Look What Women Are Saying
Testimonials from JOC Attendees
|Ladies of The Joy of Connecting/Acworth:
Let me start off by saying how comfortable you all made me feel. Since this is the first time ever to join a women's networking group, I am wondering what took me so long. The answer - getting that one special phone call from Linda Barbour. When listening to my messages on my cell phone, I came very, very close to deleting Linda's call............... thank goodness I heard her mention Acworth and Brookstone. So, I decided to listen further and am grateful I did! Believing this is a wonderful opportunity we have all been given, to reach out to others walking in our shoes........ only Bonnie can fill the boots. She graciously came and sat down beside me to introduce herself, and acted like she had known me for years. Wow, she broke the ice for me quickly and made me feel at home. Unknown what to expect or if I prepared myself accordingly, the only regret on my part, was not sticking to my queue cards to tell you all everything I wanted to share. Just wanted to thank each and every one of you for making me feel welcome and giving me the opportunity for new friendships! May we all be successful in life and in new found friendships! Until we meet again,
Laurie Uzee, Tastefully Simple, Acworth GA May, 2012
|Recently, I was a participant at a JOC get together. Bonnie Ross-Parker, the CEO and Founder of JOC has a sales and marketing skill, I can only envy. She is so full of energy and enthusiasm that it spills over into the hearts and minds of everyone she touches. The women who were in attendance took the energy that Bonnie shares, the knowledge she imparts, and the forum she provides and use it to successfully promote their business endeavors. Bonnie is serious in her support of small business and any woman who is serious about owning her own business, needs to join JOC and enjoy the mentorship that only Bonnie Ross-Parker and members of JOC can provide.
Diane Bogino, President, Performance Strategies, Inc. and Editor and Senior Interviewer GBDN.tv – April, 2012 Atlanta GA
|Dear Bonnie, This past Saturday, I attended the launch of the Lawrenceville “Joy of Connecting” and wanted to thank you for creating this wonderful platform to “Connect” with other woman in such a terrific way! I recently started a new business and the first networking venue I chose was “Joy of Connecting”. A few years back when I was building another business, I found the JOC meetings in Johns Creek to be INVALUABLE. Every month, I met super supportive and very dynamic women doing so many different businesses and I believe women are just natural networkers and nurturers. My business grew exponentially every month by staying dedicated to helping these women the same as they helped me.
Looking forward to this Lawrenceville JOC group growing and me with it.
Thank you again, Christina Cowens, Numis Network, April 2012
|The Joy of Connecting not only has helped my Scentsy business grow over the past year with the connections I’ve made, but I’ve also met some wonderful, hard-working women in my community. The relationships that I’ve built through JOC are amazing! In getting to know me, the women of JOC have supported my business, offered advice, and provided referrals. Attending JOC regularly builds relationships within your community, helps your business grow and enriches your life!
Val Ownens, Scentsy Representative, Cumming, GA March 2012
|Ladies, I could not wait to get home to write you so I could tell you how much I enjoyed meeting EACH you today. As I mentioned, I have been to "networking" meetings before but there was totally different energy in the room today. It felt so good to see that many positive, professional, powerful business women in one place. The conversation and posture was awesome. Congratulatons to each of you. And, thank you for your support.
Paula Wise, Zija, Atlanta, GA Feb, 2012
|Bonnie, It was a pleasure participating in another of your JOC events. You do a wonderful job bringing together all of these beautiful women and providing them with an opportunity to network and fellowship with one another. Some of them I already knew and I am looking forward to getting to know more of them. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this group. Have a blessed day and looking forward to seeing you again.
Renee Hill, Gary Hill Networking, March, 2012 Atlanta, GA
|Hi Robin– (Licensee for Atlantic Station) I just wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for introducing me to my first JOC experience. You were such a gracious host letting me join in at the last minute last October and exposing me to like minded women that are all trying to grow their businesses and learn from one another. The best part for me since I am first committed to my children and their schooling is that I have been able to attend based on my schedule (and available help with my children) whether it be day or night! I hope to see you at the Grant Park JOC again, but it does fall in the middle of our school day so I have been scaling back to stay on track, but I would regret you not knowing how impactful that first session was for me.
