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WHAT’S 4 LETTER FROM THE EDITOR 7 Hiring

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9 Business management

Developing and implementing a strategic plan.

11 Public speaking

Preparing for and getting through your presentation.

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Beautiful You

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rowing up in Lancaster Township, Erin Baughman has always been a hometown girl. “I’ve been an athlete most of my life,” she said. “Many people know me from being on a ball field.” But when she was a junior in high school, with college in her near future, Baughman did some soul searching after a friend remarked on the fact that she could often be found doing hair and makeup for others. “That’s when I realized sometimes our paths might not be what we think they will be,” she said. “You have to go with your heart … I signed up for cosmetology at the local vo-tech, and there is where my passion became reality.” For her senior project in high school, Baughman chose to design a salon from start to finish. After working for eight months in a corporate salon, she decided to turn that project into a reality and open her own salon. This married mother of one is the proud owner of the Bella Voi Hair Studio in Mountville, where she works with a team who, when combined, bring 118 years of experience in the field of cosmetology to their clients. BUSINESSWomanPA.com

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“I was determined to have a salon that was family based … somewhat upscale, yet welcoming,” Baughman said. Today, she and her team have created exactly that. “The talent, personalities, and hearts that come to work every day make Bella Voi truly an amazing salon.” It took a lot of hard work, dedication, and a good dose of courage to open a small business in a very competitive industry when she was only 19 years old. Baughman’s goals over the past 12 years have grown and transformed, she said, but the foundation of operating her business with integrity has remained the same. The excellent business practices she learned while growing up involved in various family businesses have all contributed to the strong foundation that has led to her success. Bella Voi is a full-service hair salon where clients can relax and enjoy a coffee bar and a shampoo

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lounge. But what does the name “Bella Voi” mean? “It is often looked at as French, but it’s actually Italian,” Baughman said. “It is from a small dialect that means ‘beautiful you,’ and that is exactly what we try to do … Our goal when you walk out that door is to make sure you feel like the most ‘beautiful you’ possible.” Baughman said that she could not ask to be surrounded by a better team. “Each one of my girls is a puzzle piece to our success from our different backgrounds, techniques, and personalities … Every one of my stylists is an asset to our team,” she said. “As much as I rely on them for business, they are also my best friends, which sometimes you need the most.” Baughman admits that she is not a “center of attention” kind of owner but instead prefers to consider herself as “one of the girls.” “When there is a decision that involves the salon, we talk about

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it as a team and decide what is best for everyone. We all carry the Bella Voi name behind us, and we work together every day to keep our name as respected as it is,” she said. One of the greatest joys for Baughman is to see firsthand the positive changes in self-esteem many of her clients experience after they visit the salon. She shared that one of their clients was struggling with alopecia areata, which causes balding in patches. “She had been to numerous salons who tried to help her, but every time she left, she still saw the spots where her hair was missing,” Baughman said. Enter the Bella Voi team. “When I spun her around in her chair to show her my work, she instantly started crying … She hadn’t seen herself as beautiful as everyone else did in so long.” As a local business owner, Baughman is happy to give back to her community whenever possible, including fundraisers, benefits,

and even a float in the Mountville parade. “I’d like to grow our community work into services across the county. From women’s shelters to churches to veterans, we are always thankful for the opportunity to give back,” she said. Baughman credits much of her success to two “amazing role models — my parents,” she said. “I have learned over the years that keeping true to our family roots will always prevail at the end of the day. We have the power to change lives in a single appointment — that is the best reward.” As for the future of Bella Voi? “Bella Voi’s future looks amazing! We recently renovated the salon and added an esthetician room, where we offer skincare, facials, and body treatments,” Baughman said. “With new opportunities being presented every day, our priority is to make anyone who steps through the doors feel like the most ‘beautiful you’ possible.”


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Hiring — A Puzzling Process

By MELINDA M. WILLIAMS

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he process of hiring (and getting hired) can be puzzling, even in these days of low unemployment. With candidates able to be more selective about their options, companies are seeking the services of professionals to assist them in navigating this new playing field. Gina Breslin, consultant from North Group Consultants in Lititz, is one such person who helps organizations (and individuals) find the best match. Character traits, not just one’s ability to use Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, are now an important consideration to hiring companies. Breslin suggests starting the hiring process with a candidate profile to assess important characteristics, skills, and experiences of the successful candidate. The term “soft skills” is bantered about a lot. What exactly are soft skills? These include personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people. “At North Group, we define them as characteristics,” Breslin adds. “Identifying the characteristics that are essential to the role is a foundation to a successful hiring

process. The characteristics, or ‘soft skills’ (we avoid use of this term as we view characteristics as broader than ‘soft skills’ and not soft at all) identified are essential in developing an understanding of who the candidate is and how they behave and interact with others.” Breslin says that hiring based upon desired characteristics is an important consideration. “As Dee Ann Turner, vice president of corporate talent at Chick-Fil-A, states in her book, It’s My Pleasure, ‘People can be taught to do a lot, but if they have poor character, skill and talent will not compensate for the negative impact they can have on an organization,’” says Breslin. Apparently, it’s good news for future employees that characteristics count more than ever. And most characteristics can be learned or improved upon. Yet good characteristics and a fine reputation aren’t common terms on a resume or questions usually presented in a face-to-face interview. How can a would-be employee shine in these circumstances? Breslin explained that one of her priorities in every hiring process is to create an environment where

candidates are encouraged to be themselves: be honest, be sincere, and be transparent. It is in the candidate’s best interest to find an organization that appreciates them for who they are and for the characteristics, skills, and experiences they will bring to the table. Breslin also encourages candidates to truly investigate the potential new employer to determine if the culture is an ideal match for them. Look to understand leadership styles, their approach to teamwork and employee development, and how communication is handled within the company. Breslin often asks employers, “What are you doing to create a work environment and culture to attract good people and where your current employees want to stay?” In this age of the internet and social media, job-hiring boards, such as Indeed, Ladders, and Monster, seem to be reigning high in the candidate’s toolbox. But do these sites really work, or are they a waste of the job seeker’s time and effort? Breslin cautions that social media can be a double-edged sword. “Yes, we find that Indeed,

