|The Joy of Connecting is an extraordinary experience that offers a unique way for woman to connect and share their business in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. The Joy of Connecting is all about making warm and genuine connections and building and nurturing those relationships to a higher standard of excellence. You never know the fruits that will grow tomorrow from the seeds that you plant today…the JOC way!
Traci Bogan, Author. Racine, WI August, 2008
| It was such a pleasure to meet you at Shelly Pagnotta's launch on July 29 in Flower Mound, TX. I wished I had taken more time to speak with you personally. I have really enjoyed the enlightening, educational, and entertaining Joy of Connecting meetings that I have attended. Your inspiration has really made a difference in the lives of many women!
Gale M. Veach, Bodyworks by Gale, July 2008
|I so appreciate the opportunity to form bonds and relationships with women that I would have NEVER had the opportunity to meet. After attending my second JOC meeting - I was trying to explain what the JOC is (to a friend) and I could not find words to properly describe it. You just have to EXPERIENCE it. Some of you have become friends that I cherish and I just know that this is so much "bigger" than just business connections. Thank you for allowing me to share my heart and business with you and sharing yours with me. I look forward to getting to know each of you and "together" becoming all that we are intended to be. This journey is an arduous one but somehow there's empowerment when we travel it together.
Shelly Pagnotta - Lewisville, TX - April, 2008
| I began attending JOC meetings in January, 2008 a few months after I had
stepped back into the travel industry. At my very first JOC meeting, I met
a woman who purchased a seven day cruise for her family from me. This same
woman has referred me to others who have booked cruises as well. And, my
business continues to grow through my JOC contacts. It's a very supportive
and productive way to promote my business as well as being a wonderful arena
in which to make new friends. JOC is
Terri Leidich - Atlanta, GA - July, 2008
|Lea Ann, I hope your event goes wonderfully tonight! I had such a great experience and enjoyed meeting everyone last time. My business has snow balled from one thing to the next just from that one experience but I look forward to stopping by again later in the summer. You are really making possibilities happen for others and I greatly appreciate it.
Deirdre DaCosta – Charlotte, North Carolina – June 2008
|Bonnie – I wanted to say how much I enjoyed meeting you at Debbie Warden’s JOC launch. Your warmth, energy and passion for this incredible business you have created is not only exciting, but very much needed. Thank you for loving women and challenging them to get this flame within to get us moving on our own journeys. Your spirit is contagious!
Christy Cook – Counseling & Psychotherapy Services – Gainesville, GA -- April, 2008
|I have been attending the Joy of Connecting for the last 4 years and have benefited in so many ways. After leaving another business I need to get out and meet new people! It is great to be around so many positive women and hearing about all kinds of businesses and their stories. Being self-employed and working from home- this is a great way to connect with other women. Thru the years I have made some great personal friends from Joy of Connecting. I have developed some great customers for my Melaleuca business and some of my business leaders have come from either Joy contacts or their referrals. I personally have benefited finding a great dentist, massage Therapists, Hair Dressers and many other services that I have taken advantage of. Each time I have left a joy mtg – I feel so uplifted and reenergized. Thanks Bonnie for creating a great venue for sharp women with drive and ambition!
Denise Goodman, Melaleuca The Wellness Company, May 2008
|Hi Bonnie, I just had to send you an email to tell you how much I enjoyed your teleconference call yesterday. I am always open to learning new things and listen to calls quite frequently and I have to say that it truly was one of the best I have ever heard. Not only was is entertaining as you and Annie were light and carefree with the conversation, but it was also jam-packed with practical and useful information. I hung up the call feeling like I had walked away with such value for my time! |
I have to be honest and tell you that I am pretty new to the whole networking scene. Other than trade associations, I had never been to a networking group until I moved to metro Atlanta, in fact, never even knew this under world existed. With what I learned from you I feel like my skills in this area will now soar! Thank you for sharing great information and for The Joy of Connecting. I love participating. You make it so easy and comfortable!
