january edition


 WINCleveland news

Happy New Year!

from Suzanne Carle, WIN President


Even though 2013 is behind us, I just have to send a big shout out to all those who were involved in putting on such a phenomenal holiday benefit last month.  I think that's got to go down as one of our best events ever.  There were so many moving parts to the day, and oh, so much work behind the scenes, that it's hard to highlight all of them, or to appropriately thank everyone.  THANK YOU to all those who donated their time, products, services and contributions to WIN and our chosen 2013 charity, the Renee Jones Empowerment Center. What a wonderful day, and a wonderful cause!

Things yet to report:

  • The total amount of money raised for the Renee Jones Empowerment Center (we should be announcing this at the January 20th meeting, once all the end-of-the-year bills are paid);
  • The best picture taken (look for it and many others on our website, soon!);
  • The schedule of exciting events planned for 2014 (we're almost finished!).

As our holiday season progressed, I, like many others, got swept up in celebrating time with family and friends.  It has been a wonderful month, and now I'm ready to get the holiday decorations packed away for another year and my business moving forward again. 

Looking ahead and setting my goals for the year:

My husband was kind enough to give me a gym membership for Christmas. Yes, I asked for it.  One of my personal goals is to get toned.  I'm not going to say "lose weight" although I need to, but getting toned is far more realistic.  Hopefully, the weight loss will come as a byproduct of toning up.  We'll see.

One of my business goals is to get better at asking for the business.  I imagine I'm not alone when I say that I give a lot of work away, free of charge.  I will always do that, because it's in my nature and I'm comfortable with that.  But this year, I'm going to work on giving less away and asking more for what I need, and for that which I deserve.  I coach others to do the same, so it's time that I address this in my own business. ensuring the right balance between charitable work and Suite Spot work.  Stay tuned and I'll let you know how it goes.

One of WIN's goals will be to fill the Marketing Director position.  Michelle Payjak-Reynolds steps down this month, as her business has become too busy and successful to allow the time needed to promote WIN. She has been an incredible asset to WIN over the years, and I thank her for commitment.

Michelle has benefited by gaining new contacts through WIN; she has been coached by WIN members and she has gotten support along the way from so many of us that the combination has led her, in part, to unimagined success. You can ask her yourself.  And this is what I hope for all of us: that we'll become so successful in our careers that we will be forced to pass the WIN baton to someone else within this great organization and return to offer pearls of wisdom from our success or just to visit with old friends. If you're interested in joining WIN's board of directors as the Marketing Director, please contact me by January 17.


And now let us welcome the New Year

Full of things that have never been.

                                                                    -- Rainer Maria Rilke

YWCA Women's Leadership Conference

The 9th annual Women's Leadership Conference: "The Innovative Leader," will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at the Cleveland Convention Center. This event begins with registration and continental breakfast from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m.  Then experience nationally acclaimed keynote speakers, powerful breakout sessions, book signings, a silent auction, vendor marketplace and a chance to network with hundreds of professional women.   The event culminates with a networking reception from 3:45 to 5 p.m. For more information, go to YWCA of Cleveland.

2014 Women of Achievement Award recipients are:

Kristen Baird Adams, Senior Vice President, Managing Director at PNC
Jennifer Bell, CEO, Resident Managing Director at Aon Risk Solutions
Sheryl King Benford, General Counsel, Deputy General Manager/Legal Affairs at Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
Jodi Berg, Chief Executive Officer at Vitamix
Beth Wain Brandon, Community Volunteer and Activist
Denise San Antonio Zeman, President and CEO at Saint Luke’s Foundation

In addition to the Women of Achievement Award, YWCA Greater Cleveland will also present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Judge Jean Murrell Capers. The elite award is presented to a woman who exemplifies the organization’s mission in an extraordinary way. This is only the sixth Lifetime Achievement Award to be presented in the 38-year history of the Women of Achievement Awards.

The 38th YWCA Women of Achievement Luncheon will be held from 11:45 a.m.  to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, May 12 in the Grand Ballroom at Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.


 Way to go, General Motors!





Mary T. Barra will take to the driver's seat to become the first female chief executive of General Motors this year. The female pheromones don't stop there.  Six of G.M.'s top executives are women, including two of the company’s six senior vice presidents.  The other five top executives at the automaker are Victoria McInnis, chief tax officer; Anne Larin, corporate secretary; Melissa Howell, senior vice president for global human resources; Grace Lieblein, vice president for global purchasing; and Alicia Boler-Davis, senior vice president for gobal customer experience and quality. 

For the full story, go to New York Times, General Motors.



Sponsorships Proving Effective in Creating Gender Balance

Brigid Schulte writes in The Washington Post that major companies such as Intel, American Express, and motivated law firms like Crowell & Moring are trying to use sponsorship as a way of creating more diversity at the top.

  • Women comprise less than 8% of the biggest earners at Fortune 500 companies
  • Only 16% of corporate officers at those companies are women
  • Even though 40% of lawyers at law firms are women and minorities, 75% of partners are white males

There has been little change in these stats over the last several years, indicating that most current strategies undefined mentoring, child care, flex schedules, etc. undefined are having limited success. 

Read the rest of this story in 20 first.

“Sponsors are people in positions of power who work on a protege’s behalf to clear obstacles, foster connections and assign higher-profile work to ease the move up the ranks.” - Author Brigid Schulte.


Save the Date and Register for these Upcoming WIN Cleveland Meetings

January 20, 2014:

Diane Helbig, Seize This Day Coaching           

Optimize Your Online Marketing

Does the whole idea of social media marketing make your head swim?  Are you wishing that it would just all go away?  Well, it’s not that bad! We’ll talk about 3 basic aspects of social media marketing.  You’ll leave with a better understanding of what you can do for your business moving forward - and you’ll be excited about it!

Diane will continue the conversation about the Value of Email Marketing after the WIN meeting from 1:00-2:00.

This information-packed seminar will demonstrate how email marketing - the hands-on, low-cost marketing tool - can really help drive business success.  Discover how communicating with customers regularly can help a small business stay connected, and generate increased referrals, repeat sales and unwavering customer loyalty. There is no charge for this additional session!

We're looking forward to these 2 great programs - and to seeing you there!


Other Q1 Events



February 10, 2014:  PERSONAL BRANDING

NOTE:  The date of this meeting was change from February 17th in observance of President's Day.


Speaker:  JJ DiGeronimo,

Purposeful Woman & Tech Savvy Women 


Sound scary?  Far from it!  It’s an opportunity… for those who take it.

JJ presents and answers a series of key questions from high impact women about building their personal brand to advance their careers.


March 17:  Q1 NETWORKING


Suzanne Carle, WIN President

Join us for an hour of power networking and share what you do with others in a one-on-one, no-pressure atmosphere.  Register early - this is one of WIN's most popular programs and space is not guaranteed.


 WINCleveland on LinkedIn

 With 227 members and growing, our WINCleveland LinkedIn group is great resource for exchanging ideas and connecting with professional women in our region between our monthly meetings. Join in on the conversation here.


And now, your moment of Zen.....

Cabarete, Dominican Republic


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