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Women of Worth making connections

The new women’s organization sponsored by the county Chamber of Commerce, Women of Worth, has gotten

The new women’s organization sponsored by the county Chamber of Commerce, Women of Worth, has gotten off to a successful start, organizers said.

“It’s going just great,” Chairwoman Carol Constantino said. “I’m so happy with the way this is turning out. I think it will build and get better as time goes on.”

Constantino, who is the president and CEO of Noteworthy Industries, held the kick-off WOW meeting at her home May 2.

Constantino said about 25 women attended the event, which featured a question-and-answer period where participants were asked to reveal a secret about themselves.

“It was a real bonding opportunity, which is what I was looking for,” she said. “I think we have to start doing business in a different way, by getting to know one another.”

“The nice part about it was that most of the people didn’t know each other,” Chamber Director Deborah Auspelmyer said. “It was a nice mix of people who had been in business for decades and some who were just getting off the ground.”

Sheila Greco, who runs a human resources and recruiting firm, Sheila Greco and Associates LLC, said she didn’t know what to expect from the first meeting, but that she was happy to find so much talent in one room.

“I always feel that women like to help women and we need to build a network among ourselves,” she said. “Too often it’s the old boys network and it’s time that we stand on our own.”

Auspelmyer said WOW will be a helpful organization for women who are looking for networking opportunities, professional development and are starting out in the area and looking for guidance.

Greco said she views WOW as an opportunity to help current women and younger women join the workforce.

“When I find good talent, if I can’t use them, I pass those people along to others,” she said.

Amy Lanzi, who runs The Chatter Box Boutique, said she views WOW as a way to help her stay current.

“It’s a changing world with women and with business and we need to keep up with it,” she said. “That’s how we improve.”

The organization also met a second time with speaker Pat Beck of the Leader Herald, who explained the various free marketing and advertising opportunities available.

The group plans to meet once a month for seminars, networking opportunities and for fun.

Constantino said she has bought a block of tickets for Menopause the Musical at the Capital Repertory Theater for July 31 at 7:30 p.m. She said tickets are $41 and are open to WOW members first before she releases the tickets to the general public.

“We’ve gotten off to an excellent start,” Auspelmyer said. “We have a very innovative agenda put together for the year and we’ll see.”

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