April 2014


     In anticipation of our Mothers and Mentors lunch, I read about one of our members who attended a recent presentation where she asked the participants in the audience to list on a sheet of paper:the 5 richest people in the world, last year’s Miss America, at least 5 Nobel Prize winners, and to name 5 performers that have received an Oscar as best actors/actresses.After waiting a while and seeing the puzzled look in the audience, she asked them how it was going, they looked up, and shared, almost in unison, that they were having a difficult time remembering the names. Shethen told them not to worry, that they were not losing their memory skills – reality is that most of us just “forget” those types of details as the years go by.The applause stops, the trophies get dusty, the winners are forgotten.

     She then asked them to write down the following: the names of 3 of their best teachers or professors and of 3 friends who have seen them through a difficult time. Then, she asked them to list the names of 3 people who have made them feel special and 3 people with whom they like to spend time.

     How do you think they responded? Of course, much, much better!The puzzled looks disappeared and they all began to frantically write in their otherwise almost blank piece of paper.

     People who leave an imprint in our lives are not those who have received awards or are rich and famous.But those who care about us, mentor us and take care of us – they somehow make us feel that they are always “on our side” and remind us that we are special.

     Since the theme of our BWA meeting this month is “mentoring”, I ask you to reflect a minute or two on WHO are these people in your lives.While you are thinking about it, also think about in whose list YOU are likely to appear.

     As for me, I thank You for being in my list and for making a difference for BWA and for our community.

     See you on Monday at the Tower Club for our monthly luncheon!

Catalina M. Avalos

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Meeting Information/Speaker

Please join us on Monday, April 14 for a special BWA luncheon as we “Celebrate Mothers and Mentors”. Janet Erlick, Executive Artistic Director at the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theater will lead us at roundtable discussions directing our conversations around our “Mothers and Mentors”. Come with a favorite story to share!

Additionally, we will have our second “Pick Your Prize” raffle to raise funds for our Scholarship Fund. You can win one or more fabulous items available at the luncheon. Gift certificates, tickets to events, spa treatments, etc. We are looking for MORE prizes, if you would like to donate an item to our raffle complete and submit this donation form Mothers and Mentors Donation Form.

Tickets will be 3 for $5 or a double arm’s length for $20 – so come prepare to support our Scholarship Fund and have a great time!

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Important Registration Details

Your registration is very important to provide an accurate count.

If you attend without registering OR you register and do not attend, you will be charged a fee.

If you must cancel after Friday, April 11th or, if you have questions about registration you must contact Debbi Hartman at Browardwomensalliance@gmail.com or 954-483-3060.

Members, please remember that registration requires an RSVP. No shows (You or your guests) will be charged. Late registrations will be charged. If you are bringing a guest it is your responsibility to insure that their luncheon is paid for (either by you or by the guest).

The value of membership in BWA extends beyond lunch and a speaker. As a returning member, you recognize the value of the relationships you renew and those you create with other like-minded women who are the leaders in Broward County. You also recognize the importance of contributing to the academic development of other aspiring women through our Scholarship Program.

We value your membership and the time you take from your busy schedule to join us at our monthly meetings. We’re committed to making those meetings meaningful to you.

Remember, if you have an event to promote, please bring materials and place them on the registration table to share. Self-introductions have been trimmed down to better accommodate speakers.

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Member News

Are you looking for a little inspiration? The South Florida Business Journal's BizWomen will host a Meet Your Mentor event on MOnday, April 7, 2014 at Nova Southeastern University (See the attached hyperlink for complete information). Lori Greiner, inventor, business woman and TV personality will be the keynote speaker via broadcast interview. Lori started with one idea and turned it intoa multi-million dollar brand. Following Lori’s remarks the speed mentoring morning will consist of meetings between mentors and attendees, each lasting five minutes. Mentors are local business experts in a variety of fields. Rotate among mentors for Q&A and review your business materials. Don’t miss the unique opportunity to meet and connect with local business leaders! http://bizj.us/uah27

The 2014 BWA Scholarsip Application is now "out." We are seeking applications from deserving women.

Dear BWA members,

Do you know someone who might be a year or two away from completing their degree and not having the financial ability to pay for classes? BWA might be able to help. We have posted the 2014 BWA Scholarship Application on our webpage. We will be distributing it to various educational institutions and ask that you please share the scholarship opportunity by directing any potential applicants to our webpage and to the application.

In order to be eligible, the candidate must be a Broward County resident that has chosen a specific educational path that will assist her in achieving economic self-sufficiency, economic independence, and full participation in the workforce.

Share the news and help us continue the BWA tradition of giving!!!

Contact Information:

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Broward Women's Alliance
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Pembroke Pines, FL 33082-6631


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