Women's Focus, Inc., is the premier organization for women business owners, management executives, and professionals in Ozaukee County. Join us at one of our upcoming Meetings!
January 18 Program: What is the most efficient social media for your business?
Speaker: Jenny Richards, Sales & Marketing Manager, Northern Labs, Inc.
Jenny Richards has managed new product launches, digital marketing and social media efforts for a variety of technology, manufacturing and small businesses. An analytical addict and systems streamliner, she leverages a variety of reporting and integrative software to ensure efforts are optimized and small business owners are using their time effectively. Jenny is a Hubspot certified inbound, email and sales software marketer, is Google Analytics and Adwords certified and is currently pursuing her MBA at the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Evening MBA program.
Social media, Google and Amazon are changing the way individuals interact with businesses. This quick session will give you the tools you need to identify which channels are best for you, and how to get started growing an audience, and ultimately your business. We’ll cover the basics of Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, share best practices, and leave time at the end for collaborative brainstorming.
December 14 Holiday Party!
Special Speaker: Rochelle Pennington
The Christmas Tree Ship
ROCHELLE PENNINGTON is an award-winning newspaper columnist and bestselling author of ten books including Highlighted in Yellow (available in four languages; co-authored with H. Jackson Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author), The Historic Christmas Tree Ship (as featured on national television), An Old-Fashioned Christmas (2009 Midwest Booksellers Choice Award nomination), and more. Her work has been included in multiple bestselling series over the past two decades.
Pennington is both a lively storyteller and an entertaining lecturer. Her popularity as a presenter to schools, libraries, historical societies, corporations, hospitals, retirement facilities, and civic organizations is evidenced by the many invitations she receives to return and speak on further topics, ranging from history’s most memorable stories, complete with fascinating trivia, to motivational engagements highlighting courage, determination, and personal strength.
Join us on Wednesday, December 14th and start your Christmas season with a gift of storytelling!
November 16 Program: Carol Ann Schneider,
Founder and CEO, SEEK Careers/Staffing, Inc.
Carol Schneider, founding member of FOCUS, will be joining us for the November meeting. As Carol shared with some of us recently, thirty-plus years ago women business owners were uncommon and certainly not welcome in the “old boy’s network”, yet she and other business women needed to network and learn from other professionals so she created the group known then as The Professional Women’s Luncheon Group for women in management positions. In addition to starting FOCUS and running at least five successful companies, Carol has remained close to FOCUS and a wonderful example for our members. In recognition of Carol’s leadership, Darcy McManus and Barb Brinkmann presented her with an award for starting FOCUS at our Annual Holiday Celebration December 11, 2013. Plan now to join us at Ozaukee Country Club!
Started in 1971, Seek is the 4th largest woman-owned business in Wisconsin, and one of the largest staffing companies in the state. Services include direct-hire, temp-to-hire, temp, job training and HR consulting. Areas include light industrial, corporate support, skilled, professional and information technology. In September, SEEK was named a Top 75 Staffing Agency For Ultrafast Smart Hiring from among more than 3,000 staffing agencies reviewed. Selection was based on the agencies that have the best reviews, are widely recognized for their work, and are able to reach big candidate pools.
October 19 Program: New and Pending Legislation Affecting Small Business in WI
Speaker: Robert Brooks, State Representative, 60th Assembly District
Rob Brooks was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2014 to represent Wisconsin's 60th district. He has been active as a local businessman for more than twenty-five years and has served in local government for thirteen years on the Ozaukee County Board, nine as chairman and one as vice-chairman. During his public service tenure Rob served as a Commissioner on the South Eastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and on the board of directors for organizations such as Wisconsin County Mutual Insurance.
Rob has been a self-employed businessman and, as the owener and operaor of several businesses in the district, he recognizes the impact of high taxation and overbearing regulation on the private sector. That is what motivated him to step up and make a difference at the state level. Rob serves as a "citizen legislator" and remains active in his businesses and the community.
Rob has been actively involved in many civic organizations ranging from Stars and Stripes Honor Flight to coaching youth athletics. Rob has been a member in several local organizations such as the Lions Club, Rotary and the Moose Lodge. He is very proud of his community and enjoys giving back through service.