Lisa Decker -- Certified Divorce Financial Analyst -- Atlanta, GA -- April, 2008
|Dorothy (Fest) - Thanks for getting back to me. My event (Girls Nite Out) is because of your last JOC (Long Beach, CA) -I met Arlene from Southern Living there and we decided to do this together. Your meeting helped us connect and hopefully will further each of our businesses! If you want to forward the info to your JOC contacts, you can plug JOC by letting them know that the event was inspired by a JOC connection! Best Regards! |
Christine Rousselle -- April, 2008
|The Joy of Connecting is a wonderful way to connect with other women. Not only have I had dozens of fun, uplifting evenings, I´ve had the opportunity to learn about the businesses and passions of hundreds of women and get the word out about my business at the same time. I have met 10 clients and friends through Joy of Connecting meetings in the Alpharetta/Roswell/Johns Creek, GA area, generating thousands of dollars of commission. Thanks, Bonnie for creating this wonderful vehicle for women to connect. |
Jennifer Heal, Financial Advisor Edward Jones -- April, 2008
|Ann, (Butenas), I enjoyed myself last night. The Joy of Connecting was the best networking event I´ve ever attended, kudos to you!!!!! |
Best, Michelle -- Aesthetician of Classic Images Salon -- Overland Park, KS-- March, 2008
|Hi Bonnie, I wanted to thank you for introducing me to The Joy of connecting. I attended a meeting yesterday and met Donita (Oklahoma City) along with 12 other women.|
I believe things happen for a reason and I consider this a real Blessing!!
L. Robinson -- Membership Coordinator / Earlywine Park YMCA -- March, 2008
|I attended a "The Joy of Connecting" tonight. (Buckhead/Paces Ferry) It is a living, breathing, tool to aid women in connecting to resources, building relationships and growing their businesses. It was very welcoming, nurturing, supportive atmosphere and gave me the opportunity to share IG with other ladies.|
I stuffed as many sample as I could into one bag. It a good thing, I only had a few minutes to talk however everyone loved seeing and hearing about IG. They asked us to share what we were look for out of the meeting. I shared the three services that we all know about from our Success Starts Here Packet. I took my husband´s engraved business card holder and passed it around the room with my business card in it. So everyone got to touch and see maybe they will need a card holder. I also passed around the engraved soap. This is another great tool that smells good. I met a bride and handed out several catalogs.
Maree Suggs Durmeyer -- Initial Grace Independent Consultant--March, 2008
|Dear Bonnie: Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share in the true joy of watching women connect. You could almost reach out and touch the passion and excitement bursting from these dynamic women . |
Looking forward to connecting with you again soon.
Jennifer Matilsky – 1160 AM Business Radio, Atlanta--March, 2008
|I really enjoyed meeting all of you at Sally's launch and it was wonderful to see some old friends as well! I had a wonderful time and aside from not feeling well it was an amazing meeting. Bonnie you are an amazing woman and a pure genius to have created The Joy of Connecting....what a wondeful way for all of us women to be able to get together each and every month! Thank you again to each and everyone of you who donated to the raffle and everyone that purchased tickets...we are on our way to a new porch for the Palace! I feel so blessed to be a part of such a wonderful network of amazing women!|
Keri A. Byer, CEO/Founder
Keri's Fairy Godmother Foundation (Austin, TX)-- Feb, 2008
|Bonnie, it was a pleasure meeting the both of you last night, and I am so glad that Dawn Rowley allowed me in your warm and wonderful home as well as surrounding me with women who are dynamic, determined, and disciplined. Bonnie, who knew that one phone call could change someone's life and because of your encouraging words and energetic attitude, I was exposed to some of the most amazing women that I would ever meet, including yourself. The both of you are doing great work, and I am humbled and honored to be a part of this circle. I had a wonderful time and left singing the praises of this group to my husband.
Vonda Malbrough - Director of Development/North Fulton Community Charities, March, 2008
|It was such an honor to meet all of you at The Joy of Connecting brunch hosted by Diana Kirschner and Jerrica Dodd (West Marietta/GA) .
God is so awesome because He knows just what we need, when we need it, and places such dynamic women in our lives at the right time. I was truly blessed and inspired by your warm spirits and the strength in the room.
We all have our own personal "cross" to bear, but I am so glad that with each other we don't have to carry it alone. Thank you so much.
Dr. Cynthia M. Myatt - Oct, 2007
|Thanks for your hospitality and the opportunity to connect joyfully with many wonderful women. I honor and appreciate your work, Bonnie, your passion and your commitment to enriching and supporting women in their individual and collective journeys.
