If I had to think of one word that described what COSIA was doing on a domestic and international front, I would have to say "GROWTH". This organization is not just growing in size, but it's growing in HEART. Year after year, the board of directors / volunteers/ and supporters alike are able to bring three distinctions to the table for me: integrity, realness, and an ability to inspire it's members and supporters both personally and professionally. The awesome thing is that this growth is not just for new COSIA affiliates, but for seasoned members like myself. I have been a member since 2009 and an active volunteer since 2012, during this time I have been apart of almost every WA Chapter event. This has aided me in the areas of my finances, health, organizational skills, relationships, spirituality, and creativity. Our consistent programming in the form of email blasts and other marketing initiatives have caused us all to become EXCITED and PARTICIPATORY. On more than one occasion, I have been personally called by President, Mrs. Cassandra Williams, to see how I was doing and how I wanted to participate in "xyz" event. I have learned that with each professional event we are able to plan, that it's not just planned to have a good vent, but to touch and inspire lives. The impact may seem small now, but I will never know how this work will benefit the generations to come. I look forward to seeing the ladies of COSIA grow in all the ways we set out to do! I am especially excited to hear the agenda, plans, and theme for 2015 from the board of directors! Thank you COSIA, you have exceedingly and abundantly surpassed my expectations.
COSIA is more to me than a network of business associates, friends, and members -- it's a network of family members. I look forward to the once-monthly meetings in Seattle, WA. It is there that I enjoy networking over tea with other meeting goers and learning something new from our acclaimed speakers/instructors. We've had 10 classes this year so far, everything from goal setting to negotiation to emergency preparedness and self reliance. Outside of our Seattle meetings, I can stay in "network" by looking at the COSIA website and checking my email for other events, articles, and updates. As the new year approaches, I look forward to knowing that the 2014-2015 COSIA board of officers strives for new and innovative ways to grow its members both professionally and personally. Both are needed & I am proud to be apart of such a philanthropic and caring organization!
For the past few years, since its inception, COSIA has done its best to serve under-served populations in New York, particularly in the Bronx through the many activities and events that its held: from financial and leadership workshops to community-building projects.
Not only have these activities and events served the under-served but also the privileged members of COSIA through wonderful events, like its Annual Retreat and Conference, which for the past few years has been held in the quiet and lovely Chester, CT.
We, in COSIA, are, likewise, grateful to the donors we have who support these activities and events. Thank you!
My friend speaks so highly of this organization and to see her progress so much mentally, professionally and spirituality thanks to this organization I have also grown to admire the work that they do.
COSIA is an amazing organization of women connecting, inspiring and supporting one another in fulfilling each others goals and uplifting others. This is a great organization to foster female-centered relationships and community involvement. The professionalism of every volunteer, the networking events and the opportunities garnered in the course of networking are outstanding in every way. My very close friend who is a big role model to me introduced me to Cosia and I am looking forward be more involved in future networking events.
Cosia does great good for the community. It focuses on sisterhood and lifting up woman, Inspiring dreams. I feel this is very important as we woman should never falter. I wish to volunteer more this year and even include my daughter as I want her to be humble and kids learn from example.
More organizations like this are needed in the community! Society has trained women that they have no value and that we can not build ourselves or one another. COSIA is a voice of women across the country. I commend any organization that empowers the members/community, because WE HAVE AND HOLD THE POWER IN THIS WORLD!
COSIA is a wonderful organization that brings women together. My friend, who holds a great role in the organization has grew and learned so much within her time of being part of COSIA. It's amazing they have something to culture women and make them be great leaders of tomorrow!
This is a great organization to foster female-centered relationships and community involvement. I have met a great bunch of women who all want to be the best versions of themselves and help their communities be the best they can be as well. This organization has been a great source of support and laughter and I'm grateful that we are in each others' lives. I feel great knowing that what I do can have the smallest of impacts on women and girls in under-served communities.
Cultivating Our Sisterhood International Association is a not-for-profit that is worth the time spent volunteering. The professionalism of every volunteer, the networking events and the opportunities garnered in the course of networking are outstanding in every way. The purpose of the organization, to be of help to and encouragement for women, girls and families, is an achievement and endeavor that is prolific and philanthropic. Giving back to the communities where we live, throughout the world, is the antithesis of the world’s view of life in the 21st century.
In my time spent at COSIA as a writer, managing editor, editor-in-chief and publications director, I have seen the organization continually grow in social media and every endeavor necessary for a not for profit in this day and age to function successfully. The yearly retreats in Connecticut have been a source of growth for the participants due to the creative, enlightening and soul-searching events and activities that are an integral part of the COSIA brand. I look forward to 2015 to see COSIA reach the goals it was designed to achieve and move forward in the pursuit of continued and expected excellence.
