Exasperating Tenacity, Constant Learning and 21st Century Leadership

(This column was published on FloridaToday.com 10/21/17) By Beth Gitlin “If you aren’t actively trying to learn, no one can help you. If you make it central to your professional life, no one can stop you.” – Ann Dwane, Co-founder and Partner, Village Global. When I was a global sourcing director at Wal-Mart 20 years ago, I was THAT associate … Read More

The Importance of Shopping Small, Shopping Local

By Bobbi Whitmore From FLORIDA TODAY – October 15, 2017 Growing up in a small town in South Dakota, we had a vibrant Main Street. The community took pride in supporting the local small businesses (they were all mom and pop shops), I know because I worked at one of the handful of boutiques on that main street. Things are … Read More

FIT’s weVENTURE Announces Women Who Rock Recipients

Honors to be Presented at March 14 Lunch in Melbourne     MELBOURNE, FLA. (February 7, 2017) – weVENTURE, a Central Florida-based organization founded at Florida Institute of Technology and focused on accelerating sustainable business growth for entrepreneurs, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Women Who Rock Awards in honor of Women’s History Month. The recipients will be recognized … Read More

2017 – A Year for Empathy

Is it possible for us all to agree that 2017 could be the year of empathy? I wonder…. the media says that we’re a divided country, our friends on Facebook have difficulty holding fruitful and enlightening discussions about politics without calling each other names, the word “selfie” is used so much it makes me want to be sick, and many … Read More

Keep Your Eye on the Prize in 2017!

Women tend to spend most of their time focusing on others, especially during the holiday season. Did I get my holiday cards out to all of the people I care about? Did I get all the gifts for everyone on my list? Is the tree up with the lights and presents all stacked neatly underneath? I believe we as women … Read More

Navigating Through a Sea of Leadership Feedback

This year has been the most professionally exciting year of my life – which is probably why it has also been the most challenging. Like most executive directors or individuals in leadership positions, I receive a lot of feedback. Learning how to successfully navigate that feedback, both personally and professionally is a task I am still learning to master. The … Read More

weVENTURE Receives $20,000 Grant from AARP Foundation

weVENTURE One of Only Four Women’s Business Centers in the U.S to be Selected MELBOURNE, FLA. (December1, 2016) – AARP Foundation has awarded a $20,000 grant to weVENTURE to conduct Work for [email protected]+℠ workshops in Central Florida. This national grant initiative is designed to help vulnerable older adults assess opportunities for self-employment, build skills, and connect with resources that will … Read More

weVENTURE Seeks Nominations for 2017 Women Who Rock Awards

Deadline for Submissions Friday, Dec. 16       MELBOURNE, FLA. (November 29, 2016) – weVENTURE, a Central Florida-based organization launched at Florida Institute of Technology and focused on the entrepreneurial needs of women, is seeking nominations for its 10th Annual Women Who Rock Awards Luncheon in honor of Women’s History Month. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16. The luncheon is … Read More

Stop With the Generational Stereotypes: Individualize!

What do you think about generational stereotypes? In the last several years I have seen more articles and talks about how to manage an intergenerational workforce than I care to count. I actually believe that these prescribed presentations have done more to damage intergenerational relations than help. It has given us free reign to slap labels on people and strip … Read More