International Women’s Day Celebration 2018

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by Coast Women in Business Team

March 2018 Presentation at Coast Women in Business

Coast Women in Business and the Women’s Business Center of Mendocino hosted a community potluck breakfast gathering and storytelling event on March 8, 2018, “International Women’s Day Celebration 2018.”


Started by the suffragettes in the early 1900s, the first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1911. International Women’s Day belongs to all communities everywhere—governments, companies, charities, educational institutions, networks, associations, the media, and more. Whether through a global conference, community gathering, classroom lesson, or dinner table conversation, everyone can play a purposeful part in pressing for gender parity.

With the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away, there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. And with global activism for women’s equality fueled by movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp there is a strong global momentum for feminine leadership.

Mendocino County

In our county today many women successfully lead organizations, businesses, government departments, and community activities that improve the health and well-being for all residents. March 8th is a day to both honor and reflect on the role these women play in making Mendocino a better county.

Community Speakers

Various speakers from our community shared their stories.

“We all learn best about ourselves and the lives of others through storytelling,” stated Maggie Watson, long-time Coast Women in Business member and owner of Mendocino Fiduciary. “This event will allow us to connect and be inspired through personal stories of courage and growth.”

Also present was Mary O’Connor, who will be speaking later today, at today’s evening event on “Emerging Feminine Leadership: 7 Habits of Highly Successful Women Leaders.” Ms. O’Connor is an award-winning and inspiring business coach, and the founder of The Ecstatic Entrepreneur, a training and coaching company that helps entrepreneurs overcome “self-promotion anxiety disorder.” A national public speaker, Mary speaks on client attraction, marketing, and the sacred energy of money.

“Today you cannot underestimate the capacity that women of all ages have to inspire, contribute, and lead the way to a more sustainable and successful economy,” stated Mary Anne Petrillo, CEO of the West Business Development Center, a nonprofit, business development organization focused on helping businesses thrive in today’s marketplace. “We need to learn from and value more, the power of feminine leadership.”

There is, indeed, momentum for emerging feminine leadership.

About the Presenters

Maggie Watson – licensed professional fiduciary, Mendocino Fiduciary

Mary Anne Petrillo – CEO, West Business Development Center

Terri Larsen – owner, Paneless Window Cleaning and Larsen Livery & Transfer Co.

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Debra DeCarli – owner, DeCarli Law

Donna Feiner – owner, Feiner Fixings

Marinela Miclea – principal and founder, Mendo Digital

About Coast Women in Business

Coast Women in Business supports the business community on the coast. We meet monthly to foster entrepreneurship and professional development on the Mendocino Coast and beyond. Membership fees are $50 annually or $10 per drop-in meeting. Your first meeting is always free. We’re sponsored by the Women’s Business Center at the West Business Development Center. We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting!

Please contact us with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

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