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Center Of Influence Women's Success Networking Group
Have You Reached A LEVEL Of SUCCESS
that makes it challenging to find other women to network with
who truly understand your unique challenges and opportunities?
This Page Includes:
  • What is a C.O.I? And HOW Can You Join Us?
  • The KOI Philosophies and How They Tie to the C.O.I. Mission
  • GUIDELINES USED IN SELECTION OF GUESTS and INVITATIONS
  • APPROVAL OF MEMBERSHIP
  • more...
What is a C.O.I? And HOW Can You Join Us?

    With much research, I’ve noted all of the fascinated things that makes C.O.I. unique and different and you will DISCOVER…
    •    Whether or not C.O.I. is right for YOU  
    •    HOW C.O.I. (Center Of Influence Women’s Network) and the KOI fish symbolically are ONE (and how it serves you)
    •    WHY we select our attendees and members through an invitation-only process
    •    WHAT guidelines we have used thus far
    •    What the purpose of our “no selling or cross-recruiting policy” is and
    •    HOW our “Influencer’s Connect” game I designed works even better than anything I’ve ever seen.  (Proof is in the pudding)
The KOI Philosophies and How They Tie to the C.O.I. Mission

1.     KOI fish have a powerful and energetic life force, demonstrated by its ability to swim against currents and even travel upstream.   KOI also symbolize several lessons and trials individuals often encounter in life.         

  • C.O.I. - Our success hasn’t just been handed to us.  We’ve worked hard and smart for everything we have even making many mistakes (and learning from them) along the way.  We also have a strong desire to “make a difference” in other’s lives as we have developed compassion for others due to own “swimming upstream”, lessons and trials.


2.    KOI is a symbol of Wealth, Abundance and “Regeneration” due to our reproductive powers, so we are HAPPY in our “own element or sphere” which is why we seek harmony and connubial bliss.   

  • C.O.I. - Our event activities are unique and different than most networking so that we are in “our element” with other attendees who are there through an exclusive invitation so that we are in “our sphere”.  All of the equals HAPPY KOI!

3.    The KOI image represents:  

  • Good Fortune 
  • Good Luck (which we create) 
  • Success 
  • Prosperity 
  • Longevity 
  • Courage 
  • Ambition 
  • Perseverance 
  • Strength
  • Independence
  • Perseverance, and 
  • Ambition
  • C.O.I. - Being Strong and Ambitious Woman is a GOOD trait, not a bad thing or something we need to “tone down or hide from others” because we use it to create good fortune and prosperity that we share with each other. We also know that GOOD LUCK is something we CREATE ourselves through all of these other traits.

4.    KOI fish are reputed to swim in pairs, which are emblematic of the joys of union and are also one of the charms to avert evil. 

  • C.O.I. also has several ways to encourage members to build relationships and also to invite qualified guests to join us.  Expanding our circles of influence with integrity so that we can all make a greater impact is always at the forefront of everything we do.  Each member must have the desire to add to the ripples of the pond above anything they take from it.  Inviting other C.O.I. (Centers Of Influence) i.e. the right people is equally or more important as connecting with the right people.

5.    KOI fish will do anything to maintain PEACE and HARMONY and have been known to eliminate a fighter fish if ever it was thrown in. 

  • C.O.I.’s unique “Influencer’s Connect” system rewards those who take action to expand their influence and impact.  While we have a “No Selling/ No Cross-Recruiting” policy, our system encourages and rewards us to learn about each other and our businesses and empowers us to quickly build strong influential relationships, act as referral sources and to quickly get deals done through determining the possibility of future joint ventures, partnerships, business deals and any other affiliations.  OUR BOCA LAUNCH produced a 74% Conversion Ratio!

6.    "The KOI fish signifies freedom from all restraint. As in the water a fish moves easily in any direction, so in the Buddha-state, the fully-emancipated knows no restraints or obstruction." 

  • C.O.I.’s purpose is to bring everything we like from other networking groups and systems that work but to leave out everything we don’t like, and that doesn’t work for us.  When we follow the C.O.I. System of Influence, Integrity and Impact there are truly no restrictions on what we can do together and we all move easily is all directions

7.    Legend has it that a Koi fish that can swim upstream and all the way up the Yellow River Falls where it's rewarded by being turned into a dragon. 

