This post by AWE Central Prince Georges Chapter Leader Pamela Hart Vines, Founder & CEO of Troop PR and Vines Film, appeared first on Linked In on January 24, 2019.
I’m a community leader. Although I have yet to organize social cause demonstrations or run for public office, my important contribution to my community is to lead the local chapter of a women’s networking group called Awesome Women Entrepreneurs. My chapter, among seven AWE chapters in the region, is based in Central Prince George’s County.
The challenge is, a woman can barely take twenty steps without bumping into a similar networking organization. So, why, despite all of the quality networking groups in the area, did I choose to lead this one?
I chose to lead because of the culture that the AWE Leadership, Karen Bate and Evelyn Powers, has set for this organization. Our culture is authentic and warm; promotes sharing and support; actively refers and hires within; and is relaxing and fun.
I chose to lead because I can’t help myself. In one sense, leadership is in my DNA. After serving 23 years in the United States Army, my hand practically raises itself when I’m asked to volunteer or support a worthy organization. It’s natural for me to plan, organize, and seek solutions.
I chose to lead because I respect inclusion and value diversity. The Prince George’s County demographics are 62% African-American, 17.8% Hispanic, and 13% Caucasian. Women are starting businesses at higher rates than men, and minority women are starting the most. I’m striving to create a networking experience that reflects the make-up of our community.
I chose to lead because I get access to an established network of professional women who have deliberate intentions to support each other, refer each other, and hire each other. We all get open access to call on these talented women at any time for support and also for discounted services!
As my Pastor says in church every Sunday, “The doors are now open to you.” If you are a woman business owner within or outside of Central Prince George’s County, plan to attend our next event. It’s fabulous to be AWEsome. We meet monthly, at various locations with excellent guest speakers who share topics that help us grow professionally and personally.