Hopefully, I can continue to let friends and cohorts know about your amazing business and you will reap the rewards.
Connecting, Allison Duncanson, Thirty-One Gifts, Atlanta, GA Feb, 2012
|Dear Bonnie – We would like to thank you for joining us for our 5 year celebration. We appreciate all your support and look forward to our continued relationship and many more amazing events like this one. We love the opportunity to promote such awesome women like you. |
Annette and Phyllys, JOC in Cumming, GA Feb 2, 2012
|I attended my first JOC meeting in October 2011. Prior, I had never heard of this unique way to network with sharp, savvy, independent and professional business women. Networking with these ladies over a delicious meal, great conversation in a warm and welcoming environment was very new and exciting to me. Having the opportunity to share my company and the service I provide in a 3 minute spotlight was one of the many benefits that sets JOC apart from other networking events. |
As a result of attending JOC networking meetings, I have gained 7 new insurance clients and have been introduced to many other products and services that without the JOC, I would not have been exposed to. In fact, I became a customer of 6 of the business I was introduced to. I have built wonderful business relationships and made wonderful connections with fabulous women. I now look to the JOC networking events being a resource for my customer growth and have added this venue to my monthly marketing schedule and budget.
Thank You, Bonnie, for your vision and keen insight on what it takes for women to grow their business and connect both professionally and personally, in a “woman’s kind of way”.
Romaine McKibbens, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Atlanta GA Jan 2012
|I can feel in my soul, a place to comfortably present my expertise and also learn from a vast array of professional women,. A place where we all support each other, a bond of sisterhood, a vision completed by Bonnie Ross-Parker, which is fulfilled every second of every day, and we all thank you Bonnie.|
Peace & Blessings, Crystal Y Dyer, Gone Again Travel, Stone Mountain, GA
|What an awesome meeting last night. As I drove home, all I could think about was how many beautiful new women I met, and how passionate you all are for what you do. There is nothing so inspiring as spending an evening with intelligent entrepreneurial women, and you all inspired me. Thank you for that, and especially thank you to Bonnie for seeing the vision of this all.|
Carol Nable, Norwex Consultant, Jan 20, 2012 Smyrna GA
|Dear Bonnie - I truly had a "joy"ous experience last evening at your Joy of Connecting. Thank YOU for staying the course with JOC. I look forward to seeing you again in the near future|
Rebecca Zimmerman, Amway Corp, Atlanta, GA 1/20/12
|Dear Carol (Neal) & Susan (Hendrix) Your JOC on January 12th was an awesome meeting. I have been to many networking events but I truly felt like the women were interested in not just what I had to say, but in listening to each other and providing ideas (it just naturally flowed out of people). I love that!! I do mastermind teaching, and really that’s at its foundation, lending your brain power, or network of influence to others to accomplish their dream. Bonnie, kudos to you for being the founder of JOC. I really felt the heart connections and that’s what made the difference for me. I would love to come to one of your meetings and participate if that’s possible. Just let me know what I may need to do. Thanks again for following your dream and putting JOC together for women like meJ If you need anything at all, even the offer I made to the JOC meeting I went to, I would be happy to extend to you! It’s my way of saying thank you!!|
Keisha Levy, Royal Harvest Company, Tucker, GA 1/16/12
|I had the privilege of meeting you at the JOC meeting in October in Douglasville and was very impressed with your sincerity and commitment to empower women. I have spent 30 years in my career leading women and always enjoyed helping them attain new goals and achieve things that once were impossible to them. Thanks for developing a business that has limitless possibilities for helping thousands of people! You'll never know how far the ripple effect will go!|
I also commend Tina and Felicia for their leadership with the Douglasville JOC. We had another good group last week. Both of them are so professional and welcoming to everyone and I know they will do well!
