Women in Business - Fall 2017 - 4
Over the Labor day weekend, my husband
and I drove to Winter park, Colorado for a few
days of R & R. It's a familiar trek that we've
taken for more than a decade.
For me, this small mountain town is a place of
inspiration, reflection and regeneration. It's a
place where conversations among complete
strangers are valued, visitors' experiences
shared, and collaboration and cooperation
are required of its residents to survive the
rugged elements. Moreover, any pretenses
associated with one's age, background or
address are shed at 12,060 feet and only a
sense of community with a mind-set - "we are
all in this together" remains.
Case in point. When hiking toward the
vasquez Creek Trailhead, a guy
driving a rusty old pick-up truck
stopped and shouted out, "Be
careful, a mountain lion has
been spotted in the area!" He
didn't know us, or we him,
yet he stopped to warn us
of the potential perils ahead.
Here we were, two middleaged people (breathing heavily I
might add), with only a water bottle in
hand. Can you imagine the mountain lion's
perspective if she was perched in an Aspen
tree looking down at us? "Here kitty, kitty!"
WOMEN IN BUSINESS
Whether you are navigating the trails of
the workplace, league management, or
surviving an epic hurricane, in ABWA, we
too have a shared sense of community,
where conversations are valued, experiences
are shared, and it takes cooperation and
collaboration to survive the elements.
We are all in this together.
A few Sundays ago, I received an email from
Amy dawson regarding dr. Ka'Ryn HolderJackson, a new member of the Bay Area
Business express network (BABen). Ka'Ryn
had been recently laid off; however, at a
monthly meeting she learned more about the
benefits of membership including the online
courses available in ABWA's Apex Campus.
Ka'Ryn registered for the Job Suite,
specifically the module titled, First
days on the Job. She reported to
the BABen members afterwards,
"The content and resources
referenced in this module helped
me prepare for my final interview
where I was required to present a
100-day business plan to an eightperson panel." And, "If it wasn't for ABWA,
I would not have been hired," said Ka'Ryn.
dr. Ka'Ryn Holder-Jackson is now serving
as the executive director of Accel in San