• Resources

  • Women in Leadership: Your Success is in Your Attitude by Sarah Medlicott
    What is the magic success factor for women in leadership? We have this uncanny ability to hold a lot of information, see the big picture and the details simultaneously, and want to effectively empower our teams and motivate our teams through inspiration and passion, rather than through domination and control.

    Strategic Leadership: The Essential Skills by Paul J. H. Schoemaker, Steve Krupp and Samantha Howland
    The storied British banker and financier Nathan Rothschild noted that great fortunes are made when cannonballs fall in the harbor, not when violins play in the ballroom.

    Take Five! Watch the Women2Women 5th Year Anniversary Celebration Video
    This video featurs many of our W2W members, council members and speakers from the past five years.

    Madame C.E.O., Get Me a Coffee
    By Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant via The New York Times, February 6, 2015

  • rosaFollow Your Passion
    – presented by Rosa Julia Parra, CEO, El Palo Magazine to our Latina Women's Initiative, De Mujer a Mujer - Establaciendo Conexiones. (Woman to Woman - Establishing Connections). Watch her recap here to learn more about her journey to following her passion!

  • Do's and Don'ts of Effective Networking
    – facilitated by Delphia Howze, PENSKE
    Brush up on your networking skills by viewing the presentation here.

  • Andi Funk, CEO, Cambridge Lee Industries at Chamber The Importance of a Skilled, Prepared and Eager Workforce
    – presented by Andi Funk, CEO, Cambridge Lee
    Andi discusses the importance of a skilled, prepared, and eager workforce at the Chamber's Business@Breakfast.

  • Enhancing Effectiveness with Diverse Communities
    – presented by Alexis Jardine, Coordinator of the Spanish Department and Chair of The Multicultural Awareness Initiative, Reading Area Community College
    at Path2Personal Development, November 2015.

    The Most Undervalued Leadership Traits of Women
    – Glenn Llopis
    It’s impossible to respect, value and admire great leadership if you can’t identify what makes a leader great.

    How Can Young Women Develop a Leadership Style?
    Experts suggest several strategies. If there aren’t many female leaders at their employer, young women should join professional associations or community organizations to find role models.

    Corporate America is not on a path to gender equality
    Women in the Workplace is a comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America. The study is part of a long-term partnership between LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company to encourage female leadership and foster gender equality in the workplace.

    Why It's So Important That Women Empower Other Women
    – Alanna Vagianos
    Women's empowerment starts with how women treat other women.

  • Growth2Go Leadership Series
    Time Management for Women Who Do Too Much!
    with Deana Barcz, Certified Business and Personal Coach

    What do you think about when you hear the term time management? What do you really think of it?

    Deanna BarczStep #1:  PLAN

    Plan your schedule using this scale:

    A: Finish this task immediately in the morning;

    B:  Must be done by day’s end;

    C:  Must be completed by this week’s end;

    D:  Must be completed by this month’s end (this could be an on-going project or goal such as starting a business, going back to school, or a dream project like writing a book in which then you need to break it down into sub-goals...is that a chapter per month?)

    Now let’s get to into the good stuff:

    a.  Get clear about what you DO want. Too often people know exactly what they do not want.

    What are your values and priorities that if you do not live by them or put effort into them, you will regret it? Think about this for a moment.

    Do you want to spend more quality time with your best friend, spouse, and /or children? Schedule it regularly! Because you value relationships.

    Do you want to eat more healthy during the week? Schedule in your recipe research and prep time on a Sunday! Because you value more energy and time to do what you want during the week.

    b.  Once you know exactly what you do want, figure out the details.

    Is it a once a week effort or once a month? Then you need to schedule it in or it will not happen.

    c.  Do you need an accountability partner?

    Who is this? What does the accountability look like? Do they follow up with you? Do you check in with them? Find a friend who has similar interests and do it for each other.


    Create a support team and ask for help! Friends, neighbors, spouse. And reciprocate so it’s a give and take. Share task such as child care and pet sitting. Can you watch a friend’s children and then they do the same so that you can focus on writing your book on a regular schedule? Can you pet sit for friends and they do the same so that you can get away on that vacation?


    Define your own boundaries, respect them, live by them, and teach the people in your life to respect them. People pleasers have an especially difficult time with this. Find your own style in saying no.

