Ohio Chapter Chair
Greetings and Happy Fall to everyone! We are
three fourths through the year and the WiNUP Ohio Chapter has had an
exciting year. With summer ending, and fall right around the corner,
you may start to feel a little overwhelmed as the end of the year
approaches. We are all pushed to the edge when it comes to being
resilient and balancing it all. Take a moment with me to reflect on
your personal accomplishments as we reflect on our Chapter’s
accomplishments and share some advice on how to maintain your sanity
as the Holidays approach.
Membership has grown to 188 - that is up 25%
The Chapter partnered with the HOLA (Hispanic
Origin Latin American), an AEP Employee Resource Group (ERG),
for the March Women’s History month meeting.
WiNUP presented a check in the amount of $350
to the OSU STEM GRASP (Girls Reaching to Achieve in Sports and
Physics) program this summer.
Attendance at monthly meetings has increased.
The Mentoring Program has taken on new
heights, including new offerings by the committee and its
Planning for the 2017 Conference is in full
swing, and will be hosted by both the Ohio and PJM WiNUP
Chapters in Philadelphia, PA.
The 2017 Board has been elected and will be
in place effective January 1, 2017 (Congratulations to Lindsay
Chambers, Hillary Sheffer, Deb Wilson, Kernesa Samana, and
Tips on staying
focused throughout the holidays
Take a breather.
Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone,
without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle
everything you need to do.
Learn to say no.
Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling
resentful and overwhelmed. Friends and colleagues will
understand if you can't participate in every project or
activity. Resist the temptation of taking on more than you can
Exercise - Exercise
affects a neurotransmitter that has an antidepressant-like
effect on your brain while helping to decrease muscle tension.
Don’t skip the gym.
Plan ahead - Try
not to plan everything in December and move some events to
I am looking forward to seeing everyone at our
next Chapter meeting, as well as the International Conference this
year hosted by the Nashville chapter (October 10-12, 2016). Until
then, stay active and stay curious, and most of all, try to find
that balance with work and the Holidays.
Orawan Wells, 2016 Ohio Chapter
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