Welcome to DAWN!
Dear newest member of Developing and Advancing Women in Naturals:
Per your request, you have now been officially enrolled as a DAWN member and will have access to our organization and its attendant website and blog, www.dawnnetwork.org/blog.
We are thrilled to add your voice and creative energy to this new alliance supporting women’s ascent in the natural products industry. DAWN fosters female executive achievement and entrepreneurship within this domain by providing informational guidance and technical assistance through its website, e-newsletter and workshop events.
Our DAWN network blog (www.dawnnetwork.org/blog) features original and published articles concerning women in business, from issues we face to ways we can surmount them. In our current “Executive Spotlight,” we talk with The Vitamin Shoppe executive Rikke Cumberbatch and Digestive Care and Nutrition Expert Brenda Watson about what drives them to excel in the naturals industry today. We also examine the importance of “envisioning” in female leadership appraisal and development.
We foresee both the website and blog as forums for mentorship and sponsorship tools, active networking facilitation, self-assessments, e-newsletter distribution, industry job searches and more. We are currently designing these highly interactive elements and welcome all ideas and suggestions you may have during this process. As well, if you are interested in writing for our blog or newsletter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts or to request more information.
A word about DAWN:
DAWN was founded on the belief that the natural products industry is perfect for women’s individual and collective leadership. With its attention to sustainable sourcing practices, naturals industry has proved especially alluring to female professionals and start-ups, and therefore is primed for our across-the-board success! By harnessing our shared ambition and ecological ethics, we have the chance to positively impact our industry, while simultaneously furthering women’s overall contributions in business.
For each new DAWN member, Reserveage Organics will donate $5 to the Whole Planet Foundation, which provides microcredit loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries. The foundation targets the poorest individuals and families, with a special focus on women. We are excited to share in Whole Planet Foundation’s mission to add financial leverage to women’s ingenuity –the core principle of DAWN.
DAWN will launch its inaugural newsletter at Expo West in March 2012! In the interest of conserving paper, the newsletter will be available only through our website, where issues will be archived and accessible to active members.
Our first edition will focus more deeply on “envisioning opportunities and trends” as well as on the crucial differences between “sponsorship” and “mentorship” – two areas that the prestigious Harvard Business Review has identified as vital to furthering women’s professional advancement.
We look forward to DAWN being a collaborative venture that will show the world what innovative and inspiring leaders women truly are!
Naomi Whittel, Founder and the DAWN team