Jeanie Ward - Coach - July, 2007
|Ann (Butenas), I wanted to drop you a note and compliment you on the professionalism with which you ran the meeting tonight. You are very energetic and approachable. You definitely can leverage those assets to develop your financial business strength as well.
I'm looking forward to working with you on many different projects in the future. Please feel free to ask for any assistance you need with JOY. It's my pleasure to contribute to your success.
Have a great rest of the week!
Devon Plumberg, Business Coach & Consultant - Overland Park, KS July, 2007
|Today, I just had to share a testimonial about my recent JOC . It was great. There were 15 participants. We had it at one of my attendees home. She and her husband own a pool company. We had a little BBQ out by their pool. I was a little worried that it might be too hot, but it was FABULOUS. We sat around the curved end of the pool with our feet in the water during the 3 minute time. I had one guest that said that The Joy of Connecting was her favorite networking event to go to. That felt great. I so greatly appreciate you and Dawn. Your care, love and support is so obvious and appreciated. I'm really excited to see where The Joy of Connecting goes in the next years. Everything you have done is so amazing. I sometimes want to shout to all the women to just come once and they WILL SEE how awesome The Joy of Connecting is!!! I have learned so much from my experiences with The Joy of Connecting, thank you so much for the opportunity.
Sara Tippett, Round Rock TX licensee June, 2007
|My first experience with the Joy of Connecting was last Wednesday, at Robin Dunda’s home, and I have to say- I was more than
impressed. I have been to many “networking” events, but never to one that was all women, extremely inviting, and most importantly, so
organized. As we all know, evening meetings can be difficult for those of us who have families, second jobs, etc., and I was so pleased at the
structure of the Joy of Connecting. I felt that it was more than worth my time; I met so many women with incredible services to offer; and I have
also received great feedback for my organization. Thank you again JOC licensees for all that you do for the women in the business world- and I am
proud to be a part of the Joy of Connecting!!
Robin Montgomery -Coordinator for The Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas, June, 2007
|I love The Joy of Connecting and what it is all about! The connections and the power that is felt in those gatherings are
unbelievable! It feels great when you hear the women who attend enjoy themselves as well, and begin to immediately think of ways to help
another woman out! That is what it is all about! And who knows what some of these women may or may not be going through, and when they connect
with other women... it can give them comfort, support, something to be proud to be apart of!!
Thank you for creating this amazing experience and sharing it with all women! Hats off to you and to Dawn!
Tiffany Anderson, The Bio Wellness Center, June, 2007
|I was so impressed in how everything was handled at my first Joy of Connecting.
IF everyone could just always come together to network, it not only helps themselves, but it gives
the support others are looking for. This was awesome. Thank you, Robin Dunda. (Licensee for
Bedford, TX). It was nothing less than perfection!
NaTasha Rector, The NiRiNi Co. 6/13/07
|My name is Vanessa Woods. I represent What’s the Biz, Inc.
We are small business that assists businesses with their incorporating services. I wanted to thank Bonnie for your referrals and the idea of Joy of Connecting.
I have attended several networking events and I have never come across one that is as great as the Joy of Connecting. I have not been able to attend a meeting in a while but I have referred at least 15 women to a meeting and the ones who have gone share the same excitement as myself.
Thanks again for your inspiration and support.
Vanessa Woods -- Whats the Biz
|Every time I attend a Joy of Connecting gatherings, I am blown away by the strong, powerful and fabulous women that I have the pleasure of meeting.
I go home so excited and motivated that I find it very difficult to sleep, and when I awake the next morning, I am filled with gratitude and a sense of peace. Every
woman in the world should be able to experience such a wonderful and supporting atmosphere at least once a month, if not every day.I look forward to seeing each of you
Terri Posey de Man, CMT, CNMT, CRM, OM 3/07
Serenity Healing Touch
& Relaxation Massage Therapies
|"Last night was truly a night of miracles and friendships being built and I can't wait until the next gathering. Dawn, thanks also for sharing your story regarding your son, it not only touched my heart but showed me that anything is possible with a little belief and helping hands like the ones I met through the "Joy of Connecting". Looking forward to seeing you next time.."
Hillary Roy author of "Journeys of Love
|"The Joy of Connecting has been like the fruit of Spirit. It’s happiness, joy, peace, kindness, patience, love and self control. It’s the highlight of my month.”
