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WithIt History Timeline

 

In 1997 WithIt’s founding members were owners, managers, designers, entrepreneurs and other professional women who realized successes in the home and furnishings industries.  

At a time when there were few opportunities for women to connect, share information, support one another’s successes or gain exposure, they decided they needed a tribe. They felt a vacuum.  They founded WithIt.  The fact that these women conceived the idea of a national organization of business and professional women is testimony to their faith in themselves and the future.                   

Over the years, WithIt has grown in numbers and scope; conducting educational classes, offering needed mentoring, celebrating accomplishments, supporting the fringes, giving scholarships and encouraging individual growth.  WithIt offers the resources, tools, information and guidance necessary for achieving career or business goals.  Our members have advanced and so has WithIt.

Thank you to all who have played a role in the success.

 

 

1997

                                                                                                                                      

October

WithIt Founded

 

Unveiled at Fall International Home Furnishings Market in High Point. Founders:

Jena Hall, Kimberley Wray, Margaret Traub

 

 

WithIt Logo designed by Connie Post     

November

First Board of Directors Named

 

Board Members: Jena Hall, Kathy Bovey, Peggy Traub, Caroline Hipple, Cindy Miller, Linda Baer, Ellen Gefen, Judy George, Lynn Yurosko, Robin Campbell, Carroll Springer, Katrina Patton, Nancy Butler, Elaine Eisen, Cathy Fineman, Lynn Gerber-Jenkins, Abby Gilmore, Joyce Glover, Wanda Kastner, Kris Kolar, Ann Pickering, Connie Post, Cindy Sheaffer, Kimberley Wray, Judy Rudrud, Rochelle Beck, Vickie Davis, Rita Woker

  Presidents of WithIt

1998

                                                                                                                                      

March

Inaugural Regional Event – New York

April

Scholarship Foundation Launched with LifeStyle

 

55 Founding Sponsors honored at High Point Market – Founding sponsors

 

Inaugural Tent Event – Market Square

October

First Educational Breakfast at IHFC – “Who Says There's No Room at the Top?”

 

          Past breakfast speakers

 

WOW awards established

 

Board of Governors launched

   

1999

                                                                                                                                      

April

Withit.org debuts

 

First WOW Awards

             WOW Award recipients

 

First Scholarships awarded - Scholarship recipients

 

First Educational Conference and Leadership Retreat

   

2000

                                                                                                                                         

April

WithIt publishes first member directory

   

2001

                                                                                                                                        

September

Corporate Memberships Launched

 

$32,000 raised for City of Hope

 

Competitive Intelligence inaugurated

   

2002

                                                                                                                                        

February

Full-time Executive Director Sara Lyke hired

 

First electronic newsletter

April

First Student mentoring Day hosted by the Vas/Ca’s Region

 

YHFP/WithIt Leadership Seminar – Stephen Covey’s Four Habits of Leadership

   

2003

                                                                                                                                          

February

WithIt teams with Palliser for white paper and seminar

  “Home Furnishings Through the Eyes of Generation X”
   

2004

                                                                                                                                        

January

WithIt members attend Maison et Objet

August

3 year marketing plan launched

October

First Ambassadors Named - Ambassadors

 

 

2005

                                                                                                                                        

July

World Market Center at Las Vegas Seminar

September

YHFP/WithIt offer Protocol Seminar

October

Harley Raffle

 

 

2006

                                                                                                                                        

January

Monthly Industry Scoop in Home Furnishings Business

 

Part time employee hired - Amy Van Dorp

April

InFurniture BUZZ – Look Who’s WithIt

August

Mini Cooper Raffle

 

WOW awards moved to be in conjunction with the Professional Conference.

   

2007

                                                                                                                                          

January

10th Anniversary Celebration

 

Diamond anniversary pin

April

Candice Olson draws largest crowd ever for WithIt breakfast at High Point market

July

Christi Proctor speaks at WithIt seminar – Dallas market Center

   

2008

                                                                                                                                          

May

First Official  New York Design Tour

August

Roundtables introduced at the Professional Conference – conference favorite

December

WithIt embraces LinkedIn, Face Book and Twitter

 

 

2009

                                                                                                                                        

 

Cover Design Contest for the Member Resource Guide

 

Curbside Mentoring offered at the WithIt Conference

October

WithIt walked for City of Hope in honor of Claire Goldhagen’s daughter – Kristen Gross

   

2010

                                                                                                                                        

January

WithIt offers symposium:

CORPORATE STRATEGY, INTEGRATION &INVESTMENT IN DIGITAL AND SOCIAL MEDIA. 

Forester Research and Ford Motor Company Case Study                      

 

Introduced tagline – Women’s Leadership Development Network

March & April

WithIt membership drive joined Libby Langdon to host her book, Small Space Solutions  

August

First Women’s Executive Forum

During the Year

WOW leaders recognized in WithIt Newsletter – Jamie Young, Liz O’Brien, Joe Carroll

 

Headshots offered at the Professional Conference

 

New Brand for WithIt introduced at the Professional Conference

 

 

Launched Friday WrapUPs

October

First National Membership Day

December

Moved WithIt office to High Point

   

2011

                                                                                                                                        

February

Women to Watch honored  on Facebook

 

RSA Membership Announced

July

Companies to Watch on Facebook

August

WithIt offers students scholarships to attend the Professional Conference

Sponsored by Frinier Atelier, Brown Jordan, Sunbrella

   

2012

                                                                                                                                          

January - December

15 year Anniversary

January

Canadian Home Furnishings Market – WithIt featured Kimberley Seldon

February

WithIt launches link of member blogs on website

March

Love at First Blush – panel at ISPA expo

July

Las Vegas Gala

August

Auction launched at WithIt Professional Conference

October

WithIt offers first President’s reception at High Point Market

 

Marvin Traub Scholarship – matching funds given by Peggy Traub to establish scholarship

   

2013

                                                                                                                                        

January

WOW awards held at Las Vegas Market

 

WithIt launches new website featuring more member spotlights

February

First Leadership Development Institute program -Critical Success Factors for Women Leaders – Sara King

 

Introduced Speaker Bureau on the website featuring members

July

HootUP held for members to learn Hootsuite

 

2014 BOD holds Strategic Meeting led by the Lattitude Group

December

Vas/CAs chapters adopt a family for the holidays.

 

 

2014

                                                                                                                                        

January

WithIt pays tribute to founder Peggy Traub

 

WithIt advertises at KBIS

May

New York Design offers extra day for Brimfield Antique Show and Flea Market

April

Get Caught Wearing Your WithIt Pin – Julie Smith Vincente winner

August

Retailer Now  Magazine features 3 WithIt members

October

Founder Jena Hall inducted into American Furniture Hall Fame

November

“#GivingTuesday” went viral

   
2015                                                                                                                                      
August Amy Van Dorp named Managing Director
   
2016                                                                                                                                      
June Cathy Smith joins WithIt as Development Director
October WithIt honors all WithIt past presidents at President's Welcome Reception during High Point Furniture Market.
November Jena Hall and WithIt produce a panel for Furniture/Today conference on Women in Leadership

 

 

 

 

 

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