Joan Williams, Amway Distributor, Nov 19, 2011
|It’s people like you that help make this world a better place. You have been graced to bring fulfillment and joy into the lives of women. Thanks for all you do to keep women connected through The Joy of Connecting.|
Jennifer Jordan, Mercy Medical Supply, Stockbridge GA Sept, 2011
|Dear Bonnie, It was wonderful to be able to spend time with you last nite at Monica Parker’s Joy of Connecting launch. She did an excellent job and I look forward to attending her event next month. You are so encouraging to everyone and your endorsement of each of our goods/services gave them such credibilty. In my opinion, you have developed the best networking environment for women.|
Donna Hearn, C.L.E.A.N. Products by Donna Atlanta, GA Sept 8 2011
|Bonnie, I just wanted to say again, a very large thank you for the networking event in your home Saturday! It was just wonderful and of course so were are the terrific women who attended . I must say , networking of this type is all together a new experiene for me so I was a bit like a fish out of water and a little apprehensive. Had it not been for the warmth and kindness of these women, including yourself, and the nurturing and comfortable environment you provded, I may have been "that person" you described running for the bathroom! And needless to I was more than thrilled at the wonderful response to my little book-and thank you for you kind words and encouragement on the roster. Big applause to you for what you do, Bonnie! You must be one of our "earth" angels!!|
Sande Allen, Artist/Poet, June, 2011 Atlanta GA
|I was honored to be among, and to meet so many talented, passionate, and smart women. I was impressed to see how supportive everyone is of each other. |
Clare E. Stefan, Financial Services Professional, June, 2011, Atlanta GA
|JOC is a blessing in my life. It has given me such wonderful connections and continues to challenge me as a leader. My interior design business is growing every year and I am very aware of the need to network, Testimonials are encouragement to other women and that is why I continue to host these events. |
Caroline Wormington, Licensee, Keller TX June, 2011
|Wow...what an inspirational evening this month at Bonnie's Joy of Connecting. If you watched Oprah's last show, or saw the highlights of it, you know that JOC does something very similar to Oprah, but on more personal & local level...as it helps us to find ourselves and our talents and use what we learn to better ourselves and the world...one woman at a time, helping other women to succeed in life and business. I connected with many women that night, and hope to have closer business relationships, as we help each other to succeed. |
Ginger Lewis, Publisher of Cobb News & Views, Atlanta, GA May, 2011
|Thank you Bonnie for your wonderful hospitality. It was so nice to network with all of you and to learn about all the products and opportunities out there. I felt a sense of empowerment knowing that we all are doing what we love to do. |
Allison Huggins, On Fire to Retire, ATL May, 2011
|Thank you Bonnie for your vision in creating such a wonderful concept and space for women to grow within and help those outside of themselves as well.
Dr. Susan and I really enjoyed it and look forward to attending more JOC meetings as our schedules allow. It was a pleasure meeting you and being inspired by your passion, encouragement and support of others. You are a great cheerleader at your core. l personally loved the love between you and your husband as well. Looking forward to more chances to connect. With admiration and respect, |
Dr. Stephanie Rimka – Brain & Body Solutions, Atl, GA Feb 2011
|Hi Bonnie- It was so nice to meet you on Saturday at your Joy of connecting get together. What a great entity you have created, such diversity and openness. It has you and your personality written all over it! Also, what a wonderful group of women - I really enjoyed myself, and can tell that each JOC just makes your heart sing. |
Diane Dempster, Inner Progress Coaching, Feb 2011 Atlanta
|I just love The JOC Dr. Linda Katz sponsors. (Buckhead, GA) I always have a wonderful time and make great connections. I’ll see you next month - I already have it on my calendar.|
Donna Hearn C.L.E.A.N. Products Feb 12, 2011
|Hi Bonnie, I just wanted to let you know I really enjoy The Joy of connecting events because everyone gets an opportunity, there’s no 'click' and participants are very positive and supportive. Thanks for bringing JOC into the world, and shining your positive light to co-create a community of genuine networking. |
Jane Samson, Coach, Atlanta, GA Oct, 2010
|Bonnie - I love your meetings and the way you bring out the best in women!
You provide an environment that meets our basic need for community and authentic collaboration. Thank you for all you do. Your current and forthcoming awards are well-deserved.