LinkedIn, Monster, and the local newspaper actually do work and are great ways to look for new opportunities,” says Breslin. But hiring companies also spend a good deal of time looking at your social media postings. When looking to hire a new team member, Breslin says they consider it a best practice for employers to cast a wide net, utilizing a variety of outlets (jobs boards, social media, print, etc.). LinkedIn is probably the best platform for job seekers to highlight their characteristics, but know that some organizations have a policy against using social media in their hiring process. “Another great option to communicate who you are and your characteristics is a personalized cover letter or letter of qualifications attached to your resume,” suggests Breslin. Once again, sometimes the “oldfashioned” approach works the best, since not many people are currently using it. With the omnipresence of social media and the Internet, potential job candidates ponder just how much their future employers can find about them — information

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perhaps strategically left off of their resumes. Everyone warns you not to place any postings on social media that could come back to haunt you. You should assume that employers will be fact checking everything from credit history, to education, to DMV records. To allay any fears of questions that might arise from a background check, be up front and candid. Most employers will appreciate the honesty. If you would like to run a background check on yourself, ensure the provider is a legitimate source due to the significant personal information that will need to be given for the checks to be completed. You should also â&#x20AC;&#x153;searchâ&#x20AC;? yourself every now and then on the internet to see what pops up. Breslin goes on to say that as an employer, if you end up in a situation where your intuition is telling you something different from what the data is suggesting, trust your gut. You are not setting up a new hire to be successful in their role if you are second-guessing them from the onset. Are resumes becoming obsolete? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Definitely not,â&#x20AC;? says Breslin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I see LinkedIn as supplemental to the traditional resume. However, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highly recommended that job seekers read job ads/postings carefully and provide the exact information the organization is requesting, in the desired format, and in the preferred method.â&#x20AC;? Breslinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best advice to job seekers is: â&#x20AC;˘ Customize your resume and cover letter to the position and company for which you are applying. â&#x20AC;˘ Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hesitate to apply for positions for which you may be â&#x20AC;&#x153;under qualified.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;˘ In addition to regularly checking the top job boards for opportunities, research companies that appeal to you and reach out to them. â&#x20AC;˘ Network, network, network.

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eveloping and implementing a strategic plan are the backbone of a business operation. It separates organizations who are “hoping” for a great outcome from the organizations that have a specific direction and a focused plan to achieve a future course. The strategic plan is essential in defining the strategic direction the organization is going to be taking over the next three to five years. The strategic plan should assess the external and internal environment of the organization, define the value proposition offered to customers, and establish the high-level goals, objectives, and key performance results the organization is hoping to achieve. Unfortunately, many organization leaders are focused on the whirlwind of daily activity, and they do not take the time to clearly define a vision for the future and how they are going to get there. A strategic plan is vital to the organization because it stimulates forward thinking and enables the organization to determine and influence its direction and success. Once developed, the multiyear strategic plan will provide a course for the organization to follow. The long-term plan should not need to be changed over the life of the plan unless significant changes occur within the environmental landscape (new competition, disruptive technology advancements, or changes in regulations) or the organization becomes involved in a merger or acquisition. However, the strategic plan should be reviewed at least annually to make sure the organization stays on course with the vision created and to asses progress. For those organizations that do

develop a strategic plan, 80 percent will fail to execute the plan on their own. Hiring consultants with experience in executing strategic plans ensures that you have a nonpartial watchdog to monitor and drive project results. Independent consultants are particularly helpful in challenging the status quo, asking probing questions, and providing reports that link progress to goals, while coaching any gaps that become apparent during execution. Execution is the act of converting the high-level strategic plan into an annual operating plan, with measurable activities, and evaluating performance. While the strategic plan is a high-level thinking and exploring activity, the operating plan is a focused and disciplined process. A strategic plan that sits on the shelf serves no purpose for the organization. The annual operating plan essentially turns the goals of

the strategic plan into measurable actions. Effectively developing and implementing a strategic plan has two distinct parts: the longer-term, high-level strategic plan and a shorter-term annual operating plan. The process for creating and executing the strategic and operating plans follows these steps: 1. Assess Your Current Situation – Questions you can use to self-assess include: • W hat are our current situation and strategies?

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2. Complete an Environmental Assessment – The environmental assessment examines the external and internal environments. The external analysis examines the competitive environment and, most importantly, explores the needs, wants and expectations of the organization’s customers and stakeholders. The internal analysis examines the core competencies and operations of the organization, including your internal processes and an organizational capacity to move forward.

• W hat is our longer-term vision for the organization?

3. Create a Shared Direction – Creating a shared direction is important to clarifying the direction the organization will be taking. Components of a shared direction include:

• Is the top leadership committed to developing and implementing the plan?

• A vision for the future – How are the world, your community, or individuals going to be better?

• W hat is our current portfolio of products and services and what is the performance of each?

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• A clear mission statement – The mission statement defines the organization’s primary reason for existing. • Core values – Values define the beliefs and behaviors that will guide the organizational decision making. • High-level, longer-term goals – Longer-term goals energize, direct, and inspire the organization and define the big-picture direction the organization is taking 4. Develop a Comprehensive Strategic Plan – Once the vision, mission, values, and high-level goals have been defined, the organization leadership can begin to develop the actionable strategies to be followed to achieve the vision. The multi-year strategic plan will identify the longer-term goals, specific objectives to achieve the goals, key result areas for measuring progress, and a timeline for implementation. 5. Develop and Implement the Annual Strategic Operating Plans – Developing and implementing an annual operations plan aligns organization initiatives and activities with the strategic plan vision and goals. The keys to a successful operational plan include: • Defined initiatives and projects to be completed during the year that will support the strategic plan objectives • Key performance lead and lag indicators and performance targets that will measure progress • An individual plan for each organization team so that all members know how they are contributing to organization success

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6. Measure Success of the Implementation Initiatives and Adjust the Plan – Premier business leader Peter Drucker eloquently defined the importance of organization measurement as: “What gets measured, gets improved.”

