On Wednesday night, Kristen and I held our second Pilates with Purpose event. We were both a little nervous for our second one. We had so much help from District Hall the first time around to share in the planning and make the event a success. This time, it was just the two of us (admit it, you just sang the song in your head) working through newsletters, word-of-mouth and of course good old social media in the hopes of getting another great group of women together.
It was so exciting to see tickets sell like hotcakes on our Eventbrite page when we started pushing it last week. Our goal (and capacity of our amazing venue 315 on A) was 30 people. We couldn’t have been more delighted with our turnout! 22 enthusiastic and fabulous people showed up, and we raised $550 for the Ellie Fund.
A run down of events:
After everyone got settled and took in some of the amazing and breathtaking views that the beautiful Skye Lounge of 315 on A had to offer, we got down and dirty with a kick-ass Pilates session, compliments of yours truly. From where I was standing, these peeps loved their hard workout and took all the extra reps with a smile. I guess it was all part of knowing that we were there for a great experience and a great cause.
What was really cool was how quickly the room broke into chatter after we finished with the workout. Most of us hung around until 9pm, and from what I could tell made some real and genuine connections. This includes us!
My 3 biggest take aways from the event:
1) The connections made were organic. It didn’t feel as dry as networking sounds! No one felt judged or too shy to start chatting with others. We were all there for the same amazing cause and we took advantage of engaging with like-minded individuals. I can’t wait to see what this will grow into and how this group will empower each other!
2) The genuine interest and enthusiasm to help make a difference in our community. Change starts with you and me. We hold the power to make a meaningful contribution with our time here.
3) Fulfillment. Being part of something bigger than yourself can truly add to feeling like you’re living with a purpose. It’s so true that there is no I in Team. Nothing feels as good as working together and being part of a tribe!
All in all, we couldn’t be happier! It was such a great event at a beautiful venue with even more beautiful people! We cannot wait for our next one – the holiday event!!
Special thanks too:
Ross Chanowski and Amy Fisher for helping us get the beautiful venue.
Fabletics & the Ellie Fund for filling our swag baggies with cute gear.
More special moments of the night:
Yes, I know that word gives most of us the creeps. But networking is a necessary evil that all of us have to do at some point. Whether you’re looking for a new job or would like to move up at your current one, or maybe you’ve started your own business — pretty much all of us can “get by with a little help from our friends,” as the Beatles might say.
So how can you make it more fun? Is that even possible? Absolutely, especially with the new networking event Pilates With Purpose. ( Join us
this Wednesday Oct 29th at 6:30p at 315 on A’s Luxury Lounge.)
Created by yours truly and Kristen Scanlon, Pilates With Purpose is a newly developed networking opportunity like no other. Gone are the days of having to skip the gym to attend a boring networking event. You’ll learn how you can stay fit, build your network, and be charitable all in one evening.
Kristen and I created Pilates with Purpose because we want to empower women in the work force to build a supportive community while we help those in need. Our aim is to help you gain a new perspective on networking.
Most people wait till it’s too late before they start networking. We want you to incorporate Pilates with Purpose in your monthly routine so you can connect with people no matter where you are in your career. Opportunities are everywhere and can present themselves at any moment. But before they’ll arrive, you have to show up to receive them. Be sure to register for Wednesday’s event here.
Our tag line is Move, Give and Connect. Here’s how those three words play into the workings of Pilates with Purpose:
MOVE. Every event will start with a 45-minute Pilates class, taught my me. Please Bring your own Mat.
All proceeds will go to a local Boston charity; we’ll pick a different one every month to spread our support. This month we’re supporting the Ellie Fund.
The Ellie fund’s mission is to fight breast cancer by easing its effects on women, men and families. If you can’t attend Wednesday’s event, you can still donate here.
I am so excited to finally announce this! I have literally been dreaming this up for months and thanks to Kristen Scanlon Esq. (Of Counsel)‘s help ( who it turns out had similar dreams.) it’s slowly shaping into reality! I’ll be sure to share more of the history of where this idea came from soon, but first, let’s give you the quick DL on Pilates with Purpose!
What is Pilates with Purpose:
Pilates with Purpose is a newly developed networking opportunity like no other. Gone are the days of having to skip the gym to attend a boring networking event. Learn how you can stay fit, build your network and be charitable all in one evening. Move. Every event will start with a 45-minute Pilates class taught by award-winning instructor, Hanneke Antonelli. Give. All proceeds related to the event will go to a local Boston charity (we’ll pick a different one every month to spread around our support!) We focus on empowering professional women to build community and support for their hectic every day lives, while supporting women and children in need to do the same. Connect. After class, you’re invited to mingle and encouraged to build new connections and strengthen your referral network with like-minded professionals. Sign up to receive news about our upcoming events. We look forward to meeting you!
For our very first event we’ve partnered with the peeps from District Hall for their Welcome Wednesdays event September 24th, 2014. Sign up here to attend the event. We’ll be there with many other vendors and it’s bound to be a fun and lively night! I’ll be teaching a 45min Pilates session starting around 6pm (exact times and more details to follow). We’ll be accepting donations for Cradles to Crayons via Welcome Wednesday’s Eventbrite page. Reserve your spot now!
We are excited to have you as part of our community. We are currently gearing up to bring you exciting networking opportunities every month. Events that will keep you fit, help grow your network and make a difference in the lives of those in need.
Wanna get involved?
We are currently looking for venues to host Pilates with Purpose nights. We need a space big enough to fit about 30 yoga mats. Know any cool spots around town?
Contact us now:
Hanneke Antonelli at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristen Scanlon at email@example.com
A big thank you to Leanne Feris who sparked the idea! (More about that later)