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July 2017
Women In Action, Inc.
A message from our Executive Director
WIA News
Helpful Tips 3
Women In The
Spotlight 6
As you browse the site, you will find information on our
history, programs, values and information on how to
become a volunteer. Our team hopes you find this
website easy to navigate, and that it ignites your
curiosity and desire to engage in the work of taking care
of ourselves again.
Since 2010, Women In
Action, Inc. has offered
assistance to our women
through comprehensive
services, tailored to meet
their individual needs.
Over the past few years, we
have taken a dual approach
to serving our women;
both directly and working
collaboratively with other
community organizations
located in the Worcester
Area, as well as throughout
Massachusetts to better
enable advocates to assist our
women, and create and
strengthen networks of
strong women.
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Young Women With Purpose
We continued our work with
Claremont Academy for a
second year and ran our
innovative two-day student
series entitled,
“Understanding My Words
Have Power. This work was
done as part of the larger
Being a Young Woman
Initiative the students has
It is a group for young women working together to curtail destructive
behavior, to support one another’s successes, and to connect to the ongoing
struggles of young women in this country for greater equality, opportunity,
and social justice.. Working through the sessions will help young women
establish lives based on personal strength, self-confidence, connection to
others, and involvement in community efforts to diminish violence against
Young Women with Purpose mission is to empower young women to learn
their value and how to use their voice in a positive manner. YWWP will assist
young women with stepping into leadership position within their schools, their
communities and also the world.
YWWP will be building self- awareness for young women ages fourteen to
nineteen. It is designed to celebrate and enhance their strength, experience,
creativity, and intelligence.
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Personal Development, Health and Wellness, Leadership Skills,
and much more !!!
Time Management
Gravel, rocks, sand and water. What do those items have to do
with managing your time? And what is time management all
about? Heres a crash course, with just enough information
and three important Time Management methods, for you to
start creating your own strategy for better handling your 2,400
minute work week.
Lifestyles are becoming increasingly hectic. Lean business
design, and the flattening of organizations, have led to new
levels of complexity in the workplace. Because of these
factors, effectively running on what never seems to be enough
time, has become a “make or break” activity for people across
all segments of life, including athletes, executives, line
workers, soldiers, students, politicians, and parents.
Method #1
Decades ago, an idea was presented by President Dwight D.
Eisenhower which became commonly known as the
Eisenhower Method. This practice began with a memorable
statement from our 34th President: "I have two kinds of
problems, the urgent and the important. The urgent are not
important, and the important are never urgent." Using the
Eisenhower Method, tasks are evaluated and designated into
four categories as follows: delegated; dropped; completed
personally and immediately; or completed personally and
with a deadline.
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The success of this membership based system lays, in part, on the
collaborative approach of over 20 member agencies. In the coming years,
we seek to scale this system state-wide. This system helps advocates better
assist our women as they look for assistance with self esteem, financial
literacy, therapy, legal help, etc. As a result, advocates have been given
more time to spend with our women one-on-one, offering peer
mediation, security planning and emotional support.
Volunteers are key to Women In Action, Inc.s success. Over the past
couple of years, they have offered close to 10,000 hours of service to the
organization and the women we serve.
We are proud of our work and the services we provide to work towards
ending the stereotype of women not thinking of themselves in our
community, but we know we couldnt engage in this work without the
help of our community supporters.
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It isnt always easy to recognize how as a community member, you can
support an agency and its work. However, there are many different
opportunities and ways of giving to our agency.
Throughout this site, you will also find stories of how impactful, empathic
and comprehensive our service has been for the women we serve. Please
help frame these life-changing services by making a donation today. I
assure you that no matter how small the amount, your support is pivotal
in helping us sustain our services to our women.
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Finally, thank you for taking the time to learn about
Women In Action, Inc. Please remember to visit our
website, learn about upcoming events, and the impact
of our programs.
All the Best,
Chantel Bethea
CEO & President
Women In Action, Inc.
Testimony from our members:
Mentoring to me is critical in seeking objective
views on situations, career path, and even
perceived or real road blocks. Sometimes it is
your mentor who helps you through a tough
situation that has upside when over and done.
Without your mentor, you may not have stuck it
out. We all need a reliable and trusted person to
engage in such discussions.
-- Sharon
I like being a mentor because I want to help
women, especially women who are in the process
of starting a business. I hope to help them avoid
common pitfalls experienced in the startup phase
of a business. I gain fresh perspectives and ideas
from each mentoring conversation. The MWN
virtual mentoring system makes it extremely easy
to form mentoring relationships.
-- Mary
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Anissa Pennyman
It is very important to maintain health and skincare.
That rings most true for WIA member Anissa Pennyman.
She is the founder of Defined Beauty Essential, which
creates organic and natural skin and hair care products
for improving health. Anissa prides herself on being a voice for health and
beauty. “I like to think of myself as a wellness health advocate. I am passionate
about helping people live a healthy, whole and healthy life now, says
However turning that passion into becoming a small business owner was not
always a part of Anissas plan. It came out of a necessity. Anissa says, “I was let go
from a company I absolutely loved. The product of that company sold was not
available at Target or Walmart, so I quickly discovered I could make the product
myself, so I started making it for my twins”. Once the momentum started it was
unstoppable. “I started making natural deodorants, which led to other
products, such as body butters, facial moisturizers and scrubs, notes Anissa.
Quickly Anissa became invested in helping others get products that were
natural and good for people.
