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Be a Woman With a Plan

We want to know what women are planning because a #WomanWithAPlan can be an unstoppable force. Re-pin some of these plans or share new plans with us using the hashtag #WomanWithAplan and know that no plan is too big or too small.

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Be a Woman With a Plan

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Before writing full-time, Lalita Tademy, New York Times Bestselling author of ‘Cane River’ and ‘Red River’ and author of ‘Citizens Creek,' was vice president and general manager of several high tech companies in Silicon Valley. How did she transition from the boardroom to the bestseller list? “Goal setting is critical, whether directional or highly specific.” Nothing can stop a ‪‎Woman With A Plan‬. Read more:

Kirsten Dixon, chef and co-owner of Within The Wild Adventure Lodges in Alaska dreams big. She acknowledges there’s power in setting goals just a little higher than you think you’ll be able to achieve. “As a company, we are constantly reviewing our goals for our company mission and vision statement as a guideline. This year our company word is ‘reinvention,’ our inspiration is ‘new adventure,’ and our commitment is ‘challenge, change and partnership.’” Nothing can stop a ‪#‎WomanWithAPlan‬.

Meg Jansky, our vice president of field integration, encourages women to talk with other women about their plans. Watch to learn what other skills are in Meg’s planning “toolbox”… #WomanWithAPlan

Continuing into #WomensHistoryMonth we hear from our client, CEO and Founder of Consociate Media, Stephanie Heinatz, as she explains how she sets herself up for success, “Simply put, goal setting is vital. What’s equally vital is flexibility. I’ve set lots of goals, been very blessed to have reached many of them, and have been equally fortunate to have missed some." Nothing can stop a #WomanWithAPlan.

We continue to recognize successful women over #‎WomensHistoryMonth‬ beginning w/ Certified Empowerment Coach speaker & co-founder of Get Up Girl Women's Coaching Margalit Ward. To achieve her vision to success, Margalit takes time to write out her ideal vision for important aspects of her life like work, health, finances, etc. She makes her goals specific and measurable with a time frame in mind.Then, she makes sure to take time to reflect and evaluate. Nothing can stop a ‪#‎WomanWithAPlan‬

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Can women have it all? Kimberley Goode, our own vice president of communications and corporate affairs is a #WomanWithAPlan. Hear what she has to say about “having it all.”

Entrepreneur Ingrid Vanderveldt believes bringing women the tools, technology and the resources they need to become leaders and entrepreneurs can shape and improve the global economy. We’re excited to help Ingrid empower a billion women and we know, nothing can stop a #WomanWithAPlan.

As a young artist, Beth Sahagian-Allsopp never dreamed that one day she'd be carving out a place for herself as a business owner & helping others as well. Today she’s president of Vanguard Sculpture Services—a full service art foundry—and she plans to forge a stronger community by using her space as a combo studio-workshop-gallery. This enables Vanguard to foster public art projects, lead business improvement activities, host gallery events & more. Nothing can stop a woman with a plan.

Entrepreneur Pamela Anderson is an example of how creativity can spark opportunity. “My mother taught me that I didn’t have to buy things—I could make them,” she said. When remodeling her kitchen and unable to find drawer pulls she liked, she designed her own. The design was so well received that Pamela launched “Contemporary Pull” a high-design cabinet hardware company that is gaining momentum and has been featured in numerous design publications. Nothing can stop a #WomanWithAPlan.

Liz Scott’s world was turned upside down when her daughter Alex was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. In 2000, Alex received a treatment and told her mom she had a #plan. “When I get out of the hospital, I want to have a lemonade stand and give the money to doctors so they can help other kids." Alex’s 1st lemonade stand raised $2k. In '04, Alex lost her life to cancer but today, her mom Liz continues the plan that her daughter began. ALSF has raised over $75M. Nothing can stop a woman with a plan.

Jennifer Borget made a plan to pay for college entirely through scholarships. She majored in broadcasting & the Natl. Assoc. of Broadcasters Education Foundation awarded her a $20K scholarship for her work. She is the 1st in her family to graduate college and one of only 18 people to become an Ed Bradley Scholar. Her fervently read blog babymakingmachine... has made her a parenting expert. She has been on the Today Show & contributes to parenting publications. Woman with a plan.

Kimberley Gilles is winner of the 2013 National Education Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence. Gilles always knew she wanted to be a teacher and her plan would eventually guide her to become a recognized leader in the educational arena. “I am an effective teacher because I am a life-long student,” said Gilles. Gilles encourages others to say yes! “Say yes to unexpected opportunities and listen to the small, still voice within you,” she added.

Delynn Alexander knew at age 12 she wanted to be just like her mom when she grew up. As a young girl, Delynn was witness to her mother’s career helping clients achieve their goals and as an adult, she set out to do the same. It started with a plan and today, has turned into a thriving wealth management practice. Delynn says, “there are always setbacks, some small and some large, but mainly, they are life.” Today, she is a proud wife, mother and entrepreneur. Nothing can stop a #WomanWithAPlan.

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Rosie Pope turned her love of motherhood into her very own maternity empire, including: clothing lines, educational classes and a TV show “Pregnant in Heels” which debuted in 2011. Pope is a trusted source for moms and is now an accomplished author of a step-by-step pregnancy guide titled Mommy IQ: The Complete Guide to Pregnancy. Today she provides advice as a Contributing Editor at Parents magazine, Amazon Mom as well as a monthly column Rosie to the Rescue! Nothing can stop a #WomanWithAPlan

Did you know minority women-owned firms grew 156 percent from 1997 to 2013 and now account for 1 in 3 women-owned firms in the U.S.? Nothing can stop a #WomanWithAPlan

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    Ginny Albert

    This does not surprise me, as we are in very different circumstances from say -- 30 years ago. Today, having a job is simply not fulfilling enough, especially if you've worked begrudgingly for others, to the detriment of fulfilling your own dreams. One reaches a place where working is simply not enough. Doing what we love and whether it will positively impacts people is far more important. I am proud of the entrepreneurial spirit of today's women. I am one of them!

Pat Summitt holds the most all-time wins for a coach in NCAA basketball history of either a men’s or women's team. In 2009, Sporting News recognized her as one of the “50 Greatest Coaches of All Time”. She was the only woman on the list. Summitt retired from coaching in 2012 and is the author of 3 books including Sum It Up which chronicles her life, career and recent diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s. Nothing can stop a #WomanWithAPlan

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Are you designing your best life? Female entrepreneurs are creating jobs and businesses that work for them. Nothing can stop a #WomanWithAPlan

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