Implementation of the operating plan will fail if the organization does not take time to measure progress and evaluate what is working and what is not working. Execution is the primary responsibility of the business leader, and execution of the plan can only be achieved if the organization is consistently measuring progress and evaluating the success of initiatives. Execution is achieved through: • Determining the key results to be measured • Regularly monitoring performance of the key results • Determining what each member of the team is going to do to contribute to the achievement of the initiatives or projects • Providing a visible scoreboard that tracks progress • Regular evaluation if the plan is working and adjusting as necessary Managing the Change Process Successfully developing and implementing a strategic plan is an exercise in change management. The strategic plan is designed to move the organization from the current state to a more desirable future state. This new future will probably require a change in organizational processes and behaviors. Change is difficult for most of us. Moving the organization successfully through this transition will require clear and transparent communications on the vision, removing obstacles to change, creating short-term wins, and anchoring the change to the organization culture. The leader must remain actively engaged and supportive through the entire process. • Monica Gould, president and founder, Strategic Consulting Partners, external strategy consultants. www. yourstrategicconsultant.com


Preparing for and Getting through Your Presentation By KIMBERLY BLAKER

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utterflies, sweaty palms, dry mouth — these are just some of the symptoms most public speakers experience. In fact, in Communication for Business and the Professions, Patricia Hayes Andrews and John E. Baird Jr. point out that, according to at least one study, “77 percent of all experienced speakers” have dealt with stage fright. Such figures may offer solace to those who are inexperienced and feel alone in their fears. But regardless of your lack of experience or the severity of your publicspeaking fear, you can pull off a successful presentation or speech.

Breaking the Rules Many of us were taught that speaking from a script is a no-no. In fact, to the horror of some, even a brief outline placed inconspicuously nearby is sometimes discouraged. Fortunately, adherence to such strict rules is often unnecessary and not beneficial. It’s true; there are occasions when impromptu, or “off-thecuff,” deliveries occur. Also, an extemporaneous speech, a wellprepared speech delivered from notes rather than written word for word, is often the best approach. Still, according to Andrews and Baird Jr., there are many occasions when business and professional speakers use a script. In many cases, complete manuscripts are even “required when the speaking occasion is an especially important one.” So if your anxiety stems from fears of forgetting important details, fumbling for words, or a sudden inability to present your thoughts in a clear, logical manner, put

those fears aside. For some, the only way to take a shot at giving a presentation or public speech is with the comfort of a well-prepared manuscript always within reach. Use the following advice to deliver your speech effectively and boost your confidence for future presentations. Preparation is the Key To deliver a speech confidently and effectively, preparation is essential. Begin by outlining your speech and then drafting it. Include an introduction that begins with an attention grabber, such as a quote, an anecdote, or a startling fact. Then briefly review the main points you’ll discuss.

The body of your speech should cover three to five main points, each of which should then be divided into three to five subpoints. This formula will help keep your speech focused, yet detailed enough to communicate your message. For your conclusion, briefly review your main points and thesis again, and then end with a remark that’ll stick in your audience’s mind. Next, put your speech on 4x6inch index cards, which are less conspicuous than sheets of paper. Small chunks of writing on each card will also assist in keeping your place. Type your speech in 14-point font and leave 2.5-inch margins on each side of the paper. Then cut and tape your manuscript

to the index cards. Don’t forget to number the cards to avoid a mix-up. If you’re all about technology, you’re in luck. There are even apps that create cue cards right there on your phone. And nowadays, everyone is used to seeing people holding their phone, so it won’t be an intrusion … unless, of course, it rings during your delivery. If you plan to use visual aids, such as handouts or a display, during your presentation, make a note beside your cue on your card at the appropriate point, and highlight it so you won’t forget. Avoid blending this notation into your speech text, or you might find yourself reading the note to your audience. Finally, rehearse, rehearse, and rehearse again. As you rehearse, glance at each sentence, then look up toward your invisible audience while you speak. One of the biggest problems with speaking from a script is the tendency not to look at the audience. This is detrimental to delivery, as the audience will quickly lose interest. By practicing in this manner, you’ll memorize your speech to some degree. But complete memorization is not recommended. Practicing this way will also make the act of looking up second nature. When rehearsing, pay close attention to your speaking pace. Speaking too slowly can put your audience to sleep, while speech that spills out too quickly will cause your words to slur together and ultimately prevent an audience from being able to process the information. Body language is also vital to your speech, as it assists in delivering your message, works as a visual

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memory aid, and helps to keep your audience tuned in. Use facial expressions to show enthusiasm, happiness, concern, sadness, and other emotions related to your point or remarks. Although one hand may be holding your index cards, rehearse hand movement with the other as you speak. Be sure to move about the room, as well. Avoid pacing. Yet change your position in the room from time to time to keep your audience from zoning out. Walk casually to one side of the room as you continue speaking for a few moments, then move elsewhere. This gives listeners different views, and the activity helps to keep their attention. Finally, practice fluctuating your voice just as you would in conversation to emphasize and add characterization to your discussion. Avoid speaking in monotone, or your delivery will fall on deaf ears. Hints for Handling the Jitters Communication specialists

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Body language is also vital to your speech, as it assists in delivering your message, works as a visual memory aid, and helps to keep your audience tuned in.

point out while stage fright can pose serious problems, to some degree this nervousness is actually beneficial. It keeps your energy level high, an important element in public speaking. Some of the ways speakers are affected by anxiety include a tendency to speak much faster; dry mouth, which causes smacking; butterflies in the stomach; nervous

â&#x20AC;˘ Take a bottle of water or a small cup of water to keep near you during your speech in case a dry mouth sets in. â&#x20AC;˘ Try to meet members of the audience before you begin. Introduce yourself and shake their hands.

shaking; and even rambling. Keep in mind your anxieties, while extremely evident to you, are rarely noticeable to the audience. This fact alone is comforting. To keep your anxiety under control, try the following: â&#x20AC;˘ Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take on topics youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not familiar with until youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had successful experiences.

