Fall 2019 Launch Pad Kicks Off September 19, 2019

The Fall 2019 session of Launch Pad: Prepare for Success kicks off Thursday, September 19, 2019.

We are grateful to continue our work with Bucks County Community College to provide you with the tools to launch your professional career. Launch Pad to Success is a six module certificate program each lead by local business experts who teach you techniques to embrace leadership, confidently communicate, navigate social media, make a great first impression, and achieve financial literacy.

We believe success is achieved through education. Whether your career goals include being selected for a job or a promotion the Launch Pad certificate program is designed to teach you the skills to achieve your goals and maximize your earning potential.

Many thanks to our Launch Pad sponsor, Penn Community Bank.

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2019 Best Foot Forward: Connecting, Empowering, and Inspiring

Connect. Empower. Inspire. All of this and more took place at our annual Best Foot Forward: Empowering Women of All Ages Women’s Conference & Fundraiser on Saturday, April 6, 2019. Many thanks to our host site, Bucks County Community College – Upper Bucks Campus, for use of their beautiful facility.

 The highlights of the evening included a keynote from WOGL 98.1 radio personality and Philadelphia radio icon Marilyn Russell, the presentation of the Empowered Woman of the Year award to Linda Reid, and the inaugural Sisters U Best Foot Forward Scholarship, awarded to Julianna Rotondo. Be sure to read more about all three of these amazing women in the Spring/Summer 2019 issue of U Magazine.

The Sisters U Best Foot Forward Scholarship was created to recognize a student attending Bucks County Community College Upper Bucks Campus or a member of Sisters U who has demonstrated initiative and leadership potential by putting their best foot forward in their community. The award for this scholarship is $500 toward a class at Bucks County Community College.

Thanks to all who attended, proceeds from the event totaled $5,103.67. In addition to funding the scholarship, these funds will be used to further Sisters U external programming, including the Launch Pad: Prepare for Success program held in conjunction with the Bucks County Community College Upper Bucks Campus.

Many thanks to our sponsors, attendees, speakers, breakout session presenters, vendors, raffle prize donors, committee members, and all the unsung heroes who make events like this hum. It takes everyone to make it such a special evening, including the amazing eye of Amy McDermott of Heart and Soul Portraits, who provided the event photography.




Sisters U Turns 8 and The Philly Unknown Project

Hello Readers, and Happy Spring!  As March phases out, and everything starts to bloom, here at Sisters U we have been very busy bees getting everything prepared for one of our most exciting events of the year – Best Foot Forward!  So on April 6, bring your aunts, sisters, cousins, mom, daughters and besties to experience our breakout sessions, vendors, food and fashion!  More information on the event and tickets can be found here.

To recap the last two months…

In February we celebrated our 8-year anniversary with Brett Souder of Alderfer Auction and had an exciting night with a live auction and bidding on donated items from local businesses and our sisters.  Brett’s career as an auctioneer began when he was a teenager and he was named 2017 Auctioneer of the Year by the Pennsylvania Auctioneer’s Association.  He had the whole room laughing and very involved in the bidding process.  It was a great way to celebrate turning 8!

This last month we had Britt James Carpenter come speak with us about his non-profit organization, The Philly Unknown Project.  Britt’s organization connects with the homelessness and addiction that occurs in Philadelphia, which he mentioned, is much greater a number than is actually tallied up statistically due to many people and circumstances being overlooked.  Britt also has a radio show on USALA Radio “Be a Voice” and is the owner of Muttropolitan Pet Sitting. 

Britt shared his story and experiences with us that led him to where he is today, and it was a very moving topic for the room.  From his journey through corporate work experiences and personal struggles, Britt told us that the building of his current organizations weren’t just for others; they were positive moves for his life as well.

One thing is for sure – Britt left us feeling inspired and like we could do more to help others in need, even if it just meant listening or creating something like a care package.  If you’re interested in getting involved with his project or learning more, you can find information via his website and Facebook page

 

A Look Back at 2018's Best Foot Forward

Inspiration. Education. Fashion. FUN.