    Women and our expectations: since when did we feel like we have to be perfect in everything? Perfect housekeeper, spouse, mom, friend, and worker? I think we can all guess what it looks like behind the scenes when we try to do all of this without help or support. Our relationships suffer. We lose patience. We lose our grace. And then we feel guilty or stressed anyway. Then we have regrets.

    I want you to remember this: when we plan ahead, get our list out of our heads and onto a schedule, when we know what we value the most and prioritize accordingly, we can go into our day more present. Meaning, we do not have all of the static going on and we can focus on what we want to see in on our lives. Relationships, how we interact, how we want experience them, how we want to be perceived adds to richer, deeper connections. And remember, there is no single formula for balancing it all. Take some tips and practice them. Keep the ones that work for you!

    Click here to view a brief video from Deana's presentation.

  • Jo PainterPath2Personal Development
    Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking with Jo Painter

    Six Fears of Public Speaking:

    ‘What if I forget?’ Think of what you are speaking about as a ‘story’ not as a speech or presentation. Start by having a conversation in your head and then write down your story. Practice having a conversation about your topic - no one knows what you were planning to say, so if you forget something, no one will know the difference.

    ‘What if I mess up?’ Don’t dwell on the possibility of messing up - strive for perfection, but realize that you can’t be perfect every time. If you mess up, most people won’t realize it anyway; or own it and move on. Making a mistake is not a negative; it can make you more human and your audience will identify with that.

    ‘What if I am boring?’ Practice out loud, in front of a mirror - you will be able to see what you look like and what gestures you use. Use stuffed animals as your audience; practice making eye contact. If you see that you are losing them, briefly mention what you will be talking about next; this should get them back on track knowing what’s coming up. Example: ‘After we talk about ... we will be able to learn why...’ Don’t focus on one person and make them feel uncomfortable; make eye contact with many in the audience.

    ‘What should I wear?’ We always want to look our best, but choose comfort over style. If you are aware of what you are wearing, change it. Don’t wear something that is uncomfortable and that you will be fidgeting with during your ‘story telling.’

    ‘What if they don’t understand me?’ Slow down - this is the most important thing to do. Don’t use fillers such as ‘like’ and ‘umm’ - allow more space between words. Record yourself speaking and play it back to hear what you sound like.

    ‘What about a Power Point presentation?’ Practice telling your story without the Power Point. Don’t use it until you know your story inside and out - and don’t use it as a crutch. Pass out hand-outs at the end; this allows your audience to concentrate on what you are saying and they won’t be distracted by the papers.

    Additional Advice:

    The more you say YES to public speaking opportunities, the more comfortable you will get. It’s all about practice. You must decide to get better and the best way to get better is to speak in public more often.

    Engage in normal conversation with your audience before the presentation. You will feel more comfortable speaking to people you are already acquainted with.

    Practice, practice, practice. This is very important. Plan out your story in your mind, write it down, create an outline, transfer to note cards and pretty soon, the notecards will just become a security blanket. You always know more about your subject than your audience - knowing your story in conversation format will make you feel much more comfortable.


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  • Websites

  • Center for Women in Business
    The Center for Women in Business (CWB), a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, promotes and empowers women business leaders to achieve their personal and professional goals.

    Count Me In
    Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence is the leading national not-for-profit provider of resources, business education and community support for women entrepreneurs seeking to grow micro businesses to million dollar enterprises. Founded in 1999, Count Me In began as the first online micro-lender, and in the following years discontinued the micro lending program in order to focus on providing the education and resources women need to grow their businesses and find funding from other sources.

    Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry 
    The Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce & Industry is the business voice of Greater Reading and a catalyst for a vibrant, growing community. The leader in business assistance, the Chamber connects businesses to resources, provides marketing and networking opportunities, and training to develop the skills of our local workforce. Together with our members, the Chamber advocates for a strong local economy by speaking with one voice on important issues to make Greater Reading a great place to live and work.

    InPower Women
    High-Achieving Women Reclaiming Our Relationship With Power

    Women Impacting Public Policy
    The Voice for Women in Business in our Nation's Capital, Women Impacting Public Policy, Inc. (WIPP) is a national nonpartisan public policy organization that advocates for and on behalf of women-owned businesses in the legislative processes of our nation, creating economic opportunities and building bridges and alliances to other business organizations. Through WIPP, our collective voice makes a powerful impact on Capitol Hill and with the Administration.