As I write this article, my first President’s Message, I can’t help but reflect on my CWF experience thus far. I joined Coastal Women’s Forum in 2016 and became a board member shortly thereafter, serving under three different presidents and witnessing firsthand how each contributed to our organization.
From Jane Maulucci’s passion, to Sandy Eichelberger’s strength, to Eileen Nonemaker’s expertise, these women worked tirelessly to promote our core pillars: Networking, Education, and Encouragement. They are now and forever a part of the CWF legacy, along with Cynthia Turco, Leigh Wilkerson, MaryAnn Jordan, and dozens of other exemplary women who served as president.
And now in 2019, a different Lee (with a different spelling!) prepares to step into the role of President. How fortunate I am to have the wisdom and support not only of presidents past, but of our membership as a whole. The women who make up Coastal Women’s Forum are incredible, and it’s my honor to serve you and the organization this year.
Each year, the president chooses a theme to guide CWF as we plan events, choose speakers, and engage in our community. This is a significant responsibility; one I’ve been considering and thinking about for months.
I wanted to choose a theme that acknowledges everything CWF has accomplished over the last 30+ years, while also providing inspiration and direction for the future. As I thought about connecting yesterday with tomorrow, I envisioned a bridge between them, much like our city’s iconic drawbridge. And from this mental image came this year’s theme:
My vision for the 2019-2020 year is to expand CWF’s presence and impact through dialogue, relationship-building, and connection with community members and organizations. By building bridges across age, racial, and cultural divides, we can help strengthen and empower our community.
In many ways, this year’s theme is also my personal theme. In May, I celebrated my 40th birthday, meaning I’m part of a micro-generation called “Xennials.” Those of us born between 1977 and 1983 don’t fit neatly into either the Gen X or Millennial generations, as we have traits of both yet conform to neither. We’re known for having an “analog childhood and digital adulthood,” bridging the gap between two generations.
The feeling of straddling two worlds is not a new one for me, and not simply because of my birth year. When my husband was in the Air Force and I worked as a government employee, I often felt like I lived in two worlds – military and civilian. And now, as an entrepreneur and mother of two children, I’m constantly navigating the demands of my business with the responsibilities of parenthood.
As a result, I’m comfortable in the in-between, navigating transitions and finding innovative ways to get from point A to point B and beyond. My hope is that my personal experiences, combined with the collective wisdom of our membership and the guidance of an outstanding Board of Directors, will help CWF build new bridges into the future.
Enjoy your summer, and we’ll see you at the first Dinner Meeting of the year on August 6th!
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