Empowering the Everyday Woman in Developing and Achieving Her Life Goals 

April Newsletter 2018

Dear Members and Subscribers,

We will keep you up to date with Personal and Professional Development Tips, Upcoming Events hosted by Women In Action, Inc., and other organizations through out the Tri-State Area.

Our pillars of interest :

~ Advising/Support &Empowerment ~ Entrepreneurship Program

~Job Readiness Program ~Personal/Professional Development ~Self Care Program~ Women Socials ~Annual Women’s Conference ~Annual Symposium

Our last event Growth Mindset (Self Investment) Workshop March 24th 2018 Thank you for Attending For Pictures ..

Inside this Issue:

1.Self Care Activities
2.Upcoming Events
3.Business Tips
4.Health Tips
5.Empowering Women In Business
6.How to become a Member

Self Care Activity 

Self Care for Women: Fact Sheet

What is Self Care?

Self care is care provided “for you, by you.” It’s about identifying your own needs and taking steps to meet them. It is taking the time to do some of the activities that nurture you. Self care is about taking proper care of yourself and treating yourself as kindly as you treat others.

First Care for Yourself

On an airplane, an oxygen mask drops in front of you. What do you do? As we all know, the first rule is to put on your own oxygen mask before you assist anyone else. Only when we first help ourselves can we effectively help others. Caring for yourself is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. It is also one of the easiest things to forget. But you benefit greatly from self care and so do others in your life.

Why is Self Care Important for Women?

Women spend much of their lives nurturing others. When we find ourselves focusing more on others than ourselves, we become worn out, stressed out and run down. For those of us who spend time helping and caring for others, it is too easy to neglect our own needs. It’s like “running on empty” when we don’t take the time to re-fuel.

We spend so much time and effort caring for our partners, children, pets, friends, family members, employers and employees. Add to that the numerous volunteer activities, errands, housework, family functions, meetings, etc.—and there isn’t much time left for caring for ourselves. Women need to balance the stress and activity of daily life with activities that bring a sense of peace and well being to their minds and bodies. Women who neglect their own needs and forget to

nurture themselves often become unhappy, have low self-esteem and feel resentment. Self care means treating yourself as a worthwhile person and showing that you are valuable, competent and deserving.

What are Some Examples of Self Care Activities?

Remember, practicing self care does not have to cost much. In fact there are many things that you can do that are free or affordable.

•Talk openly with a trusted friend.
•Sit outside and listen to the birds.
•Practice breathing exercises (the library has books to help you with this).
•Make sure you are eating a well balanced diet
•Get enough sleep
•Make room in your life for a nap. Rest a while and “recharge”.
•Make exercise a regular part of your routing (a 20 minute walk 3 times a week will do).
•Take a warm bath/shower. Warm water is very soothing and relaxing for tight and tense muscles and for the mind.
•Listen to music you enjoy.
•Try a yoga class.
•Read a good book recommended by a friend.
•Plant a garden.
•Buy yourself a little something—a flower, a candle to enjoy during your bath.
•Make room in your schedule for attending a class to learn something new (pottery, a language, scrapbooking etc.)


Women & Wine: Entrepreneur Networking

~ April 2nd at 530PM @Becker College

Lead the Way: Connecting Worcester’s Emerging Leaders

~ April 5th at 530PM @Worcester Student Government Association

The 9th African Professionals Speaker Series

~ April 5th at @530PM @Boston’s NonProfit Center

NEXTonSCENE Magazine’s Annual Fashion Show ($35/ticket)

~ April 5th at 630PM @Venu Nightclub

2018 Central Mass Housing and Homelessness Legislative Lunch

~ April 6th at 1130AM @ Trinity Lutheran Church Worcester

2nd Annual YPH (Young Parent Hope) Paint Night ($30/ticket)

~ April 7th at 6PM @Leicester Rod And Gun Club

3rd Annual WEC’appella ($10 Student and $20 Adults)

