2019 Kickoff Event- How the Real You Makes a Difference


On January 18th, Women Entrepreneurs of Charleston hosted their first event of 2019 at Miller Gallery. The place buzzed with chatter and excitement as everyone waited for the event to start.

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Speaker Summary written by Adriana Richardson:

The beginning of the event was led by Kateri, the founder of Maia Community. Maia Community is a website that connects consumers to women-owned businesses. Kateri wanted to show her four daughters a world where women had equal representation to men. While women make up a little over half of the world’s population, we still fall behind men when it comes to business. In fact, women make up 40% of ALL businesses, but only make 4.3% of the total revenue. If all women just spent $20 a month at a woman owned business, women can drive $37.7 billion more in capital alone.

These numbers speak volumes. As a special bonus to us, Kateri has extended the members of Women Entrepreneurs an olive branch. When we sign up to the site, our businesses will show up first when people are looking for a particular service or product.

For more information on Maia Community and to sign up, visit https://maia.community/

After hearing from the lovely Kateri, we all listened in to Christine of Wonder Works. She told us her life story and how she was able to become a success. When she finished, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. There is so much wisdom to share, but these are the key points from the meeting:

  • Magic is truly real- you may not think anything of it in the moment, but you will realize as you look back

  • Find your Quirk- there are so many copycats in each industry. Find something that sets you apart in this ocean. People want to know You!

  • Serendipity- occurence of events by change.. Or not. These events were placed in your life for a reason. Embrace it and learn

  • People come and go for a reason- Some are lessons, some you may cross later in life. Either way, stay true to yourself.

  • Have some good friends- Entrepreneurship is rough at times. Find a good circle that can help you through the dark times and celebrate with you during the happier times.

  • Everything comes full circle- Christine talked about people she met during childhood/early adulthood and how they came back later in life and was able to help her along the way. Always remember to stay true to yourself and don’t burn bridges.

  • The magic is you!- We are the deciding factor in everything. Stay true and remember your quirks!

Once Christine finished her speech, everyone was left in awe and passion. She truly made everyone feel motivated. Before we closed out, we listened to Chris Quinn. Chris is a fellow member of Women Entrepreneurs of Charleston and she talked to us about her personal experience with cancer. Sadly, both of her parents had cancer. Her mother regretfully lost the battle, but her father is still here with us. She has a passion to help others fight against cancer. A nominee for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Lowcountry Woman of the Year, she asked for our help on her campaign. If you are interested in helping or would like more information, please reach out to Chris at chris@ehousestudio.com.

Ending the event was the founder of the Women Entrepreneurs of Charleston, Melissa Barker. She closed us out with a powerful speech about supporting one another and that 2019 will be our year! Of course, the magic is with us.

To all members or those that are not a member, please view our upcoming events for the year. If you are able to make all or most of them, we promise that you will be well equipped to carry on your business for years to come.

To learn more, or get personalized help from Christine, visit christinesosborne.com

Melissa Cote