The Purpose of this Newsletter
One of the goals of the Women’s Initiatives at Maynard Cooper is to support and celebrate women's accomplishments throughout the year. Through this newsletter, we will provide updates on the activities, honors and initiatives of the women at Maynard Cooper, and we hope that you will find inspiration in their stories and practical advice to further your own goals from the experts we engage for coaching.
FAB Fall Networking Event
The FAB Fall Networking Event was electric! The Founders of Mixtroz, Ashlee Ammons & Kerry Schrader, shared their inspirational story of unlikely but undaunted success in the male-dominated tech startup space, and then led the group in an evening of fun, meaningful networking using their app, Mixtroz. Mixtroz provides a unique networking approach that helps provide intentional connections among attendees during events. You can learn more about Ashlee & Kerry's inspiring story here.
Networking Tips from the Experts
Throughout the year, Maynard Cooper’s FAB events bring in successful women from varied industries for panel discussions and coaching sessions on the challenges and opportunities faced by women in today’s business environment. Here a few inspiring highlights on this year’s theme of networking:
- "Relationships are key! It is important to be authentic when building your networks. One of the tips I would give when building a diverse and vast network would be to serve others before asking for anything on the front end. I think it is refreshing when people are willing to give of themselves to promote someone else. It makes me more likely to think of them when it comes to projects." - Mashonda Taylor, Chief Community Relations Officer, Woodlawn Foundation
- "Networking is not about meeting people, it’s about achieving better outcomes faster, and helping others reach their goals faster, too. That means having your goals set, knowing who can help you reach them, being intentional about meeting new people and sharing your goals, and connecting others when they share their goals with you." - April Benetollo, CEO, Momentum
- “If you attend most of your events with friends or colleagues, you’re doing it wrong. An event is an environment for spontaneous collision; to set yourself up for maximum success try attending alone and striking up a conversation with someone you don’t know. A compliment can always kick off a conversation, and be prepared to listen; let that person tell you their story and jump in where you see an opportunity for synergy, be it in work or play.” - Ashlee Ammons, Co-Founder/COO, Mixtroz
Women in Public Finance
Maynard Cooper is proud to announce that public finance attorneys Alina Arbuthnot and Ann Todd co-founded the Alabama Chapter of Women in Public Finance in April of this year. The newly-formed Alabama chapter is part of a national professional networking organization that seeks to advance women’s leadership opportunities in the public finance industry by fostering relationships and providing educational activities. Participants in the organization include state and local government issuers, not-for-profit issuers, investment bankers, attorneys, financial advisors, rating agency analysts, bond insurers and trust officers, among others. Ann and Alina currently serve as board members and officers of the Alabama Chapter of WPF, and Maynard Cooper attorneys Katy Ottensmeyer, Kathy Collier and Terrie Percy are also members. The Alabama Chapter of WPF has already hosted several informational and networking events across the state, and Alina recently represented the local chapter at the organization’s national conference. The officers are excited to build on this momentum with upcoming continuing education panel discussions in Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery and Mobile at which Sarah Glover and Michal Crowder of Maynard Cooper's cybersecurity practice will present. Maynard Cooper is proud to be a founding sponsor of WPF and looks forward to hosting educational events for the organization in multiple firm offices this October. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @alabamawpf.