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Welcome to Ohio Chapter of WiNUP                      

  Orawan Wells, 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% from 2015!

  • 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 leadership.

  • 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 Kristen Thompson!)

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 handle.

  • 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 January.

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.

Best Regards,

Orawan Wells, 2016 Ohio Chapter Chair

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 2nd Quarter Newsletter 2016