FRAMINGHAM – Jody Comins enjoys connecting with people. The Framingham mom works as a family mediator and spends a lot of time networking. She belongs to the Corridor 9 Chamber of Commerce and 4 professional groups, but felt something was missing in her life and in the lives of women in MetroWest. So she is launching a MetroWest chapter of Polka Dot Powerhouse.
“I know and understand the value of connections when people are looking for a referral. Polka Dot Powerhouse is an amazing, totally unique connection company,” said Comins.
The organization connects the “world’s most positive, action-forward, amazing business women,” said Comins.
The organization, which has only one other chapter in the Commonwealth, connects women through an active online community, exclusive social media groups, and online and in-person monthly meetings. There is also a national celebration conference.
“We connect you to encourage and push each other to the next level in all aspects of life,” said Comins. “The goal is to build lifelong friendships and business relationships.”
Comins said she found out about the Polka Dot movement over the summer, when she was at a women’s networking event in Hudson. She said she met a woman from Minnesota, where Polka Dot Powerhouse is huge, because it started in the MidWest.
What appealed to Comins was the monthly local meetings and the 2,000 members nationwide.
“Over lunch I learned about the 29 other women in the room. While there was a format to the meeting and a great speaker, the meeting was about connections, achievements (personal and professional) and celebration. Women shared their goals and passion for what they do but no one tried to sell me anything,” said Comins of the meeting she attended in Chelmsford. “At the end of the meeting, there is a “traveling award” bestowed from one member to another – that chapter has a Wonder Woman cape, and it was given to a woman who had sent her son off to college that month.”
Comins said she also likes that there are 2,000 members nation-wide and internationally and most of them are connected in a private facebook group where women post about what they’ve learned from each other, what they are looking for in connections and the support they give and take.
“There is no sales in that group,” said Comins. “There’s a separate Facebook page for that. Our community is full of positive, powerful, dynamic, fun, easy-going women and our chapter is growing in the same direction. We are looking for like-minded women who want to make positive connections and learn from each other and our guest speakers.”
Comins is holding an open house for anyone interested on Friday, January 6 at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Red Barn in Southborough.
The first lunch meeting is February 2 at John Harvard’s Brew House in Shoppers World in Framingham.
Membership is $299 the first year and $199 each year after. There is a pre-launch membership deal.
Visit tpolkadowpowerhouse.com and select the MetroWest Chapter and then enter JOINUS in the code.
Individuals will receive:
- $50 off the annual membership (Chapter: MetroWest)
- 3 EXTRA months of membership (Discount Code: JOINUS)
- A unique FOUNDING MEMBERS gift