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  • 15 Dec 2014 1:41 PM | Cyn Macgregor

    BPW/Raleigh is proud to sponsor Reality Store SM, a curriculum for middle school students. This is our 10th year presenting Reality Store SM at Shepherd Middle School in Durham, NC. It is being held on Friday, February 13, 2015 (approx. 8am-11:30am).

    The program is offered in a game format where students learn the “reality” of a monthly family budget and the value of making appropriate choices in planning for career, family and their education. Students receive a mock checkbook with the monthly income entered for the specific career. Students then visit booths manned by community members at which they pay their monthly bills. At each booth, the students make decisions concerning the standard of living they’ll assume. For example, at the housing booth, students decide if they want to pay for a one-bedroom efficiency apartment or a five-bedroom home.

    Following the Reality Store SM simulation, students discuss the impact of the educational choices they make today on their ability to 1.) enter various occupations and 2.) support various standards of living in their future.

    Can you help?

    Volunteer on February 13, 2015 - If so, here's how it works: 2 volunteers are assigned at each of 10 stations. Volunteers guide students in making choices and helping them to make adjustments to their check register. Prior experience with Reality Store SM is not necessary. It is an easy job and so rewarding. 

    Contact Mary Kim at for more information or to volunteer. For directions to the school click here: Shepherd Middle School.

    Provide freebies for our student goodie bags - We create bags with memo pads, stickers, t-shirts, etc for each participating student to take home. If you have something to contribute contact Mary Kim at

  • 31 Oct 2014 10:29 PM | Cyn Macgregor

    It’s all about Connections

    by Sonja Neiger, Director, Women’s Leadership Institute

    Connections - providing opportunities for professional women to develop learning relationships with one other

    We’ve all heard the old adage: It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. That may be true, but who you know can also help you know a whole lot more.

    In the not-so-distant past, women were told “Find a mentor to get ahead.” We all know that Mentors, traditionally, are the seasoned sages guiding younger protégés along. Mentors invest time and energy into passing along their wisdom; Protégés soak up every bit of it. The problem with this model is that it assumes only one person in the relationship has something to offer – the Mentor. It also requires a significant investment of the Mentor’s time for the protégé to derive maximum value. Finally, with this model, it’s almost as if we are creating a boundary; once you have “arrived,” you don’t need mentoring any longer; you should switch and assume the mentoring role and are no longer the protégé. What if there’s a different way?  

    The Mentoring Committee of BPW, Raleigh, thinks there is a different way – dare we say, a better way. In 2014/15, we are expanding and re-branding the Mentoring committee to focus on Connections. Instead of mentoring, which carries a heavy connotation, our focus is providing opportunities for professional women to develop learning relationships with one other. We believe that all women in our organization, whether seasoned professionals in industry, ambitious entrepreneurs, dedicated veterans, or new graduates, have knowledge and skills that are useful to share. We also ascribe to lifelong learning – the idea that all of us have something to learn, no matter how experienced we are in our careers.

    Research shows that Connections are especially important to women because we derive more learning through relationships than men do. When a woman receives a bit of advice from a trusted person, she is likely to learn and apply the lesson; conversely, a man is more likely to learn through experiencing a situation. In a real world context, women do better when primed for a learning experience with nuggets of advice, like “When you jump in the pool, move your arms and legs so you don’t drown!” Sure, we have to jump in the pool to learn, but we’re more apt to absorb useful advice from others and put it into action. Men, generally, don’t learn in this way. They say “yea, yea, I got this,” jump into the pool, and figure it out (quickly, before they drown).

    Does this ring true in your experience of how women learn? If so, the implications for your own learning are significant and optimistic. It means that you have a greater capacity to leverage learning from trusted advisors. Collecting and applying wisdom from others not only develops your confidence before you jump into new experiences, but it also helps you avoid the more painful option – trial and error. Learning through relationships also means that you don’t necessarily need to look for people who have more experienced than you are, which can be especially difficult if some of our long-term members; you simply need to find people you trust who have something to offer that you value. Likewise, if you are junior in your career, you have learning to offer others. You don’t need to wait until you accumulate years of credibility to share your valuable insights.

    As we move into 2014/15, think about what is missing that would accelerate your career. Think, too, of what you can give back. In 2014/15, it’s all about Connections – to learn, to contribute, through learning relationships with each other.

    • Need to know what your unique strengths and talents are that you can share with others? Come to our next meeting on November 18.

    • For more about the Connections committee, stay tuned for more blogposts, an on-line toolkit, and an event on January 15.  

  • 20 Oct 2014 11:09 AM | Cyn Macgregor
    Nicolette Allen & Jacqueline Brown are our club's Women Joining Forces chairs. These 2 ladies are passionate about helping women veterans and their families. Learn more about them, the Women Joining Forces program and how you can help at our upcoming program on October 28th, Taking a Crack at Cracking the Code - Solutions for Achieving Equity at Work with Susan Land Chief Engineer and Deputy Program Manager for C2BMC Spiral 8.2 Product Development supporting Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Command. This event is co-sponsored with IEEE Women In Engineering for the Eastern NC Section. Click here to learn more about IEEE.

    You can support this WJF initiative by purchasing a wrist band available at our dinner event or attending a fundraiser at California Pizza Kitchen at the Durham (Southpoint) and Raleigh (Triangle Town Center) locations on Monday, November 17th. 20% of your purchase will support the WJF grant. Grab your friends and family and head to one of the 2 California Pizza Kitchen locations for a great night out and a good cause. CPK is not your regular pizza spot, they also serve great Mojitos, gluten-free pizza, vegan selections, light bites, cheesecake and more! Check out their Full Menu.

    Hope to see a few of you on Oct 28th at Brier Creek Country Club for an elegant dinner and inspiring talk, or at California Pizza Kitchen on Nov 17th for some casual conversation and chillaxin!


    Cyn Macgregor
    2014/15 BPW Raleigh president

  • 10 Oct 2014 9:21 AM | Cyn Macgregor

    We are thrilled that Susan (Kathy) Land accepted our invitation to speak at our co-sponsored event with IEEE October 28th. She has more than 25 years of industry experience in the application of software engineering methodologies, the management of information systems, and leadership of software development teams. Ms. Land is currently assigned as the Chief Engineer and Deputy Program Manager for C2BMC Spiral 8.2 Product Development supporting Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Command, Control, Battle Management, & Communications (C2BMC) in Huntsville, AL. 

    REGISTER for event.

    Susan will speak about her experiences as a woman working in the computing and defense industries. She will discuss leadership development as a lifelong journey, the challenges and opportunities for women in industries where they might be a minority group, and the empowerment we should all embrace to affect positive change.

    Susan is featured in a film Pioneers in Skirts produced by BPW members Lea-Ann Berst and directed by her daughter Ashley Maria. Ashley will be at October's event, so be sure to meet her, and ask about her film!, if you plan to attend this not-to-be missed event. 

    This event is co-sponsored by IEEE Women In Engineering for the Eastern NC Section.

  • 02 Sep 2014 11:34 PM | Cyn Macgregor

    Recently board members took action by working together to conceive a member survey to understand better the wants and needs of our BPW Raleigh club. Based on the survey results the board voted to update programming for the 2014/15 year. 

    Some of the updates include:

    • Evening AND afternoon programs.
    • Programs that focus on skill building, facilitated networking and signature events.
    • Plated dinner AND buffet with expanded menu to meet dietary needs.
    • Cash bar (wine only) at evening events.
    • Increase of social events to build community.
    • Varied pricing.
    • Varied locations.
    If you have any questions contact or reach out to a board or committee member.

    Hope to see you at one of our upcoming events!

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