Season's Greetings from Living Vicky!
Career Planning
Figuring out your career path
Are you stumped about where you are going to go with your career?  Some of us find ourselves painted into a corner - or so we think.  
  • Consider taking a career assessment test - there are plenty of good ones out there - don't assume you know everything about the industries out there - or where you may fit
  • Go on lots of interviews to learn more about different types of jobs, and your market value
  • Plan "going for broke", without going broke! Read books like Quitter: Closing the Gap Between your Day Job and Your Dream Job
  • Go on Linked In and find women doing what you'd like to do for a living - introduce yourself and ask for tips on how to get started

Whether you're just getting started in the workplace, or want to make a change, there is no time like the present  

 

We can help - contact us if you would like some ideas about where to begin!

In This Issue
DC is a great place for women entrepreneurs
The number of women-owned firms in the U.S. grew 59% between 1997 and 2013
Women disappointed with work hour flexibility, gender pay and responsibility gaps in conventional firms, are leaving conventional jobs to create their own organizations
Take a look at the great support SBA offers new women owned businesses and consider if this might be the path for you! 
Digital Influencers: Millennial Moms
Are you a Millennial Mom?  You're not alone!
Weber Shandwick (c)
 
Check out this intriguing research by Weber Shandwick - great info for entrepreneurs trying to understand this important market.

 

The report's intro tells us: "Millennial Moms are mothers who were born between 1978 and 1994. Approximately one in five moms (22%) is a Millennial Mom, accounting for approximately 9 million people. Global communications firm Weber Shandwick explored Millennial Moms with the purpose of identifying opportunities that marketers and communicators could tap into in this new era of online consumer engagement. "

 

No one could speak to this market more successfully than another Millennial Mom!
Ambassador Spotlight

  

We chatted recently with Whitney Richardson, President-Elect of the Junior League of Northern VA.  

  

Whitney, one of Living Vicky's most important foundations is volunteerism. 
 
Can you tell us about the Junior League of Northern Virginia's mission? 

The Junior League is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. We promote voluntarism through our community partnerships and relevant programming, with the end goal typically to establish or assist in creating community programs that we can then turn back to the community. The work - both directly and indirectly - to create these partnerships and programs, in turn, helps to train volunteers with a variety of skill sets, from strategic planning to events planning to volunteer engagement - or even just straightforward meeting management. (Let's not overlook the basics.) 

In your opinion, why is it important for women to find time in our busy schedules to volunteer?

In addition to serving as an non-career-related outlet to build some of the skill sets I pointed out, I think volunteering is an essential part of establishing a good work-life balance. You need to time to develop, time for yourself and time to give back - all of which I think can be accomplished from the personal fulfillment of volunteering - to feel like a more well-rounded person rather than cog in a machine. Having the different layers and different ways in which you can stretch and grow is key to continued personal growth. And it's obviously a great way to better connect with your community and get to know more about the activities going on around you. 

  

What advice would you share with a young lady, as a volunteer "newbie"?

  

Determine how much time you feel you have to give and find a good fit for you. That may be a one-off Saturday event, such as serving water at a weekend race; it may be a standing schedule around a topic you're passionate about, such as becoming a mentor or tutor; or it could be helming committees for a larger organization, such as the Junior League. You know best what you feel comfortable offering. Don't try to spread yourself too thin either, as you may end up resenting the experience(s). 

 

Learn more about the League by clicking here
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