Susan Brown - Certified Life & Leadership Coach - Atlanta Oct 19, 2010
|Often, the more people I meet in my networking, the more distant I feel. But I have always enjoyed the closeness and ambiance of face to face networking, and have especially enjoyed The Joy of Connecting events I have attended. People are more fascinating, up close and personal. And that's where the "connection" really happens. So glad that we are connected!
VelDean Fincher, Sept 2010
|I've been attending JOC, specifically Diane Aksten's JOC, since January of this year, and it has done wonders for my Miche Bag business! I leave every meeting having made several sales to women that have not only become my customers, but also my friends and colleagues. I've been to other networking groups, but none of them hold a candle to JOC. The relationships I've fostered through JOC are truly priceless. And I look forward to attending many more meetings in the future! Thank you,
Janene Kummer Miche Bag Representative, S. Lyon, MI Sept, 2010
|Wanted to drop you a little note about my JOC launch on the 4th. The whole evening was so moving!!!
What a group of women....the meld was unbelieveable! The support, the sisterhood and the friendships that were expressed were just plain moving. I've already gotten feedback from a few attendees telling me that they already have made connections and appointments to do business with each other. What more could we ask for? This experience has given me so much confidence... in myself... to tell my JOC story as well as my Melaleuca story...I'm going to change the world one woman at a time!! Thank you for your mentoring, support and friendship. I know that we will be working together for many years.
Robin Appelbaum, Atlanta August, 2010
|Thank you, Bonnie, for The Joy of Connecting. We enjoyed the group meeting! It was great to see so many women- who are passionate about what they are doing within their lives. What else can I say except "It is contagious!" Jessica and I look forward to attending another event -real soon.
(The Danube Group, July, 2010)
|Bonnie, I wanted to thank you again for the amazing evening at your home for JOC! I felt so connected and honored to be a part of that group. How wonderful to be surrounded by so many women who genuinely care about each other and each one’s success! Thank you for making this past Tuesday night at your home possible for me and everyone else there! I hope to stay in touch with you and to receive information on upcoming events and gatherings.
Thank you, Nancy Marshall - Ignite/Stream Energy, July, 2010
|In the past year I have been attending JOC meetings throughout the Atlanta area, and have made numerous friendships and relationships that will be long-lasting. Through the meetings I have generated many business partners, customers, and distributors which has resulted in a dramatic increase in my business and profits! Each JOC meeting that I have attended has resulted in 3-5 new customers, and many long-term re-occurring clients. It is amazing what happens when passionate, strong women come together in one room! I cannot thank JOC enough for allowing us the opportunity to network in a unique, comfortable way. I have gone to many other types of networking events, but the integrity and quality of the JOC women exceeds anything else I have found!
Tracee Randall, Reliv International June, 2010
|As my first JOC experience, I just want to say I really enjoyed being with all of the participants. In an industry which is flailing, I found it refreshing to be with women of experience, success, and positive attitude.
Connie M. Miller DESIGN TIME for Homes, Atlanta, June 2010
|Thanks for sharing! |
As a recent 'newby' to joining JOC, I second Gina's emotions. This is the most beneficial networking group I have found.
I met both of you at Debbie Warden's JOC 2nd anniversary meeting and look forward to interacting with you again soon.
Attended Annette and Phyllis' last meeting and found the same energy in the group. Wonderful, dynamic and entrepreunerial women who want to connect and make a difference in lives and the world. Great connections and delightful relationships building.
Bonnie, appreciate your vision in starting this great web of networking and sharing of hearts.
In heartfelt appreciation,
Gale Tolan, Bridges to Great Life, Atlanta, June, 2010
|WOW!!! Bonnie Ross-Parker and The Joy of Connecting certainly make things happen—and quickly. After attending two of her wonderful gatherings of magnificent women, I have instantly found network of dynamic entrepreneurs who are not only intelligent but highly creative and innovative as well. Thanks to Bonnie and her passionate enthusiasm, my business is really taking off. Join a JOC in your area and you’ll see what I mean!|
Gina E. Jones, Life Coach and Relationship Counselor, The Cards of Life, Atlanta, May, 2010
|Dear Bonnie - I am sending a warm and heartfelt thank you for inviting me to The Joy of Connecting event on April 17th. What an impressive and beautiful group of women. I admire and appreciate your efforts to bring all women together to help grow their businesses and look forward to your next event. I also look forward to the other networking opportunities where I know we will be seeing each other again.|