You can learn more about Rob Brooks by visiting his official website at http://legis.wisconsin.gov/assembly/60/brooks
September 21 Program: Stories from the Circle with Meg Daly
Speaker: Meg Daly, Personal/Career Development Coach, M Magazine Blogger, and corporate facilitator
Join us as Meg Daly shares a powerful process detailed in her mentor and NY Times Best Selling author, Laura Day's book The Circle: How the Power of a Single Wish Can Change Your Life. Intertwined within the overview of the 9 step process will be stories of synchronicity, intuition, and wishes come true from her clients and own life.
"I recently participated in The Circle with Meg Daly & Laura Day, and I can honestly say that it's changed my life." Lisa Blue
Meg Daly is a Personal/Career Development Coach, M Magazine Blogger, and corporate facilitator. She works with individuals, business owners, and entrepreneurs who are ready to take their lives and careers to the next level. She has a natural ability to hone in on the unique gifts of her clients and support them in using these gifts to start living more effective lives. You can learn more about Meg by visiting her website at www.coachmegdaly.com
In appreciation of our speaker’s time, Women’s Focus makes a $100 donation to the organization of the speaker’s choice. Ms. Daly selected Tailwaggers911 Dog Rescue as the recipient of the September donation.
August 17 Program: Member Business Tales
Speaker: Jill Goldberg, owner of Boz's Clozet in Thiensville
The August meeting is a special one for our members! Join us to share some of your experiences with your business. Jill Goldberg will start us off with some tales about starting her business, Boz's Clozet in Thiensville. As Social Event Chair, Jill has already added several great events around Ozaukee County, now hear a little about her personal story with Boz's Clozet.
We will also hear from the current members of the Board of Directors, each describing her job on the Board and what she loves about the opportunities every month to meet and interact with the very busy, active community leaders who make up our membership!
July 20 Program: Human Trafficking: Recovery is Possible
Speaker: Emmy R. Myers, Survivor/Advocate, of Lacey’s Hope Project
“My name is Emmy Rose Myers. I am 27 year old survivor and recovering addict.”
Did you know Wisconsin was number 3 in the nation for Human Trafficking? Emmy R. Myers went from years of pain and abuse at the hands of an abuser and trafficker, drugs and alcohol, before finding a way to live again and to love herself again.
Today, Emmy Myers is an advocate and speaker for Lacey's Hope Project, an association dedicated to bring awareness, as well as provide educational material and/or services for the general public, in the fight against Heroin and Human Sex Trafficking in our communities.
“I believe from the bottom of my heart I was chosen by God specifically to help others. To be able to share my experience, strength, and hope with anyone who is willing to listen. Unfortunately, Human Trafficking AND Heroin are sweeping through our communities. This is not solely an inner city problem. In fact, both topics are more prevalent in suburban areas then the city itself. There is a huge stigma attached to both and my goal is to change such a negative stigma. Sure, to some, I am JUST those derogatory names. But, if nobody survives 'stuff' then there would never ever be a blue print for the next person to do it 'differently' or 'better'; to make the same mistakes that almost took my life. I am a sister, daughter, aunt, and friend. I am also a SURVIVOR!!”
In appreciation of our speaker’s time, Women’s Focus makes a $100 donation to the organization of the speaker’s choice. Ms. Myers selected Exploit No More as the recipient of the July donation.
Join us to hear her incredible life story about human trafficking and heroin addiction survival.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Office for Victim Assistance, maintains resources to help victims of crime and answer their questions. Victim Specialists are specially trained professionals working hand in hand with the FBI case agent during an investigation. They assist victims by providing support, information, and referrals to resources in the community. If you need help or believe someone else needs help, please call the national Human Trafficking Resource Center 24/7 Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.
Click here for a copy of the FBI brochure Help for Victims of Trafficking in Persons
For additional information, visit the official FBI site at www.fbi.gov/stats-services/victim_assistance
June 15 Program: Paul Roback,
University of Wisconsin-Extension
Capitalize on generational differences in work environments
Paul Roback is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Resource Development at the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Joining UW-Extension in 2001, he has developed county-based educational programming in Organizational Development, Community & Economic Development, Local Government Education and Land Use Planning.
Since 2007, Paul has served as the Community Development Educator for Washington County and has provided organizational development programming to forty-nine nonprofits and units of government, facilitated several public policy projects for the county board, and assisted in the development of a county-wide economic development strategy.