Using her products to help, educate, and nurture people is truly the point of
Defined Beauty Essentials. Her favorite part is being able to bring people to
their best look and feel. “When we feel good our energy operates at a higher
level, and when we operate at a higher level, we give and love more and our
confidence increases”, exclaims Pennyman. Her products try to help unlock
peoples best selves starting with the surface and works inside. She also uses her
products to educate people about the importance of natural products. “It
concerns me that we are consuming way too many harmful chemicals that in
the long term affect our overall health and well-being”. She hopes to educate
people on the importance of organic products through her business.
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With managing a small business on top of a full time job life
definitely gets complicated. Creating balance is definitely an
obstacle. “I’m no example of work life balance, I’m still in
the process of implementing time management strategies”
says Anissa. However these obstacles dont take away from
her passion and goals. She has reached a balance in being
able to feel her emotions when life is overwhelming but then she changes her
mindset. “I recently had an aha moment and quickly realized that when I changed
my perception of an obstacle, it often isnt awful. Obstacles allow us to grow and
build character”.
It has been this insight and determination that led WIA founder and CEO
Chantel Bethea and Representative Kate Campanale to nominate Anissa for the
Unsung Heroine Award presented by the Massachusetts Commission on the
Status of Women. Finding out about the award elicited a plethora of emotions for
Anissa. “I was surprised and shocked when I first heard the news. Later I felt a
sense of joy, peace, and happiness. I felt honored to receive such an award”. The
actual day was very beautiful day of celebration for women. Her favorite part was
being able to learn about all the women also receiving the award throughout the
state. “It was great to hear about the the fascinating and incredible
accomplishments achieved by women in their communities. It was an amazing
way to honor women doing great service and work.says Pennyman.
It is not any award or accolades that keep Anissa going. She has an important and
powerful message to spread to consumers about natural and organic products. It
is the pursuit of educating people and creating good products that makes it all
worth it. Adding a business on top of family and work is definitely very hectic for
Anissa. However she has an affirmation that keeps her going, “I am healthy,
happy, abundant, and whole.” She believes all people should use it. “Say it in the
morning and at night. Believe the affirmation and it will become a reality”. Maybe
if everyone used that they would be as successful as Anissa Pennyman.
Learn more about Anissa Pennyman and her business Defined Beauty Essentials.
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Method #2
Later, in his book entitled First Things First, Steven Covey introduced a concept
similar to the Eisenhower Model. Coveys approach is widely used today, and is best
explained through a hands on demonstration using a container in which is first
placed gravel, then rocks, then sand, and finally water.
Similar to The Eisenhower Method, tasks are assigned a quadrant where they are
most appropriately executed. Covey has included a deeper analysis of how to
effectively distribute your time based upon the quadrants. For example, the
recommendation of many time management experts is to spend 45% of your time
attending to the tasks relegated to the upper left-hand box labeled
“Important/Urgent”. Additionally, 35 % of your time should be focused on the upper
right-hand box labeled “Important/Low Urgency. What now remains is 20% of your
daily 1,440 minutes to be spent on the bottom quadrants. 15% should be spent
working on the lower left hand box, or the “Not Important/Urgent” items. The final
5% of your time could now be devoted to the remaining tasks, which have already
been recognized as neither important nor urgent. Eisenhower, always every bit the
general, grouped matters such as trivia, pleasant activities and time wasters into this
box, and followed with the ruling that these tasks be abandoned.
The next step after learning Time Management theory and understanding the
box approach, is to decide more specifically what tasks and occurrences are
comprising your day, and then placing those tasks into the appropriate quadrant.
In brief, the list below combines recommendations from several theories,
including Covey’s and Eisenhowers:
GRAVELcrises, deadlines, problems, some meetings
ROCKSplanning, thinking, relationship building, recreation
SANDvisitors, mail, telephone calls, meetings, interruptions
WATER—trivia, pleasant activities, “escape” activities, chat rooms
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Method #3
Finally, another expert in the field is Dr. Jon Warner, who has advanced a list of
competencies associated with time management skills. Dr. Warner, in the
following quote, describes our 1,440 minutes per day as if it were money in the
bank: “Every night, our “time bank” writes off as lost whatever we have failed to
invest in a good purpose. It carries no balance forward and allows no overdrafts.
Each new day, it opens a new account with us, and each night it burns the
record for the day. If we fail to use the day’s deposit, the loss is all ours. There is
no going back, no drawing against tomorrow. We must live in the presenton
today’s deposit. Invest in it to get the utmost in health, happiness, education,
and service, and anything else that is valuable to you”.
Warner has identified and developed seven competencies in his Time
Management Effectiveness Profile. The Profile scores an individual on each
level of skill, in each competency, and from there one can create a personal
action plan aimed at improving the areas that have been determined to be
challenging. Using the assessment findings and the tools provided in The
Profile, the individual now has the ability to collectively and generally improve
his or her time management practices and results. Below are the seven Warner
Organizational Ability
Managing Interruptions
Stress Management
Results Orientation
What happens when you more effectively manage your time? The benefits
include higher productivity at work, decreased levels of work-related stress, the
ability to focus on a deeper level, and the discovery of new (and often more
efficient) ways to approach your profession. Join us for a three hour workshop
on Time Management, offered by Women In Action, Inc. For details and
workshop dates, please stay connected to WIA Inc.
Women In Action, Inc.
5th Annual Women In Action Symposium
1 Salem Square, Worcester, MA
September 22nd 2017
Lunch Cruise with Women In Action
Spirit of Boston Boat Ride
July 29th 2017
11am Boarding
12pm Take Off
2pm Return to Dock
Vision Board Party
292 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA
11am August 19th 2017