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Sleep Apnea: What Seems Like Nothing Serious Might Be By BARBARA TRAININ BLANK

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leep should be a restful, refreshing time. But it isn’t always, especially for those with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by the frequent collapse of the airway during sleep. “When the airway collapses, your brain will try to awaken you to start breathing again, and this leads to disrupted sleep and often intermittent drops in your body’s oxygen levels,” said Carol V. Blake, physician assistant with WellSpan Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine in Lancaster.

What causes sleep apnea? When you go to sleep at night, the muscles in your body relax, which is normal. But in some individuals, there is recurrent collapse of the upper airway (in the area of your windpipe). The tongue may drop back, which leads to reduced or blocked airflow. To be counted as an “apnea” (stoppage in breathing) on a sleep study, the paused or reduced

What are some of the symptoms of sleep apnea? Symptoms can include snoring or gasping/choking for air during sleep. Bed partners often notice pauses in breathing that end in a loud snort. “Other symptoms may include waking up still feeling sleepy, feeling sleepy throughout your day, morning headaches, restless sleep, and waking up during the night needing to urinate,” said Blake. “Sleep apnea in women may present as complaints of insomnia, sleepiness, and mood changes, rather than loud snoring and witnessed pauses in breathing.” What are the risk factors for sleep apnea? Common risk factors include male gender (although, when women reach menopause, their risk increases) and advancing age, and sleep apnea also has a very strong association with obesity. What are some conditions that one might experience due to sleep apnea? Untreated sleep apnea can put you at risk for daytime drowsiness, which may affect how you function at work or in school and can increase your chances of

being involved in a motor-vehicle accident. Untreated sleep apnea also increases the risk of a person developing a number of health problems, such as high blood pressure, irregular heart rhythms, stroke, heart attack, heart failure, and diabetes. How do you diagnose sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is diagnosed by conducting a sleep study. In a sleep study, a patient suspected of having sleep apnea stays overnight in a sleep center while hooked up to monitors. For many patients, sleep studies can now be done in the comfort of their own homes, with very minimal monitoring equipment. The sleep study will determine how often you are having stoppages in breathing during sleep and if your oxygen levels are dropping during sleep. If you are found to have an average of five or more stoppages / reductions in your breathing per hour during the study night, this would indicate sleep apnea. Will sleep apnea go away by itself? No, said Blake. “If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, depending on the

severity and the symptoms you are experiencing, treatment is usually needed to correct the problem and improve your symptoms. For many patients, this treatment is needed for a lifetime,” she said. What are the treatments for sleep apnea? Fortunately, there are several very effective treatment options for sleep apnea. Continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, as it is commonly known, is such a treatment. It uses a small machine that puts room air under pressure and sends it to a mask that you wear on your face at night when you sleep. This air pressure essentially pops open your airway for you. Although a CPAP works very well, it may take an adjustment period to get used to the machine. Oral appliances, similar to a mouth guard, are another treatment. These tend to work best in people with mild to moderate sleep apnea. “There are also several surgical treatments available for sleep apnea, but these may not work for everyone,” said Blake. “Weight loss can make a big difference in sleep apnea; in some people, it may eliminate it altogether. Your sleep specialist can help you decide which treatment is right for you.”

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Is snoring or a state of not sleeping well always apnea? Not necessarily, said Blake. “Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, but I would venture to say that most people with sleep apnea snore,” she explained. “There are many factors, other than sleep apnea, that can affect the quality of our sleep, including certain medical conditions, medications, pain, anxiety, depression, or insomnia. But certainly, sleep apnea can lead to very poor quality of sleep.”

breathing must last for at least 10 seconds, although in some patients, noted Blake, that paused or reduced breathing can last much longer. These events occur over and over during the night and lead to very poor-quality sleep.


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The Truth about

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By SANDRA GORDON air — we wash it, dry it, cut and color it. We lose it, too. In fact, your head sheds an average of about 100 strands each day because the follicles are at the end of their natural lifecycle. The rest of your hair is in the growing phase, and brushing or combing won’t dislodge it easily. If you notice, however, that the drain is especially clogged after your morning shower, your comb or brush is more filled than usual, hair is all over your clothes, more of your scalp is gradually beginning to show, or your part is growing wider, you could be losing more hair than normal — 150 or more hairs daily. If so, you’re far from alone. Millions of us suffer from excessive hair loss, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. But these bald statements from leading dermatologists can help you retain your mane and get to the root of the problem.

Loss Causes Most hair loss is androgenetic alopecia — hereditary thinning or pattern baldness, which affects about 80 million people in the U.S. It can come from either your mother’s or father’s side of the family and can start as early as puberty or your 20s in women. Hair loss can also be brought on by nonhereditary hair loss, medically known as telogen effluvium (TE). It’s the second most common reason for hair loss, which occurs when more of your hair follicles are in the dying phase than they should be. TE can result from an underlying ailment such as lupus, thyroid disease, iron-deficiency anemia,

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or a hormonal abnormality as well as anesthesia, medication, tension, sudden shock, and skin conditions such as severe dandruff. If TE isn’t treated promptly, hair follicles can get covered with scar tissue, which can permanently prevent hair from growing back. You’ll end up with fewer follicles. Scalp Scoop: To determine if you’re losing too much hair, do a simple test: “Gently tug on a small section. If fewer than five hairs come out with each tug, your hair loss is normal,” says David E. Bank, founder of the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in Mt. Kisco, New York. If you think you may have a problem, don’t head to the salon. Instead, make an appointment with a dermatologist who specializes in hair loss. You’ll need a thorough physical exam and blood work. Depending on the cause, “getting a prompt medical

