According to event coordinator and WIN member Mandy Wynn, “The purpose of our event was twofold: (1) Give back to our local communities and (2) Offer an opportunity for existing and potential future members of WIN to network. Attendees enjoyed the casual event of networking by taking a one-mile stroll through the beltline and then grabbing a bite to eat at the PCM Food Hall.”
“We had a beautiful day for networking at the Ponce City Market Wednesday afternoon,” Wynn continued. “Attendees dropped off their backpacks for the backpack drive we hosted to benefit the Kids In Need Foundation. The WIN Atlanta regional event allowed us to give back to the community by having our attendees bring backpacks to donate to the Kids In Need Foundation. This foundation helps kids who come from lower-income families with the needed supplies to help them succeed in the classroom. In addition to helping students, they also help teachers get the supplies they need to make it a successful school year.”
Attendees then enjoyed an afternoon stroll along the Atlanta Beltline, a 22-mile historic rail corridor with a beautiful view of the city and highlights of Atlanta’s culture. Networking continued over dinner at the Ponce City Market food court. Wynn said, “The Ponce City Market is in what used to be the historic Sears, Roebuck & Co. building in Atlanta. PCM is the area’s largest adaptive reuse project, has been reinvented as a vibrant community hub housing the Central Food Hall, various shops, flats and offices, all while pointing back to the roots of its inception.”
This was WIN’s fourth regional event in Atlanta, and Wynn stated, “Each time, we change something – theme, location, meeting format. I felt like we were able to accommodate something that prior attendees had requested, which is a more casual event with a more central location compared to our prior ones in Atlanta. This was a very informal event where we still got to network but also give back to our local community by hosting a backpack drive. We want to extend a big thank you to all attendees and the companies who support WIN. Please spread the word – we would love to have anyone who is interested to attend one of our WIN Regional events!”
Wynn said association events, particularly regional events, are beneficial to members and to the industry as a whole because “It helps us, as an organization, come together to make an impact, big or small, not only within our industry through networking with our industry peers but also on a local level. This is where our WIN regional events come into play and help connect those who are local and meet those who want to learn more about WIN. We open the doors to these events – you don’t have to be a WIN member to attend. Regional networking events help us connect with our WIN Members, and meet our goals of educating and supporting the women in our industry.”
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