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Heard about the Empowering Our Region Through Mentoring and Leadership conference and want to learn more?

Tune in to WKOK 1070 AM tomorrow morning — Oct. 2 — at 7:10 and 7:40 a.m. to hear Kathy Scullin, CIO, Geisinger, and Dan Rockwell, conference keynote speaker, give compelling reasons why you need to attend the conference.

And you can learn even more, and register for the conference, at EmpoweringOurRegion.com.

Documentary Film/Silent Auction is First Fundraiser for Baker Fund — Donations Sought for Silent Auction

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The documentary film, “Mike Baker: Love, Community and Friendship,” and a Silent Auction at The Campus Theatre, Lewisburg, on July 15, starting at 6 p.m., will be the first fundraiser for the newly established Michael P. Baker Community Impact Fund.
The documentary film, sponsored by Susquehanna Life magazine and created by filmmaker Caroline Pogust, is designed to illustrate the positive impact Lewisburg chiropractor Mike Baker had on the region, and how the people in the communities he served came together to support him and his family when he was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer in January 2013. Baker passed away two months later.

Funds collected at the July 15 movie premiere and accompanying Silent Auction will be used to support the work of the Michael P. Baker Community Impact Fund, a fund that both memorializes Baker and provides money to area families coping with catastrophic illness or events. The fund is administered by the First Community Foundation Partnership of Williamsport and, when fully endowed at $25,000, the fund will award $1000 a year to area families.

Businesses who wish to donate an item for the Silent Auction can call (570) 522-0149.

When the doors open at 6 p.m. for the Silent Auction, attendees will be able to bid on items donated by area businesses. Items include: gift certificates from Elizabeth’s An American Bistro, Isle of Que Adventures, Trey Casimir Acupuncture and Exercise, Lewisburg Hotel, and Fetch and Play; jewelry from Rebecca Mohr Jewelry; a “Take One” membership to The Campus Theatre; a Bulova Lewisburg clock from Wolf’s Jewelry; a 1/3 page color ad in Susquehanna Life magazine; and tickets to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University. Dwellings will donate 10 percent of its July 15 sales to the Michael P. Baker Community Impact Fund.
Doors open at 6 p.m. for the Silent Auction; the film will start promptly at 7 p.m. After the film, there will be a short Q&A and reception with filmmaker Caroline Pogust.

Admission is free, and donations to the Michael P. Baker Community Impact Fund will be accepted at the door. Contributions to the fund, which are tax deductible, also can be made out to the Michael P. Baker Community Impact Fund and sent to the First Community Foundation Partnership, 330 Pine Street, Suite 400, Williamsport, PA 17701. More information is at (570) 522-0149. ###
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Empowering Our Region

Tomorrow morning Susquehanna Life Magazine publisher Erica Shames and Sarah Bell, senior associate director of Bucknell’s Career Development Center, will introduce an innovative idea: how to empower our region through mentoring and leadership. The concept is a joint venture of the Women’s Professional Partnership and Bucknell University. WKOK AM 1070. 7:10 and 7:50 a.m. WKOK Sunrise with Mark Lawrence. Stay tuned.

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It’s an Exciting Time

It’s an exciting time, here at Susquehanna Life magazine. We just celebrated our 20th anniversary, a milestone for any business but particularly significant for a high-risk venture, of which magazines are one.

At significant milestones, it’s common to assess where you are and what’s ahead. I can honestly say I get as much — and probably more — satisfaction and joy out of producing each issue of Susquehanna Life magazine as I did the very first issue. That component of my life is satisfying and flourishing.

However, at this juncture, I want to give back to the region that has been so good to me. The hard work and energy I put into the magazine has borne fruit, but I can’t take all the credit. The people who have worked/do work for the magazine, the communities in which the magazine circulates, and of course the readers and advertisers that support us have been instrumental to our success.

So what, besides a magazine, do I have to offer?

Knowledge. Enthusiasm. Passion. Information. Cheerleading. Mentoring. Support. Encouragement. Ideas. Business savvy. Advice.

These concepts are playing a role in the development of the Women’s Professional Partnership (formerly the Women’s Business Collective). I, together with Liz Furia of Elizabeth’s An American Bistro, are putting together an organization to support women and help them succeed.

To quote from our Mission Statement: Women’s Professional Partnership is the lead organization for helping women take responsibility for their own success.

Our Business Strategy is to hold monthly meetings and organize educational events, match mentors with mentees, direct women to helpful resources, and more.

But, more importantly, we want to change the business dynamic/climate in this region to be more about mentoring and support than ostracism and exclusion.

As such, we are putting together a business conference — for men and women, because women don’t exist in a vacuum —  dubbed Empowering Our Community Through Mentoring and Leadership.

The purpose of the conference is to be a first step in creating a “mentoring community–”
— a community wherein professional people feel compelled to help one another,
share and build strengths, and empower each other by helping address and strengthen
perceived weaknesses. To encourage those with more experience and power to reach out to those with less with support, encouragement and mentoring.

We view “our community” as stretching to Williamsport, State College and,
as possible, Harrisburg. And, in fact, we have connected with a women’s business group
in Williamsport headed up by Janet Harris (executive director of the Williamsport Sympony) and Jill Morrissey (Compliance Specialist II at The Muncy Bank & Trust Co.) to extend our sphere of influence.
More formally, we have partnered with Bucknell University — including the management dept, alumni relations, HR, career development and the BU SBDC — to put this event together. A steering committee has been meeting since Oct. 2013.
Stay tuned to learn more!