. I strive for open and honest feedback as I feel it’s important to hear all viewpoints and then move forward with the best decision for our group as a whole. Keeping up with our website, our events and working with the talented “communication team” of Susan Kingsley and Myriam Cohen will keep us all humming.
Thank you ladies for the opportunity to be of service to this wonderful group!
Catherine Wolfe: VP Finance
I am deeply honored to have been asked to serve on the Board! I look forward to the opportunity to assist our community and will give 100% to the position. Thank you for your confidence.
An unforgettable evening for all involved. Thank you to Trina London, Laurina Anderson, Bill and his staff, evening entertainers and all volunteers attendees for making this happen. The PACE girls will definitely benefit from your generousity.
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