Happy New Year to all of you my friends and colleagues on PulseWire. I hope that 2009 will be a happy, healthy and prosperous year for each and everyone of you. I realize that it is that time of the year again where some (if not all) of us are setting our "bold" goals for the new year and I want to take this opportunity to encourage you to participate in the 2009 PulseWire Bold Ideas Contest! Share your big ideas for the year. You never know, you could be the next winner of this year’s contest!

Last year, I had the honor to win the bold ideas contest and the rewards were more than I anticipated. I received three coaching sessions and that lead me to build a great relationship with a circle of wonderful women who run an organization called Rebellious Dreamers. Through this connection, our organization (First Step Initiative--www.firststepinitiative.org) received $10,000 from Rebellious Dreamers to support the women entrepreneurs in the Congo. In addition, I am still receiving coaching sessions to this day from my mentor and good friend Carol Anderson.

Another woman from Rebellious Dreamers has also volunteered her time to help out with board development and fundraising. I am very grateful to World Pulse because they opened up this opportunity for our organization. I always wonder if I didn't take time to share my ideas on pulsewire last year whether I would have met Carol or the wonderful women at Rebellious Dreamers. The answer is absolutely no! So, I am very grateful to PulseWire for these connections and I hope that you too will take this opportunity to share your bold ideas for the 2009 contest. You never know, you could be the next winner. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email: chingwell@comcast.net. Thank you and I wish you all the best in 2009.

Best regards,

Chingwell Mutombu Executive Director, First Step Initiative www.firststepinitiative.org

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Chingwell,

I am so glad you are still meeting with your mentor, Carol—fantastic!

Here's hoping our next Bold Ideas Contest winner will find the prize equally rewarding and inspiring.

All the best and great to hear from you— Corine

Chingwell,

Congratulations on winning last year's Bold Ideas Contest. You really took your prize and ran with it! I am looking forward to see what the next winner will do.

Please keep us updated on First Step Initiative's progress.

Regards,

Jenna