May 5, 2018 was the third year for this fashionable fundraiser, which featured keynote speaker Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, Bucks County Commissioner and the inaugural presentation of our Empowered Woman of the Year award to Martha Otto. The evening included informative and inspiring panel discussions, breakout sessions, interactive vendors and the fan favorite FROX Fashion Show, featuring models from Dani's Eco-Chic Resale and Peach.

Many thanks to Amy McDermott of Heart and Soul Portraits for documenting the evening with her fantastic photography.

Thank you to our sponsors: Thrivent FinancialQNBPenn Community Bank, Cosmetic & Family Dentistry of Perkasie, Grand View Health, Upper Bucks YMCA, SERVPRO of Upper Bucks, and McNally's Bookkeeping. Please consider your support of our sponsors as they so generously support us.

Tickets are now on sale for 2019’s Best Foot Forward, taking place April 6, 2019.

Spring 2019 Launch Pad: Prepare for Success Begins February 14, 2019

The Spring 2019 session of Launch Pad: Prepare for Success kicks off Thursday, February 14, 2019.

We are thrilled to once again be working with Bucks County Community College to provide you with the tools to launch your professional career. Launch Pad to Success is a six module certificate program each lead by local business experts who teach you techniques to embrace leadership, confidently communicate, navigate social media, make a great first impression, and achieve financial literacy.

We believe success is achieved through education. Whether your career goals include being selected for a job or a promotion the Launch Pad certificate program is designed to teach you the skills to achieve your goals and maximize your earning potential.

Many thanks to our Launch Pad sponsor, Penn Community Bank.

Download the Spring 2019 Launch Pad flyer here.

Your Story Matters – Recap of January 2019 Meeting with Speaker Karen Chellew

I wanted to know my story and in knowing my story
maybe I know a little about yours.
— Bruce Springsteen

“Everyone has a story.”  That’s something you’ll hear us say often at Sisters U. Each month we have a guest speaker as well as a Sister of the Month speak and share her story.  This January we had our Sisters U founder and president, Karen Chellew, speak with us on the importance of telling and owning our personal story, while sharing some about her background, how her story was cultivated and different experiences that brought her to where she is today. 

Not only is Karen a mother and founder of Sisters U, she is also co-founder of My Divorce Solution and has worked in the legal field for 30 years.  She’s passionate about helping others in general, and in her work she empowers those going through the life transition of divorce so that they are not alone in navigating that process and can continue to live their best life.  She has also run for local office and is very community-oriented. 

Karen drove home the point that everyone has a story, and that we should be confident in our stories and what’s led us to where we are today.  “Tell your story for yourself.  Its honesty, its pain, its mistakes, its choices, its fun, its pleasure, its passion, its time and its persistence.  It’s telling your story and your truth telling and my truth telling.  Our story does matter.  It’s our life, the ups and downs, the ins and outs, the challenges, the accomplishments and everything that lies in between.  It’s about you, it’s about me, it’s about us.” 

Her words were moving for all of us.  When you embrace your life, and your story, whether through journaling, blogging, art, public speaking, photography or a recipe book, you encourage others to tell their story.  You never know when someone will be inspired, motivated, or just needed to hear your story so they could say, ”that happened to me too,” and someone in the world feels a little less alone because of you.  Instead of comparing our lives, we grow more when we encourage each other to share or embrace our own story, our authenticity, and lift each other up in the process. 

Many thanks to Erin Plank for writing this blog post.

Get It Together for the Holidays: Recap of November 2018 Organizing Workshop

Please accept our apologies for the delay in posting this recap of a workshop that took place in November 2018 in anticipation of preparing for the holidays. Thankfully, much of the advice is helpful for organizing any major event! Many thanks to Shawna Boell of Get It Together Mom for presenting this workshop.

