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Welcome to Ohio Chapter of WiNUP                      

  Orawan Wells, Ohio Chapter Chair

Greetings to all! It is hard to believe that we are halfway through 2016 and things are moving fast and furious as we head into the next six months. With the midpoint of the year upon us, I would like to take a moment to reflect upon our achievements and what opportunities we can still seize to accomplish our goals and surpass our expectations. We all have a vested interest in why we joined WiNUP, whether it was for personal or professional growth in our current lives. One of the main objectives we promote is networking and professional development, and we have had meetings in 2016 that have served both of these goals.
With the upcoming 2017 Board election and the 2017 year for committee chair/co-chairs around the corner, please consider these three thoughts:

1.) Serve a Cause Greater than Self – Choosing a career that promotes your values and principles, and allows you to share the experience and joy that comes from your job with others.

2.) Get a Coach or Mentor – The Ohio Chapter has a current Mentor/Mentee committee that is co-chaired by Kernesa Samana and Jennifer Fox. This is an opportunity that will start June 2016 and will continue into April 2017. This committee will help you achieve your potential in matching you with a mentor that has your best interest at heart.

3.) Be Intentional about Connecting with People – This can be accomplished at monthly WiNUP meetings that you attend, in a group setting, or by just running into someone on the elevator. Taking the time to connect and interact will allow you to realize that connections are healthy, you become more productive, and you are happier. Sometimes, networking will force you to step outside your comfort zone and into a role that you have wanted; however, you were not quite sure how to take the leap.

I challenge all of the Ohio Chapter members - especially those with two or more years with WiNUP and have never applied for a Board position - to consider running for the 2017 Ohio WiNUP Board. This is also a great opportunity for all members to consider to get more involved and volunteer to be either a chair or co-chair in 2017. I welcome all those new members that have joined, or are considering joining, to seek out other WiNUP members and ask them why they joined WiNUP and what value they have received.

Have a safe summer and the current 2016 Board will see you, either at our next monthly meeting, or at the annual conference in Nashville, TN (Oct 10-12, 2016)! If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas, please feel free to reach out to me via my direct work phone (614-716-1862) or email (

Best Regards,

Orawan Wells, 2016 Ohio Chapter Chair


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