His presentation will increase your understanding of each generation to help ensure that you capitalize on generational differences when creating dynamic and innovative work environments
In appreciation of our speaker’s time, Women’s Focus makes a $100 donation to the organization of the speaker’s choice. Mr. Roback selected the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust as the recipient of the June donation.
May 18th Program: Katerina Marikova, CTA,
Be Prepared and Travel Safely
Kate, Travel Consultant with Bayside Travel, Inc., was born in Prague, Czech Republic and earned her Degrees in Business Management and International Trade from European Polytechnical Institute. She has studied in Germany, lived in Italy and England before moving to the United States. As an active traveler Kate is exactly where she wants to be in life …helping people enjoy some of the most wonderful and awesome experiences in life through travel.
Join us and learn about how to be prepared and travel safe in today's world. Kate will share travel and security tips for planning, flying, packing, driving, hotels and more.
Introducing Shlea Carter: 2016 Women's Focus Scholarship Recipient
Each year Women's Focus sponsors a $1,000 per semester scholarship through the Mequon Campus of MATC. This year we are proud to introduce Shlea Carter, a full time nursing student. She shared with us that she would not have been able to finish her last semester of her Associate Degree from the Nursing Program because she depleted her financial aid.
Shlea's dream is to work at St. Luke’s Hospital in the telemetry Department, while working on getting her B.A. in nursing. She wants to join the Air Force to help further her career. Eventually she’d like to work as a Medical Surgical Nurse or an Operating Room nurse and perhaps be an instructor of nursing. We are proud to have been able to help her work toward her goals and wish her the very best in her future career!
March Program: George Coulter, Change Your Life
Coulter applied the savvy learned from his diverse background as an entrepreneur, attorney and consultant to create the Change Your World program. He teaches people and businesses how to be a crazy one. It is an innovative approach that has helped organizations and individuals change their world:
- It is not rocket science; yet, it is based on the thinking of Albert Einstein.
- It is not marketing magic; yet, it is based on the teachings of Seth Godin.
- It is not leadership training; yet, it is based on the concepts of Simon Sinek.
- It is not entrepreneurial concepts; yet, it is based on the thoughts of Mark Cuban.
- It is not business management; yet, it is based on the insights of Steve Jobs.
Meet the 2016 Women's Focus Board of Directors!
Front Row Seated, Left to Right:
Back Row, Left to Right:
Visit the public Member Directory for more information and contact details for each of these fine business women.
Brief profiles and contact information for all active members is now available at our public Member Directory.
January Program: Financial Panel
|From the left: Betty Wellhoefer Hill, Crescendo Wealth Management LLC; Amelia Macareno, U.S. Bank; |
Jill Boyle, Schenck S.C.; Jessica Liebau, Willms, S.C.; Katie Hammes, Partnership Bank
The January meeting of Women’s FOCUS featured a financial panel made up of five experts from member firms in various areas of financial management. Each panelist provided a brief overview of a financial topic in her field, then participated in a lively discussion of overlapping points and answered questions from the audience. It was a great panel and extremely well received!
Katie Hammes, is an Assistant Vice president of Mortgage lending with Partnership Bank in Cedarburg. Katie provided an overview of the current interest rate trends for mortgages and home improvement loans and outlined some pros and cons for utilization of these types of debt instruments. She also pointed out some of the important factors to consider when deciding whether to refinance and some alternate approaches to getting funds.
Jessica Liebau, an attorney with Willms, S.C., specializes in estate and wealth preservation planning. Jessica focused on the importance of establishing an estate plan and emphasized the importance of maintaining a healthy collaborative team with one's banker, lawyer and insurance representative. She pointed out some of the pitfalls of failing to have a good plan in place when disputes arise in the future.
Jill Boyle, CPA, leads the not-for-profit tax practice at Schenck S.C. Jill shared information on the importance of tax planning and explained the current requirements around handling and reporting charitable donations. For example, she clarified that the letter required from a charity must state that no goods or services were provided in return for donations greater than $250.
Amelia Macareno, is the Private Banking Relationship Manager for U.S. Bank Mequon. Amelia addressed the importance of setting up beneficiaries for bank accounts, the nuances of FDIC coverage, and how account title, trusts, and probate may come into play when one or more of the parties to an account die. She encouraged us all to get to know our banker and make sure that our accounts are titled appropriately and beneficiaries named.
