Women's Power Networking Raleigh Taps Nancy Welsh, CEO of Builders of Hope, to Present at March 9th Event

Nancy Welsh is an innovator in affordable housing and green building. Her passion has led to developing a solution that addresses both the shortage of affordable housing and the tear-down epidemic.

Raleigh, NC, March 02, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Raleigh-based Women’s Power Networking continues their successful monthly Power Lunch Series with Nancy Welsh, founder and CEO of Builders of Hope, a non-profit she founded in 2007. Ms. Welsh is recognized as an innovator in affordable housing and green building. She will speak on “Finding Your Passion and Making a Difference.” The luncheon will be held Friday, March 9, 2012 from 11:30am - 1:30pm at Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse, Brier Creek Commons, 8551 Brier Creek Pkwy in Raleigh.

The former advertising executive for Coca-Cola and Leo Burnett walked away from her corporate life to pursue what was to become her passion. She recognized the importance of recycling tear-down homes into safe, healthy affordable while saving millions of pounds of construction debris from already overburdened landfills in the process. “Builders of Hope (http://www.buildersofhope.org) is rebuilding our country using existing housing inventory to create beautiful communities of rehabbed, green affordable housing from what would otherwise be tear downs,” said Nancy.

She has shared her insights with national and regional outlets including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, PBS, “CBS Evening News” and The News & Observer.

Jean Hedges, Co-Founder of Women’s Power Networking, author of “The Dare System” and Senior Loan Officer at PrimeLending stated, “Our monthly lunch sessions are designed to be fun and informal educational events. Attendees can enjoy a buffet lunch in a positive environment while hearing and interacting with expert speakers on topics important to them personally and professionally,” said Hedges. “We’re excited to have such an experienced voice share with us.”

Marilyn Shannon, of ReEnchant Planet Earth/Power of Dialogue, WPN Co-Founder and National Director went on to say “our members are busy women, looking for ideas on how to achieve more each day and be involved in our communities. WPN Power Lunches are open to the general public, WPN members, guests and friends – men included.”

Information and Registration for the event is at http://wpn-lunch-030912.eventbrite.com

About Women’s Power Networking (WPN)
Founded originally as Coffee and Contacts in 2007, Women's Power Networking “Alliances for Business - Alliances for Life” is a growing, national women's business referral network. WPN is dedicated to enabling professional women to achieve their highest potential by fostering a stimulating environment where they can form relationships, build alliances, share knowledge and provide support to one another. WPN celebrates the concept of womanhood and its outpouring of compassion, goodwill and encouragement. The organization hosts monthly Power Lunches, Women Executives Roundtables and the after hours networking event, Cocktails and Contacts. Coffee and Contacts chapters meet weekly. The WPN Speakers Bureau arranges professional keynote and business speakers for conferences, business meetings, retreats or galas. Their Annual Business Alliance Rally is May 19th at the McKimmon Center on the NCSU campus in Raleigh. http://www.WomensPowerNetworking.com

About Nancy Welsh and Builders of Hope (BOH):
Nancy Welsh and Builders of Hope are almost single-handedly shifting the paradigm for affordable housing by providing beautiful, energy efficient housing to working and low-income families. Through the patent-pending “Extreme Green Rehabilitation” process, Builders of Hope utilizes vacant and foreclosed properties that would otherwise be teardowns to create enduring communities of rehabbed, green affordable housing. Her formula for housing success is chronicled in a new book by celebrated author, Wanda Urbanska, “Builders of Hope: A Social Entrepreneur’s Solution for Rebuilding America.” The success of the Builders of Hope communities is being heralded as a universal solution to the housing crisis that is sustainable and scalable for cities across the country. To date, the organization has rescued 143 homes and 157 rental units, all while saving more than 11 million pounds of debris from the landfill. 310 N. Harrington St. Raleigh, NC 27603 800-277-6138 info@buildersofhope.org http://www.buildersofhope.org

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