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Advice & Guidance for Women and Encore Careers

Women, who succeed in creating encore careers, become accomplished at managing the controls of their career aspirations. With every job along the way, they learn and grow professionally while cultivating a portfolio of transitional skills that is repackaged (rebranded) towards future employment possibilities.

We never know how high we are

Till we are called to rise;

And, then if we are true to plan,

Our statures touch the skies.” Emily Dickenson

This Wednesday is the last Richland Library Business and Job Center’s Women in Business and Learning Series highlighting, “Women and Encore Careers.“ Come be inspired and empowered by the personal Encore Career stories of five successful professional women in business.

During this panel discussion, you will also have the opportunity to gain advice and guidance regarding your particular career goals by asking the business women questions and networking with other event participants.

The expert panelists are:

1. Beverly Ryan – Realtor, Keller Williams Realtor

2. Kiosha Gregg – Owner + Digital Strategist , Digitize Marketing

3. Patricia Nichols - Chaplain, 4th Battalion 10th Infantry Regiment

4. Mary Sparrow – Director of Business Development, ECI Find New Markets and local Entrepreneur

5. Edwina Gywnn – Job Readiness Specialist, Fort Jackson-Army Community Services

Come Join Us. Everyone is Welcomed. (Yes, men, that's you!)

Wednesday, October 23, 6:30-8:00 p.m. - Auditorium, Main


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