WBN President’s Message

WBN President’s Message

Dear friends,

I am absolutely honored to serve our members and guests as President of Women’s Business Network of Peterborough (WBN) for the upcoming year 2017/2018. And I am inspired by our new, highly driven Board of Directors that have been working vigorously over the summer laying the foundation for a new program with stimulating, inspiring and educational speakers. We look forward to having you join us each month from September until June to experience the variety of topics, good food, wonderful friendships that transpire, and of course, have some fun!

I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to last season’s formidable President Mary McGee and her industrious Board of Directors for an outstanding WBN season. Cheers to a well-executed plan, ladies! And an extra special thank you for reminding us throughout the year to “use our power, work with purpose and enjoy the present!”

Our theme this season is Empower, Influence and Serve.

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WBN Book Club Review: Option B by Sheryl Sandberg

WBN Book Club Review: Option B by Sheryl Sandberg

On June 21, the WBN Book Club met for dinner at Kettle Drums, and of course for a book discussion. Our pick was Sheryl Sandberg’s Option B. Though it was written in the aftermath of the death of Sandberg’s husband, there are stories about overcoming all sorts of losses and failures.

Some big take-aways: Don’t be afraid to ask your friends about their loss – you won’t remind them of it because they are already thinking about it every day. Ask “how are you TODAY?” When moving through any kind of loss there are good days and bad days. Continue reading

WBN Book Club Review: Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

WBN Book Club Review: Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes stimulated a lot of discussion at the WBN Book Club when we met at Charlotte Anne’s Restaurant this past May. Even people who had never watched her shows (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder) loved the book.  It was an interesting mix of humour, inspiration, business and personal development tips for women. 

Shonda is a self-described introvert who fell into the rut of saying no to all things that were outside of her comfort zone. After hearing her sister say, “you never say yes to anything” she took that as a challenge and vowed to say “yes” to the things that scared her, for one full year. This did not mean saying yes to everything. In fact, she talked about “saying yes to no” on occasion.  However, it was a fun reminder that we all face the temptation of letting things get too comfortable, when sometimes the change and excitement in life comes from taking a few risks. We shared stories of our own personal connection with the book and more than a few people shared their success when they tried this new approach themselves. 

Watch Shonda Rhimes’ Ted Talk here:  https://www.ted.com/talks/shonda_rhimes_my_year_of_saying_yes_to_everything