August 2014 Meeting of the Local ABWA

The Eight Flags Charter Chapter of the American Business Women's Association (ABWA) met for its monthly dinner meeting on August 21, 2014.

August 2014 Meeting of the Local ABWAPictured are Ms. Vonda Jordan and Mrs. Julie Barcus

The Eight Flags Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) met for its monthly dinner meeting on August 21, 2014. After opening the meeting, our chapter President, Mrs. Julianna Barcus welcomed the evening’s guest speaker, Ms. Vonda Jordan. Ms. Jordan is a Business Integration professional employed with Florida Blue. Ms. Jordan resides in Callahan, is married and a mom of two teenage daughters.

A major focus of the monthly ABWA dinners is to offer educational and professional development to our members and guests. Ms. Jordan presented on the topic of “ABWA The Importance of Mentoring”. The word mentor, at its root, means “trusted adviser or friend”. Many forms of mentoring are recognized, whether the relationship is in-person or virtual. The mentoring relationship is a two way dynamic. Ms. Jordan explained the multiple benefits to one who has a mentor, and to one whom is a mentor.

Professional benefits one may reap from this relationship include skill development, career advisement and career exposure, building expertise in one’s field or profession, and networking. Mentors and mentees both find rewarding traits of building self-awareness, increasing perspective, and providing a safe environment to nurture and nourish discussion and idea generation. Ms. Jordan encourages all professional women to enlist in the relationship of mentor-ship. Completing her presentation, Ms. Jordan noted the steps involved to establish a successful mentor-ship experience. Setting a schedule and commitment to maintaining that schedule are key in growth of the mentoring relationship, as well having an open, two-way dialogue. The Eight Flags Chapter of ABWA thanks Ms. Jordan for sharing her time and expertise.

The Eight Flags ABWA is open for membership to all Nassau County women. We invite you to attend one of our monthly dinner meetings. We meet the third Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Networking is from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required, with a $16.00 fee. To reserve your seat for dinner, or if you would like more information about the benefits of becoming a member of Eight Flags ABWA, please contact our Membership Chairwoman, Mrs. Monica Hayes at (904) 624-0949. We also invite you to log onto to www.eightflagsabwa.com, “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/8flagsabwa, or email us at eightflags_abwa@yahoo.com.

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