Inspired Women’s Work

Last Friday I was invited by my friend Laverne Tyrrell to a unique event at Bucks County Community College put on by Tracy Timby, Dean of the Business Studies department. Who knew the college is focused on women’s entrepreneurship? Women need a place where they cultivate relationships and create their own rules. In corporate America we are frequently judged by (among other things) our tone of voice, our actions and our caregiving responsibilities. Wish it weren’t so but learning from other women in business is a unique and precious service Bucks is providing.

This program didn’t exist when Devon and I started A WAY TO STAY in 2009. Carol Mase mentored us and led us to the path of leadership. At the event I heard women passionate about their work. Their businesses have purpose and are a means to an end. This is thrilling because our business feeds our spirits and until Friday we didn’t know many like-minded women in the area. It is important for us to connect. There was mention of a virtual way for us to connect – Bucks IQ Virtual Incubator. I don’t know much about it but it sounds like an excellent idea.

All the women were energizing but let me focus on two.

Kristal Bush founded Bridging the Gap Transportation. Her company transports families of incarcerated parents, spouses and siblings to-and-from 17 prisons in Pennsylvania. By day Kristal works in foster care and her purpose is to help anyone impacted by incarceration. Her day job supports her financially and created a platform for her to do something more to help foster care clients. Shockingly the U.S. is the world’s leader in incarceration with 2.2 million people currently in the nation’s prisons and jails — a 500% increase over the last forty years. Changes in sentencing law and policy, not changes in crime rates, explain most of this increase. In 2014 Kristal started a nonprofit to formalize all of the things she was doing for her riders. This young lady deserves kudos and support from other women in the community.

Shannon Lelli owns Planet Smoothie in Doylestown and home schools her four children. She started her business 15+ years ago when she was 19. She decided to use her college education fund money for a Planet Smoothie franchise. Her due diligence paid off and her franchise is one of the top ten Planet Smoothie’s! These days everyone wants a smoothie! The business enables her to homeschool her kids and live a purposeful life. Shannon discovered that her strength – right now anyway – is motivating other people.   Google her blog (2 chicks get fit) and visit her store and see her counter people in action.

Keep your eye peeled for next year’s women’s summit on entrepreneurship. Go on Facebook and like the Community College so you are aware of the event next year.

P.S. Jennifer Gardella, owner of Your Social Media Hour was entertaining and focused. If you have the opportunity to hear her speak you will walk away with important information.

And in closing!!! Call us at A WAY TO STAY Home Care. We happy to talk about your home care needs and point you in the right direction if we can’t help. A WAY TO STAY is a home care agency providing In-Home Care in Yardley – Newtown. We are Live-In Care Specialists.

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