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Upcoming events

    • 09/23/2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual Zoom Event

    Mastermind Group Meeting – Mentor and Be Mentored – Free

          Join Us!...For a Virtual Mastermind Group Meeting, Wednesday, September 23 at 5:30-7:00 pm. The purpose of the Network sponsored Mastermind Groups is to mentor others and be mentored in a small group setting. Grow your business, business relationships and friendships, give and get help in both business and personal areas. 
        Mastermind principles are based on Napoleon Hill's classic book "Think and Grow Rich." These principles are time-tested, having been used since the early 1900s. Mastermind Groups also employ the principles explained in "Law of Attraction" and "The Secret."
         Please register. This is a Zoom event, please register, an email link will be sent prior to the meeting. Contact Geri LaForte at gerilaforte@gmail.com for more information.

    • 09/24/2020
    • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Virtual Zoom Event

    Virtual Breakfast - Coffee Connections, Meet & Greet & Networking — Free

          Join Us!...For a Virtual Breakfast – Meet & Greet & Networking Event, Thursday, September 24 at 8:00 am. This is a chance to say "HI" to your Network friends, do a little networking, let others know if you need anything, or offer help to others.
         This is a Zoom event, please watch your email inbox for link.
         Registration required.

      • 10/01/2020
      • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
      • Virtual Zoom Event

      Virtual Zoom N@N — Fun Cooking Demo with Susan Napiany and Pampered Chef!

           Thursday, October 1, will be a Zoom Virtual Network @ Night (N@N), 6-8pm. Join us for a fun cooking demo with Susan Napiany and Pampered Chef! Susan will show us a quick and easy one-pot meal and some great kitchen tools to make it easy and fun!
          She also will be showing lots of NEW products just introduced in the new Fall catalog. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. A portion of all sales in October will be donated to Breast Cancer research and the annual Teri Brodeur Breast Cancer walk.
          Susan is a long time member of the Women's Business Network. She is active in her church and a volunteer cuddler in the NICU at L&M Hospital.
          She lives in Niantic with her husband, Ralph. They love to travel, sail and ride bikes ( both motorcycle and peddle bikes). Susan has a love of quilting and she wants to have quilting and cooking classes when we can get together again. She has had to move her Pampered Chef business to online parties, so let her know if you would like to host a party soon! www.pamperedchef.biz/suenapiany
          An access link will be emailed prior to the event.

      • 10/08/2020
      • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
      • Virtual Zoom Event

      “Unconscious Bias – Unveiling Racism” – Women & Voting –  A Panel Discussion Virtual Series – Sponsored by the SECT Women's Network

            Oct. 8, 2020… The Southeastern CT Women’s Network in collaboration with the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) of CT is sponsoring a panel discussion on the topic of “Women and Voting” - a free Zoom event on Thursday, October 8th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The panel will discuss the history of voting, the suffrage movement and the voting rights act of 1965. The event will feature panelist, Janis Mathis, Esq, the Executive Director of The National Council of Negro Women. Other panelists will represent the NAACP, and League of Women Voters. Kia Baird, CESP, NCNW of New London County and Job Developer with the State of CT will moderate the panel. Please join us for this special and timely event. This panel is the 2nd in a series of monthly panels focusing on Unconscious Bias – Unveiling Racism.

      The next panel on Thursday, November 12th will focus on antisemitism and will be moderated by Carin Savel, Executive Director of The Jewish Federation of Eastern, CT. 

      Open to the public. To join the panel discussion, go to the Zoom Link:


      The Network strives to create a dynamic and diverse membership, which promotes powerful, personal, and professional relationships through the advancement and education of its members.

      For more information, contact: Lisa Giordano, ldgldg7@gmail.com; (860)861-3743

          Janice L. Mathis (Featured Panelist) is the Executive Director of the 85-year old National Council of Negro Women and has broad-based experience as a lawyer, negotiator, advocate, administrator and team builder. Ms. Mathis is noted for her decades of work with Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. She served as General Counsel and Chief of Staff to the Rainbow PUSH coalition. She helped negotiate numerous diversity and inclusion pacts with Fortune 100 firms, served on the Coca-Cola and Georgia Power diversity advisory councils, orchestrated legislative-related efforts in Georgia and shareholder activism nationally. She campaigned for media decency and reform of the criminal justice system and led CEF’s financial literacy partnership with Wells Fargo. She also was managing partner of Thurmond, Mathis and Pickett, a general practice law firm in Athens, Georgia. Mathis earned a B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and is a graduate of the Lumpkin School of Law at the University of Georgia. The National Council of Negro Women is a Washington, D.C.-based international non-profit organization making a difference in the lives of women, children and families throughout the world through research, advocacy, and community-based services and programs. The organization was founded on December 5, 1935 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. Dr. Dorothy Irene Height, President Emerita, led the organization for more than fifty years before passing in 2010. For more information, please visit www.ncnw.org.