Julie, Grace Design, April, 2010
|JOC is a dynamic network get together! |
1. It was intimate and personal while being very organized & professional.
2. Opportunity to explain your business & product.
3. Open minded women who were receptive to your target market.
4. Experienced women who were eager to provide direction & their services.
5. Only $25 (that included brunch & dessert).
**I will be attending another one & encourage you to do so if you are a serious entrepreneur wanting to "turn your headlights on" and get your business going (faster)....****
"The Perfect Gourmet Rum Cake" Smyrna,GA April 18th
|I finished your excellent book, Walk In My Boots, last night. Loved it. I so fully relate to your passion for people and connecting. It is one of my passions and gifts as well. My gift came largely through my father, and yes, I have loved connecting in the check out line, in airports, with the service women who clean the bathroom airports (bless them all!!), and more. I love looking into everyone’s eyes and “feeling” how I might lift them along their way. I have several purple tabs through the book at places, “gems”, that I want to refer back to. Today, I am particularly grateful for your I Am 100’s, and I have been building my list. |
VelDean Fincher, the layman’s guide to divorce, Peachtree City, GA, March, 2010
|I decided to belong to The Joy of Connecting family as a licensee after receiving an invitation to a teleconference showcasing Bonnie. The teleconference was postponed but I was intrigued by the concept of the group. I went online and reviewed the JOC website. I decided it was a great idea for networking with other women. I had the opportunity to train a couple of days with Bonnie and her husband. It was well worth the trip to GA. It was a great learning experience. Bonnie motivates and inspires you to want to achieve the best with JOC for yourself and other women. I am the first JOC in PA and excited to share JOC with the women in my community.|
Lynn Morrow, Professional Organizer, Williamsport, PA 2/2010
Your First PA JOC Licensee
|Bonnie, I can’t thank you enough for starting this great organization. I am so excited the day of a JOC event because not only do I know that I will meet new people but I will reconnect with people I meet at other JOC’s or the same JOC from the previous months. This is such a great opportunity for all women in the business arena. You don’t have to be just a home based business or a women in corporate America to join these JOC events, it is a mixture of all of us, no matter what you do. It is a great opportunity to come out and network with people I would have never meet otherwise. I am so excited about my business after I leave a JOC event that I don’t want to go home and go to bed, but go home and get on the phone and make phone calls and book some shows or connect with other potential leads from other JOC events I have meet. Everyone has a great opportunity to grow their business by attending these JOC events and I definitely encourage everyone to go and try it out at least 3 times before writing it off. You go to one and realize what a great opportunity for friendship and networking it is. Thank you again for starting such a wonderful organization. |
Jennifer Campbell, Cookie Lee Jewelry, suburban, GA, Jan, 2010
|Women network differently from men and this was a perfect venue. In a home-sharing a meal; relaxed atmosphere to get to know each other. The program was well run and allowed everyone to share their business. Highly recommend.|
Carol (Farmington Hills, MI) October, 2009
|A huge thank you to Diane Aksten for bringing together such a diverse group of women business owners. Building a referral based business has been a goal of mine and I can see the benefit already.|
Anonymous, October, 2009
|What a terrific group of ladies! It was a great way to meet new and like-minded business owners and also to learn more about what they do and who their best prospects are. A great evening and I highly recommend it to any woman wanting to grow her business. Thank you, Diane! |
Sandy Ashby (Farmington Hills, MI) October, 2009
|I had a great time at your home last night. You are the best. Your hospitality and the women were very engaged to the last minute. You continue to be blessed with wonderful ladies making a difference in others lives and their business.