Betty Wellhoefer Hill, is a Certified Financial Planner and President of Crescendo Wealth Management LLC. Betty emphasized that financial well-being is highly personal; it means something different to everyone. She spoke on retirement planning and the need to manage your investments to meet your goals and to pay yourself first. Betty briefly addressed several types of accounts and recommended consolidating accounts wherever practical and possible.
November Program: Renée Graef
Women’s FOCUS is pleased to have Renée Graef as our guest speaker in November.
Renée has illustrated over 70 books for children including the Kirsten books in the American Girl collection and many of the My First Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder for HarperCollins. She served as creative consultant for five years, art directing many of the books in the Little House program.
She has also illustrated classics such as The Nutcracker and My Favorite Things as well as books on American icons Mount Rushmore and Paul Bunyan. Renée recently finished an historical fiction book for the Getty Museum (Los Angeles) and is currently working on an alphabet book about the lighthouses of the Great Lakes. She splits her time between Wisconsin and California.
In appreciation of our speaker’s time, Women’s Focus makes a $100 donation to the organization of the speaker’s choice. Ms. Graef selected the Ozaukee Humane Society as the recipient of the November donation.
October Program: It's All About You
You learned how to deliver an awesome "elevator pitch" at the August Business Meeting. Now you can put it into high gear by sharing at the October 21 Business Meeting. Make sure to bring your best smile and business cards!
A short review:
- Use 30-90 seconds. Less is more!
- Provide relevant background about yourself and your business.
- Offer a solution or solve a problem.
- Invite action or a decision.
- Show excitement and enthusiasm. If you can't be excited about your product or service, you can't expect others to feel eager to learn more.
September Featured Speaker: Faye Wetzel, Owner, Faye’s Women’s Boutique
Retail Success in a Challenging Market for Small Businesses
Women’s FOCUS is pleased to have Faye Wetzel, co-owner of Faye’s Women’s Boutique in Mequon and Brookfield as our guest speaker.
Ms. Wetzel, along with her husband and business partner, have overcome the odds to run not only one successful boutique, but two! Listen to Faye as she discusses the BE LOYAL SHOP LOCAL movement which Faye has been given credit for originating and spearheading in Milwaukee.
In appreciation of our speaker’s time, Women’s Focus makes a $100 donation to the organization of the speaker’s choice. Ms. Wetzel selected the Women's Club of Wisconsin Foundation as the recipient of the September donation.
August Featured Speaker: Reed Felton, President of Versatile Products LLC and Felton Consulting, Creating the Memorable Elevator Speech
Women’s FOCUS is pleased to have Reed Felton, President of Versatile Products LLC and Felton Consulting as our August guest speaker.
Mr. Felton has 30+ years of custom manufacturing experience as owner and president of a mid-size manufacture serving major retailers. With a background in coaching and consulting, he is an in-demand public speaker as he shares various topics, including elevator pitch development, which we are fortunate to have him share with FOCUS in August.
In appreciation of our speaker’s time, Women’s Focus makes a $100 donation to the organization of the speaker’s choice. Mr. Felton selected CRU in Florida as the recipient of the August donation.
July Featured Speaker: Jim Biever, Photographer for the Green Bay Packers, Recording Sports History through Photos
Women’s FOCUS is pleased to have Jim Biever, photographer for the Green Bay Packers and owner of Biever Travel in Port Washington, as our guest speaker for July.
What football fan hasn’t dreamed of just once, being on the sidelines for a professional game? Mr. Biever has lived that dream for over 40 years as he’s recorded history through the lens of his camera. Besides being published in the Green Bay Packer publications, Mr. Biever’s photos have also been included in top magazines such as Sports Illustrated and ESPN Magazine. Join us in July to hear more about this exciting career.
In appreciation of our speaker’s time, Women’s Focus makes a $100 donation to the organization of the speaker’s choice. Mr. Biever selected the United Way of Northern Ozaukee County as the recipient of the July donation.
June Member Spotlight: Elke Mischke
Our Very First Speed Networking Event!
Our June 17th meeting was very different! No guests, just members and women who have recently applied for membership. What a great opportunity for all of us! Thank you to Program chair Sharon Scaccia and the whole committee. They worked very hard to give us a fun new format to not only get to know a little more about each other, but also to practice the skill of quickly describing our businesses. A great opportunity to remember just how much you can communicate in about 3 minutes! In short, a successful event.
