Springtime beauty with Mary Kay

Weren't we just shoveling snow just a few weeks ago? Clearly, spring has arrived, and Mary Kay has been preparing for it for quite some time! Let Chris Hansen, Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay, guide you through spring with some new products on Thursday, April 4.

For starters, Mary Kay is offering some beautiful lip tints such as "Magenta Mirage," "Canyon Coral" and "Desert Flora." These lightweight, water-based shades can give you a bare lip look – which you can build upon for the level of intensity you desire. Another fun item for this season is the Limited Edition Illuminating Drops in three shades: "Silver Sands," "Bronze Light," and "Golden Horizon." These drops can be used to illuminate certain areas of your face, collarbone, shoulders or neck to give you that sun-kissed effect. The one-of-a-kind dropper cap allows the fluid to be released drop by drop, so you can't overdo it.

Looking for eye shadows and blushes? Mary Kay has 33 new shadows (of which 15 are matte) and 10 new blushes. It's an explosion of new colors for you to apply, whether for everyday use or an upcoming special occasion. Chris will bring along lipstick and lip gloss samples, too. And she’ll briefly review Mary Kay's skin care lines – "skin care for every decade of a woman's life."

Drawings? Did somebody ask for drawings? There will be about five drawings for prizes, too!

So come to Whatcom Women's Network at noon on Thursday, April 4, for some springtime beauty inspiration.

Making data-driven decisions

As business owners, we make important decisions every day. Yet, when was the last time that we made a data-driven or evidence-based decision? On Thursday, March 28, Dr. Jenny Nguyen of VN Research will be presenting on the importance of survey research. She will provide examples of survey question wording and do a quick overview of her company’s survey software. Dr. Nguyen has more than seven years of experience working with local and national organizations and agencies in making data-driven decision. Join us at noon at the Gateway Centre.

2019's most important digital-marketing skill

On Thursday, March 21, Sarah Benn of Benn Design will discuss how professional writing is the most important digital-marketing skill for 2019. Any successful digital-marketing campaign – including video, podcasts, blogs, social networking platforms, analytics, email marketing or SEO – is built upon well-structured and compelling content. To convey your message with maximum impact, your best investment is to hire a professional writer.

Choosing the right business structure

On Thursday, March 14, join local attorney Emily Rose Mowrey, owner of Limitless Law PLLC, to find out the different options available to new business owners who are choosing how to organize their venture: Corporation or LLC? Sole proprietorship or partnership?  Emily will explain the pros and cons of each type of business to help entrepreneurs protect themselves and prevent legal problems down the road by structuring their business for success!

Moving past painful memories

Often we have ugly or painful memories and thoughts that interfere with being productive and, more importantly, with happiness. Denial and avoidance are normal protective strategies but only temporarily helpful. They can be destructive if we just stay with them. But dwelling on the negativity of pain and trauma can get in the way of growing. WWN member and Counselor/Therapist Virginia Malmquist be talking about cognitive strategies that can push those thoughts aside while still learning what we need from difficult events at our Thursday, Feb. 21, meeting.

IT resolutions to kick start your New Year

How are your New Year’s resolutions going?  Any of them make it to February?

While you might have already fallen off the  “Lose Weight,” “Fit In Fitness” or “Spend more time with Family” personal resolutions, we have a few suggestions that will set you up for success – we are talking about your IT.  While we re-focus, prioritize and set new goals for ourselves, we should include the same for our technology.

Crystal King from NW Technology will share a few IT resolutions that will benefit your business goals throughout the year at our Feb. 7 meeting. See you at the Gateway Centre at noon.

Habitat for Humanity's Women Build

Hillary Pritchard, Community Outreach Director for Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County, will be our guest speaker on Thursday, Jan. 31. Habitat is a local organization that builds homes in partnership with families earning poverty wages and in need of a safe, decent, affordable home.  

Hillary will be speaking about Habitat’s program Women Build. Women Build provides volunteer opportunities for anyone to make a difference with the Habitat program and learn how to build a home, no experience necessary. The Women Build initiative provides the opportunity for women to take a proactive step in serving their communities by building strength, stability and self-reliance through the construction of decent affordable housing. Volunteers work under the guidance of construction professionals, and also alongside other volunteers and future Habitat homeowners.  

Join us at noon at the Gateway Centre to hear more about Women Build.

What's new with Sustainable Connections' Food & Farming Program

Maressa Valliant, Sustainable Connections’ Food & Farming Marketing Coordinator, is this week’s guest speaker. Maressa will share SC’s rebranded Eat Local First campaign and its new online Food Atlas tool.

Maressa has a wide range of marketing experience, garnered from working with all kinds of organizations from small family businesses to high volume retail outlets. She’s also passionate about creating a sustainable food system, and educating people – especially children – about how to find, prepare, eat and enjoy fresh, local food.

Join us Thursday, Jan. 24, at noon.