Continued success with all you do. |
Trina Taylor, HRInsite, LLC Atlanta August, 2009
|It was a blessing when I found the women of The Joy of Connecting – like minded and full of support for my business. I loved it so much I became a Licensee myself!!! As owner of Jiffy Parties & Events, my business has tripled its exposure JUST within the JOC network. As the JOC Lithonia Licensee, I’ve developed lifelong relationships! What a great opportunity!|
|I was first introduced to The Joy of Connecting in December 2008, and have been going strong ever since! Not only is Joy of Connecting an amazing & affordable marketing tool for businesswomen, but it's a source of inspiration and motivation as women from all walks of life come together to share their stories and support each other. The Joy of Connecting has truly had a phenomenal impact on my life, and I am ever so thankful for its existance. |
|Bonnie has created a fun, empowering organization that invites women to share their purpose and passion with grace and ease. |
|I just recently discovered JOC and I felt like a have discovered something greater than riches.|
|The Joy of Connecting is a great community where women support each other. Also, I market my virtual assistant business solely through the JOC. I attend a minimum of three a month. One of the fantastic things about JOC - no membership fee so I can go to different locations.|
|The Joy of Connecting is a lifeline for my business! It is a fabulous way to network with like-minded business women in your community. |
|JOC provides a unique environment to form professional bonds with a highly diverse group of women entreneurs. It allows the female business owner to form a network of business referrals in a highly varied professionals. |
|JOC has been and is one of the most rewarding enjoyable formats for networking with energetic, smart, productive women. |
|JOC is a wonderful venue for Business Women Entrepreneurs and the businesses they are growing. Most of these women are "hands-on" businesswomen who offer personalized products and opportunities for others to join in.|
|It's truly amazing the connections you can make at a JOC meeting.
A little over a year ago I had changed all of our insurance over to Liberty Mutual in a lengthy phone conversation with one of their reps in some other part of the country. I was not assigned to a local agent and was a little unhappy that I didn't have an individual that I could call. I only had an 800 number. Nevertheless, I was pleased with an overall reduction in my auto and home insurance premiums.
Last month I attended the Smyrna/Atlanta Road JOC Licensee Phyllis Wallace's Joy of Connecting meeting. One of the attendees was Rhonda Jordan, a Sales Agent for Liberty Mutual Insurance. After mentioning that I was insured through her company but did not have a local agent, we agreed that she could assign herself to our account.
Over the next few weeks, Rhonda diligently tried to set up a time for us to talk. She was never pushed but was persistent. Unfortunately, I was being pulled in a thousand directions and just could never find the time. Lucky for me, Rhonda reviewed our policies and then tried to reach me by phone yet another time. And this time we connected.
At the end of our conversation, my insurance premiums had been reduced by over $500 a year! With her expertise in insurance and her limited knowledge of me and my husband, she was able to make minor changes that had big results.
So thanks to the Joy of Connecting, I have a great insurance agent and I'm spending $500 less per year on the coverage.
Stephanie Reese, Errand Runners of Vinings, LLC, Smyrna, GA, July 2009
|Thanks again, Phyllis (Wallace), for being such a gracious hostess! I really enjoyed Saturday’s meeting. It was such a blessing to meet so many women that have so much vision. It is very inspiring to see women launching and operating successful businesses. I look forward to the June meeting. Take care and have a blessed day!
Rhonda Jordan, Atlanta, GA May 2009
|Attending Joy of Connecting gatherings for the past year has been the single most important influence on my Private Quarters business.
The numerous connections and referrals I have received are a direct result of my JOC involvement.
My Joy of Connecting contacts have helped me to triple my sales of bed and bath linens in the last nine months. Thank you for this excellent networking tool!
Robyn Cheffy, Private Quarters, Southlake, TX - April, 2009
|Hello Bonnie, I wanted to let you know business is going great. I met Lara Stegman and Brooke Baldasare at your
Joy of Connecting get together in early 2009 and we have worked together on projects. Sky Resume and HR Insite will also be working on
many projects in the near future. Thanks for all you do.
Trina Taylor, HR Insite, Atlanta, GA - April, 2009
|Thank you - you are more than an inspiration and your energy for life is infectious! Thank you for your leadership and paving the way in being our example of how to connect with meaning. I don't take lightly the wisdom that flows through you and I know many would say the same. Thank you for building up stronger communities around Atlanta and around this nation as the vision spreads!
