Month: March 2004

A Lady with Clout: Expert fund-raiser Joci Straus to head United Way Campaign

For years, Joci Straus was the sole woman on the executive committee that governs United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County. Long recognized as a community activist and fund-raising dynamo, Straus was happy to be there, of course, but she eventually began to wonder why her committee colleagues were all men. Shouldn’t an organization that stands for charitable giving try harder to attract female leaders? “Women control more than half of privately owned wealth in this country, they have high-paying jobs, own businesses, and they can write checks without having to get permission from their husbands,” she says,...

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Looking for Love: These couples found it on the internet

We can now say, without million-dollar research to support the assertion, that times have officially changed. The Web is today’s village matchmaker. It has supplanted your Aunt Helen in Topeka, well-meaning clergy and hundreds of years of tradition. True love, or at least dinner and a movie, can now be attained by searching, googling and scrolling. “The traditional mating system where people met someone in their neighborhood or at college is pretty much dead,” says Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, author of Why There Are No Good Men Left. “What we have is a huge population of working singles who have...

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Women by the Numbers: Counting the advantages of the accounting profession

The story goes that when a CPA hears, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways,” he or she is more interested in the counting than the ways. This may have been true of the older generation of accountants, but not of today’s female counterparts. They’re interested in both!Take the four women presented here. They represent the groundswell of females who have entered the field of accounting over the past 20 years. Many rise to the levels of partner or shareholder, the equivalent of president or vice president in other industries. By the numbers they are: Kim...

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Watercolor Comes of Age: Artists to exhibit their works all over town

For those who still associate watercolors with soft images of landscapes and flower vases, a stroll through a contemporary watercolor show may be an eye opener. Just about every style and theme is likely to be represented, from realistic still lifes to bold abstractions, surrealistic flights of fancy, gritty portraits, collages and all sorts of artistic interpretations defined by personal vision. It’s not your grandmother’s kind of medium anymore. Since 1996, March has been designated as Watercolor Month (WM) in San Antonio, thanks largely to the efforts of the San Antonio Watercolor Group (SAWG), an organization that promotes the...

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Outreach Messenger: Marketer Bobbie De Los Santos helps bring “Bones” to the Witte Museum

Just as the knee bone’s connected to the thighbone, Bobbie De Los Santos has a personal tie to the exhibit she helped bring to the Witte Museum. That’s “Bones: An Exhibit Inside You,” created by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and presented locally by Advanced Medical Imaging, the San Antonio-based company De Los Santos serves as marketing director. Opened here in February (with Lilly, Mission Pharmacal and the National Science Foundation as co-sponsors), the exhibit takes a look at the way bones work and how to keep them safe and healthy. With a background as a technologist (including nuclear...

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