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diagnosis can help you preserve the hair you’ve got and even reverse the loss,” says Adam Friedman, M.D., a dermatologist at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. Hormone Havoc Pregnancy makes hair temporarily thicker. During those pivotal nine months, hormonal changes prolong the active stage of hair growth. “You actually get more hair because you shed fewer hairs per day,” Friedman says. Three to four months after giving birth, however, as your hormones return to pre-pregnancy levels, you’ll shed all of the extra hair you acquired and end up where you started. “But you’re not actually losing hair,” Friedman says. “It just looks like you are.” It’s a different story, however, as you get older. “Hair thinning is not uncommon for women and a normal part of

the aging process,” says Doris Day, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City. Between ages 45 and 55, women typically begin producing more DHT, a hormone that shortens the lifespan of each hair follicle. Over time, as DHT builds up, hair loss results because hair follicles shrink and disappear. But not everyone is sensitive to DHT, which is why many women have a full head of hair all of their lives. Scalp Scoop: Don’t worry about post-pregnancy hair loss. For hereditary hair loss and general, age-related thinning, however, two FDA-approved treatments may help reduce the shedding, including Women’s Rogaine (monoxidil). This topical, over-the-counter aerosol foam increases blood flow to the scalp, which helps reinvigorate hair follicles to increase their size and regrow thicker-looking hair over time.


prescription oral medication blocks the body’s production of DHT. “Propecia works better than Rogaine because you actually prevent the loss of more hair,” Friedman says. One caveat: Propecia isn’t recommended for premenopausal women. Even handling the pills may increase the risk of birth defects. But it’s fair game for women in menopause with thinning hair. For best results, some dermatologists may prescribe Propecia and Rogaine simultaneously. Scalp Scoop: Hair grows slowly, about a half inch per month. If you try Rogaine or Propecia, be patient. You may need to take Propecia for three months before seeing results. To give Rogaine a fair shot, be prepared to apply it daily for six months before assessing its effectiveness. Hair Apparent Other medications are also available to treat hair thinning.

“We typically prescribe medications off-label because we have a great understanding of how they work to treat hair, skin, and nail conditions,” Friedman says. For example, Aldactone (spironolactone), which is a medication that has anti-hormonal properties, is a common high blood pressure treatment. But Friedman may prescribe it to his hair-loss patients. “It can block DHT from binding to the hair follicle, thereby preventing hair loss,” he says. A hair transplant, in which small grafts of healthy hair follicles are surgically removed from one part of your scalp and placed in thinning spots, is another option. “More women are seeking out hair transplants,” says Richard Greene, M.D., a dermatologist with Skin and Cancer Associates in Plantation, Florida. But at $5,000 to $10,000, it’s a last resort and not right for everyone. For a hair transplant to look natural, you need dense-enough

hair on certain parts of your head, such as the back and sides, so that relocating the follicles won’t thin those areas too much. “If your hair is diffusely thin, which is common in women, a hair transplant isn’t going to help,” Greene says.

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“It’s effective, especially to prevent future hair loss,” Friedman says. The only problem? Rogaine is forever. If you stop using it, any hair growth surplus will reverse because Rogaine doesn’t stop your body from producing DHT. “It just counteracts it topically,” Friedman says. Keep in mind that when you first start using Rogaine, you’ll actually shed hair in the first two weeks rather than experience sudden hair growth because Rogaine forces any dying hairs to the end of their lifecycle to allow new hairs to enter the active-growth phase. Women’s Rogaine costs about $30 for a two-month supply. You’ll massage it into your scalp once daily. Apply it carefully. “If you sweat and Rogaine drips onto the sides of your face, you can get facial hair growth,” Friedman says. Propecia (finasteride) is another FDA-approved remedy. The

Scalp Scoop: Whatever the reason for your fine locks, don’t stand for it. To make less look like more, consider non-pharmaceutical solutions too. Wear a hair piece or use a spray that temporarily dyes your scalp so that any hair loss isn’t so apparent. Or don hair extensions or a weave and change your styling. “Try a zigzag part and use light styling pastes to create a messy, tousled look for more body,” says celebrity hair stylist Jill Crosby, who is based in Los Angeles. Hair care products can help too. “Look for volumizing shampoos and conditioners and use a mousse, root lifter, or a dry shampoo for extra lift,” Crosby says.

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Weight Gain? Insomnia? Moodiness?

You Could Have a Hormonal Imbalance By MEGAN JOYCE

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hen Paget Rhee returned home from a trip to Italy in honor of her daughter’s 16th birthday, she deleted almost all the photos of herself. “I really turned around one day and looked in the mirror and didn’t know who this person is anymore,” Rhee said. “I had gained weight, I wasn’t sleeping, I was depressed, and I’d gone through early menopause. Life just kind of got the best of me.” At the time, life included working two jobs and caring for three children, one of whom has special needs. An Ephrata native, Rhee had moved back to her hometown after spending 12 years in Washington, D.C., as the founder of a nonprofit for inner-city kids. The day after she erased her image from her vacation photos, Rhee decided to seek help for her health and hormonal issues. Rhee had heard of BeBalanced Centers, a hormone balance and weight-loss franchise, through a friend who had worked on a photo shoot for the company’s website. There, Rhee began a program that would not only address her hormonal imbalances, mental health, and sleep and weight-loss issues, but would also bloom into a

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passionate new career path centered on teaching others how to help their bodies find health and balance naturally. Through a program of natural hormone balancing, Rhee lost 24 pounds the first month. After three months, she had shed a total of 60 pounds — but it wasn’t just the weight loss that made a believer out of her. “Not only did it change my sleep, my health, and my energy, but it also gave me the confidence to think, ‘Wow, what else can I do now?’” According to Rhee — who now owns BeBalanced locations in Harrisburg, York, and Camp Hill — the center’s programs use a holistic approach that includes a variety of natural hormonebalancing supplements, relaxation therapy, psychological support, and diet restructuring to correct key imbalances that affect weight, sleep, mood, and energy. Both premenopausal and postmenopausal women can suffer from hormone imbalances. Rhee serves women of a range of ages and lifestyles, as well as women for whom weight loss is not a specific issue but who are struggling with symptoms caused these same hormone imbalances.

