Letter from the President – December 2020

As we come to the close of 2020, I am reminded of the fragility of life, health, and economic stability. I am also encouraged by the resiliency of human beings and our capacity for hope. Our Chapter representatives have experienced a lot of loss this year. It is comforting to know that belonging to an organization like EWI is a positive and important factor in our resiliency. We are social creatures, and being a part of a community like EWI is good for our mental health, in addition to being good for business. Even introverts like me benefit greatly by having strong connections and through focusing on helping others.

Many of our representatives expand their connections and their community through EWI. While I miss our in-person meetings, I am grateful we have the luxury of connecting through technology. Seeing familiar, smiling faces on our Zoom calls brightens my outlook. I hope it does the same for you. If you haven’t attended lately, please join us for our December social meeting. It’s important to take time to keep our connections strong, especially when faced with challenges.

Serving others and contributing to our community is another factor that increases resiliency. EWI provides us the opportunity to stay focused on giving back to our community through our philanthropic efforts. It is a powerful way to reframe our view, and it is well known that the act of giving produces positive benefits to the giver.

EWI is a business group, but the benefits of belonging and being actively involved go much deeper than business only. For that, I am truly grateful. To all of our EWI sisters and brothers, thank you for staying engaged with EWI. Together, we are helping each other in immeasurable ways. I wish you much love, hope, and happiness during this holiday season. Here is to a positive and healthy New Year for our Chapter, our country, and our world. Cheers!