WHAT ARE YOUR DREAMS AND goals in life? How are you planning to follow them? No matter where you are working or what your goals in life are, we all have that inner voice that frequently nags at us to pursue our dreams.
No matter how small or how big, how difficult or how easy, it’s just a matter of taking that first step.
OK, so what is the first step? For some, it is realizing who you are at the core and what you want to accomplish. For others, who are in tune with their dreams, the first step could be stepping out of your comfort zone and meeting new people, attending conferences or doing research on how to expand your idea. Others may have their goals in place, but need help with strategy and execution.
We are all in different places in our lives, but we are all human; we all go through the same trials and tribulations, just on different levels.
This past weekend I was so blessed to have attended the annual e-Women Network conference in Dallas, Texas. At last year’s conference, I was honored to represent our area as the Emerging Leader, and now I am a current member of the Southern New Jersey chapter. Marilyn Kleinberg, who is the executive managing director, puts all of her heart and soul into making local monthly meetings happen not only here in Atlantic County, but also in Voorhees and Philadelphia. Her passion for helping women in business is undeniable and her dedication is so strong that she gave up her travel business in order to commit herself full time to making sure the women in our community have an outlet for not just ordinary networking and card sharing, but also opportunities to share valuable connections, making people accessible and reachable, and providing great speakers that truly educate and inspire.
At one of our phenomenal local meetings, Kleinberg invited members to attend a taping of the 10! Show inside the NBC-10 studios Philadelphia. Not only did we get to participate by being part of the audience, but Kleinberg also planned for us to attend the network’s morning meeting where all the reporters discuss the stories that will be aired that day as well as bring up future stories and ideas. We got a behind-the-scenes look, and on top of that many of us are still in touch with the connections we made at the studio. That type of accessibility is very rare and because of her connections and relationships we can all benefit.
That’s how it is at the annual conference in Texas. There are dynamic celebrity and internationally known speakers, authors, and women entrepreneurs there. This year’s included Zig Ziglar, Lisa Nichols, Barbara Niven, and Tony Hsieh, to name a few. And the best part is they were all accessible. They attend these conferences, dinners and special events the same way everyone else does, and you can go up and talk with them at any time. You can truly learn from and connect with the best of the best around. One of this year’s conference attendees, Isabel, posted on her Facebook page: “This eWomen conference is insane. Miracles happen by the hour when you get thousands of powerful women into one room.”
Plus, there are many talented and successful attendees. I met some great people in my peer group, including Isabel Rasmussen, who created an iPhone/iPad app called Beauty Mirror. It’s an application geared towards tweens that reminds you how beautiful you are every day.
My point is, if you have a unique idea, find a way to execute it and make it known. Your first step is to save the dates of local eWomen meetings and make sure to attend. You don’t have to go across the country to find out what you have right here in your back yard. Visit ewomennetwork.com/chapter/snj to find out about the next local meeting. See you there!
As a freelance writer, Whitney's columns were published in multiple press outlets including: GoJaneNews.com The Atlantic City Weekly New Jersey Lifestyle Magazine & The Boardwalk Journal just to name a few.
She is the former host of the Entertainment Minute which aired on the NBC40 News and was featured twice on FOX's Chasing New Jersey.