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While younger women can suffer from PMS, it’s often during the menopausal years, when a woman’s body is undergoing drastic changes in its estrogen and progesterone levels, that the symptoms of a hormonal imbalance — extreme difficulty losing weight, mood changes, insomnia — become most glaring and disruptive. “There are a lot of women who I think underestimate their second act or don’t realize that they have that coming,” Rhee said. “A lot of women feel like either their health issues or their weight, or whatever it is, have brought them to a place of lacking confidence and feeling good about themselves [that is needed] to take that next step. “Hormones are messengers that tell cells what to do, and they do control so many different elements in our lives, from our temperature, to fluid retention, to mood,” Rhee said. “They’re all meant to do their individual jobs, and this delicate balance can be thrown off easily due to chronic stress.” Rhee said helping women understand that stress is one of the major contributors to hormone imbalances is an important part of their learning process. “We do a lot of education on how hormones affect the immune system, joints, and digestive tract, as well as food sensitivities you might not be aware of … all this can be creating stress on the body,” Rhee said. “We help women understand that stress is not just kids and traffic. There are so many more ways that stress is impacting you.” The three main hormones that Rhee focuses on are progesterone, insulin, and the stress hormone cortisol, “an incredibly heavy hormone that pushes all the other hormones out of the way.’” In times of acute stress, the body will steal progesterone and convert it into cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal gland that regulates metabolism, the immune system, and the body’s stress responses. The problem with that progesterone-to-cortisol conversion,

however, is that progesterone is needed to balance estrogen. When estrogen becomes too dominant, many familiar, unpleasant symptoms arise: those weight, sleep, and mood issues, among others. “Progesterone is the parent; estrogen is the out-of-control, rowdy teenager,” Rhee said. “Progesterone is meant to be the parent and keep it all under control. But if there’s too much stress on the body, progesterone is transferred into cortisol, and that’s when havoc ensues.” Many women are frustrated that traditional methods of weight management — calories in, calories out — are not as effective as they age. Even intense exercise does not help weight loss for women with a hormonal imbalance, Rhee said, and can actually exacerbate the problem by causing more stress and higher cortisol. “Can I tell you how many of my clients are working out six days a week and hardly eating? That is incredible stress on your body,” Rhee said. “When you think about that runner’s high, that’s cortisol coming into your system saying, ‘You’re OK, you got this, you’re not dying.’ Cortisol brings glucose (sugar) into your system for that burst of energy.” Menopausal women can seek synthetic hormones through their OB/GYN to introduce more progesterone into their bodies. But Rhee stresses that progestin, the synthetic version of progesterone, is often given. Progestin will regulate the reproductive system, but it does not bring with it all the added benefits of natural progesterone, such as better sleep and less fluid retention. “Many women will come in after two weeks and say, ‘OK, I lost 10 pounds.’ But that becomes the secondary element,” Rhee said. “They say, ‘I can’t believe my energy. I can’t believe I don’t want to jump out of my skin and strangle my kids. I’m sleeping through the night, and my joint pain is so much better overall.’ “I think a lot of us don’t even know how poorly we feel until we feel better.” BUSINESSWomanPA.com

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A Big Chill By LYNDA HUDZICK

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he first time you step into a cryotherapy chamber can be quite unnerving, knowing that soon your entire body will be surrounded by extremely cold air that can go as low as -240 degrees. But the anxiety of the unknown is quickly displaced by the discovery that it isn’t nearly as cold as you imagine it to be and that the treatment can definitely help with a variety of conditions. Lancaster native Jen Greenberg is a living testament to the benefits of cryotherapy. This married mother of two became interested in the therapy after, “as hokey as it sounds, seeing a special on Dr. Oz,” she said. Greenberg, who had struggled with chronic back and hip pain for over 15 years, tried anything and everything to relieve her pain with little success. “I no longer wanted to take painkillers, muscle relaxers, or steroids,” Greenberg said. “Wholebody cryotherapy was the one type of therapy that I had never tried.” Greenberg found a location in Philadelphia where she could receive the treatment and committed to doing the therapy for a month, several times a week, “with amazing success,” she said. “I now do it every couple of weeks as maintenance, but I am essentially pain-free and have been since 2015 when I began.” Because the therapy was so effective for her, Greenberg decided that she would like to share that experience with others by opening Lancaster Cryotherapy in Lancaster County. “Opening my own business was definitely intimidating, but it was not the most difficult thing I have ever faced,” Greenberg said. In 2015, her husband, with

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and testimonials from clients, cryotherapy treatment can help with pain relief by reducing inflammation and increasing mobility. It is also used by athletes to enhance performance and to expedite recovery from injury. Some people even experience a reduction in anxiety and depression after regular cryotherapy sessions. So what exactly is whole-body cryotherapy? It is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;three-minute treatment in a chamber chilled by liquid nitrogen,â&#x20AC;? said Greenberg. Blood vessels constrict while

the hyper-cooled air moves over the skinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surface, and this forces the blood supply to the bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s core, circulating through the organs and ridding the body of â&#x20AC;&#x153;toxins and inflammatory properties that cause pain and inflammation.â&#x20AC;? This technique was developed in 1978 by Japanese rheumatologist Dr. Toshima Yamaguchi as a way to help relieve inflammation that his own patients were experiencing. It has been widely used in Europe for decades and is now offered in the United States. While cryotherapy is a

relatively new treatment in this country, it can help with muscle pain and joint and muscle disorders, such as arthritis. Doctors have recommended icing injured and painful muscles for a long time. Once the ice is removed, blood circulation is increased, which encourages pain relief and healing. Cryotherapy is also shown to reduce chronic inflammation in some patients, which can be linked to health problems such as cancer, diabetes, depression, dementia, and arthritis. Although the intensely cold temperatures experienced in cryotherapy can be uncomfortable at first, the body quickly adapts, and each treatment becomes easier. Greenberg has seen many clients who have experienced a reduction in debilitating pain and who are then able to return to regular exercise and lose weight in the process, which has been a great health benefit for them. Athletes as well have experienced success.

