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:
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 - July 2016
Happy New Year!
I realize that it’s not January, but the Coastal Women’s Forum New Year starts July 1st. So let’s celebrate the start of the 29th year of Networking, Education, and Encouragement with this enthusiastic and diverse group of women! Whoo-hoo!
My theme as President for 2016-2017 is “WHO DO YOU KNOW?” As a CWF member you are connected to a phenomenal network of women who have extensive knowledge and experience that they are willing to share with you. All you need to do is ask!
If you want to know how to grow your business or rose bushes, we can find the expert in our midst. Need a referral for a gardener or a gangplank; we’ve got the go-to girls who can help. Or maybe you’re at a personal crossroad and you need some empathy and encouragement to help you along, we’ve got that covered, too.
When people ask me about CWF I provide an encapsulated overview of our group, outline our meeting schedule, declare our mission and then tell them, “By the way... we’re completely self-serving... but in a great way!”
We, as Coastal Women’s Forum members, are here to take care of each other. To provide that network of knowledge that supports us personally and professionally. My goal as President is to help all of our members recognize that they are well connected.
We had the Bee Hive Networking exercise at the April Trade Share where you could anonymously ask for something you needed personally or professionally. The questions started with “Who do you know....” and then you completed it with your request. For example: Who do you know that needs to improve their marketing? Who do you know that would like a puppy? Who do you know that can help me learn QuickBooks?
I want to continue to provide that anonymous opportunity at each meeting, but simplified. You’ll be able to write your request on an envelope and then post it on a cork board near the podium. As members and guests mingle they can read the question and determine if they or someone they know can answer it. They’ll put their business card in the envelope and you’ll head home with new connections.
Our first dinner meeting on August 2nd will be the kick off celebration with a panel discussion of how CWF has worked for our members, a preview of the year ahead, and something to make you smile. Come ready with your “Who do you know...” requests or just ready to unwind and reconnect.And I just want to say, I am honored to be the President for 2016-2017. Let’s have a great year!
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!