           Kia A. Baird (Moderator) is a Certified Employment Support Professional; she holds roles both as a Manager of vocational programming and as a Job Developer. Kia’s work allows her to fulfill her purpose of connecting people with opportunities. Ms. Baird serves as the President of the New London County Section of the National Council of Negro Women, an organization founded in 1935 by Mary Mcleod Bethune to work collectively for women’s rights and the rights of young people. Kia is a former Ambassador for the Eastern CT Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals and served the Chamber as a member of its Board of Trustees. In 2013 Kia Baird received the Young Professionals Community Service Award. In 2015, she was honored with her peers as one the region’s 40 Under Forty and in the follow years Kia was privileged to become one the SECT Professional Women of the Year and 100 Women of Color (CT, MA, RI). Kia is a founding member of the Eastern Connecticut Urban Professionals, an organization dedicated to Networking and Career Development for Professionals in the urban parts of our state. Kia is the President of OutCT, a 501c3 organization that works to build a community through educational and social programming that promotes acceptance and understanding of the LGBTQ community. Kia is also the Co-Chair of the Southeastern CT Re-entry Council, serving individuals that are returning to the community after incarceration. She is also on the Diversity Board for the Norwich Bulletin and has been featured several times as a guest columnist. Kia Baird is a classically trained soprano. She studied the business of music at the Historically Black College- Winston Salem State University (UNC) located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Kia studied both sacred and classical music and concentrated in jazz under the tutelage of D’Walla Simmons Burke, Richard Heard and Dr. David Legette. Among other memorable performances, Kia was the soprano in the Opera Barefoot, narrated by the Late Dr. Maya Angelou and is currently the featured Soloist for RPM Voices of Rhode Island. Kia is a former Board of Directors member of the Norwich Arts Center, where she created Miss Lottie’s Café, A jazz- theater series, named for art and community activist, Lottie B Scott in historic Norwich, CT and is the Founder of Girls in Jazz. Kia serves on the Executive Committee for the Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition. Kia’s dream is to connect people with passion and creativity to opportunities that develop exceptional business acumen, drive economic development and strengthening the community as a whole.

    Past events

    09/16/2020 Masterclass Series - Zoom Virtual Luncheon - September 16, 2020
    09/14/2020 Mastermind Group Meeting - September 14, 2020
    09/10/2020 Panel Discussion - Virtual Series - September 10, 2020
    08/27/2020 Virtual Breakfast - Meet & Greet & Networking - August 27, 2020
    08/19/2020 Member Business - Virtual Tour Luncheon - August 19, 2020
    07/29/2020 Virtual Meet & Greet & Networking - July 29, 2020
    07/15/2020 Masterclass Series - Zoom Virtual Luncheon - July 15, 2020
    07/06/2020 Virtual Roundtable on Women and Business - July 6, 2020
    06/30/2020 Virtual Meet & Greet & Networking - June 30, 2020
    06/17/2020 Masterclass Series - Zoom Virtual Luncheon - June 17, 2020
    06/03/2020 Virtual Meet & Greet & Networking - June 3, 2020
    05/20/2020 Masterclass Series - Zoom Virtual Luncheon - May 20, 2020
    05/07/2020 Zoom Network at Night (N@N) - May 7, 2020
    04/29/2020 Virtual Meet & Greet & Networking - April 29, 2020
    04/15/2020 Cancelled - Monthly Network Luncheon - April 15, 2020
    03/19/2020 Cancelled - Network at Night (N@N) - March 19, 2020
    03/18/2020 Cancelled - Monthly Network Luncheon - March 18, 2020
    02/19/2020 Monthly Network Luncheon - February 19, 2020
    02/06/2020 Network at Night (N@N) - February 6, 2020
    01/15/2020 Monthly Network Luncheon - January 15, 2020
    12/18/2019 Monthly Network Luncheon - December 18, 2019
    12/05/2019 Network at Night (N@N) - December 5, 2019
    11/23/2019 Monthly Network Luncheon - November 23, 2019
    10/16/2019 Monthly Network Luncheon - October 16, 2019
    10/03/2019 Network at Night (N@N) - October 3, 2019
    09/18/2019 Monthly Network Luncheon - September 18, 2019
    08/21/2019 Monthly Network Luncheon - August 21, 2019
    07/17/2019 Monthly Network Luncheon - July 17, 2019
    06/19/2019 Monthly Network Luncheon - June 19, 2019
    05/15/2019 Monthly Network Luncheon - May 15, 2019
    04/17/2019 Monthly Network Luncheon - April 17, 2019
    04/13/2019 Partner Event - A Good Laugh, Inc. Presents - April 13, 2019
    03/20/2019 Monthly Network Luncheon - March 20, 2019
    02/20/2019 Monthly Network Luncheon - February 20, 2019
    01/24/2019 Partner Event - Women’s Night at the Innovator Networking Series - January 24, 2019
    01/16/2019 Monthly Network Luncheon - January 16, 2019
    12/19/2018 Monthly Network Luncheon - December 19, 2018
    11/21/2018 Monthly Network Luncheon - November 21, 2018
    11/04/2018 Partner Event - The Well Healed Woman - November 4, 2018
    10/17/2018 Monthly Network Luncheon - October 17, 2018
    10/14/2018 Partner Event - Safe Futures Walk - October 14, 2018
    10/10/2018 Partner Event - Business After Hours - October 10, 2018
    09/19/2018 Monthly Network Luncheon - September 19, 2018
    08/15/2018 Monthly Network Luncheon - August 15, 2018
    07/18/2018 Monthly Network Luncheon - July 18, 2018
    06/20/2018 Monthly Network Luncheon - June 20, 2018
    05/16/2018 Monthly Network Luncheon - May 16, 2018
    04/18/2018 Monthly Network Luncheon - April 18, 2018
    03/21/2018 Network Luncheon Canceled - March 21, 2018
    02/21/2018 Monthly Network Luncheon - February 21, 2018
    01/17/2018 Monthly Network Luncheon - January 17, 2018

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