WEO Meeting on 02/18/15: 

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The Women Entrepreneurs Organization of SW Washington is proud to present keynote speaker Jodi Blackwood's presentation "Your Last Impression: Just As Important As Your First"  at the February 2015 meeting.

This meeting will also feature two member spotlight presentations.

WHO: Women Entrepreneurs Organization of SW Washington (WEO)
WHAT: monthly meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at 5 p.m.
WHERE: Heathman Lodge, 7801 NE Greenwood Drive, Vancouver, WA 98662
HOW MUCH: $39.50 advance reservations for members; $44.50 week before event/$49.50 visitor includes buffet, dessert, coffee, tea, tax & tip
REGISTER: http://weowa.org/Feb-18-2015


Mary Burger, ComputerDiva

Rachel Treasure & Eva Metcalf, e-CycleWise


Jodi Blackwood, Business Etiquette Expert, presents "Your Last Impression: Just As Important As Your First" at the February WEO meeting. An engaging speaker, Jodi will explain how to deal with situations familiar to many women entrepreneurs, including how to graciously and firmly say no; how to act at a dinner meeting; and how to gracefully excuse yourself from someone you don't want to talk to anymore.

About the keynote speaker:

Jodi Blackwood believes that etiquette is about polishing your approach, not changing who you are. “Etiquette is not about being ‘stuffy’ and ‘proper’ – it is about presenting yourself to others in the best possible way, treating people with courtesy, respect and friendliness.”

As a Certified Business Etiquette & Protocol Specialist and Customer Service Professional, she enjoys working with individuals, organizations, and businesses of all size, helping people enhance their knowledge, skills and self-confidence when it comes to interacting with others. Combining her 25 plus years’ experience in the customer service field with her training and certification from The Protocol School of Washington, Jodi has developed a repertoire of training topics, including: business etiquette, dining etiquette, communication etiquette, customer service training, and communication with problem resolution.

The information in her customized programs is illustrated with the use of humor, examples, and activities, with strong emphasis placed on “why” the details are vital to the client’s success. Attention to detail and approachability are noted key factors.

As noted by a client, “Jodi has the uncanny ability to read situations and people in the intangible details. She has the interpersonal relationship skills to clearly identify seemingly invisible signs and signals and translate those into valued actions for helping others refine their personal relationship building.”

Well-aware that people nervously look at her when someone’s cell phone rings during a meeting or presentation, she is quick to share the story of how the sound of her phone, vibrating through the bag she had placed on a wooden floor, caused her to nearly fall out of her chair as she was meeting with a client, and emphasizes that how you handle an embarrassing situation will be remembered long after the situation is forgotten.

As the author of a weekly on-line newsletter for six years (without having ever missed a week!) she looks forward to publishing the first in a series of three books in the coming year.

Jodi is actively involved in her community, both on a professional and personal basis. In addition to a busy career, she balances an active home life with her husband, three children and three dogs. While she has overheard people express concerns about sitting next to “Miss Etiquette” when eating a meal, she reassures them she does not judge; in fact, there are daily discussions at home as to why knees shouldn’t be seen at the dinner table, entire potatoes should not be eaten in one bite, and oh, so much more! Ultimately, Jodi cannot imagine “retiring”, because what she is doing is simply being herself.

Find Jodi online at http://jodiblackwood.com


Networking begins at 5

Dinner at 6

Spotlight speakers at 7

Keynote speaker at 7:15

Meeting ends at 8:15


Herb-Roasted Chicken
Sherry Creamed Potatoes
Charred Carrots with Orange-Honey Glaze
Baby Lettuce w/ Candied Walnuts, Gorgonzola Crumbles & Cabernet Vinaigrette
Guinness Stout Cake


Reservations are required; email reserve@weowa.org, or register here.

The Women Entrepreneurs Organization of Southwest Washington is an association of women business owners who meet the third Wednesday of each month at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, Washington to share knowledge, to network and to support one another in business endeavors.


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