Meet Trina Fleming
My NAWBO-OC story began in January of 2008. I had recently traded my 9 to 5 job for the world of financial services and wanted to work with business women. I found the National Association of Women Business Owners on the Internet and in those days the membership list was available online. I downloaded the list and started cold-calling the members. I introduced myself and explained that I was interested in meeting other local business women. By the time I got halfway through the B’s I realized these women were the most gracious and professional women I had ever dealt with. Even members who were not interested in meeting were encouraging and wished me well. I never made it through the B’s because I went online and joined. Any group of women who were this charming during a cold call was a group that I wanted to belong to.
I showed up to a New Member Orientation and was not disappointed. Several Board members were there to greet everyone and make sure we all felt welcomed. As the orientation facilitator gave a brief history of the NAWBO organization, I began to realize that this group of business women was more than just a typical networking group. Each member who presented was poised, professional and passionate about her business and about NAWBO-OC. New members were encouraged to get involved and I immediately signed up for the Marketing Committee and volunteered to host the NAWBO-OC table at an upcoming trade show. My days of involvement had begun.
Since those beginning days, I have participated in Marketing and PR, Programs, Membership, Power Partners, the Mentoring Program and Board of Directors. And at every step of the way I received way more than I gave. NAWBO-OC has been an essential part of my professional network and a critical element in my professional development. NAWBO-OC has served as a platform on which I could develop and enhance my business skills while establishing my personal brand in a community of like-minded professionals. The opportunities to serve and lead were instrumental in my successful navigation to a non-profit career path. The relationships that I have cultivated as part of NAWBO-OC have transcended business and I call many NAWBO-OC members my friends. I welcome this opportunity to pen my NAWBO-OC story. It has given me reason to pause and remember how I got here and why.
For more information about Trina and her work with WHW, visit www.whw.org.