Getting to know … Tina DeWitt
Tina DeWitt had been a member of the Vail Valley Business Women association for just a few months when the group elected her president after a presentation she gave about women’s finances.
That was 2 1/2 years ago, and since then, the Edward Jones financial advisor has continued the 26-year-old organization’s tradition as a resource for women throughout the valley.
“I think women naturally network and don’t realize it,” DeWitt says. “This (provides) an opportunity on a routine basis for women to be able to get together.”
The association doesn’t just help local businesswomen, however. Through their charity efforts, the Vail Valley Business Women have awarded scholarships for women to attend Colorado Mountain College, donated to the Eagle County Women’s Resource Center to fight domestic violence and helped fund women starting businesses in other countries.
For more information about the group or to attend one of their monthly lectures, visit http://www.vvbw.com.
It’s just a great opportunity to meet more women in the valley. I’ve actually made some really great friends from it.
We’re very good if we know somebody needs something. (One member, for instance, needed a sublease for her business space and found one within a day or two of announcing it to the group.) We just naturally look out for each other. It’s just increasing the opportunity for people to do that.
I think it’s good for women to get together like this. It’s a good support network for women because you don’t have that fear of intimidation. … People are just very open and more accepting right off the bat. It’s just a different type of atmosphere than you find in other organizations. It’s no better or no worse, it’s just different.
I think I probably focus a little more on women because women are a lot of times in a unique circumstance when it comes for saving for retirement. (Such as being out of the workforce to raise children and living longer, on average, than men.) There’s certain things that just seem to apply more to women. … It’s so important because women are naturally a little more concerned (about investing) but at the same time a little more fearful. It’s such an unknown realm to them.
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