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On your mark – get set - let the holidays begin!  Happy December from all of us at Sisters U!  The start of holiday cards, gift giving, and parties -- school events, volunteer activities and parades!  It’s the busiest time of the year for most.  To recap our November meeting, we had speaker Shawna Boell, owner of Get It Together Mom, give us the lowdown on how to “get it all together” for this time of year so we can still have time to relax and enjoy with our loved ones. 

 A little about Shawna - she wears many hats, especially this time of year.  A mother of two, her business focuses on home organization, where she helps organize and create spaces in homes with busy families.  For the holidays, Shawna volunteers with the Dear Santa Society, takes part in local parades and is involved in many other family and school activities. Christmas is one of her favorite holidays!  One fun fact she shared with us is her Grandparents used to dress up as Mr. and Mrs. Claus.  They had five children of their own and fostered 25 other children, which truly does sound like something out of a Christmas story!

 In order to manage everything, Shawna suggests setting time limits for different projects.  Creating deadlines on a calendar is a great and efficient way to check off tasks for projects, stay on a committed timeline and results in less stress and anxiety.  If there are different parties, you can create different lists for those parties. 

Nowadays there are plenty of apps that allow you to see what people are bringing to parties, whether it’s a school party, house party, or work party, so that people know what is still left to purchase.  An RSVP deadline keeps you on task so you can check how many people will be attending.  When you go to make your cards, have some extras on hand in case you forgot someone.  If you have a big extended family, consider holding a Secret Santa or Pollyanna with a set budget, so no one gets left out.  Shawna recommends documenting your gifts, price, when you bought them, when you wrapped them and when you gave them to ensure everyone gets what you planned to give them.  Several apps she recommended to keep track of things, which can also assist in helping you find gifts and price are Santa’s Bag, The Christmas Gift List and Gift It.

 If you end up being under budget when all is said and done, consider donating leftover money to Toys for Tots, or Dear Santa Society.

You see, being organized isn’t about being perfect;
It’s about customizing your whole world to work for you.
— Anonymous

Many thanks to Erin Plank for writing this blog post.

Fall 2018 Launch Pad: Prepare for Success Kicks Off September 27, 2018

We're thrilled to announce that the Fall 2018 session of Launch Pad: Prepare for Success kicks off Thursday, September 27, 2018.

We are once again working with Bucks County Community College to provide you with the tools to launch your professional career. Launch Pad to Success is a six module certificate program each lead by local business experts who teach you techniques to embrace leadership, confidently communicate, navigate social media, make a great first impression, and achieve financial literacy.

We believe success is achieved through education. Whether your career goals include being selected for a job or a promotion the Launch Pad certificate program is designed to teach you the skills to achieve your goals and maximize your earning potential.

Many thanks to our Launch Pad sponsor, Penn Community Bank.

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You can download the flyer here or click the image below.

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Best Foot Forward Raises $3,467.00

Nearly 100 women of all ages gathered on April 29, 2017, at the Upper Bucks Campus of Bucks County Community College to be inspired, learn something new, and have fun at Best Foot Forward, our annual major fundraising event. In addition to breakout sessions, vendors, and raffles, attendees were inspired by the life stories of keynote speaker, Jeane Coyle, president, and CEO of Penn Community Bank and Elina Fuhrman, chef and founder of Soupelina. The evening culminated in a fashion show presented by Frox, with many members of the community -- we recognized many friendly faces -- walking the runway as models.

The evening was a success based on the smiles on your faces alone, but there’s even more to celebrate as the proceeds from the event totaled $3,467.00. These funds will allow Launch Pad: Prepare for Success, a program presented by Sisters U in conjunction with Bucks County Community College’s Upper Bucks Campus to continue to be presented free of charge to all attendees. It is a six-module certificate program where local business experts lead sessions to provide students of all ages with skills to enhance their job searches and increase their potential for success in their professional endeavors.

For all of this, we thank YOU!

Special thanks to Amy McDermott of Heart and Soul Portraits for the incredible event photography and to Perkasie Florist for the gorgeous corsages for our volunteer team.