Under the guidance and supervision of an AMP driving instructor, Women in Action participants navigated dangerous road conditions and had fun at the same time.
Dawson Chamber’s Women in Action program well-received
Local women are gathering to network though activities, dining, and speakers as the Women in Action series continues.
Developed by the Dawson Chamber of Commerce, the program was designed to offer women in the community a relaxed networking atmosphere to learn more leadership skills and to empower women in the community.
“For the past four or so years, the chamber has hosted a Women of the Chamber quarterly program,” Dawson County Chamber President Christie Moore said. “When staff was brainstorming for programming for 2018, we came up with the idea of evolving that program into Women in Action. Our goal of this program is to help encourage, inspire, and enable our local business women.”
The four-part program had a different focus at each gathering: painting pottery, driving at high rates of speed, and shooting shotguns, followed by a speaker sharing a range of empowering topics.
“We are thrilled by the community business support this program has received,” Moore said. “It wouldn’t be possible for the chamber to host the program without the support of our presenting sponsor, Northside Hospital Forsyth.”
Gathering first at Outside the Lines, the 20 participants painted pottery while learning about life-work balance from Emily Wingfield. According to the petite brunette, the use of enneagrams provides a greater understanding of others based on nine personality types.
Stemming from the Greek words ennea (nine) and grammos (a written symbol), the nine-pointed Enneagram symbol represents nine distinct strategies for relating to the self, others and the world, according to Wingfield.
Each enneagram type has a different pattern of thinking, feeling and acting that arises from a deeper inner motivation or worldview.
“The enneagram does not just explain who you are, it explains why you do what you do,” Wingfield said. “Change cannot happen until you understand the root motivations of your behavior.”
After learning defensive driving techniques at Atlanta Motorsports Park at the second session, the group of women listened to Sherry Keegan talk about the importance of financial planning. Learning how to navigate road hazards also aligns with financial planning as it is a time to develop strategies to prepare, according to Keegan.
“It is a special occasion when I am able to speak to a women’s group about financial planning,” the Big Canoe resident said. “The group was engaged and so respectful considering finance was the topic after thrilling training on the track.”
The third session took place at Etowah Valley Sporting Clay Park with a focus on gun safety and shooting. Tim Costley and Bob Eikenberry of American Defense and Security were presenters in a self-defense and gun safety program.
Rebecca Digieso, business manager for the Georgia Mountain Food Bank, enjoyed the shotgun shooting experience.
“I loved it,” she said. “The entire program is so cool.”
Digieso, a deer hunter, has had plenty of experience with rifles but none with shotguns.
“The experiences we’ve had are great,” she said. “We may never have had the opportunity to do some of these things. It’s amazing what we’ve gotten to do.”
Concluding the series is a program at Northside Hospital Forsyth where the women will experience the new walking trail, tour some new hospital facilities and hear from doctors about women’s specific health issues.
“From inspiring creativity to encouraging women to take care of their health, our program is geared towards empowering women to achieve their goals,” Moore said.
This year’s program is a pilot program and Moore said that feedback has been very positive.
Digieso agrees. Her favorite part so far? The driving experience at AMP.
“Where else can you do donuts whenever you want to,” she adding, laughing.
Rebecca Digieso shoots at sports clay under the watchful eyes of Austin Nolting. An avid deer hunter, Digieso enjoyed learning proper techniques for firing a shotgun and learning more about the sport of shooting clay.
Austin Nolting, right, coaches attorney Amanda Yenerall, partner at Stewart, Melvin & Frost, as she takes a turn at"rabbit hunting." Time spent at Etowah Valley Sporting Clays was her favorite. "I like shooting guns," she said. "Anything a man can do I can do better, or at least do."