  • C.O.I. has several levels (or ranks).  When you first become a C.O.I. Member, you are a “TOSAI”.  As you advance in membership levels, add value to the pond through impact and inviting new C.O.I. Members, and grow your circles of influence; all creating a ripple effect, you can move up through the C.O.I. ranks as a Nisai, Sansai, and Yonsai.  Tategoi are members of our local/chapter leadership team. 
  • And as for turning into a dragon… well, I guess we will see where this amazing journey of swimming together leads us.
GUIDELINES USED IN SELECTION OF GUESTS and INVITATIONS

1.    A guest may receive an invitation to attend as a guest by any current board member, leader or paid member.  Our leaders and members are asked to invite women who have influence and integrity and are making an impact in their lives or the lives of others.

-OR-

2.    Any woman who believes they are fit with C.O.I.’s philosophies and wishes to request an invitation may do so at any time by going to www.centerofinfluencewomensnetwork.com and submitting a request for an invitation.

  • Once this request is received, someone on the leadership team will post an updated list of “requests” for any board member to review.  If anyone has ample personal knowledge, a board member may pay an instant approval or denial.  Otherwise, nothing is posted, and a review of the request is continued.
  • The review consists of a leadership team member initially reviewing the linked in profile and any listed links or websites of current employment or business (indicating one main focus), active roles in groups and organizations, education, connections to any of our current board members, activity in key leadership roles and any posted work.  Conducting additional searches through Google and social media profiles may be used as well.  We are looking for an overall patterned summary of someone who is career-minded, consistent, influential, has integrity and is making an impact and shows the ability to add to the value of the group through their circles of influence and the potential ability to invite the right women to the group should they be selected as a member.
  • If a LinkedIn profile cannot be found or an overall pattern of Influence, Integrity and Impact cannot clearly be assumed because of inconsistent or lack of information, the applicant will be sent an request for further information informing them that the request is “PENDING” due to “not enough information” asking them for more details to support our review.
  • Approval of an invitation as a guest does not necessarily constitute an approval of membership if and when a guest wishes to become a member.
APPROVAL OF MEMBERSHIP

If a guest is invited by a board member or member applies for membership, they must submit the following:

  • Application and processing fee of $150 (non-refundable) plus payment towards membership with total no less than 50% of the Tosai or Level 1 Membership
  • Completed application
  • Minimum of one written recommendation letter by a board member, advisory council or active paid member stating how they are a good fit for C.O.I.  in the areas of Influence, Integrity, and Impact. 
  • As long as no objections are raised by the board, the application for membership may be approved.  Additional information may be requested.


If a guest who received an invitation to attend through their own request wishes to apply for membership, they must submit the following:

  • Application and processing fee of $150 (non-refundable) plus the entire amount equal to the Tosai or Level 1 Membership 
  • Completed application 
  • A written statement explaining why they feel they are a good fit for C.O.I. and C.O.I. for them in the areas of Influence, Integrity and Impact and how they can bring value to the group 
  • Must have a minimum of 1 “Influencer’s Connect” in-person meeting with a C.O.I. Board Member, Advisory Council or current paid member with a verbal recommendation from that person. 
  • The board must meet and vote on the approval of the application.  At least, two yes’s must be received without any objections.  Additional information may be requested.
*disclaimer:  The information above are current best  practices when written and we are a growing organization with the intention of always striving to maintain the highest standards and performance in the highest good of all in line with our vision and mission.  It's important to note that any guidelines or policies above may be changed at any time with or without notice with the approval of the Founder/CEO.
Join Us For High-level CONNECTION, Education, Growth,
IMPACT & ... FUN!

What would your life or business be like if you could CHOOSE to be a part of a networking group that was designed just for YOU;  where you continuously connect to new centers of influence, expand your knowledge with the most up-to-date real-world business growth strategies and education, increase your impact & influence and also have FUN and get deals done all at the same time?

WELCOME TO C.O.I. - Your Circle of Influence Impact and Integrity!  We are now Launching Chapters of our Unique and Exclusive, Invitation-Only, Premier, High-Level, Success, Women's Networking Group!

Are You A C.O.I.?  Then please join us and Click Here To Request Your Invitation Today.

Shelley Mitchell, Founder/President

WHY Swim With The C.O.I.?
"I didn't like the POND I was swimming in.  I was either a BIG fish in a little pond or got lost at sea surrounded by sharks.  No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't fix it... so I reached out to some of the most gifted, brilliant, upstanding women I trusted and together, WE CREATED A NEW POND." - Shelley Mitchell
KOI FISH represent Strength, Independence, Perseverance, Ambition and Good Luck...

