Women’s Connection Committee Update - April 2016


The Women’s Connection Committee is one of the busiest groups in the Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Chaired by Deborah McDonald (financial advisor at Edward Jones) and Brandyn Seiferth (Technology Consultant at Next Horizon Networking and Technology), the committee has organized an ambitious schedule of events designed to bring together local businesswomen for connection, education, inspiration – and a little fun.

“Women are an important part of the economy,” Deb McDonald said. “It’s essential that we have opportunities to get together for professional development and also just to get to know our peers in the community.”

The committee has planned both business-oriented luncheons and evening networking socials throughout the year.

Luncheons are held quarterly at area restaurants and feature speakers with expertise in various aspects of business that interest women.

CJ Sugita-Jackson, owner and spa director at Healing Revolutions Wellness Spa in Altamonte Springs, will discuss the connection between health and wellness and lifestyle changes, as well as food, exercise and supplements at the upcoming luncheon on Friday, May 13, at St. Johns River Steak and Seafood in Sanford.

Karla Radka, COO of Goodwill Industries of Central Florida headlines the Aug. 26 event(location to be announced). The final luncheon of the year is set for Nov. 11 (speaker and location to be announced).

The events begin at 11:30 a.m. and are open to all area business and professional women, regardless of chamber membership. Fees are $18 for members, $20 for non-members. RSVPs must be made at least three days prior to the event. Online sign-up and payment the Chamber website are encouraged.

But sometimes businesswomen just wanna have fun. The committee’s networking socials offer Chamber members and non-members a chance to get to know each other in a more casual setting.

Bring your own wine and nibbles to the fused-glass workshop on Wednesday, March 30, at Gateway Center for the Arts in DeBary. Professional artist Vera Rekstad will be the instructor. All materials are included in the $25 fee.

Coming up:

Events start at 5:30. Locations, activities and prices vary. RSVPs must be received at least three days prior to the event. Online sign-up and payment the Chamber website are encouraged.

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