WINGS (Women's International Network Giving Support) is an organization of empowered women entrepreneurs and professionals locally and abroad that understand the values of collaboration for enhancing business acumen for financial prosperity and personal fulfillment.
WINGS is a program of Bridge of Hope - World, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization helping single mothers, abused women, and orphans in the poorest communities worldwide. http://www.bridgeofhopeworld.org/
Here's why it's great to be a member of WINGS-Philippines:
Benefit from face-to-face connections for building strong foundation and trusted business relationships that could lead to financial prosperity. Opportunity to connect and reconnect with other women in the community that are either facing the same challenges or celebrating success in their chosen profession or business.
High-level of Connection Opportunities
Receive more leads, potential clients, effective referral exchange, power partners- both local and international, business tips and ideas, and leverage each member’s contacts, skills, and resources.
Regular Monthly Meetings
Attend and enjoy a Local Chapter meeting once a month that is respectful of members’ time. A regular meeting place is pre-arranged and established for the consistency and stability of the Local Chapter. It is also a place to hear dynamic speakers and gain new business contacts.
Enables members to develop long-term and meaningful business relationships and friendship with successful women in business and profession. The structure solidifies the network and allows members to be more mindful and respectful of each other’s time.
Benefit from being an exclusive member in a business industry or professional category per Local Chapter. Only one member can represent a specific industry category within the chapter. For example: One mortgage broker, one real estate agent, one banker, etc.
Special Guest Appearance
Opportunities for members to attend other WINGS Local Chapters as a special guest.
21st Century Media Outlets
Benefit from 21st Century website link and contact information being listed on WINGS website and other online social media outlets. Free listing on WINGS website giving members more internet exposure. Member listing includes a link from the other online member directory to their business website and email address. Members can also have WINGS logo listed with a link to their website. This listing gives members an opportunity to increase their exposure not only in a local area, but throughout the world. Additional advertisement space may be purchased to better promote and market member’s business.
Improve and develop public speaking skills through WINGS educational forum that touches on issues and concerns for all women in business or profession.
Social Skills Enhancement
Sharpen leadership qualities and enhance social skills from highly experienced entrepreneurs and professionals.
Exclusive Member-to-Member Discounts
Offer and receive exclusive member discounts from other WINGS members as an effective new tool to promote business.
New Member Referral Credit
Members receive a credit of P1000 for every successful member referral to any WINGS Local Chapters with a credit cap of P5000. The referring member who successfully refers (5) new members automatically receives a free annual membership dues to be applied onto the renewal of her membership. Over and above the fifth successful member referral, the referring member receives free entry passes to WINGS quarterly events and expos, sponsorship fee discounts, and a recognition award.
Quarterly Networking Events and Expos
Members receive priority invitation and access to attend WINGS quarterly networking events and expos at special discounted member rate.
Members receive priority sponsorship and vendor opportunities to WINGS quarterly networking events and expos that will highlight and feature their business for more exposure and better promotion.
Business Credibility and Exposure
Add credibility to the member’s business and an opportunity to increase their exposure, not only in our area, but throughout the world.
Hear dynamic and inspiring speakers who touch on issues and concerns for all women in business or profession while interacting with other attendees and gaining new business contacts.
WINGS provides an outstanding award recognition regularly to the entrepreneur or professional that demonstrates and maintains high standard of qualities that can contribute to the overall success of WINGS organization and its members:
Members have the opportunities to enjoy and build lifelong relationships through participation in one or more WINGS Local Chapters in an effort to practice philanthropic activities that will ultimately lead to the betterment of the communities they serve.
Membership dues are P5,000 per year.
Renewal annual membership fees due on or before the anniversary date of joining membership. No prorates or refunds.
Scholarships are provided for eligible aspiring women entrepreneurs with no financial means.
MEMBERSHIP GUIDELINES AND SCHEDULE
Per Local Chapter is allowed a maximum of 30 members, unless the group feels it can accommodate more members.
Exclusive to one business industry or professional category per Local Chapter.
Referral exchange and network to all members within the Local Chapter.
Offer exclusive or specific discounts to other members as a tool to promote business.
