Can you imagine a world where we all surrounded each other with nurturing support and love?  Can you imagine what we could all accomplish?  This is the power of Women as imagined by Abby Mackness. Our Abby is a brilliant businesswoman, but she is also a life-long Girl Scout, and helping girls ascend into powerful women is Abby’s passion project.  We’ll tell you one of Abby’s stories at the end of this post, but first let’s get to know her better.

1. Tell us in a few sentences what you do. And why you do it.

I lead my own small, veteran-owned consulting firm that helps companies and not-for-profits identify and win more work through competitive proposals and grants.  I also teach others how to manage their own proposal and grant processes.  Why I do it?  I love seeing companies and not-for-profits I believe in grow and prosper.

 

2. What is your contact info (that you want shared) please include any active social handles, websites etc.

Mackness and Poore Consulting, LLC

amackness0506@gmail.com 

571-721-9870

 

3. When I wake up in the morning the first thing I do is…
Head straight to the coffee pot!

 

4. My best business advice is….
ALWAYS celebrate successes- no matter how small.  Praise sincerely and lavishly in public and correct and reprimand in private keeping an open mind that you may not have the full picture.

 

5. My professional goal for 2021 is…
Bring on 5 more clients and teach for the Not For Profit Leadership Center here in Tampa.

 

6. Supporting women in business is now more critical than ever. How can our community best support you?
Please call or email me if you know of an organization that could use my help.  

 

7. