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!
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.
I enjoy being a member and contributor to this organization. Each year I'm enriched by the various programs and professional development events hosted by COSIA. Living in Texas has not been a barrier in taking full advantage to all that this organization has to offer. I am able to be instrumental in providing guidance to the organization in a board member capacity by taking full advantage of all latest cutting edge technology and it's well organized business systems.
I attended the 2010 "Cultivating Dreams" Women's Conference in Seattle. It was one of the best retreats I've attended. My greatest takeaway was learning how to create & utilize a vision board in my personal and professional development. Equally important, I was able to discover a different part of the United States. Visiting Seattle was most enjoyable.
COSIA is a great organization to be involved with as a recipient of great programming, a volunteer and a board member. It is growing organization and constantly finding ways to improve and provide value.
I have been with COSIA since its inception; from a seed of an idea to a growth of an organization it has been an amazing journey. Not only have I helped COSIA- it has helped me. I started out volunteering at many of the networking events that COSIA hosted thinking that anyway I could help I would. One day Lois asked me to help with the publications effort and be a part of the newsletter. I was a little reluctant, but my reluctance soon gave way to a passion for writing. I have learned a lot from the experience. I plan to be a part of COSIA in any way I can for years to come!
Joining COSIA Joining COSIA was a catalyst to my second career. As a former corporate project manager and small business owner I devoted a season in my life to staying home with my children. COSIA’s annual girl friend get-away was always a highlight of my year. I had the opportunity to connect, network, laugh, learn and play with so many diverse, experienced and inspiring ladies. So one day I was asked to join. I said yes, but was nervous. After all, my day consisted of feeding, changing diapers and playing peek-a-boo. What could I possibly have to offer? Well I gave it my best shot! With the nurturing help, inspiration and over all good will of the organization and its members I quickly got back in the “game” per se. Being involved with COSIA has afforded me the opportunity and courage to start my consulting and investing career. Notwithstanding, connect with some dynamic women and support great local and global causes that support women and children initiatives. Fast forward three years, I am a member, board member, vice-president and enjoy an active role in helping recruiting board members.
COSIA is a great organization which offers many opportunities to get involved, meet new people with common interests and help your community in the process.
Cultivating Our Sisterhood International Association, Inc. (COSIA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to cultivate a sense of sisterhood among women and to enhance the lives of those whom they support. At COSIA, we develop supportive networks that are not limited by age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion; utilize these networks as resources to produce affordable events and programs that promote team-building and the pursuit of personal and professional life goals and objectives; and support through fund-raising and volunteer activities socially-conscious initiatives and programs that benefit girls and women from underserved communities.