~ April 7th at 7PM @Worcester Technical High School

Friends of the Worcester Public Library Annual Meeting

~ April 8th at 2PM @Worcester Public Library

Addie Lee’s Spirit and Soul ($15/person limited seating)

~ April 8th at 530PM @Addie Lee’s Soul Food

Community Small Business Legal Workshop

~ April 11th at 5PM @Southeast Asian Coalition

We Grow Into Courage

~ April 11th at 7PM @61 Sever Street Worcester

5th Annual Central Mass Science Festival

~ April 14th at 10AM @Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster

TJH Presents Write The Vision ~ A Vision Board Event

~ April 14th at 5PM @16 Portland Street Worcester

Women’s Advocacy Day

~April 16th at 9AM @Massachusetts State House

Kids Business Expo

~ April 21st at 10AM @DCU Center

Parent Forum-Parent Resource and Educational Night at GMS

~ April 25th at 530PM @Gardner Middle School

Perfume Party Workshop

~ April 25th at 530PM @292 Lincoln Street Worcester 

Stand Against Racism 

~ April 26th at 530PM @YWCA of Central Massachusetts 

7 Tips for Prospective Women Entrepreneurs

After that, I suggest following these seven tips, some of which come from Great Jobs for Everyone 50+ and some from Deeds:

1. Do the prep work. Find a mentor, someone you know who could guide you along your new path. If you’re lacking skills in marketing or finance, sign up for a community college or certification program. You might contact your area Small Business Development Center for assistance, too.

2. Spend a lot of time talking to your future customers. You need to really learn what their needs are and what their wants are, says Deeds. This is a brand-building exercise. You’re letting people know you are going to be starting a business. Conversing with them will help you learn about positioning and how to address the market.

3. Seek out virtual advice. Alice is a new, free (for now) virtual platform using artificial intelligence to connect female entrepreneurs with other business owners, government resources, potential funders and mentors. You enter your profile based on your industry, start-up stage, revenue, and location. Alice then curates your needs based on what you’re looking for.

The virtual mentoring service PivotPlanet.com lets you consult with advisers through one-on-one video and phone conferences. It’s designed to help build a concrete mentor relationship that can evolve over a series of sessions at regular intervals and on an as-needed basis. These meetings are billed hourly and can range in price from $60 to $120.

4. Write a business plan. In general, a simple plan — which you’ll have to submit to get financing — should be about 20 pages. Your business plan will include a summary of what your company will do, who the customers will be, why you are qualified to run it, how you’ll sell your goods and services and your company’s financial outlook. You will need a detailed description of the business, its location, your management team and your staffing requirements as well as a market analysis about your industry and competition and your sales and promotional strategy to reach your customers or clients. Finally, the business plan must have a realistic forecast of start-up outlays and how much you expect to sell and to earn.

5. Get your personal finances in order. When you start a business, Deeds notes, your personal finances and business finances are inseparable. Think through how much money you will need every month to run the business and for your personal life. Then, prepare accordingly. Pare down personal expenditures ahead of time, to prepare for that year or two before you start earning income.

6. Line up sources of funding. Most startups are funded with personal savings. It’s advisable to set aside at least six months of fixed living expenses, though. Try not to dip into your retirement savings; you’ll be subject to withdrawal penalties and income taxes and will lose the tax-deferred compounding that could serve you well in retirement.

If friends or relatives will lend you money interest-free or at a low rate, get the terms in writing. That way, you’ll avoid potential misunderstandings about interest and repayment. Tread lightly if you think borrowing this way might have the possibility of turning ugly.

You may want to pursue an economic development program for financing. For example, you could try getting your firm certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council as a woman-owned business; that can help you qualify for money available only to companies with that designation.

Also, check out the Small Business Administration’s network of nearly 100 Women’s Business Centers around the country. These offer state, local, and private grant information to women interested in starting for-profit or nonprofit businesses.

7. Pay attention to your accounting and taxes. Deeds suggests using simple, straightforward software such as QuickBooks. If you’re doing retail, he adds, make sure you understand sales tax law. The more familiar you are with small business taxes at the beginning, the fewer tax headaches you’ll have in the future.

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6 Ways to Boost Women's Health

To look and feel your best at every age, it’s important to make smart lifestyle and health choices. Here are six simple things that women can do every day (or with regularity) to ensure good health:

Health Tip #1: Eat a healthy diet. “You want to eat as close to a natural foods diet as you can,” says Donald Novey, MD, an integrative medicine physician with the Advocate Medical Group in Park Ridge, Ill. That means a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and fewer processed foods. Eat whole grains and high-fiber foods and choose leaner cuts of meat, fish, and poultry. Include low-fat dairy products in your diet as well — depending on your age, you need between 800 and 1,500 milligrams of calcium daily to help avoid osteoporosis, Dr. Novey says. Avoid foods and beverages that are high in calories, sugar, salt, and fat.

Healthy eating will help you maintain a proper weight for your height, which is important because being overweight can lead to a number of illnesses. Looking for a healthy snack? Try some raw vegetables, such as celery, carrots, broccoli, cucumbers, or zucchini with dip made from low-fat yogurt.

If you’re not getting enough vitamins and nutrients in your diet, you might want to take a multivitamin and a calcium supplement to make sure you’re maintaining good health.

Health Tip #2: Exercise. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in America, but plenty of exercise can help keep your heart healthy. You want to exercise at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week, if not every day. Aerobic exercises (walking, swimming, jogging, bicycling, dancing) are good for women’s health in general and especially for your heart, says Sabrena Merrill, MS, of Lawrence, Kan., a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor and a spokeswoman for the American Council on Exercise.

Health Tip #3: Avoid risky habits. Stay away from cigarettes and people who smoke. Don’t use drugs. If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. Most women’s health studies show that women can safely consume one drink a day. A drink is considered to be about 12 to 14 grams of alcohol, which is equal to 12 ounces of beer (4.5 percent alcohol); 5 ounces of wine (12.9 percent alcohol); or 1.5 ounces of spirits (hard liquor such as gin or whiskey, 80-proof).

Health Tip #4: Manage stress. No matter what stage of her life — daughter, mother, grandmother — a woman often wears many hats and deals with a lot of pressure and stress. “Take a few minutes every day just to relax and get your perspective back again,” Novey says. “It doesn’t take long, and mental health is important to your physical well-being.” You also can manage stress with exercise, relaxation techniques, or meditation.

Health Tip #5: Sun safely. Excessive exposure to the sun’s harmful rays can cause skin cancer, which can be deadly. To protect against skin cancer, wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 if you are going to be outdoors for more than a few minutes. Even if you wear sunscreen faithfully, you should check regularly for signs of skin cancer. Warning signs include any changes in the size, shape, color, or feel of birthmarks, moles, or freckles, or new, enlarging, pigmented, or red skin areas. If you spot any changes or you find you have sores that are not healing, consult your doctor.

Health Tip #6: Check for breast cancer. The American Cancer Society no longer recommends monthly breast self-exams for women. However, it still suggests them as “an option” for women, starting in their 20s. You should be on the lookout for any changes in your breasts and report any concerns to your doctor. All women 40 and older should get a yearly mammogram as a mammogram is the most effective way of detecting cancer in its earliest stages, when it is most treatable.

A woman’s health needs change as she ages, but the basics of women’s health remain the same. If you follow these six simple healthy living tips, you will improve your quality of life for years to come.

Learn more in the Everyday Health Healthy Living Center.

How to Actually Empower Women Professionally

We’ve had women’s marches, strikes, Equal Pay Day and all kinds of other fruitless endeavors that purport to help women. Frankly, they don’t do a damn thing other than generate what I call R.O.E. (return on ego) on social media for their participants.

If you truly want to help more women be professionally successful, there are tangible, everyday attitudes and action steps that both men and women can take. Here are some of my top suggestions (as someone who is both technically a woman and generally professionally successful). 

