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Association of Valencia Women

Networking Activities and Training Events

Upcoming Events

The Association of Valencia Women is pleased to announce three reading circles for the 2015-2106 Academic year, NEW "ebook" options, and NEW �Skype for Business� remote sessions. Below are the selected titles based on the results from the survey sent to all AVW members (and those that attended the �Meet-and-Greet� sessions).

Spring Reading Circle

Spring Reading - Develop Exemplary Performance One Person at a Time by Michael Sabbag

Spring Reading Circle: “Developing Exemplary Performance One Person at a Time” by Michael Sabbag

Description: Spring Reading Circle: "Developing Exemplary Performance One Person at a Time" by Michael Sabbag. *Note: this book is available through Valencia College's "e-brary" program with unlimited access, meaning as many people that choose to download the book may do so and read at the same time.
Instructor/Facilitator or moderator/co-facilitators: Karen Reilly and Karen Cowden
Who to call if there are question � aka � the training contact: Karen Cowden x1960
Cap (max number): 20
Registration deadline (when to lock the roster): April 5 at noon
Date: April 5, 2016
Time: 1 � 2:30pm
Duration: 90 minutes
Who needs to get the enrollment report: Karen Cowden
Location: West 9-140b

Summer Reading Circle

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness - Richard H. Thaler

Summer Reading Circle: “Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness” by Richard H. Thaler

Instructor/Facilitator or moderator/co-facilitators: Karen Reilly and Karen Cowden
Who to call if there are question � aka � the training contact: Karen Cowden x1960
Cap (max number): 20
Registration deadline (when to lock the roster): June 23 at noon
Date: Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
Time: 1-2:30pm
Duration: 1.5 hours
Who needs to get the enrollment report: Karen Cowden
Location: West Campus, Room 9-140 �Skype for Business� (formerly Lync) online option



*Note: this book is NOT available through Valencia College's "e-brary" program but it is available to read for free online. Please contact Lisa Macon (lmacon@valenciacollege.edu) for more information.

Path to Leadership: Dr. Lisa Macon

Description:Dr. Karen Reilly will interview Lisa Macon, Ph.D., dean of engineering, computer programming, and technology, regarding her path from computer software developer to Valencia dean.
Date: Wednesday, April 6
Time: 3:30 - 5:00pm
Location: West 6-202
Arrive early to enjoy refreshments and interact with fellow AVW members!

Annual Meeting and Prospective Officer Information Session

Description: AVW's annual membership update meeting. Interested in joining our board? Come out and meet the current officers and learn more about the positions and leadership within AVW.
Instructor/Facilitator or moderator/co-facilitators: Karen Reilly
Who to call if there are question � aka � the training contact: Karen Reilly x1810
Date: April 21, 2016
Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm and light lunch will be served.
Location: West 11-106

Second Harvest Food for Thought Tour

Description: During this one-hour information session, you will learn more about who is hungry in our community, and then take a walking tour of the food bank to see how they operate.
Instructor/Facilitator or moderator/co-facilitators: Carol Millenson
Who to call if there are question � aka � the training contact: Carol Millenson x1870
Date: April 22, 2016
Time: 11:15 � 12:45pm

AVW Speed Mentoring

Description: Join us for this fun and exciting activity that will allow you to meet a variety of potential mentors across Valencia in a �speed-dating� format.
Instructor/Facilitator or moderator/co-facilitators: Karen Reilly
Who to call if there are question � aka � the training contact: Karen Reilly x1810
Date: May 17, 2016
Time: 1 � 2:30 pm
Location: West 11-106


To sign up for one (or more) reading circles, choose from the following two options:
  1. Join the "Facebook" event on the Association of Valencia Women page (listed by title).
  2. Contact Karen Cowden at kcowden@valenciacollege.edu. Be sure to state which circles you plan to attend.

To obtain a book you have three options:

  1. Download the e-book through Valencia College's library lending program directly to your device, computer, phone, tablet, or reader (see directions and video, below).
  2. Check out the book(s) placed in the "Lending Library" for AVW (two books are on reserve for West Campus, and one is on reserve for East Campus).
  3. E-mail Karen Cowden (kcowden@valenciacollege.edu) to request a possible paper copy.
    • NOTE: we will have a limited supply of 10 books available for anyone who sends an email (first come first served) that they are not able to use the ebook. After the 10 are gone you are most welcome to rent the book from local library or buy one at your chosen vendor.
  • Please note that the summer book, Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness is not available as an e-book through Valencia's library.
Download Directions: The following two books are available as e-books with unlimited simultaneous user access through Valencia College's library ebrary collection, from Proquest. Here are instructions for quick access to each:

To access Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go:

  • Login to Atlas.
  • Go to Employees tab.
  • Click on Search the Library.
  • Open a new tab and paste the following URL: Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go
  • Click read online or full download.
To access Developing Exemplary Performance One Person at a Time:

For help opening these e-books in the online reader or downloading them, please contact a Valencia librarian OR use the help guides provided by Proquest:

Activities

Scholarships

AVW Valencia Chapter provides two scholarships annually. A student scholarship is awarded in the spring and an employee scholarship is awarded to an AVW chapter member.

