January LI Webgrrls Networking Meeting
Event date: January 25 2011
Posted by: Ellen DePasquale

For the first time since I have become LI Chapter Leader, the members arrived for the meeting before I did! I was welcomed by several members who had already gotten comfortable and had started networking. The central location, the facility (warm and homey with sofas and hot coffee), and the great women who attend always create such a wonderful atmosphere that conversations start instantly and the giving and sharing of information and advice lasts the whole evening!


It was with great pleasure that I had the opportunity to introduce and thank Cristy Barranco, (stepping in for Nicole Pagoulatos, Director of Operations at ExecuTrain of Long Island), our sponsor for the evening and home of LI Webgrrls. After a few words about ExecuTrain of Long Island and the classes they offer, Cristy announced that she will be raffling a free class at the end of the meeting.


  1. Our next meeting is February 22, the 4rd Tuesday at ExecuTrain of Long island. The meeting continues to be free for members, and will be $10 for non-members.
  2. A reminder that Webgrrls International membership is as low as $55/year. It will pay for itself in just 6 meetings!
  3. For everyone using Twitter please follow us at @LIWebgrrls.
  4. The February meeting topic is still to be determined.
  5. Our first workshop is scheduled for March 2nd. It is a two-part workshop, so you can attend either or both. The topic is WordPress. The morning session will cover the basics of setting up a website and the afternoon session will review more advanced functionality. Watch for more information on this in February.
  6. Raffles - a free class courtesy of ExecuTrain of Long Island and my book, "It's About Time: Time Management Tips From The Software Revitalist".


Introductions are truly the "Heart and Soul" of every Webgrrls meeting, the full introductions. As we traveled around the room each person shared who they were, what they did, along with the Webgrrls famous "what they NEED, and what they OFFER." This allowed everyone to gain more insight, however, it is not as easy as it sounds. We break the standard networking mold and encourage creativity.

Due to the lengthy discussion at the December meeting, the introductions were moved earlier in the meeting to make sure we all really get the chance to learn about each other. This adjustment in the agenda allowed for more time to share detailed information about their professions as well as their NEEDS and OFFERS. LI Webgrrls networking meetings continue to facilitate relationships that get stronger and stronger with every meeting!

"I enjoy talking to other women about IT. So often I'm the only woman in the room when working a project. It's nice to have a little female interaction."
Heather Champion
IT Business Analyst
RockTenn Company


We had a round table conversation this month where every attendee shared their technology plans for 2011! Even with the variety of careers and businesses represented by the women attending, everyone had very similar plans - the learn more about technology. The great news was that some of the women were already taking action on their plans. One member talked about attending an online certification course and another shared how she had contacted the NYC Dept of Labor to apply, and win a grant to take college level courses to further her career in web design and marketing. However, for one member, she just did not have the time to learn anything new. She talked about how business has gotten tougher and she spends most of her time marketing and selling. Luckily, there are other people in her office who are responsible for staying up-to-date with technology, specifically, social media.

It was a wonderful conversation that lead to everyone learning so much more about each other. Once again I thank everyone for being so open and honest.


As always, we wrapped up the meeting with our raffles. The night's winners were Heather Champion for the free class, and Laura Joseph for my book. Congratulations to both of them!

Thank you to all who attended for making this another wonderful meeting. LI Webgrrls continues to grow and we want to see more guests and new members join in 2011!

If you couldn't make it on January you missed a great meeting, along with the opportunity to network with smart women, and I am sorry that you missed it. If you have been thinking about coming to a meeting don't wait any longer!

Be a part of something big! Help drive the direction of LI Webgrrls.

Looking forward to seeing you at the February meeting!

Ellen DePasquale
Long Island Webgrrls Chapter Leader
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