Carp are considered a symbol of strength. The KOI symbolize several lessons and even trials individuals often encounter in life. They have a powerful and energetic life force, demonstrated by its ability to swim against currents and even travel upstream.

The KOI image is used to represent strength, independence, perseverance, ambition and good luck.

The fish is the symbol of wealth or abundance.  Owing to its reproductive powers, it is a symbol of regeneration, and, as it is happy in its own element or sphere, so it has come to be the emblem of harmony and connubial bliss.

As fish are reputed to swim in pairs, the pairs are emblematic of the joys of union and is also one of the charms to avert evil. KOI will do anything to maintain PEACE and HARMONY and have been known to eliminate a fighter fish if ever it was thrown in. 

"The fish signifies freedom from all restraint. As in the water a fish moves easily in any direction, so in the Buddha-state the fully-emancipated knows no restraints or obstruction."

Some of the characteristics associated with the KOI include:

  •     Good FORTUNE
  •     Success
  •     Prosperity
  •     Longevity
  •     Courage
  •     Ambition
  •     Perseverance

Koi fish can have many symbolic meanings, with two of the most popular being good fortune and overcoming adversity.

Legend has it that a Koi fish that is able to swim upstream and all the way up the Yellow River falls where rewarded by being turned into a dragon.

See How C.O.I. Is Different!
Unlock The Power of Exclusivity, Connection & Influence

C.O.I. is by INVITATION ONLY and we strongly believe in the philosophy of intertwining our circles of influence. We know it's HOW you Get Things Done and also the best way for you to reach your ideal clients!

Our members want to SUPPORT, Do Business With and REFER to those they Know, Like and TRUST!
It's like the RIPPLE-EFFECT when you drop a pebble into a pond.  The IMPACT can expand tremendously.  Our members are high-level, successful LEADERS in their businesses, their careers, their communities and their lives!
Gain Real-World, Up-To-Date Knowledge &  Get Relevant Strategies that Work!
Your TIME is VALUABLE and we RESPECT that!  Expand your knowledge with the most up-to-date real-world business growth strategies and education.  We have only the best Speakers & Trainers at our events sharing RELEVANT information you NEED and can use immediately in your business, career or your life. 
Our Training and Event department is chaired by certified training exerts who are continuously creating the RIGHT training at the RIGHT time for the RIGHT people to achieve the RIGHT results.
Our advanced memberships includes Advanced and Intensive Training, Masterminds, Retreats and Coaching by experts who are the BEST in their industries.
Increase Your ROI

Whether it's Return on Investment or return on your INFLUENCE, IMPACT and INTEGRITY, our members know the difference of swimming in a pond of INTEGRITY and experience INCREASE in business and personal life through the connections they bring to the table and gain from the connections they make.
EVERYTHING YOU WANT but none of the things you don't!

Our MISSION in creating C.O.I., and continuously  upheld, was to pull everything we liked from all of our "other group" experiences but LEAVE OUT everything we didn't like in order to CREATE the ULTIMATE, High-Level, &  UNIQUE NETWORKING EXPERIENCE for ourselves and our carefully selected members.

Our entire Leadership Team has many years of experience serving in leadership roles in other networking groups, on boards, committees and organizations in their communities, specialty causes, charities, non-profits, and their professional industries. The are required to hold other leadership roles outside of C.O.I. to ensure we are continuously improving and upholding the highest of standards and always growing our own circles of influence.

Have FUN yet still be PRODUCTIVE and Get Things Done!
Busy, Executive Women don't have time to waste and need new ways to accomplish multiple objectives at the same time. 
"2 birds - 1 stone" philosophy...
While we all understand the importance is "networking", we really don't have time for MORE of the same old thing.

At C.O.I., we strive to always provide FUN, UNIQUE, RELEVANT & PURPOSEFUL networking events for our members that include Mind - Body - Spirit - Career/Business. 
This may include "tour" of a variety of spas & other beauty/wellness venue, SUSHI classes Wine and Cheese Pairings, Lashes & Wine Glasses (painting wine glasses), Fun Themed events, Pour & Polish, along with some other really cool stuff we are cooking up for you.
Make More Money, Grow Your Business & Become a Better YOU!

Personal Development
+
Business Development
=
YOU Development!


We take the extra mile to encourage our members to build relationships, share connections and serve one another through their businesses.

Our members SUPPORT, Do Business With and REFER to those they Know, Like and TRUST!





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