Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) November 10, 2010
C12 Group Area Chair Caroline Mendez is spearheading a new product offering of the C12 Group, America's leading Christian CEO and business owner forum, launching peer roundtable groups for women business owners and CEOs.
"We are tremendously excited to expand C12's offering to Christian women CEOs," says Don Barefoot, CEO & President of The C12 Group. "I believe that there are many women in the Metro-Atlanta area looking for this type of objective advisory board and executive personal development with peer women senior executives. This will effectively expand the strong presence we have enjoyed for years in North Georgia with co-ed CEO roundtable groups comprised primarily of men. Caroline Mendez will be a great asset to the C12 Group and to the many women CEOs and business owners who are ready to build great companies for a greater purpose."
"Women CEOs are often isolated in their business, without a consistent, trustworthy community to speak to them with candor," says Caroline Mendez. "The C12 model is nothing like Christian women business owners have ever had before. We look forward to providing this unique process to those who have been searching for something more in their life and business."
Long-time C12 member Janet Ward Black of WARD BLACK LAW in Greensboro, NC, had this to say about her C12 experience: "God has used my five years in C12 to sharpen me as a servant leader, to hone my business skills and to focus me on the power of marketplace ministry. The relationships I've formed with my fellow C12 members have been lifesavers for me - professionally and personally. Each month's C12 meeting is invariably some of the most valuable time I spend on my business. I come out of every meeting a better business leader and a better disciple of Christ."
Another C12 woman member, Cheryl Hunter, Owner/Operator of McDonald's of Smithfield, Selma and Kenly shared, "The wisdom I receive from my C12 peer group and the challenge to dig deeper into His word to come up with the right solutions for every dilemma I face has been imperative to grow me in my Christian walk, as well as increase the true 'fruitfulness' of my organization."
At a time when so much of the news about corporate America is negative, C12 members stand out as light in the darkness. Together, they are encouraged and equipped to demonstrate integrity, excellence, character, performance and balance, in both their business, life, and ministry efforts. They do this through a proven "iron sharpening iron" process which leverages the experience of like-minded peers, and highly effective business and ministry written materials which incorporate Biblical principles, as they make daily decisions in serving customers, stewarding resources, building up employees, and dealing fairly with suppliers.
C12 is pleased to announce two inaugural C12 Women's Group Introductory Luncheons in Duluth, GA on Tuesday January 18th, 2011 and Thursday January 27th, 2011. Both events will be held from 11:30AM-1PM, at The 1818 Club, Duluth, Georgia. This informative event will be hosted by C12 Area Chair Caroline Mendez and will feature C12 Board Chairman & Founder Buck Jacobs. If you are a Christian woman business owner, CEO or President with 5 or more employees and more than $1,000,000 in annual sales in the metro-Atlanta area, are welcome to come to either event, or contact Caroline Mendez for more information (770-497-0654).
Consistent with the model Jesus Christ modeled in Scripture (purposeful interaction among a group of 12 disciples), the C12 Group provides the refreshment and discipline associated with a special 'sabbatical day' in business to enable busy executives to focus on developing the business and organization through objective assessment, planning, learning, and accountability. This proven approach contributes to the program's intensity and demonstrated success (see 'The C12 Difference' on http://www.C12Group.com).
Facilitated by their local C12 Area Chair, C12 Group members (generally CEOs and owners of companies ranging from $1-100 million annually) reserve one day each month to meet together in small groups across the U.S. to discuss business and ministry performance. They open with prayer, have a devotional time, then work through several pre-planned 'best practice' segments dealing with improving business results and ministering to those the business touches while keeping Christ and Biblical principles central in business. There is a "To-Do List" accountability, in which each member commits to accomplishing certain objectives prior to next month's meeting. Finally, each meeting includes an in-depth look at one of the member businesses and ends with an "Open Table time" opportunity for members to put issues on the table for consideration and input from their "Board of Advisors."
In addition, each C12 member meets monthly for a 60-90 minute one-on-one consultation with their local C12 Area Chair. These high-impact sessions are designed to help maximize the C12 experience by motivating and holding accountable Christian business leaders through focused interaction with a seasoned business leader and confidante able to leverage the expertise of the group on behalf of each member.
C12 also offers programs for "Key Players" in these Christian-led businesses to help those in key leadership roles understand how to better support the company mission, while sharpening business skills and while encouraging ministry involvement.
C12 represents a vast array of businesses across America--law firms, construction companies, financial services groups, printers, technology firms, manufacturers, retailers, start-ups and more. Members range from family-owned small businesses to publicly-traded firms with thousands of employees. Each group is comprised of non-competing peers. C12 is not a networking group, which focuses on supplying leads for other members, but rather engages business leaders in an interactive and challenging framework that helps them work "on" their business--not just "in" it.
"There is no substitute for this kind of high-touch interaction among like-minded business peers," Barefoot said. "We focus on performance--both personally and professionally. Is this member dropping the ball at home because she's working too hard or with the wrong priorities? We deal with that. Is this woman having trouble with planning, execution, or team alignment? We'll put it on the table. Wherever a Christian business owner is, that's where we begin, but that's not where we leave them."
Founded in 1992 by Buck Jacobs, a dedicated Christian, author and CEO, the C12 group currently serves 60+ metro markets across the U.S. and has plans to ramp up new groups in several additional major North American markets as it pursues its mission: To change the world by bringing forth the Kingdom of God in the marketplace through the companies and lives of those He calls to run businesses for Him. In doing so, C12 serves as a resource for education, encouragement, challenge, inspiration, and accountability. Learn more about C12 online at http://www.c12northgeorgia.com.
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