May Featured Speaker: Dr. JoAnn Sternke, Superintendent of Schools, Pewaukee School District
Women’s FOCUS is pleased to have Dr. JoAnn Sternke, Superintendent of Schools for the Pewaukee School District, as our guest speaker in May.
Dr. Sternke has led the Pewaukee schools since 2001. During her tenure she led the school system of 2800 students to a 97.4% graduation rate in 2012-2013 and in 2013 was named Wisconsin’s Superintendent of the Year. She was recently recognized as Pewaukee’s Person of the Year for 2014.
Join us on May 20th and listen as she tells us how she drives the teaching staff and youth to achieve more than just average. In appreciation of our speaker’s time, Women’s Focus makes a $100 donation to the organization of the speaker’s choice. JoAnn selected the Pewaukee School Scholarship program as the recipient of the May donation.
May Member Spotlight: Carol Schneider
April Featured Speaker: Christine Nuernberg, Former Mayor of Mequon
Women’s FOCUS is pleased to have Christine Nuernberg, Mayor of Mequon from 1998-2010, community volunteer, wife and mother as our guest speaker in April. Christine's topic will be "Life Then and Now."
Christine accomplished numerous projects that benefited all of Ozaukee County during her tenure as the Mayor of Mequon. Christine is an active volunteer with numerous organizations and serves on the boards for many! Come learn about Christine’s accomplishments in and outside the mayoral office.
In appreciation of our speaker’s time, Women’s Focus makes a $100 donation to the organization of the speaker’s choice. Mrs. Nuernberg selected the Mequon Nature Preserve as the recipient of the April donation.
April Member Spotlight: Mary Ellen Mueller
March Featured Speaker: Neil Willenson, Founder, One Heartland
Our featured speaker at the March meeting is Neil Willenson, founder of One Heartland (formally Camp Heartland) and co-founder of Camp Hometown Heroes.
Neil Willenson is national non-profit leader, public speaker, social activist, actor, entertainment industry executive and author. Neil will share his journey into social activism, a journey that he began at the young age of 15. Join us and see how a single person can inspire others and really make a difference!
In appreciation of our speaker’s time, Women’s Focus makes a $100 donation to the organization of the speaker’s choice. Neil selected Camp Hometown Heroes as the recipient for the March donation.
March Member Spotlight: Meg Daly
February Featured Speaker: Amelia Betzhold, Owner, Harvey’s Central Grille
Ever wonder what it’s like to run your own restaurant?
Women’s FOCUS is pleased to have Amelia Betzhold, owner of Harvey’s Central Grille, be our guest speaker in February. Amy has been in the restaurant business from the age of 14, when she started busing tables until ownership, when she bought into Harvey’s in 2007. Ever wonder how many hours need to be worked to have a successful eatery? How much food is actually kept on hand and prepped for serving each evening? Join us in February to hear from Amelia and learn all the ins and outs of dining!
Amelia is originally from the Shorewood area but has lived as far away as Jamaica, where the restaurant business was still a part of her life!
In appreciation of our speaker’s time, Women’s Focus makes a $100 donation to the organization of the speaker’s choice. Amelia selected the Milwaukee Rescue Mission as the recipient of the February donation.
February Member Spotlight: Susie Brill
January Featured Speaker: Carole Meekins, News Anchor TODAY’S TMJ4
Women’s FOCUS is excited to have Carole Meekins speak to our group on January 21st to enlighten us with her success story. Carole is the longest tenured 10:00pm anchor in the Milwaukee Market and the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for her work both on and off the air.
Carole started her career as a music teacher before her first television job in St. Louis. We are excited to listen as Carole shares her story, including her love of music, her belief of giving back, and how she made her way to the Milwaukee Market where she and her family now call home.
In appreciation of our speaker’s time, Women’s Focus makes a $100 donation to the organization of the speaker’s choice. Ms. Meekins selected the MACC Fund as the recipient of the January donation.
January Member Spotlight: Kristen Geis
Women's FOCUS, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to provide a networking opportunity to support its members and their businesses.
The goal and responsibility of the organization is to educate, provide connections, and different avenues for personal growth of its members.