It was a delightful evening of fellowship, networking and learning more about each other's businesses at Marketplace Women's last Vital Connections of the 2016-2017 season! The popular Business Showcase event provided each attendee the opportunity to "show and tell." Nordstrom Beauty Stylist, Sarah Zaret joined the ladies and provided some basic beauty tips and fun samples. The evening was a perfect ending to the season leaving everyone excited about what's coming in 2017-2018! Stay tuned and Enjoy Your Summer!
Marketplace Women gathered for a beautiful morning of breakfast, fellowship and lively discussion on the trending topic of How to Lead Millennials in the Workplace. Some of the key tips from our topic collaboration were:
- Provide Direct Direction
- Deliver the WHY
- Suggest saying, “Do it this way, this time; then if you see a different way come back and let’s discuss!”
- Suggest saying, “I have your back.”
- Reverse Mentoring. Grab a Millennial to mentor you! You are guaranteed to learn and laugh.
- Confidence is not the key to resilience. Competence is! Create one or two opportunities for the Millennial to grow in competence.
- Like Jesus, be direct...in LOVE!
It was a fun morning of sharing and learning and remembering what our actions say in the workplace.
Marketplace Women's April Vital Connections was a blessed time of sharing about the Martha and Mary in all of us! Attendees at both the Breakfast session and Dinner session spent quality time sharing and collaborating on how to appreciate balance and the voice of the Holy Spirit which leads us to "Martha and Mary moments" in our personal and professional lives. It was an inspiring time spent together!
On Friday, March 31st Marketplace Women spent time at WHW serving and ministering to young adults enrolled in Taller San Jose Hope Builders' Career Program. Acting as Personal Stylists, the ladies helped each young adult select professional apparel and accessories as part of their critical job search while passing along words of wisdom on what it means to have a professional appearance for a job interview. The afternoon was fun, insightful and inspirational, providing a blessed time of being a light in the workplace.
This month Marketplace Women tackled the subject of Social Media. We live in a time when the rush of social media is often speeding past our ability to critically evaluate our communications and apply biblical standards. Attendees enjoyed a frank discussion on how we can better navigate the maze of the modern social network glorifying God and benefiting His Church as we go.
Marketplace Women enjoyed two Vital Connections events in February 2017, a morning session with a tasty breakfast and an evening session with a scrumptious dinner. Both sessions included great conversation on improving professional, personal and spiritual processes by creating some Standard Operating Procedures. The lively discussions were a fun, inspiring and thought provoking way to start the month!
Marketplace Women began 2017 with an energetic morning and inspirational discussion on Purpose! After breakfast and networking, each attendee had the opportunity to complete a thoughtful exercise on uncovering a two-word purpose statement. Then in small groups the ladies chatted about what they discovered and how the discovery would help them live their purpose more intentionally in 2017. It was a great start to a new year for Marketplace Women!
Marketplace Women gathered on Friday, December 9th for their 11th Annual Christmas Tea, an elegant evening of celebration, conversation and Christmas Cheer! With a table filled with delectable treats, a selection of heavenly teas and inspiring and sometimes touching table talk, the evening was a very special way to start the Christmas Holiday.
It was another inspirational morning for Marketplace Women as early morning guests of November's Vital Connections discussed the importance of growth in their professional, personal and spiritual lives. Attendees were encouraged to make growth goals for 2017 and to journal about specific marks that testify of how far they have grown. "On this our assurance falls, that He who began this good work will surely make it grow tall!"
On Friday, October 14th, Marketplace Women spent the afternoon pouring into the lives of young women by helping them to select interview appropriate apparel and accessories and building their confidence. Partnering with WHW and Taller San Jose Hope Builders, two local nonprofit agencies, the ladies empowered 19 disadvantaged teens with some of the skills and resources they need to move forward to a new place in their lives. Services Projects are just one way that Marketplace Women inspires Christian women to integrate their professional, personal and spiritual lives and to change the Marketplace for Christ.
It was a bright and early morning for the Marketplace Women who gathered for the October Vital Connects Daybreak. The attendees enjoyed breakfast and networking before breaking into small groups to discuss how to maintain a Christ-Centered attitude during a workplace crisis. Discussions were feathered with laughter, tears and prayers and everyone left with some practical ideas on dealing with the next crisis. It was an inspiring morning!
It was a powerful way to start a new season of Marketplace Women with inspiring and touching stories of the purposefulness of our work. Every lady left with a list of key tips for developing a meaning mindset. At the top of the list was to read God's word: "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as for the Lord not for men." Colossians 3:23