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Coastal Women’s Forum (CWF) welcomes smart, savvy women of all ages, interests and abilities - women 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:

  • Meetings that fit your busy schedule
  • Business, professional, and volunteer networking opportunities
  • Informative and entertaining speakers
  • Opportunities to promote your passion
  • Career and self-development
  • Access to the support, knowledge, and experience of your fellow CWF members
  • Encouragement from women who have been there and done that
  • Your chance to give back and support other women in our community

 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

President's Message - April 2017
Jane H. Maulucci

Death, Taxes, & Networking

Ben Franklin claimed that the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. Since it is April, hopefully everyone has come to grips with their obligation to the IRS.  And that by now, you’ve taken Mary Skinner’s words to heart and gotten all your necessary papers in order, because as we all know, death happens.

I’d like to add a third certainty of life – Networking. Whether you recognize it or not, each of you has a network that supports and surrounds you. Of course part of it is the Coastal Women’s Forum, but you also have your family, business, social, and spiritual webs that contribute to your greater network.

It is almost impossible to be successful in life and business without your network. Even the cloistered computer wizard living in her mother’s basement making $20k a year by blogging has a network and understands the value of that literal and figurative connection.

We started this year asking “Who do you know?” to remind members to reach out to our diverse group professionally and personally. At our twice monthly meetings we work to encourage you to use the directory to search for the women who provide the products and services you need or to continue a conversation that started over a meal. (Ahem... how’s your profile looking? Got a name tag?)

We randomly toss in assigned seating so that we can each move out of our comfort zone and network with people we may have missed along the way. If we can think of another way to serve our mission of Networking, Education, and Encouragement we will spring it on you!

But this Networking piece is the key to your success. And it isn’t painful. It is a conversation with one of your tablemates. It’s “Tell me about your business...” or “Who do you use for computer services...” or “Where did you get those earrings?” And the next thing you know, you’ve expanded your network.

On April 6 at the New Bern Golf and Country Club at 5 p.m. we will have our Trade Share event. It is a mini- trade show where our members get to showcase their businesses. This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about your CWF sisters. Then on April 19 RCS Executive Director, Juliet Rogers, will offer her humorous insights on transitioning from a successful career in finance to a commitment to a non-profit.

While you’re chatting with your tablemates this month, ask them about a connection they’ve made through CWF or a leap of faith moment in their life. They may be one and the same!

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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.  Join today!

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