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May WBON Recap: Open Space Meetings

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The May WBON meeting brought us back to our old haunt – the Malt Shoppe! It was lovely to be back in the charming cafe for this month.

I (Julia) facilitated our meeting. When I presented in September, I spent several hours creating my powerpoint and practicing my talk. This month? No need! That is the beauty of the Open Space format. It allows facilitators to create a conference on the fly.

In Open Space meetings, participants create and manage their own agenda around a central theme of strategic importance. For example, if a town called a public meeting to discuss education reform, the Open Space format would be a great way to structure the discussion.


This is a great tool to have in your back pocket. It is perfect for last-minute crisis management (a presenter cancels, a speaker is out sick), organizing large groups with minimal planning as well as creating an opportunity for directed problem solving and brainstorming.

Here are the basic steps for organizing an Open Space meeting

We had a small group (about 8) but you can use this model for groups as large as 100. Our sessions covered a variety of topics, from how to start a mastermind group to strategies on  following-up with potential clients.

Thanks to everyone who came to May’s meeting. We hope to see you at our special evening event at the Green Goddess on June 18!

Thank you to our January Speaker, Laura Aridgides!


Thank you to Laura from Thirty One for speaking to our chapter about “Becoming a Time Management Master”.

A few links and thoughts from the meeting:

If you couldn’t make the meeting, here is a copy of her powerpoint.

Time Management WBON Presentation

Join Us Feb 19th for When You Can’t Make it to Yoga Class with Susan Rogers**


  • Are your joints achy?
  • Do you hit mental roadblocks at work?
  • Do you have trouble managing stress after a long day at the office? How about at the office?

Join WBON member Susan Rogers this month at the Stowe Chapter and discover the benefits of yoga and the power of mindfulness.  The goal of yoga is a healthy body, calm mind, and illuminated spirit.  Susan will lead us in gentle instruction and discuss tips for de-stressing. You’ll come away from this meeting feeling rejuvenated and ready to meet the work week with intention.

Participants are welcome to bring a towel or mat and be dressed in work out gear or stay professionally dressed and participate in postures you can do anytime at your desk.
Susan Rogers is the owner of Santosa Yoga. She was a dental hygienist and educator for 30 years until pain and arthritis sent her to the yoga mat. She recognizes how successful yoga and Pilates was in relieving her pain. She is a certified instructor and can lead private or group instruction. She believes yoga is for everyone.

Members $9
Non-Members $11
Light Breakfast, Coffee Provided

RSVP Online

**Meeting will be held at the Golden Eagle Conference Center, Feb 19th, 8:30-10:10am, not at the beach. Sorry.

Join us Jan 15th to make Order from Chaos!

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Join us on Tuesday January 15th, from 8:30 – 10:30 am at the Golden Eagle Resort

Take control of your day and get more done in less time. Join Dr. Laura Aridgides to:

• Learn 15 strategies that will transform you into a time management master
• Increase productivity and profit in your business
• Create balance and synergy between work, family, job or other obligations
• Implement systems that will help you simplify and streamline your business
• Learn how to prioritize your daily activities to earn more income

In short, leave with a game plan that you can implement immediately, including simple systems and specific time management techniques that will help you get more done in less time while feeling balanced and refreshed.

ImageBio: Laura has been self employed for over 13 years and is recognized as a top performer in the direct sales field. She is currently an Executive Director with Thirty-One




And, she is very entertaining!  Don’t miss it.  And bring a friend.  We have a goal this year to average 15 women at a meeting and to attract 12 new members.  Can you help?

Some special Stowe WBON notes:

  • Register and pay on-line and be entered in our special raffle – we pick a winner 4x’s per year. 


Janet Savage and Amy Kirschner

Co-coordinators, Stowe WBON Chapter


Next Stowe Meeting: Tues Dec 18 > Taking Stock: Our Year-End Celebration

Date/ Time: Tuesday, December 18, 8:30 – 10:30

Taking Stock: Our Year-End Celebration.


We’re going to wrap 2012 in style! Declare & claim your biggest success from 2012. Look forward and share an exciting intention for your business for 2013. Consider one thing to let go of to create space for good things in the new year. Make a request of the group (perhaps you need a resource, a suggestion, a round of applause…). Offer a gift to your sister business owners (perhaps the gift of your attention or support, your great humor, your wisdom).


