Coastal Women’s Forum (CWF) welcomes smart, savvy women of all ages, interests and abilities...
Women just like you!
We invite you to join us at our monthly lunch and dinner meetings,
and take advantage of being a CWF member.
Coastal Women's Forum Membership includes:
CWF Members are women who own businesses, or are following careers in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Other members are blissfully enjoying retirement or raising families. Some are new to New Bern and are seeking ways to establish themselves within the community. They are all energetically involved in pursuing their personal passions and often committed volunteers for the benefit of the community.
Become a CWF member and share our mission of Networking, Education and Encouragement. Browse the website and understand who we are and what we are all about. But the best way for you to know us is to meet us in person. Sign up to attend a luncheon or dinner and meet the dynamic women of our thriving and constantly growing group.
We’ve saved you a seat! For information on how to join CWF, click here
I spent over 30 years working in Human Resources at various organizations. Throughout my journey I was fortunate enough to have several mentors who helped me navigate the corporate world, which turned out to be invaluable as I advanced my career.
Later, I had extremely talented people working for me. Luck had it that I was able to honor those who mentored me by passing it forward to the next generation of Human Resources Managers.
One of the skills I strongly encouraged them to develop was the ability to network, even though it might not always feel natural. I still remember the gnashing of teeth and the whining as my networking encouragement evolved into action goals (remember those performance evaluations?). I can still hear “I don’t want to,” “I am not comfortable doing this,” “I don’t have time” – all the way to “I hate this.”
I’m sharing this with you, so you will recognize that many people, including some of you reading this, experience the same reactions regarding networking. If you were at our 30th event, you heard Beth Wood speak of the initial apprehension she felt going to CWF meetings. And really, what is networking? It should be viewed less as an anxiety provoking activity and more as a, “Wow, I met a really interesting person at that meeting.”
Think about it. Haven’t we been networking since kindergarten? Our parents dropped us off to face a room full of people we didn’t know, and they were not coming back to pick us up for hours! We had to figure out how to negotiate getting toys we wanted or how to get in line at the playground. Along the way, we acquired some buddies, and we were only six years old.
Fast forward to now, we no longer need toys or a place in line at the playground. Now we need to grow our businesses, find the right people to support us in our endeavors, and discover friends who will stand beside us through all of life’s adventures. So, networking is about recognizing the skills we already have and making them work to accomplish our personal and professional goals.
If you were fortunate enough to join us for our March luncheon, you were able to experience the amazing results of networking first hand, not once but twice. First as Sally Pichette talked about everything it took to start her new business and how so many of her CWF sisters were part of that journey. Secondly, as we said goodbye to our friend Sarah Harrison, who is moving to Charleston. Sarah eloquently spoke to us about how much CWF meant to her as she went through some difficult personal times.
These two women epitomize what networking can do for you. So, when and if nervousness hits you as you walk into a CWF meeting, give some thought to “who will I meet today, within this large group of diverse women, who will answer a need I have”? Put a smile on your face and in your heart, you never know what kind of connections and friends you might make on your next “playground.”
For only $40 per year, you can receive all the benefits of being a member of Coastal Women's Forum.
In addition to the networking and education opportunities CWF provides to all guests, members receive a $5 discount on the price of meals, have access to members-only content areas of the website, and can promote their business or cause for free at CWF events and in the CWF newsletter.
Why not join today!