The July 19, 2017 ProWIN luncheon was a celebration-filled theme as the organization commemorated its crystal anniversary. (That would be 15 years for those who don’t keep track of those things.) The entire event was a fun-filled trip down memory lane; remembering our roots as well as sharing thoughts about the future.
In lieu of the traditional speaker, there was a panel discussion of past presidents. The participants included: Tricia Mulcare of Homrich Berg, President 2014 and 2015; Linda Collett of the Collett Law Firm, President 2013 and the 2018 President Elect; Tammy Hurt of Placement Music, President 2008; and Lorraine DiSalvo of Morgan and DiSalvo, President 2011 and 2012.
When asked why they joined ProWIN and later why they served on the Board of Directors the answer was the same. All had been working on growing their businesses and were invited by someone else to check out ProWIN. Each found a welcoming atmosphere with great networking opportunities. They found the ProWIN motto of “Building Business by Building Relationships” to be true. At ProWIN, the former presidents all found a support network of other professional women.
Each of the women attended a ProWIN board recruitment event unsure if they were ready for the challenge of leadership. What they discovered was an opportunity to develop skills that would serve them well in their careers. For example, Tammy shared that she was very uncomfortable with public speaking. Serving on the board forced her to develop this skill which she then applied to her business and beyond. After serving on the board, she went on to serve other not-for-profits such as President of Georgia Music Partners and various roles at The Recording Academy including National Trustee. For those not familiar with the Recording Academy, they are the people who bring us the Grammy Awards.
Side note: the upcoming Volunteer Opportunities Mixer event for those interested in becoming more involved with ProWIN in 2018 is coming up on August 30th. Check *www.prowin.com for registration details.
Tricia Mulcare shared some words of wisdom that she received from a mentor. Practice your skills in the boardroom of a not-for-profit before you present at your boardroom. She credits her time on the board at ProWIN with giving her the confidence and skills she needed in becoming a Principal at Homrich Berg.
Linda Collett shared that not only has ProWIN helped her grow personally but has impacted her business greatly. She credits the relationships that she has built over time with the members of the organization for over half of her gross revenue in 2016.
Looking forward, the women all agreed that Atlanta is a market where opportunities are unlimited for women. Lorraine DiSalvo sees many women today leaving companies and creating their own businesses. They truly benefit from the partnership and relationships they develop with other women in business at ProWIN.
Thanks to all who have made the 15th Anniversary a reality and here is to many more years of “Building Business by Building Relationships.” Go ProWIN!
By Carolyn Briner, Sandler Training