First Quarter 2019
Your Quarterly News & Updates from SSWBN
Since 1991, the South Shore Women's Business Network has been dedicated to serving our members, supporting our community and creating innovative networking opportunities.
A Message from the President
If you missed the December Breakfast meeting you missed some of our updates so I thought I’d reach out to share them with everyone. 2018 was an exciting time for the network. Our Board and volunteers came together and worked on:

  • Documenting and revising all of our processes and planning items.
  • Updating the networks Bi-Laws
  • Welcomed several new board members and committee chairs
  • Grew our membership
  • Introduced new meeting locations.
  • Tried new meeting formats
  • Supported 4 new charities
  • Cleaned out old storage areas
  • And much more.

We were privileged to have Nicole Perry of Powerful Women Revealed  lead the network for the past two years as President and guide us through the documentation process. Nicole’s dedication to the network and wonderful energy enabled the network to thrive under her leadership.

In 2019 I am honored to step up to try and fill her shoes. With very different styles, I will do my best to continue the growth of the network and our members. I am very lucky to have a dedicated group of leaders surrounding me throughout the network, and we look forward to calling on all of you to help.
This year we will focus on how our network can help all of our members:

  • Grow our Contacts
  • Collaborate more
  • Coach each other to improve our business and ourselves
  • Support our local Community.

I'd like to call on each of you to set a networking goal for yourself: Attend at least one SSWBN event this quarter; donate a raffle item; and participate in some of our discussions on Facebook! Your actions will help our South Shore Women's Business Network to remain strong.
Thank you,

Allison Q Guido, CS
Almar Building & Remodeling Co. 
SSWBN 2019 Board & Chairs
Allison Q. Guido
Social Media Chair
Donna Emschweiler
Vice President
Pamela Cunningham
Newsletter Co-Chair
Stefanie Chiapetta
Peggie D. Warner
Board member, Voting
Event Flyers, Newsletter Co-Chair
P D Warner Consulting
Lisa Dooley
Board member, Voting
Raffle Coordinator/Event Calendar Chair
Emily Felix
Board member, Voting
Membership Chair
Patricia Lynch
Board member, Nonvoting
Laura Bradeen
Breakfast Registration Chair
Helen Berkowitz
Event Chair
Welcome to our new SSWBN members! We look forward to learning more about you at our meetings & events in the year ahead.
Jennifer Clark
Casner & Edwards, LLP

Mallory McQuillen
South Shore Integrated Health

Jennifer Anderson
Cohesion Marketing Partners

Zoe MacLaren
  Risette Zoe L.Y.F.E. Coaching

Mary Ford
recently retired newspaper editor

Katie Fahey-Anderson
Keller Williams Signature Properties

Ruth Rooney

Catherine Long

Laura Vasilakos
Family Eyecare Solutions

Michelle Woerdeman

Jennifer Harris
Ohrenberger, De Lisi & Harris, LLP

Lynn Feingold
Seeking opportunities

Katy Boucher Shamitzm
Chapman Farm School

Jen Murray , Chapman Farm School
Lyn Vanderhoven , Chapman Farm School

Maureen Kramer , Chapman Farm School

Debby Kerr , Chapman Farm School

Donna Furtado , Chapman Farm School

Quarterly Networking Breakfast
2019 First Quarterly Networking Breakfast
Please join us for contacts, coaching, collaboration and community support
Thursday, March 28
7:30 - 9:30 am
Wingate at Silver Lake
21 Chipman Way
Kingston, MA 02364

SSWBN First Quarter Charitable Sponsorship - The Soupman
We look forward to honoring the work of The Soupman at our breakfast. Peter Kelleher’s mission is to help relieve the suffering of the homeless experience by providing homemade soup and care packages of clothing, winter items and toiletries to the homeless in local communities. 

The Soupman’s goal is to bring greater public awareness to the plight of the homeless, and to make a difference. Learn more at
Upcoming SSWBN Events
Please join us for an evening of Bowling & Business on April 25th at Boston Bowling in Hanover. Our event has been graciously sponsored by MSA Financial. All of SSWBN's event proceeds support our quarterly charitable donations.
MSA Financial*
25 Braintree Hill Park, Suite 303
Braintree MA 02184  781.843.3500 
Pamela Cunningham, CFP(R) - Financial Advisor

* Registered reps of MSA Financial are registered with and offer securities through Securities America, Inc. Member SIPC

Focus Lunch
Join us for lunch, build upon your SSWBN relationships and form new ones too.

March 15, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Cravings Cafe
150 Summer Street
Kingston, MA

Quarterly Networking Breakfast
Please join us for our 1st Quarter Networking Breakfast of 2019. We look forward to seeing you all. 

March 28, 2019
 7:30 - 9:30 am
Wingate at Silver Lake
21 Chipman Way
Kingston, MA 02364

Morning Mixer
Join us for a morning networking event with SSWBN members and guests.

April 2, 2019
9:00 - 10:30 pm
Location:  TBA

Focus Lunch
Join us for lunch, build upon your SSWBN relationships and form new ones too.

April 19, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Cravings Cafe
150 Summer Street
Kingston, MA

Business After Hours
Bowling for Business
Join us for after-hours networking with SSWBN members and guests.

April 25, 2019
5:30 - 8:00 pm
58 Rockland St
Hanover, MA 02339

Lunch & Learn
Leadership & Performance Strategies
Ruth Rooney, executive/business coach and author of thebook Heartitude Works will present a view on leadership/performance.

