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Welcome to Ohio Chapter of WiNUP                      

 

Lindsay Chambers, 2017 Ohio Chapter Chair

My fellow WiNUP Ohio Chapter members,

As we wrap up 2017, my heart smiles when reflecting on working with so many talented people throughout this organization of brilliant professionals. We began the journey this year with the theme, “Develop Your Passion to Empower Your Future!”  I am sincerely inspired to see all of the personal and professional growth throughout our chapter - from the mentoring program to community outreach efforts, from the strides made by the STEM committee to paying it forward at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.  This is just a glimpse of our accomplishments - all while collaborating with the Mid-Atlantic chapter to put on a sold-out 2017 WiNUP International Conference. This event was filled with opportunities to network, market your brand, build relationships, and learn more about topics affecting our industry. Congratulations to Andora Marshall and all of the committee members that took a leadership role to promote this successful event!

At the annual Ohio Chapter Holiday Social, we wrapped up this fabulous year spreading cheer and celebrating our 2017 Chapter Achievement award while supporting an awesome charity called, ROX. Appreciation goes out to Lynn Guilbert for her leadership and to NiSource for hosting and for their generous donation to the evening’s festivities.

Our International President and Ohio Chapter Member, DeCoffette Ward, left a lasting impression on the attendees with her motivational speech focused on  emPowerment. Amongst her many inspiring messages, my favorite saying was, “Dream. Write. Execute.” This one hit home for me personally as the odds are so much more in your favor if you write down your vision (goals & dreams) and take action to deliver. So, if you are intentional with what you think and say, your opportunities ahead can be boundless. The decision is yours.

While it has been such an honor to serve this wonderful organization, I leave you with a request to be emPowered and seize a new opportunity in 2018. You may find opportunities in your personal life, such as, wanted to travel or finding a way to slow down with meditation using the app called Headspace (courtesy of Sandy Nessing, Executive Sponsor from American Electric Power). WiNUP is always an avenue to try something new and we are here to help! Professional opportunities are also
calling, so take the time to put together an awesome forecast as you establish your development goals. You may unexpectedly experience a rainy day, however you have the choice to pull out your umbrella or to stay in. Just know that you have a fabulous umbrella of support to help you through the storm!

I leave you with a request to trust in yourself, find your inner confidence, and if you share with others that strength with grace and gratitude, your future is bright and I look forwarding to seeing how bright your light can shine!

Happy Holidays and Cheers to a Bright 2018!

Lindsay Chambers, 2017 WiNUP Ohio Chapter Chair

4th Quarter 2017 Ohio Chapter Newletter