COSIA is my first direct affiliation with a nonprofit organization. I had always wanted to be a part of a wonderful organization that gives back to the community, however I did not know how to go about becoming involved with one, or what I could do to contribute. I am so grateful that Lois Reddick asked me to contribute to the newsletter COSIAnet. Because of my desire to work on the newsletter, I not only satisfied my interest in contributing to a nonprofit, but my love of writing as well. The workshops and networking events help me with my direction as far as where I want to go with my future, and I know that the ongoing events will help in my elevation. The positive reinforcement received from my sisters in the organization is inspiring. The retreat that we attended this August was so incredibly uplifting, and the best part is that there is every opportunity to give back as much as take in. I am privileged to sit on the board as Publication Chair. I believe that as COSIA continues to grow, this nonprofit will be an even greater international organization that will draw many more women and girls of all walks of life to positive heights, and benefit all who are involved.
I have grown so much during my time with Cosia so far, I can not wait to see what the future holds for me within this terrific organization. you will defiantly grow professionally, mentally and I dare even say spiritually. I love being apart of this amazing group.
I joined COSIA to give back to my community of sisters, who need to hear my story and how I began my journey as a young, black woman from one of the most violent neighborhoods in Tacoma, Washington, and develop into the woman that I am today. This organization has allowed me to tap into skills and abilities that I thought I didn't possess and challenge me to build upon those that I already utilize. It has also allowed me to learn how to build up my social as well as communication skills by learning from others and applying what I am learning.
COSIA has been an organization that fosters growth and development in women across the United States. Members of this organization have realized their dreams and are creating such a positive impact on their communities! For example, Deni Taveras (a long-standing member of COSIA), has realized her dream of becoming a member of the County Council in the state of Maryland in 2014. We are so proud to have had her serve our organization.
Another example is our own Jennifer Hernandez. Jennifer came to COSIA as a participant in our COSIA Women's Leadership Program. She has attended our monthly development seminars and has recently been accepted into board leadership as our Membership & Diversity Committee Chair. We are so proud of her accomplishments and have for the first time in the history of our existence, promoted one of our members to serve on the Board of Directors!
I have personally grown and learned so much about working to foster brilliant women around common goals. I believe I am the leader I am today because of the impact that the members of COSIA have had on me. I look forward to another year of service with COSIA and am excited about our upcoming 10th year anniversary!
Serving on the COSIA Board of Directors has been a phenomenal experience. This board consists of brilliant women who believe in doing great things for their communities. It is not just about holding a seat on a board or having a monthly lunch meeting with friends. This organization is serious about its service to women and the lives of the people they touch! As a result of board service with COSIA, I am growing, I am stronger, and I am committed to making my community the best it can be by first being the best "ME". Many thanks to the COSIA Board of Directors and our wonderful founder Lois Reddick for helping me to BECOME MY BEST!
I work at the retreat center where COSIA holds their annual retreat. We are always excited to see them come back, because the women in this group bring an energy and spirit that embodies the work that they engage in. That work is an important part of making the world a better place. I know their mission is on a global scale, but they always make our world a better place as soon as they enter our doors and get to work. We love COSIA!
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My experience with COSIA is still in its growing stages; It has undeniably been a positive force in my life. The Sisters of this organization are a group of outgoing, go-getting, inspiring and uplifting women. I am so proud and grateful I’ve been chosen to become a part of an organization that stands for something as great as COSIA mission.
I admire the work COSIA is doing in the community and the platform they provide for professional women to expand their networks.
I shared my passion for teaching fun, financial empowerment at COSIA. The women in attendance were attentive, open, friendly and wonderful to work with.
It was both a privilege and a pleasure to work with this organization.
Love this group! It is completely devoted to helping women and their success. I love the founder, and have been very impressed by the work they have done.
I have volunteered my career development services to the women of COSIA, presenting at a fundraiser and the annual retreat. I have also volunteered and participated in events. I am consistently impressed by the passion and dedication of the COSIA members. The founder is an inspiration and a positive force as well!
I love COSIA! I've been a member of the organization for over five years and I continue to be a member because COSIA's mission to empower women across the nation and beyond is absolutely critical. There is passion here for transformation of women's lives on all levels. In addition there is action: things are being done and not only talked about. It is also a community of grace and support and networking. It's wonderful.
I became a member of COSIA several years ago after receiving an invitation from the founder. COSIA is a powerfully encouraging support network, where the leaders teach by example, point members in the right direction, and courage them to reach their potential. Since joining COSIA, I have published a novel, launched an LLC, and have begun to be recognized with awards. I count my blessings and credit this success largely to advice and encouragement that I have received from COSIA's founder and members throughout the years.
I joined COSIA as a housewife who was working part-time and had dreams of writing a book. Lois Reddick connected with me and invited me into a support network of women with impressive credentials and even more amazing spirits. The women of COSIA encourage and empower each other. We band together and help each other prosper. Since joining, I have contributed to their newsletter, became editor-in-chief, and then director of publications. Since then, I have completed my novel and landed an agent. I am seeing my goals and dreams take shape and actualize, as a result of being influenced by COSIA members and COSIA's commitment to excellence. One plants, one waters, but God gives the increase. And for me, COSIA has truly been a blessing.
COSIA is a wonderful professional organization. It has afforded me networking opportunities, a sense of belonging, and connection to women throughout the world. I am supported professionally, intellectually, and spiritually. It is a fabulous and much-need organization.