1. Think of women not as women, but as people.

A gentleman who ran a tech company recently sincerely asked on Twitter how he could better support women. As I noted there, the first step is to stop thinking of them as women and to think of them as people. Then, support them in the same way that you would support any other colleagues, junior staff and connections.

This includes -- whether you are male or female -- networking with women and providing formal and informal mentoring. This means that if there’s a job someone is are qualified for, alert her about it. If you have a say in the hiring process or a connection that does, recommend her for it.

Nurture a woman’s career the same way you would a man’s.

And, if you are female, don’t let your genetics create your narrative. Focus on your own actions. Don’t let the gender of one of your peers be a metric for your evaluation of networking opportunities, camaraderie, etc. This may sound obvious, but unfortunately to many, it isn’t and bears repeating.

2. Embrace self-advocacy.

Many successful people get ahead by advocating for themselves. Others lament self-promotion, but if you aren’t willing to advocate for yourself, how can you expect anyone else to do so?

So, if you aren’t getting paid enough and don’t speak up and ask for more, that’s on you. It also means caring more about your accomplishments and taking care of your goals and needs than being liked.

For men (and women!), this means not judging women with different standards for self-advocacy, competitiveness, aggressiveness or career goals.

Related: 22 Qualities That Make a Great Leader

3. Stop pushing false or misleading narratives.

The equal pay narrative is a proven myth that compares compensation from women and men in different professions, not in the same profession. When Marissa Meyer’s replacement was named, there was a story about her salary being less than his, conveniently not looking at total compensation (that she received hundreds of millions in total compensation, including salary, stock compensation, etc.) and that she didn’t do a particularly notable job.

There certainly are issues that hold women back in the workplace, but pushing false narratives is akin to the boy who cried wolf and diminishes attention on real issues and solutions.

4. Learn how to shake hands.

As a woman in business myself, I have shaken a lot of hands. I’ve used a handshake to greet someone new, to say goodbye after a long meeting, to congratulate someone on a job well done and to tell someone to move on or go away in a polite manner. At any rate, a handshake is a critical part of business.

I’m sure I will get flak from saying this, but it’s the truth: A lot of women don’t know how to shake hands properly at all and a lot of men don’t know how to properly shake hands with women. Often, a male and female will shake hands with one person taking their right palm to the other person’s palm with their thumbs overlapping, the man grabs the woman’s fingers above the knuckles and lightly holds those upper fingers in his hands in a way that make her palm and wrist flap out, so that her hand looks like an upside-down “V.” Whenever this happens to me, it feels as if my hand is a wet rag and the other person is lightly shaking it to remove a few drops of wetness.

Women are just as guilty. Whether shaking hands with a man or another women, often, they offer part of their hand for a partial shake, which is worse than no shake at all.

While you don’t need to crush every bone in the other person’s hand, make sure you grasp the whole thing, regardless if you are male or female. You can do as firm a shake as you are comfortable with, but even easing up on the pressure doesn’t require a new form or method. You can even add your left hand into the mix if you want to signify an additional level of warmth, but keep the skin of your palm pressed against their hand.

This may sound trivial, but impressions are formed on both sides in a greeting and perception becomes reality. If you are acting like or treated like a delicate flower in your shake, that sets the tone for what follows.

Related: 11 Habits of Truly Happy People

5. Accept people's differences.

Finally, let’s remember that we all have different definitions for success. For some people, family accomplishments are more important than professional ones and deserve extra focus. There are also some that judge contributions to a team and seeing projects succeed as more important than individual compensation or title. There are others that frankly don’t want the stress and responsibility that comes with climbing to the CEO position.

All of this is ok, as our individual success should be measured by our individual goals and objectives. There may always be a differential in the types of jobs that men and women take and how they approach them. If this is consistent with what each individual wants for their own measure of success, that’s not anyone else’s business to judge.

For the times when your desires don't match reality, though, come back to this list to help to support, empower and advance women based on merit, not on social judgments.

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