Baby Step Committed to after DRIVEN’s Feedback Event

Bethany headshotI’ve committed to engage in some self reflection of my own before giving feedback. That way, I’m working to improve myself while trying to help others do the same. It also ensures that I’ve assessed the ways in which I’ve approached a situation that may have contributed to the unwanted result from the other person. I hope others have taken some positive baby steps as well.

— Bethany Simmons, Associate, Alston & Bird


Kelly Welles 2013DRIVEN Professionals is one of the most dynamic and resourceful forums today for professional women seeking to navigate the shoals of family, health and corporate environments. Even the most successful women can benefit from the thought-provoking community events, progressive workshops and insight tools provided by DRIVEN’s offerings.


— Kelly Welles, Welles Financial Services

IMG_5854When receiving feedback

  1. don’t get emotional – listen, ask questions/examples
  2. don’t rush to respond – absorb information, analyze data and follow-up with actions

— Hoey Go, Financial Industry, Executive Director


When it comes to the “art of food and wine”, no one paints a better canvas than Deborah Goldstein. Whether it is a corporate bonding event, a gathering of fellow businesswomen, or just a group of kindred spirits, Deb Goldstein produces workshops that educate, entertain, and satisfy body, mind and spirit in a most captivating manner. However, don’t take my word for it: sign up for her next wine and food event and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

— Anne Akers, Founder/Editor in Chief GLOW Beauty, Health & Wellness Magazine

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I love to attend an event where I get a lot of value, and Deborah brought so much to the Wine List Navigation workshop: knowledge of wine, food and subtleties, details of how they can be shared and enjoyed and served. She touched on different experiences as they relate to choosing, ordering and how to communicate about wine. Deborah’s strength for this, I know, comes from several years of owning and operating a high end restaurant. She is someone who inspires and teaches simply by sharing her own rich learning experiences. She is a truly seasoned professional in the areas of food, beverage and business etiquette, as well as business and personal development.


B.Shull“I came to the event to learn more about how to give feedback but wound up learning the most about how to receive feedback. It wasn’t something I had spent as much time thinking about but realized that I had been skipping the first step of the AIR model. That first step of describing the action is so important whether you’re giving or receiving feedback.”

— Brigitte Shull , Head of Humanities Publishing and Senior Editor Palgrave Macmillan

CassandraBefore attending the WAC’s “Wine List Navigation: Earn your Wings” Event I had never ordered wine from a wine list at a restaurant. I always let others order for me because of the intimation factor that wine lists have. The wine event was full of information. We did not just learn about what types of foods match certain wines but we also learned how to dissect those hard to read wine lists. We learned about the different kinds of grapes wines contain as well as how to read wine labels. We even received a little cheat sheet booklet as a reference! Not only do I feel competent enough to order wine for a future dinner party, it was a night filled with amazing people, great food, and gorgeous wines.

— Cassandra Palummo, WAC community member

Nichol SmilingI attended my first DRIVEN event last fall, expecting a good networking event with other professional females. What I found was a room packed full with more than 75 dynamic women listening to a DRIVEN specialist speak about perspective, subsequent break-out sessions that offered invaluable professional and personal insight, and an intimate setting in which to network with other like-minded women.  I could not have imagined that I would gain tools that night to help me “maximize my position” the very next day as I sat through my evaluation meeting and enjoyed an incredibly positive experience with a superior with whom I had previously been unable to connect.  Now the only time I miss a DRIVEN event is when I’m stuck at the office too late!”

— Nichol Chiarella, CPA

You are the Message: Communication: This was the first DRIVEN event I attended. Being a graduate student I felt that it would be a huge advantage to learn about non-verbal communication and presentation skills. I left this event knowing more about myself than anticipated. Through a few exercises I learned that I close my eyes when I am presenting. I also learned proper PowerPoint etiquette that I actually put into practice during a presentation two weeks later. Using the tools and information I learned, I have to say that I killed my presentation. I definitely will be able to use all of the knowledge from this event for the future.

— Cassandra Palummo, DRIVEN community member

Yolandas_smileYou have done it again! Another amazing event, that was not only very helpful and informative but it gave me basic tools that I can use to continue to improve myself not only at work but in my everyday life.

— Yolanda Morgan, DRIVEN corporate member - after DRIVEN's 2-18-14 workshop