If anyone have the need to feel Empowered, Cosia Non Profit Organization is the best organization i have had the privilege of being a member. Participating in various events have been very fulfilling and educational. Lois and the members offer positive, empowering, effective tools in a very positive context. It allows women to both "nourish their hopes and not their fears". You walk away feeling refreshed.
COSIA provides support, practical information and inspiration to help women achieve self-defined success in career and life.
Being involved in COSIA has been a positive experience. It is refreshing to see women coming together from all walks of life to support and encourage one another. Often times, we see the media depicting women in a negative light by tearing each other down. COSIA expresses coming together so we can be the best we can, in addition to learning from one another..
COSIA is a remarkable organization. Participating in COSIA events has been an edifying experience for me both socially and intellectually. COSIA is truly focused on cultivating the gifts that women bring to the public arena, and is also a great vehicle for making friends and connections. As an organization COSIA focuses on what we as women have in common, that we are more alike than different, and that we are stronger when we stand together and help bring out the best in one another. I am proud to be affiliated with such a world-class organization and its members.
As a board member I have found my COSIA experience rewarding both professionally and personally. As an organization, COSIA's commitment to the community and to the individual members who participate in the organization exceeds my expectations and the expectations of individuals who participate in COSIA sponsored events. With COSIA you can expect to grow as an individual while at the same time make a commitment to those in need.
I became a board member of COSIA in 2009, and a board member in 2012. What I enjoy most about COSIA is that each woman is encouraged to celebrate who they are, where they are in their particular stage of life that they are in. My experience with COSIA is very unique where I find myself interacting with a diverse group of women at both a professional and personal level. This year, I attended my second COSIA retreat. My personal agenda was to remain open to possibilities. What I walked away with was so much more powerful than what I expected. Not only did I remain open to what could be, I also recognized the importance of identifying and knowing what I want.
COSIA is an amazing organization of women connecting, inspiring and supporting one another in fulfilling each other's goals and uplifting others. As a member of the Board, it is an honor and privilege to serve and provide quality programs and events that support our members and communities. We offer programs that allow one another to learn, share, grow and connect. COSIA is a remarkable organization and each of the women I've come to know have truly become a blessing in my life.
COSIA is a class act organization filled with awesome members and a great board of directors!
My organization loves supporting COSIA's mission to cultivate a sense of sisterhood among women and to enhance the lives of those whom they support.
It's always a pleasant experience to get notes, calls and feedback from their staff, members and graduates of their professional training programs thanking us for sponsoring their event.
As a member - I've have nothing short of outstanding to say about this organization. I've meet great people from all other the United States that I've learned from and continue to connect with because of the awesome retreats that they host annually.
I have visited a COSIA event for the third time now and I have always thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship with the other women. I think it is important for women to support each other. During the meetings, I always experience some sort of enlightenment regarding what I am not doing for the good of my community and fellow human. COSIA helps me understand and inspires me to do more than what I'm already doing. I have invited several women to come along and they too have express the same feelings and they just keep coming back!!
I attended my first COSIA event on Sept. 14th in NYC. I was invited my cousin who's a member and raved about how she enjoyed the events and the people associated with it. Well, I wasn't disappointed. Everyone was welcoming and the atmosphere was warm and positive. The main speaker, Naiobe S., was phenomenal. The subject matter of her presentation was informative and entertaining.
What really "Wow'd" me was an opportunity to have a life coaching session. I volunteered and was at the hands of Roselyn B. The session was invaluable. In less than twenty minutes, she put me on a course to realizing my dream, based on sharing past and current details and circumstances in my life. Needless to say, I joined the organization that day. Kudos to Lois and her wonderful sisterhood!
During the 2012 COSIA retreat in Chester, CT, I had the opportunity to witness COSIA in action from two standpoints: that of a photographer and that of a male. As a photographer, I saw a lot of great interaction and women of different ethnicities and backgrounds coming together for fellowship, peace, spiritual grounding, and a renewing of the mind. As a male, it was not a visual experience as much as it was a heartfelt journey of the two days that I was at the retreat acting in the capacity of a photographer. There were amazing women whose strength, experiences, and wisdom could not be captured in still shots, but could only be witnessed and felt in the heart. What I saw through the camera lenses was a group of women working together and supporting each other. What I felt as a man were community and a loving spirit moving throughout the room.
COSIA is a beautiful testimony to the progress that can be made when resources are pooled and differences embraced. In a proactive, well-organized, yet sensitive way, it has enabled members to experience the power of cooperation and mutual respect.
I am Founder and CEO of Things of My very Own, Inc., a non-profit corporation that provides crisis intervention services and ongoing programs, to children that have experienced extensive abuse and/or neglect, and those in at-risk situations. In the past two months, the members and board members of COSIA, have played a significant part in both our marketing and outreach services, allowing us to reach out to undeserved populations as well as greatly needed donors. In a time when private donations and grants have been at an all time low, COSIA has been instrumental, in allowing us to continue our mission, by supporting us and the families that we serve in times of crisis.