Janet Chiu

WBO has been part of my life ever since I first moved to Rockville nearly 6 years ago. I was new in town, finally settled in. But I didn’t know anybody. I showed up at the Silver Diner for a WBO breakfast meeting, and an hour later I walked out with a huge smile on my face. I found some kindred spirits and a few women as crazy as I am!

It’s said that what you get from an organization depends on the effort you put into it. If that’s the case, then I have a running deficit with WBO, because so many of the women have influenced how I live and work. I’d like to share with you some of the ways we support each other.

An ergonomist set up my home office so I don’t harm myself from long hours at the computer.  

A hair stylist rescued me from a bad haircut and ever since I’ve learned so much about politics in Montgomery County.

A web developer and social media expert and I have supported each other on projects, we geek out together, and my clients adore her.

An agency owner became a trusted confidant, and she helped me screw up the courage to make my first powerpoint presentation.

A nonprofit consultant, like so many in this room, has been a client, a colleague and a friend; she is my go-to when I have a nonprofit question.

Through WBO, I met an enrolled agent so not only are my taxes in great hands, but we find time for walking and getting lunch together.

I never imagined having a personal trainer, now I can’t imagine what horrible shape I’d be in without her.

I’ve had the pleasure of working for an organizer, a grant writing consultant, and a marketing expert, each one a fantastic resilient person.

I send out my business contract several times a month with total confidence, thanks to the expert legal advice from hiring WBO members.

I know there are others, and if I didn’t mentioned you please know that I do appreciate you.

To state the obvious, WBO has been a wonderful resource. This is more than a mutual admiration society. WBO is a safe environment that encourages friendship and collaboration.