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whom she had worked in the legal field for many years, passed away suddenly from a very aggressive form of cancer. She decided after his death that it was time to explore a different path in her life to help her move forward. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A couple of months after he passed away was when I had discovered cryotherapy and made it a part of my life,â&#x20AC;? she said. Today, Greenberg said that she has been somewhat surprised at how the community has embraced this alternative form of treatment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had made the assumption â&#x20AC;Ś that people may be resistant to trying something as different as this,â&#x20AC;? she said. Instead, the majority of her clients have been very excited to give it a try. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The technology itself and the systemic process that your body goes through during the treatment is actually quite simple, so it makes complete sense how it can work so quickly,â&#x20AC;? Greenberg said. According to her website,

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Natural Solutions for Stress By SARA-CHANA SILVERSTEIN, AHG (RH)

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hen I was studying to become an alternative medicine provider, one of my teachers was a famous and welltrained acupuncturist. During a class on stress solutions, he stood up in front of the class and said that after 40 years of working as a healer, he finally found the solution to stress. He took a deep breath and declared, “Send your clients to an island and take away their phones! The sound of the waves crashing on the beach and the sun gently beating on their skin will heal your patients without a drop of medicine!” After a pause, he said, “Class dismissed!” This sounded like a fine idea to me, but after 26 years of working with stressed-out people, I know that is not usually a feasible option. So, instead of sending my patients to the Caribbean, I spent the next years researching ways people could reduce stress without spending a lot of time or money. My solution? I created a 90-day plan that helps you feel less stressed and more in control of your moods. Our world is fast-paced with not enough time to complete our ‘to-do’ lists, make our business and personal relationships work, and fit in saving for the future. But have no fear: There are solutions available, at a low cost, that are easy to integrate into your life and that work to reduce cortisol levels (stress hormones), lower blood pressure, and bring joy to the heart. Not just for “earthy crunchy” people, herbs have been used to

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help with stress for thousands of years. Herbs, in tincture or liquid form (which I prefer), are easy to carry in your purse, briefcase, or backpack. They can help with anxiety, panic, agitation, fear, and insomnia. The ones I discuss in my new book, MOODTOPIA, are safe and have been tested not only in the lab, but also by our ancestors from all different regions in the world. It is always best to work with a master herbalist that has the letters AHG (RH) behind

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their name, especially if you are currently taking any medication. Some of my favorite herbs for stress are: Skullcap. In the mint family, skullcap is a nervine that can be used when you feel stressed and nervous. It can also help counteract insomnia, anxiety, and muscle tightness. Blue vervain. This herb works on the parasympathetic nervous system and is commonly used

for panic attacks, nervous tension, and irritability. Rhodiola. This adaptogen boosts the nervous system and has antidepressant qualities. It’s not a stimulant, per se, but it can enhance immunity, improve memory, and elevate the capacity for exercise. Cactus grandifloras. This is used for stress that gives you slight pain in your heart. Also suggested after you have experienced a


Sandalwood: This scent has been used for thousands of years and has a woodsy-resin smell that is calming and centering. It is relaxing but will not drag you down. is is is to

“wake-up” smell that is clean and fresh and helps boost your mood. Grapefruit is a real “pick-meup” that also helps dissolve odors around you.

helps push blood to your brain, which helps relieve “mind fog.” It’s popular with students who pull all-nighters but need to have a clear head in the morning.

Grapefruit: This scent is your

Rosemary: This scent helps with circulation in your body and

So, find yourself one herb and one oil that resonate with you

Ylang-ylang: This scent considered a “sexy” scent and also invigorating. Ylang-ylang exotic and flowery and is used give you a boost.

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and give them a try. Herbs are best diluted in a little juice or water and can be taken from one to four times a day. Essential oils can be inhaled whenever you feel you need to wake up and be centered or chill out and relax. Another easy tip? Commit some random acts of kindness. Hold the door open for a person, smile to a grumpy fellow traveler in the airport, or even try doing some charity work monthly. Yes, it is true that the recipients of your kindness will feel better, but studies show that you benefit even more. We tend to feel calmer and less susceptible to stress after we have been kind to another person.

“broken heart” from the breakup of a relationship or a business deal that went sour. Aromatherapy can also help with stress, especially stress that is associated with travel. For my clients who go from airplane to hotel to cab to conference room, I suggest they find a smell that makes them feel centered and calm. I advise my clients to go to a health-food store and smell a bunch of oils and find one that resonates with them. Some of my favorites are:

• Sara-Chana Silverstein, master herbalist (AHG) and board-certified lactation consultant, offers natural solutions for stress and moodiness in her new book, MOODTOPIA: Tame Your Moods, De-Stress, and Find Balance Using Herbal Remedies, Aromatherapy, and More. SaraChana.com

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4 Reasons Bosses Should Encourage

Meditation at Work

By BARBARA COX, PH.D.