May 7, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 pm
160 Old Derby Street
Hingham, MA 02043

Focus Coffee
Join us for coffee, build upon your SSWBN relationships and form new ones too.

May 17, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Cravings Cafe
150 Summer Street
Kingston, MA

Business After Hours
Join us for after-hours networking with SSWBN members and guests.

May 30, 2019
5:30 - 8:00 pm
Location: TBA

Thank you to Ruth Rooney of Execudome for contributing
your educational article!
Bring Out The Best In Your Best
Ruth Rooney

We’ve dusted off our hearts, dressed them up and paraded them out for Valentine’s Day. Love the day or hate it, there's no escaping the focus on the heart, on sharing emotions and on kindness to those you care about. Now that you’ve gone to all that fuss, why waste it on just one day? Authentic, positive feedback is the secret weapon of skillful leaders …but Beware…continued use may inspire great performance, better relationships, and extreme loyalty!
Praise for doing good work is consistently listed as one of the top motivators for getting the right stuff from the best people. Positive feedback is the #1 thing people want. And the thing most lacking. Extremely driven entrepreneurs and leaders may feel if you need to be patted on the back, you’re not strong. Even leaders like Steve Jobs and Jack Welch learned the destructive myth of this badge of honor. They eventually saw how well people respond to positive attention as human beings, not mere abstract objects doing work.

Critical improvement feedback tells us what NOT to do. Positive feedback tells us what TO DO. The most exciting thing is that adding positive feedback works everywhere in your life – with your staff, business partners, spouse, children, clients - even in conflict!
Here are tips to give just 10 minutes a week of positive and authentic feedback -- unless it's from-the-heart-real no tips will work! The time investment is small; the impact is enormous. We go the extra miles when we are appreciated and recognized.

 1. One Size DOES NOT fit all:  What matters most to us (think motivates!) is as unique as our fingerprint. You MUST, MUST, MUST match the feedback to the individual.

  • A highly intelligent introverted designer might prefer a written “thanks, good job” after the work is done and explicit freedom to make a key project decision.
  • A bright, extroverted sales person might prefer a personal thanks and have you ask “how did you do it” after helping you land an important client.
  • A people-centered new customer might want to hear what you value about their strengths and have you show interest in their family.

2. Give frequently! The most effective praise is given at least every 7 days AND cites specific positive behaviors and impact.

3. Pay Attention! Be intentional & observe carefully to catch people “doing it right." Don't just wait for "big" things,” What did they do today?
5. Be SPECIFIC! Make your feedback credible and free of the "too sweet" with details.

  • When: Describe the task, issue, event, include when and where.
  • What: What specifically did the person say or do?
  • Wow: What impact did their action have on you, others, the goal?
  • Now:  Now what? What you would like them to keep doing?

Example: "Thanks for listening to Angie’s complaints – she’s now our best customer and already gave a referral. Great job! Can you teach me how to listen better?"

So give it a try - it may feel awkward at first, especially if it's new for you, but stick with it and watch the reaction - I promise it will be worth the effort!

About Ruth Rooney
Founder and principal  Ruth Rooney  has been recognized as a skilled executive coach and business partner to senior leaders and their teams. With over 20 years experience and a Master's Degree in Management, she brings the expertise and energy necessary to build performance systems with highly successful bottom line results. Ruth's new book "Heartitude Works - Mastering the Art of Leadership and High Performance" is now available and can be ordered at Amazon by clicking the link below.
Ruth Rooney, Principal
Coaching & Training
SKYPE: execudome
Boston, MA - San Francisco CA
Thank you to Donna Emschweiler of Mary Kay for contributing your educational article!

Yikes! How Did I Get All These Wrinkles?
Donna Emschweiler, RN, MMHC

I know you are going to say one day I woke up and had all these wrinkles. How did this happen?

The #1 cause of damage to your skin is the environment. This includes the sun’s rays which include UVA and UVB rays. There are all kinds of chemicals that we’re exposed to daily. Some of them are cigarette smoke, household cleaning items, and the byproducts of chemical actions in our environment. These are known as free radicals. The chemical basics of the free radical are that when oxygen molecules split into single atoms they have an unpaired electron. They become free radicals that seek other oxygen molecules to bond with. This is called an oxidative stress, as seen as rust in metal. Free radicals can also cause oxidative stress to muscle movement and use, especially in the face. 

SO what does this mean to our skin?

The sun breaks down collagen and elastin, therefore causing the skin to lose its elasticity and firmness, causing wrinkles. It also affects melanocytes which can cause skin discoloration and “age spots”. The chemicals in the environment can cause blood vessels to constrict therefore decreasing nutrients to the skin. The results are decreased healing, dry skin, dull and grey skin, and wrinkles.

How can I prevent or diminish these processes?

Don’t go out in the midday sun without sun protection such as hats, clothing and sunscreen – with an SPF of 30 or greater. This should be done all year long, not only in warmer weather. Avoid chemicals that can directly damage the skin by wearing facemasks, long-sleeved clothing and gloves when working with chemical products. And lastly avoid facial movements such as laughing, frowning and smiling. Other ways you can help is by using skin care products that have SPF and antioxidants (such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E) in them. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Drink water regularly throughout the day. 

As for not smiling and laughing, I cannot stop this. But I try not to frown and all. All the best in your quest for young looking skin!

Donna Emschweiler, RN, MMHC
Independent Beauty Consultant
39 Fern Street
Brockton, MA 02301
Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant
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