Community Projects

AVW Valencia Chapter hosts many community projects; from donating clothing, food, gift certificates to multiple organizations throughout Central Florida. Some of the organizations we've been involved with include Chlidren's Home Society of Florida, Dress for success, the Harbor House, and many more.

Member Socials

AVW members are invited to gather together for an evening full of fun and fellowship. Some of the past events include a Wine & Cheese Social & Silent Auction, Fellowship Line Dancing, Festival of Trees Social, Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Garden Tour, An Evening at the Enzian and in Summer 2012, CreativeTeam Building with Chocolate.

We are always looking for suggestions on these type of events, please contact us if you have any!

Professional Workshops

One of AVW's main focus is your professional and personal growth, so many times during the year we host multiple workshops to help maximize our members potential. Workshops such as Creating Relationships in our Community, Successful Living: Five Steps to Achieving Everything You Want in Life , Forum for Financial Questions / Personal Finance Workshop.

Past Events

Summer Reading Circle

To sign up for one or more reading circles and receive your book(s), please contact Sherri Dixon at sdixon@valenciacollege.edu.  Be sure to state which circles you plan to attend.

Summer Reading - Speed of Trust by Stephen Covey

Summer Reading Circle: “The Speed of Trust” by Stephen Covey

Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Time: 1-2:15pm
Location: East Campus Room 3-113



Path to Leadership Series

Path to Leadership - Dr. Falecia Williams Dr. Falecia Williams, West Campus President
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
West Campus, Special Events Center
Networking & Refreshments before the program



Falecia Williams was tapped to lead the college's flagship West Campus in 2011. The campus has more than 26,000 students. Prior to that appointment, she was the Assistant Vice President for Workforce Development, leading the college's more than 100 Associate in Science degree (career) programs. Graduates of those programs enjoy a 96 percent placement rate. Dr. Williams also led the team that created the first Bachelor's degree programs in 2012.

In 2014, she was named one of five "Women of Distinction" an award sponsored by the City of Orlando. Dr. Williams has worked at Valencia for more than 15 years, first as an adjunct professor, then in leadership roles in conjunction with dual enrollment, high school outreach programs and workforce development.

Painting With a Twist

Paiting with a Twist Painting with a Twist! Get your fun on! Be inspired!
Friday, May 31, 2013
6700 Conroy Windermere Rd, Ste 125, Orlando, FL 32835
Networking & Refreshments before the program



Bring your creative energy and together we will learn new skills and techniques for an inspirational painting experience with AVW friends! Share in creative camaraderie and recreate a masterpiece in your own special style.

Each member will take their work of art home to flaunt those new talents. Cost was $35 per person.

Reading Circles

These events were open to all Employees: Read a great book and share your insights! The reading circles are a casual fun way to share knowledge and make new connections with your colleagues around the college.

Reading Circle - The Four Hour Work WeekThe 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss
Date: Friday, March 20, 2015
Time: 1-2:15pm
Location: Winter Park Campus Room 107



Reading Circle - Thinking Fast and SlowThinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Time: 1-2:15pm
Location: West Campus Room 6-326



Reading Circle - The Power of HabitThe Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distill vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.


Leader: Kera Coyer, 2012-2013 AVW Valencia Chapter Secretary
Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Time: 3:30-5:00 pm
Location: Winter Park Campus, Room 246

Reading Circle - Women Leaders At WorkWomen Leaders at Work: Untold Tales of Women Achieving Their Ambitions by Elizabeth Ghaffari
Women Leaders at Work traces the personal life decisions taken by women who found ways to achieve greatness in their work. Each story is intriguing. But, collectively, the stories provide inspiration. They illustrate how real women of varied talents from varied backgrounds traversed quite different paths, seized opportunities presented in many guises, and found ways to achieve and to contribute to society.


Leader: Grace Acevedo, 2014-2015 AVW Valencia Chapter President
Date: May 22, 2014
Time: 3:30-5:00 pm
Location: East Campus, 5-112

Reading Circle - Net Smart: How to Thrive OnlineNet Smart: How to Thrive Online by Howard Rhinegold & Anthony Weeks
Date: Thursday, June 27, 2013
Time: 3:00 - 4:30pm
Location: Winter Park Campus, Room 108



Reading Circle - The Art and Spirit of Leadership The Art and Spirit of Leadership by Judy Brown
Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Time: 1:00pm� 2:30pm
Location: West Campus, AHS 218