Attend once a month meetings to receive all members benefits available and offered by WINGS.
Sign in for optional Member Presentation for business promotion and public speaking enhancement.
Sign up to become the next Educational Moment Speaker, if desired.
Receive and/or offer mentorship to other members of WINGS Local Chapter.
Reconnect with other members outside the meeting session that is conducive and mindful of other members’ time.
Receive member credits and incentives by inviting new guests to meetings and events or by successfully referring new members.
Guests are welcome to join and sit in at any Local Chapter meetings for up to two consecutive months with no membership dues obligations.
Must inform WINGS Coordinator or Local Chapter Ambassador of decision to join WINGS after the second meeting.
WINGS monthly meetings are held every first Wednesday of the month, at 11:30am to 1:00pm at an established and mutually agreed upon location. Other locations determined by the group.
If a member chooses to leave the group, she is required to contact Local WINGS’ Coordinator, informing her of that decision immediately to open up the vacant industry to a new member.
The luncheon meeting is a structured monthly gathering of all members and guests to solidify the Local Chapter and enables members to develop trusted business relationship and friendship. The meeting session runs for one hour or sixty (60) minutes and a thirty (30)-minute networking opportunity before meeting officially begins. The meeting is coordinated by a Local WINGS Coordinator and facilitated by a Local Chapter Ambassador who are mindful of members’ time.
11:30am – 12:00pm Network and Welcome Visitors
12:00pm – 12:15pm Read Vision and Mission Statement. 30-Second Members Intro. Pass Around Business Cards.
-- Your Intro
-- What Makes a Good Referral for You
12:15pm – 12:30pm Member Presentation
12:30pm – 12:45pm Guest Speaker Educational Moment
12:45pm - 1:00pm Membership Info for Guests, Inspirational & Success Stories, Referral Exchange, Announcements
“Coffee Connect” or coffee meeting is encouraged and an optional gathering of a small group of members, at a mutually agreed upon time and location, to talk and get to know each other better and potentially become “power partners”.
Ideal size of the meeting is two-three members. Using a count-off method ensures that everyone has an opportunity to meet in this small group setting with other members.
Members are to treat a “Coffee Connect” as a commitment and notify the other members involved if it becomes necessary to cancel or reschedule.
RECOMMENDATIONS, REFERRALS, AND LEADS
Recommendations are those referrals in which the referring person contacts the decision maker and tells them about the referred business.
Referrals are accompanied by the name of the decision-maker and the referring person gives permission to use her name.
Leads are suggestions for “cold-calls”. They acquaint us with an individual or company that may use our products or services.
A power partner is someone who works in the same marketplace as you, but is not a competitor. For example, a beauty consultant and someone selling women’s apparel work with the same target market, but do not provide the same service or product. They can work together and provide each other with referrals.
Local Chapters are smaller groups within a bigger organization that share WINGS’ vision, mission, and its purpose within a specified geographical district or territory. A Local Chapter is facilitated by a “Volunteer Chapter Ambassador” to report regularly to WINGS Local Coordinator.
Allow members to be exclusive in their industry or category per Local Chapter.
A local Chapter allows its members to make valuable connections with peers, share knowledge, and discover new opportunities in their business and profession.
A local Chapter provides an opportunity for its members to grow their business in a more nurturing environment within their local networking arena.
Offer convenience of location within the members’ surrounding district or territory.
Purpose of a local Chapter is to accommodate the needs of every member in a more intimate circle in the community they serve.
Local Chapters open up more opportunities for aspiring members to be exclusive of their chosen industry or professional category.
ETHICAL BUSINESS PRACTICES
Integrity is the cornerstone of the way WINGS organization does business. A business built on integrity creates bonds of trust that lead to strong and enduring relationships with other entrepreneurs and professionals to observe high standards of business and personal ethics in the conduct of their duties and responsibilities. They must practice fair dealing, honesty and integrity in every aspect of dealing with others. When acting on behalf of WINGS organization, women professionals shall not take unfair advantage through manipulation, concealment, abuse of privileged information, misrepresentation of material facts, or other unfair-dealing practices.