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he co-worker two cubicles down who appears to be nodding off may not be indulging an afternoon nap after all. Instead, he or she could be in a state of meditation, and the bosses are likely happy about that, or at least they should be. It’s not uncommon now for big corporations to encourage meditation during breaks and even hold meditation events during working hours. Research shows there are significant effects on physical and mental health for people who practice meditation, self-hypnosis, and other stressmanagement tools. Among the benefits: Improved ability to manage stress. Life is filled with stress, and the average workday can provide a host of new triggers that add to stress, whether it’s a demanding supervisor, a difficult client, or uncooperative co-workers, just to name a few. Stressful situations are going to happen. So the question becomes how well you can handle the stress. Meditation can assist in that. Increased quality of sleep. Meditation can help people with their sleep issues, according to research by Harvard University, Northwestern Memorial Hospital. That doesn’t mean meditating only before bedtime. It also helps to practice meditation during the

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day, so you can more easily get into that relaxed state at night. And if you get a good night’s sleep, you’re more likely to perform well at work the next day. More mental energy. People can often feel tired during the workday, even if they don’t have a physically demanding job. One reason is mental exertion, some of which goes back to all that stress. Meditation can help restore both your physical and mental energy. Greater ability to concentrate. For many people, it doesn’t take much to let their minds wander, especially these days when distractions such as smartphones and internet connections are close at hand to give them an extra

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reason to lose focus. Those who meditate are better able to focus on ideas and remember facts without getting easily distracted, and there’s research by the University of California, Santa Barbara, to back that up. Supervisors need to take note of all that research if they haven’t already. Companies are always looking for ways to improve productivity, and meditation can help lead to a happier workforce and a more efficient one. Bringing the benefits of meditation into a company doesn’t have to be a major undertaking. You can start small. Try a meditation week where everyone meditates at the same time every day for one week. You could have

a meditation challenge between departments, or send out weekly meditations in the company newsletter. You could even begin your meetings with a two-minute meditation. The key is to just get started because the sooner you do, the sooner your company will experience the results. • Barbara Cox, Ph.D., is a consultant and coach for innovative leaders and organizations. Her advice has been featured in local and national publications, including MSN.com and Cosmopolitan and other holistic and wellness publications. Learn more powerful uses of meditation in the upcoming book, The Muse Process: Unleashing the Power of the Feminine for Success and Fulfillment. www.drcoxconsulting.com


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Laura Egan, CRNP, has joined Urology of Central PA. Egan received her Bachelor of Arts in communications/ journalism from Alvernia College; associate’s degree in nursing from HACC; and Master of Science in nursing, family nurse practitioner from Widener University.

Kayla Kressler, MA, was recently

Kareemah Mayer has been hired by Barley Snyder as an attorney in the Employment Practice Group. She received her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. While at Pitt, she was the president of the Student Bar Association.

Kati Rye has earned her funeral

named director of prevention programs for Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance. Kressler, a former clinical supervisor and program site director at Blueprints for Addiction Recovery, will direct PFSA’s services to a network of statewide affiliated agencies.

director license and has been hired by The Buch Family of Funeral Homes. Over the past year, Rye interned at Buch Funeral Home, refining her funeral director skills and assisting with the day-to-day tasks of running a funeral home.

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5th Wednesday Networking Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Held ONLY 5th Wednesdays of the year Rotating location – West Shore Area Wicked Kitchen 30 S. Main St., Mechanicsburg Mitzi Jones mhjsunshine@aol.com American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) Camelot Chapter 6 p.m. 3rd Monday of the month The Radisson Penn Harris Hotel & Convention Center, Camp Hill Marianne Troy, President 717.802.5622 mariannetroy@gmail.com www.abwa.org/chapter/camelot-chapter Lancaster Area Express Network 7:15 – 9 a.m. 3rd Wednesday of the month Lancaster Country Club 1466 New Holland Pike, Lancaster Amy Winslow-Weiss www.laen-abwa.org

Insurance Professionals of Lancaster County (IPLC) 5:45 p.m. 3rd Tuesday of the month, Sept. – May Heritage Hotel 500 Centerville Road, Lancaster Krista Reed, Treasurer kristamariereed@gmail.com www.internationalinsuranceprofessionals.org

Yellow Breeches Chapter 6 p.m. 4th Wednesday of the month Comfort Suites 10 S. Hanover St., Carlisle Kerina DeMeester kerina1011@gmail.com

International Association of Administrative Professionals Capital Region of Pennsylvania LAN Meeting locations vary Pam Newbaum, CAP-OM, LAN Director 717.782.5787 pneubaum@pinnaclehealth.org www.iaap-harrisburg-pa.org

Central PA Association for Female Executives (CPAFE) 1st Wednesday of each month Refer to website for the meeting location Lori Zimmerman, President 717.648.0766 www.cpafe.org

Pennsylvania Public Relations Society 5:30 p.m. Last Thursday of the month Larissa Bedrick, President pprshbg@gmail.com www.pprs-hbg.org

Executive Women International Harrisburg Chapter 5:30 p.m. 3rd Thursday of the month Rotating location Julie Young 717.713.7255 www.ewiharrisburg.org

Shippensburg Women’s Area Networking (SWAN) Noon 1st Wednesday of the month Rotating location Lisa Mack, President shipswan@yahoo.com www.facebook.com/shipswan

Women’s Business Center Organization (WBCO) A program of the York County Economic Alliance 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 2nd Tuesday of the month September through May Heritage Hills Golf Resort & Conference Center Windows Ballroom (next to Oak Restaurant) 2700 Mount Rose Ave., York For more information on registering or membership, contact Sully Pinos at spinos@ycea-pa.org Women’s Capital Area Networking (WeCAN) 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 3rd Wednesday of the month Radisson Hotel 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill Abeer Allen, President info@wecanconnect.org www.wecanconnect.org Women’s Network of York 11:30 a.m. 3rd Tuesday of the month Out Door Country Club 1157 Detwiler Drive, York Laura Combs, President laura.combs@integritybankonline.com www.facebook.com/wnyork

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