Linda Cappelletti, Mary Kay, Atlanta GA - Feb, 2009
|It was a pleasure meeting you, Bonnie, and seeing you in action. I have told others about your networking group. I am thanking that you were given this vision.
Katina Reece, Lia Sophia, Atlanta GA Feb, 2009
|I am so excited to have Joy of Connecting meetings to attend. I have already met so many wonderful women and it is amazing to hear some of their stories! I am passionate about growing my business and helping other women succeed too, whatever their dreams and goals are!
Lisa de Vane - Jockey Person To Person, Sharpsburg, Georgia. Jan, 2009
|Thank you, Bonnie, for having the vision and courage to step out and birth The Joy of Connecting. The name is perfect, because it truly is a Joy to Connect. We’re excited and honored to begin another year as JOC co-licensees, and in the words of my pastor – “Give it to God because then 2009 will be fine”. We are looking forward to our anniversary celebration at the end of January, 2009.
Phyllys Ransom and Annette Walden, Cumming, GA
| By participating in The Joy of Connecting® I’ve built lasting relationships with dynamic women, such as Jerrica Dodd a licensee for JOC. Additionally, the ideas and support received during JOC events helped me grow my business sales. As a result, I was recognized by Blessings Unlimited for ranking first among the Top Performers in Sales July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008. Thank you Bonnie for providing a “safe” and “productive” medium for women entrepreneurs!
Miss Phyllis Wallace, Blessing Unlimited, Atlanta December, 2008
| Hello Bonnie, I wanted to share an awesome testimonial with you and JOC women everywhere. Approximately two years ago, I met a young lady, Debbie Fisher, at a JOC meeting. She heard my three minute presentation, took my information and stored it away. When she had a desire to donate some items to an organization, she called us at Supreme Esteem Inc. Many times when we attend networking events and don't see immediate results, we may believe it was a waste of time. Please tell the ladies at your next and future meetings that when God says it's time, they will prosper from the acquaintances made at JOC meetings. Three minutes may not seem like a great deal of time but if one is sure to cover the main facts about their endeavors, three minutes will be more than enough. Thank you for your efforts with JOC and I pray that it continues to be a blessing to many. May God continue to bless you and JOC in the coming New Year.
Minister Deidra L. Brown, Supreme Esteem, Birmingham, AL 12/08
|I wanted to thank you for having me into your beautiful home last night for my first Joy of Connecting experience. More than that, I have to tell you it was one of the most uplifting and enjoyable evenings I have ever had. I was able to sit back and take in the moment and watch how creative and incredible women truly are (we sometimes forget this!!). I was amazed at your organizational skills, you kept everything flowing and made it possible for everyone to get the very best out of the evening. I am returning!
Debrah Green, Avenue Realty, Nov, 2008
|As always, I love your meetings: You always have a lot of new and passionate people, many who are in the energy of gratitude and compassion! Thank you for making me and everyone else feel so treasured and what we all do so validated!
Susan Brown, Professional Certified Coach, Atlanta GA October 2008
|I think it is awesome that The Joy of Connecting has brought women together and empowered women in business where they otherwise might try to "go it alone". Bonnie, I wish your business much success and JOY!!
Marcia Hall, LOVE BUGS Professional Pet Sitting , Atlanta Oct, 2008
|WOW! What a great evening I had last night at my first Joy of Connecting Event with a group of well spoken, bright and passionate women!
You know, lifestyles are created one decision at a time and we know that small changes can make a big difference in our quality of life.
I am passionate about helping educate people on their health and wellness, and the choices they have in using pure, safe and beneficial products that can make a huge difference in their quality of life.
While our time on earth is limited, what we can do with the time we are given is limitless! I believe The Joy of Connecting can help us make an impact on the world around us through building relationships with each other and connecting our hearts and our businesses. I love helping women see all the potential they have and discover all their God-given talents and abilities. The Joy of Connecting is amazing.
Laura Williams, Arbonne Regional VP, ATL Sept, 2008
|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 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
|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!
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
|"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