Leave feeling refreshed, inspired, and celebrated! Please join us. It won’t be the same without you.  Looks good?  Invite another colleague who is eager to jump start 2013.

Cost: $9 Members, $11 Guests

Register online at Register AND pay on-line, you will automatically be entered in our special December raffle.


Location: Golden Eagle Resort, Stowe,

Here’s to a fabulous holiday season and a fresh start to 2013. 

May you thrive.

~ Janet and Amy
Your co-coordinators for the Stowe Chapter

Thank you to our November Speaker, Connie Livingston!

Thank you Connie! We had a great crowd and learned a lot. You can learn more about Connie’s work at her website.


How Money Flows, Speaker: Connie Livingston Nov 20

Where are you storing energy/wealth and where do you have the ability to move it to get work done? Think about the stocks and flows in your life.

“You are truly prosperous to the extent that you’re experiencing health, freedom, happiness and plenty in your life.” -Dr. Christiane Northrup

Based on a holistic perspective on wealth and abundance, women will:

  • Learn the truth about money and cash flow
  • Discover three proven ways to increase your wealth
  • Uncover the most common myths about women and money
  • Delve into today’s financial reality and discover how you can be the exception to the statistics
  • Find out how to create optimal wealth and health simultaneously

Connie Livingston is a consultant, coach, facilitator, strategist, and speaker with a background in financial services and Community Economic Development. She has worked with individuals and groups for 20 years toward achieving their goals. She started her practice three years ago because she believes that as she helps clients improve their financial, personal, and economic lives, healthy, stable communities are created.

One of her specialties is helping people navigate successfully through transition. Change can be scary; she knows because she has been through so many transitions in her own life. She has started several businesses, left a career in order to raise children, re-entered the world of paid employment, and experienced a number of career changes. She did this using a positive, systematic approach and landed on her feet successfully through the changes as well as in the financial realm. She loves to show her clients how she did this.

November 20, 8:30am-10:30am, Golden Eagle Resort in Stowe.

Please RSVP.

Members $9,

Non-Members Welcome! $11

Thank You to Julia Rogers for Speaking at our September Meeting!

Julia Rogers from EnRoute Consulting gave a FANTASTIC presentation at our September meeting.

She presented about an alternative progress indicator, Gross National Happiness, and how we could use some of the parts of other cultures that make them happy in improving our businesses.

Julia is a Gap Year Consultant.

“GNHUSA envisions a happy and ecologically sustainable future. Measure what Matters.”

“A sound economy is not an end to itself, but should serve a purpose, to improve society.”
Hans Messinger

Next Meeting: Harnessing the Wisdom of Other Cultures in Life and Work

WBON members and guests:

Join us on Tuesday September 18th, from 8:30 – 10:30 am

Harnessing the Wisdom of Other Cultures in Life and Work

Travel, new experiences, cultural immersion can break you out of your rut and create positive momentum in your business.

Our Speaker: Julia Rogers, of EnRoute Consulting

You may never have wondered how to conduct a Thai team-building exercise, but gleaning the best ideas from other cultures can help improve your business and well as your work-life balance.  Join Julia for an enlightening session on what other societies can teach us. You will learn how Bhutan measures its success as a nation, why the siesta is good for productivity and many other useful strategies from far-flung lands.

Bio:  Julia Rogers is a travel consultant and founder of EnRoute Consulting, which specializes in  travel and volunteer advising for “gap year” students aged 17-25.  Rogers works to engage young Americans across the country in service work, experiential education and travel as a way of learning about themselves and the world around them.

Location: Golden Eagle Resort,, Convention Ctr, Stowe, VT

Cost: $9 members, $11 guests

If you like the topic, register by noon on Monday the 17th and invite 1 friend on this adventure.
Got Questions?  Contact


How to Run a Meeting when your Speaker is Sick!

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Unfortunately, our planned speaker, Connie, got a case a strep throat and was unable to lead our meeting today. She was able to give us a few days notice, but we were unable to locate a backup.

In cases like this, it’s a good idea to have a plan B.

An Open Space Meeting is an easy structure that you can use to run a great meeting on a moment’s notice. It enables participants to create their own content in a meaningful way by choosing their own topics and slotting those into an easy schedule.

Here are a few already written  methodologies and how-tos for running this type of meeting: 1, 2 and 3.

And the rules….

Our Sessions… We were a small group and talked about them all so I didn’t capture them fully on this sheet.

You should probably write more neatly than me when you run a meeting.