September 2019 Newsletter + Track Meetings
Time to Reboot & Get Back to Business
Unbelievable as it seems, summer is over as far as most of us are concerned. Even though fall doesn’t officially begin until September 21, most of us move into “fall mode” after Labor Day.
If you read last month’s newsletter, you know I took a month long “sabbatical” away from everything in upstate New York during July. August has been a time to bring home the things I learned from that trip and put them into practice. And September gives me an opportunity to fully reboot my system and create a new path for myself. I encourage you to look at your life with new eyes, at least every quarter of the year, and reassess, regroup and literally, reboot yourself.
When I did a lot of business consulting, I encouraged companies to maintain a system of quarterly meetings with their employees. This was a way to keep up with changing trends both in their industries and among their own people. I still believe whether in business or not, reinventing ourselves, to some degree, every three months keeps us renewed, alive and more able to be fully present.
For me, it means rethinking my role with Great Girls Network and enlisting the help of more people as we grow. We have Loretta Nixon and Shontelle Mixon working on launching a Chicago chapter of GGN. And we also have Kara Bolwell working on starting an Austin group. The vision of GGN expanding into the world is starting to express itself!
That means I want to be available to help these groups get going. It also means that more women will be publicly identified as leaders of GGN, which has been my dream all along! Alida Leykauf is stepping up to be more involved with running our organization as our so we can continue to grow organically and begin to operate as a separate entity from my PeopleBiz company. This is very exciting to me, and I hope serves our community well.
Starting this fall, Alida will do more communicating with our members and take over the monthly publication of the newsletter. I will still be very involved and contribute each month, at least for the near future.
We will also enlist some of our Members to start doing our Track meetings each month, to free up my time for traveling. Our first volunteer to help is Tate Ringer (also known as Kathryn) and we will post the new location on our calendar as that develops. I will keep doing some Track meetings, however, we would love to know if you are interested in contributing your time and energy to that endeavor.
Margery Miller, Founder GGN
Our Summer Gathering was a smashing success, full of energy and enthusiasm. Our guest speaker, Lupe Valdez , was not able to join us in person due to a critical foot infection, however, we are thrilled that she joined us virtually through Walkabout Workplace courtesy of Toni Portmann. She has graciously accepted our invitation to join us in person at our Fall Gathering on November 13, so if you weren’t able to be there in August, you can meet her then!
Katherine Tate Ringer is going to start helping with our Track meetings in October. She has 15 years of executive experience in consulting, healthcare services and technology. She has a wealth of people skills, having run her own non-profit as well as led others. She lives a servant leadership philosophy and brings that to each endeavor she tackles. We greatly appreciate her willingness to step in and help with Track meetings!
GGN Member Bridgette Moody encourages you to join her at the October Training Camp!
GGN Member Austine Mah invites you to Dresses for Dreams 2019
A run/walk raising funds for the Fields of Dreams Uganda girl empowerment initiatives that serve over 3,000 female students and teachers at our nine partner schools across Uganda.
Funds assist with school fees, character development workshops, hygiene kits, soccer training and coaching, technology training, travel opportunities, and leadership development activities for the female population across our partner schools.
When: November 2, 9:30 AM CT
Where: The Dallas race will take place at Bachman Lake Park
GGN Member Gloria Mansfield, Creator of the Piggy Bank Tutor, invites you to learn more about family financial literacy
Are you assuming your kids or grandkids will figure out the value of money on their own?
Piggy Bank Tutor brings money management & financial literacy to life with every day play & real life experiences. Children learn through play making sense of the world around them. We provide toys, activities and games teaching kids the value of money with The Three Little Pigs, Money Math Coach – LeLe, CeCe & BeBe.
Click here for more information.**
To register for a Track meeting, log onto our website as a Member.
To take advantage of these amazing Track meetings, you must join GGN! Each one is an event or happening in itself. Some members come frequently, some come only once in a while. Whenever you attend one, you will find out things you didn’t know, connect with women who will challenge and inspire you, and you will leave with some new perspectives.
* September 4, 2019
* 7 to 9 pm
* Each time we meet with a group of GGN members we all seem to grow in one way or another! The wisdom and insight coming from our varied backgrounds, experiences and ages are invaluable! Join us!
Click here to join us at our next Growth Track meeting
Monday Morning Magic Track
* September 9, 2019
* 10 am to 12 noon
* When you need a boost, a little inspiration on a Monday, this is the place to get it! We cover so many different topics, anything goes here! And this group seems to have such loyal attendees — come find out why!
Click here to join us for Monday Magic!
* September 18, 2091
* 7 to 9 pm
* Who isn’t dealing with some sort of change on a daily basis? Bring your stories, your issues, your concerns and get support, affirmation and great feedback! Hope to see you!
Click here to join us at our next Transitions Track meeting
Join us on Facebook!
We have an open Great Girls Network page which we would love for you to go to and “like” us and “follow us first” to keep up with our events and also perhaps spread the word about our group.
Click here to go directly to our Facebook page to like and follow us first!
Become a Member!
Great Girls Network is our way of being the opposite of the Good Ol’ Boys Network (which is still very much alive and well!). Even if you don’t go to Track meetings, your membership gives you a way to support our existence and be a part of a growing group of women who really appreciate each other. And the Semi-Annual Gatherings are unlike any other “networking” event! We know women don’t network like men. We want to build relationships, we want deeper, more meaningful connections. That is exactly what GGN provides.
We created a digital card that helps people understand what they can get from joining GGN so click here to see the card.
Your membership helps give us that foundation, the strength to grow and have an impact on the lives of so many more women.
Great Girls Are Amazing Women!!! Thank You!!!
Margery Miller, co-founder Great Girls Network