Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume IVREMARKABLE WOMEN - These stories are meant to inspire and encourage women to realize their true potential.
Christie Lee Ruffino
It was during Christie’s journey when she was inspired to create a brand new business called the Dynamic Professional Women’s Network, Inc., better known as DPWN. It is an industry exclusive networking organization designed to help women create partnerships with each other to generate ideas, alliances, and revenues within a structured referral generating format. She never intended to start that business to replace the job she was in. Her intentions were only to create a better way to get new customers for that job. However, she recognized the value of relationship networking instead of traditional networking activities and saw the possibility of achieving more success by uniting a small team of powerful, like-minded business women who would invest in helping her as she helped them. And it worked!
A few years later, she transitioned out of her “JOB” to better manage the direction and growth of the organization. There are now referral chapters in many states, along with ever expanding teams of national and international members who meet virtually every month. She then launched a publishing division of the organization as a resource for her members to share their stories so that they could leverage author status and gain increased exposure and credibility for their businesses by participating in one of her Overcoming Mediocrity anthology books or by publishing their own solo-books. Christie also just recently just started a not-for-profit organization in an effort to help other single moms who are going through a temporary life transition, just like she went through, but can’t get help by any other traditional means.
In addition to working diligently to ensure the success of the Dynamic Professional Women’s Network, DPWN Publishing and the DPWN Angel Foundation, Christie is a past Council Member of the Executives Breakfast Club, served two terms as a Board Director of the Carol Stream Chamber of Commerce, received a 2008 Special Judge’s Recognition for the Citizen of the Year award in Carol Stream, in 2009 was awarded a Distinguished Woman of Business Award from American Family Insurance with great pleasure and received her highest honors by being recognized as an Influential Women in Business in 2009 by the Daily Herald Business Ledger and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), in 2010 with an Entrepreneurial Excellence Award and in 2015 with a Kane County Women of Distinction Award by Shaw Media.
The story of one woman’s journey to create a future that provides financial independence and joy for herself and her children while also providing a valuable networking resource for other women called the Dynamic Professional Women’s Network, Inc.