Thursday, September 29, 2016

Playing Small Does Not Serve the World

Here is one of my favorite quotes that gets to the heart of self-confidence:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?....

Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do....

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

—Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

How to Schmooze Class - Greenwich Oct 6

I will be teaching "How to Schmooze" for Greenwich Continuing Education on October 6, 7-9 pm.

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"How to Schmooze" with Gilda Bonanno
Hate networking events because you never know what to say? Do you get stuck talking to the one person in the room that you know? Whether you're looking for new clients or a new job, or just looking to broaden your professional horizons, networking is a key ingredient of your success.  
This interactive session will teach you the techniques of successful networking so you can schmooze with ease. You'll learn the secrets of being a master schmoozer, including how to listen and think on your feet, how to harness the power of non-verbal communications and how to deal with difficult people, like the obnoxious egotist and the boring timehog.
For more information or to register, visit

Gilda's Post on Susan Solovic's Small Business Expert Blog

Check out my guest post for Susan Solovic's blog: 

Take Your Presentation from OK to Outstanding 

THE Small Business Expert, Susan Wilson Solovic is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, top 100 and USA Today bestselling author, media personality, sought-after keynote speaker, and attorney.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

When Presenting, Stay Within Your Time Limit

Here's an easy way to be a better presenting -- when presenting, stay within your time limit! The audience will appreciate it and be better disposed to remember your message. 

How do you stay within your time limit? Read about it in my latest guest post on the Constant Contact Community blog: 

Monday, September 19, 2016

WBDC Announces Partnership With Designer Nina McLemore

WBDC's Business Breakfast & Symposium
9.23.16 / 7:30AM / Hyatt Regency Greenwich

WBDC is pleased to announce a partnership with Nina McLemore, a designer of elegant women's apparel for professionals and women who are leaders in their community.

Carol Cheswick and Sheri Malin of Nina McLemore of Fairfield and Westchester Counties, sponsor of WBDC's Women with Impact Breakfast and Symposium, will be showing the Fall 2016 Nina McLemore Collection on September 22nd, and following WBDC's Women with Impact Breakfast and Symposium on September 23rd. Both showings will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Old Greenwich in the Putnam Room.

To support the growing influence of women as decision makers, changemakers, and economic influencers, 10% of all sales from these shows will be donated to WBDC!

Nina McLemore's clients include CEO's of Fortune 500 companies, senior government officials, prominent lawyers, entrepreneurs, and leaders in non-profits. Her clients appreciate fine fabrics and the fact that her collection is tailored by hand in New York where the company is based. The collection is known for its natural fine fabrics from Europe, bright colors and excellent fit. The fabrics are seasonless and wrinkle resistant for international travel. Her styling is elegant rather than provocative and includes styles for business, casual and evening.

Carol and Sheri are happy to welcome walk-ins, but clients are recommended to schedule an appointment for the best service. Please click the following link to make an appointment online or call Carol at 203-247-3358.

Click here to schedule an appointment for the Nina McLemore Old Greenwich show.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Last call for WBDC Business Breakfast 9/23

Last call to buy tickets for the Women's Business Development Council (WBDC) 15th Annual Business Breakfast & Symposium, which will celebrate entrepreneurial women, their accomplishments and their economic impact on the world 

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 7:30 am - Greenwich Hyatt

I am honored to once again be serving as Master of Ceremonies for this event. 

Panel discussion featuring:
  • Kimberly Blackwell, CEO, PMM Agency
  • Margaret Price, CEO, Ridgefield Supply Company (RIDGEFIELD, CT)
  • Betty Spence, President, National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)
  • Allison Schieffelin Walker, Chairman and CEO, The Lighting Quotient (WEST HAVEN, CT)
  • Moderator: Lesley Jane Seymour, Media Entrepreneur and Former Editor-in-Chief, More Magazine
  • WBDC Corporate Impact Award: Wells Fargo, presented to Maria Ferreira, Area President for Suburban New York and Connecticut’s Community Banking, Wells Fargo
  • Deb Ziegler Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence presented to Renata Papadopoulous, owner of Lovely Cakes, based in Stratford, CT
  • WBDC Outstanding Leader Award presented to the Honorable Bob Duff, Senate Majority Leader
  • WBDC Woman of Impact Award presented to Semma Hingorani, Founder and Chair, Girls Who Invest, Inc.
  • Breakfast Chair: Jill Hummel, Breakfast Chair and President, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut
Tickets and more information available at

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The First Day of School

For many in my state of Connecticut, tomorrow is the first day of a new school year.  I love this time of year and fondly remember my own back-to-school days (though back in my day, school started after the Labor Day holiday). 

I loved the smell of new pencils, the feel of fresh notebooks, the exciting potential of what we were going to learn and seeing my friends again after what felt like a long time - because summer seemed to stretch for so many days that I filled with reading, ice cream and play!

While out running errands today, I met three little girls: Liliana, Annabella and her older sister, who are getting ready to start 1st, 4th and 5th grades tomorrow.  They were so excited about the first day of school and their enthusiasm was contagious.  Even Liliana's little brother, Daniel, who is too young for kindergarten, shared their excitement.  Annabella was delighted to practice the Italian she was learning with me and she said she was too excited to even sleep tonight!

It is such a contrast from how most of us adults approach learning something new or even the start of a new workday.

Somewhere along the way, many of us lose our our optimism and excitement about learning and even our enthusiasm and joy about life in general.  

Watching children can remind us of that excitement and challenge us to recommit ourselves to lifelong learning and to living joyfully. 

To all the children starting school, I wish you success and happiness so you can have fun and learn all that you can. (And a big thank you to the teachers who make such a positive difference in so many lives!)

And to all of the adults, what are you looking forward to learning this year? How can you live with more joy and enthusiasm, despite whatever challenges life has thrown at you?