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fewer outlets where business owners could feel validated and supported. “We were looking for a way to make it though the winter,” she said. But beyond that, she added, “There is a new trend of women helping women to succeed in business. Expanding networks and working together has been a great thing that I’ve noticed.” The luncheon bore out all of Wilkie’s rationales and theories. The room at OSO was packed with women and filled with excitement and enthusiasm. This was a spirited group, eager to meet one another, trade business cards and network for new business opportunities. One of the other organizers said, “Here, you have camaraderie, friendship and the opportunity to meet and use each other’s services.” And that’s exactly what was happening. At my table was Tracy Zaweski, who has started the company Home Instead, which offers nonmedical companionship to help seniors in their homes. Next to her was Marianne Bogannam from the Dominican Sisters, who used part of her time at the mike to stress that she and Susan Galardi

By Susan M. Galardi “Women in business.” That was a catchphrase born in the ‘70s that held on strong through the ‘80s, when women’s businesses joined the ranks of minorities who could avail themselves of setaside contracts during the affirmative action era. Controversial as the program was, the fact is that it got many a small business off the ground. But in the last few decades the “women in business” niche faded away—you know, when women gained full social/political/economic equality. Well, throwback or not, the institution of women in business is alive and well, at least in Southampton. Last week, at the restaurant OSO at the Southampton Inn, more than 60 women gathered for the Women in Business Luncheon, organized by the Southampton Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Jessica Greenfield of Annie’s Organic Cafe & Market, Michelle Prest Kennedy and Cathy Wallick of Hamptons Tumblebus (a mobile gymnastics company), and Kerry Wilkie and Julie Lofstad of the company UntappedAbility, an agency that helps moms find their way back into the workplace. The November luncheon followed the premiere event in October, which attracted 65 women, mostly business owners. Attendees at last week’s luncheon represented sectors like technology, design and marketing, interior decorating, personal and life coaching, insurance and title services. Sole practitioners from upstarts rubbed elbows and exchanged business cards with female reps from established private sector companies like Bridgehampton National Bank and Enterprise Rent-a-Car, as well as public sector organizations like the Dominican Sisters, the Chamber and the Peconic Community Council. I asked Kerry Wilkie of UntappedAbility why a return to the exclusive designation of women in business. She responded that the luncheons were clearly fulfilling a need—clearly because of the turn out. “The first one sold out, and so did the second,” she said. “Women come to things!” The idea for the events came about when Wilkie and a few other women were discussing how they were going to get through the off-season in the Hamptons, with less business and

Women in Business Redux

ALL BUSINESS Jennifer Friebely has been appointed the new Marketing Director Hampton Luxury Liner/Classic Coach, after five years at Hampton Jitney. Prior to that, Friebely spent 15 years in marketing/advertising at agencies including Ogilvy & Mather Direct. Current East End affiliations include Hamptons Visitor Council, SH Chamber of Commerce, and Parrish Museum Business Council. Hampton Luxury Liner is providing new daily service between five pic up locations in Manhattan and Woodbury Common Premium Outlets. Tickets are $50 roundtrip, each customer gets a $10 coupon booklet for the outlet. The Westhampton Beach Performing

Zaweski are not in competition, but work together. Across the table was Christine Lee McVicker, an attorney, who said, “I work with the elderly,” and exchanged cards with Zaweski. For this meeting, the program was the women themselves, each of whom got a 30-second promotional spot at the mike. “I specialize in all those cousins and grandparents you want to have for dinner but don’t want to stay overnight,” said Kim Allen of A Butler’s Manor B&B. “I’m a personal organizer,” said Susan Watson. “I’m the most anally organized person you’ll ever meet—but in a very fun and Libra way.” Many women also used their precious time at the mike to congratulate and express gratitude to the hosts. “Thank you for contributing to each other,” said Millie Fellingham for the Southampton Chamber of Commerce. But perhaps Pamela Morrison, the owner of Sporttime of the Hamptons, put it best, summing up the trend that started decades ago: “This is great. Many years ago we were competitive. We’ve gotten little smarter.” For info, or to learn about upcoming events, contact Arts Center announced the election of two new Board members: Douglas A. Lobel and Howard S. Kelberg. Lobel is a New York City attorney and Westhampton Beach community member for 25 years. Kelberg and his family are long time East Quogue residents. A partner in the New York law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, he served on the American Council for the Arts, NYC Opera and Collegiate Choral. Bay Street Theatre is pleased to announce four new board members, all of whom have longstanding ties with the local community. They include Gary Bierfriend, former Sag Harbor mayor Gregory Ferraris, Sal Ranieri and Robert Stein.


Dan's Papers Nov. 20, 2009  

Dan's Papers, the 51-year-old bible of the Hamptons, is owned by Manhattan Media, a multi-media publishing company based in New York City,...

Dan's Papers Nov. 20, 2009  

Dan's Papers, the 51-year-old bible of the Hamptons, is owned by Manhattan Media, a multi-media publishing company based in New York City,...