Janice Walker, ReMax Greater Atlanta
|I just wanted to tell you how much of a great time I had last night by meeting so many wonderful women! Truly, each one came with their own talent and personality which made me even more excited about attending future events. Someone said last night that this experience was not only about networking, but building relationships, for me the "Joy of Connecting" was a great start! Thank you for opening the door for a new comer to share in this remarkable vision.
Until we meet again...be blessed!
Hillary, Author -- Jan, 2007
|I recently attended The Joy of Connecting" launch in Addison, TX and was impressed and excited about this new, effective model of
networking for busy women professionals.
Dawn Boudreaux was a gracious hostess and an excellent facilitator. Bonnie Ross-Parker is as dynamic and charismatic as she sounds.
I like this female construct for building our businesses or practices, and I heartily endorse this venue to any woman who is serious about creating lasting, successful, profitable business results.
This will be the new chief cornerstone for business development!
Randelle Arena-Ash, HFG Financial/Mass Mutual, Spring, 2007
|“This was my first visit but I loved the energy shared by a group of women. It was an easy, supportive and friendly group to connect with. What a great evening. Thank You!”
Kendra Armacost, Whole Brain Creative
|“The Joy of Connecting is a well organized, fun evening that allows a myriad of business women to exchange their professions and network in a manner of fellowship. I always meet and make new contacts!”
Rudi Stryker Caruthers, Wellness Benefits
|“The Joy of Connecting is like have a Big Slumber Party with professional women that share a sisterhood of connecting business to business.”
Marietta Davis, Loan Officer, Parsons Mortgage Group
|“The Joy of Connecting has been an unbelievable experience of connecting and developing relationships with other women in business.”
Andrea Young, Mary Kay
|“The Joy of Connecting provides the courage to go out and make it on your own.”
Dr. April Hernandez, Wellness/Chiropractor
|“The Joy of Connecting is a ‘joy’ each and every month. I always meet new and interesting women and re-connect and learn new things about wonderful women I already know. You will never leave disappointed.”
Sandy Lomas, The Atlanta Networking Calendar
|“For me, The Joy of Connecting lifts my spirit. No matter what in my life is difficult or challenging, I participate and get wonderful support and leave with peace in my heart.”
Lynn Henry, Nikken
|“The Joy of Connecting is a first class way to meet, greet, and get to know women and what they do in depth and on a heartfelt basis.”
Raleigh Pinskey, Author - !01 Ways To Promote Yourself
|“The Joy of Connecting are 3 words that sum up my experience and keep me coming back. It is a true joy to meet such powerful and passionate women and to hear their stories of why they do what they do.”
Jennifer Whitt – Optimo, Inc Project Management
|“I meet very powerful women who are very willing to helping in any way they can. They feel encouraged and enthusiastic in assisting other women like me.”
Ines Salas-Porras - World Leadership Group
|“The Joy of Connecting provides me the forum to share my business in a comfortable place with women who are on a similar path. I have connected with women who have helped me expand my business. I am very grateful to my friend who introduced me to The Joy of Connecting.”
Shelby Miles - “The Queen of Total Wellness”
|“I don’t usually like networking but at The Joy of Connecting I felt warm and cozy. It was like having a hug and I just wanted to connect.”
Jai Stone – Brand Development Coaching
|“For years I have worked in a corporate environment where women often tore each other down for professional advancement. I come to The Joy of Connecting because it fosters an environment where women support and build one another up.”
Adrienne Bing - Tahitian Noni International
|“The Joy of Connecting has introduced me to many intelligent, diverse women in a fun, accepting environment. I truly feel that women have a special way of communicating and connecting with one another!”
Gloria Jones – Freelife International
|“Through The Joy of Connecting, Bonnie creates such an open and inviting arena for women to connect, share their passion and support each other’s personal and professional development.”
Wendy Watkins – Certified Business Coach
|“A broader spectrum of women than I’ve met at other gatherings. Put together with an honest desire to help each other. It’s quite unique.”
Diana Nichols - Intuitive Artist
|“I come to The Joy of Connecting because I love to meet other women. I also enjoy sharing my story and letting others know how I can help them and their friends with mortgages or being able to own a home through my company.”
Betty Goodman – Mortgage Broker/Investor
|“The women I encounter at each Joy of Connecting gathering are amazing connections and in such a fun and meaningful environment.”
Nancy Jacobs – Society for The Advancement of Women
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