Traveling Forward
Women in Business 2014
Save the Date for October 9th

 

We're thinking outside the cubicle again!

 

Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women, Arlington NOW,  

and the Ballston Business Improvement District are teaming up with Living Vicky to host an

event that will spark women's

interest in seizing unconventional career options.

 

There will opportunities to meet women leaders in these industries, and enjoy a lively panel.

 

Click below to learn more!

In This Issue
 
New York, New York! 
Celebrating the Travelers' Journey 

 

Our Travelers Program participants have spent the last 8 weeks sharpening professional inter-personal communication, honing critical thinking skills, and fortifying healthy confidence levels. But rather than earning an "A" for their accomplishments, these ladies received Frequent Flyer Miles to put toward an enlightening and enlivening trip to the Big Apple with their Journey Guides! 

 

Travelers practiced new skills at restaurants and meetings. They also enjoyed a Broadway production, explored the streets pedi-cab style, and awakened their senses in the city that doesn't sleep. There's no place quite like New York City to get a taste of so much cultural enrichment within a few square miles of  pavementThe trip left them with an experience that not only rewarded them for their effort in the program, but also broadened their lens of the world, preparing them to be well-rounded future professionals.
 
   
Special thanks to everyone who supported this life changing program!
Model Travelers
Dressing the Part, Speaking the Language 


 

The Travelers worked with Journey Guides, their mentors, for 8 weeks on programs like the following:


 

Dress to Impress
Young clothing entrepreneur Sharlia "Lia" Lee decided to put her career into motion--literally. Her Street Boutique Fashion Truck
spreads trendy cheer all throughout the Metro Area. Lia spoke with travelers about the elements of style, color, and grace, leaving them with a list of "dos" that are truly timeless. 

  

 The Vickies were also privileged to be guided by the Executive Director for DC Dress for Success, Kelli Jones. Jones advocates the organization's message, which is to restore women's confidence and independence in the professional realm by providing professional clothing for those who are struggling to acquire it on their own. Travelers learned prudent fashion tips that will help them stock their closets without emptying their wallets.  


Body Language & Micro-expressions

The way you listen, look, move, and react tells the other person whether or not you care, if you're being truthful, and how well you're listening.


 

When your nonverbal signals match up with the words you're saying, they increase trust, clarity, and rapport. When they don't, they generate tension, mistrust, and confusion.

Constructive Conversations  
In this excursion, travelers learned to temper feelings and push past judgment in tense, confrontational situations. Additionally, they learned that to be great communicators, they must first be great listeners.

These excursions equipped the travelers with the tools to practice their own polished look, poised demeanor, and successful professional dialogue. 
Ambassador Spotlight 
Amanda Mark
 
Amanda has worked for Arlington Street People's Assistance Network for almost a year, and loves the thrill and fulfillment of a job that allows her to meet real needs on a daily basis. A-SPAN's goal is to end homelessness in Arlington, a mission well worth her daily 9-5 workflow.

 

The heart of A-SPAN fuels Amanda's passion to go above and beyond in her work role, in which she proudly coordinates special events like walk-a-thons and fundraisers. She organized the annual Coming Home Breakfast fundraiser, which raised over $90,000--a sum that will provide many men and women with the opportunity to rebuild healthy lives and reestablish new homes. And while coordinating such an impressive gathering is one of Amanda's proudest successes, her favorite aspect of her career is hearing awe-inspiring stories from individuals whose lives have been changed as a result of A-SPAN.

 

These are the kinds of accomplishments Amanda shared with the Living Vicky Travelers and inspired them to flood their communities with their professional skills and practice their passions. Amanda is living proof of the incredible impact women can make as she blooms in her workplace and betters the world.


 

Travelers volunteered at A-SPAN to fulfill their spirit of community spirit!

 

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