I am an entrepreneur plain and simple. In one six year period, I co-founded one nonprofit organization, created two others and founded a for profit business. I remain proud of the milestones and successes that I’ve experienced and ultimately the vital importance of self-care.
My work began in the nonprofit sector in 2005. My sister Deborah and I set out to make a difference in our local community. We co-founded Sisters of the Community, (SOC) a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit org that connected people who wanted to give household goods with need.
In our first 18 months of operation, we distributed over 20,000 items. Arm-in-arm we would deliver items, then we opened a physical location. In 2007 we retired SOC as the need for developing an on-line solution increased and we rolled out a dynamic website that exceeded expectations.
A few years later, in efforts for the program to take on new experience, the entire platform and its operation was assumed by a community in the mid-west. Local operations and our involvement came to an end in 2013.
My single largest take way is that people are generous and will give if they know what the need is.
I remain humbled by the accolades received that include Regence BlueCross BlueShield Hero Award, Portland Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award, Safeco Foundation National Hero Award, Delta Sigma Theta Woman of Excellence Community Service Award, Symetra Community Champion Award, an eTown.org e-Chievement award, AFP Outstanding Innovative Project Award, and being featured as a “Local Hero” in the national publication, Family Circle Magazine.
During the years of driving, developing and marketing the on-line platform, I found that there was a void of time and space that encouraged “self” and separation from who we “are” and what we “do.”
Fall of 2009 I founded the Wild Women Society (WWS). Wild Women events were created to bring together women of all age, race, and background to encourage self-care.
The creation of this organization was when the “rubber met the road”. Everything in me began to take shape on a deep, passionate and intricate level. Today, WWS roars on under the propriety of Mary Gregoire.
In 2012 I wrote “Little Book of Self-Care,” followed by “Little Book about a Gift” and “Little Journal.”
All of my beliefs, backed by life experience are mirrored in this online offering to the end that self-care is essential to everything 100% of the time.
Blessed is the woman whose feet hit the ground knowing her purpose and believing it matters.
Your Relentless Advocate,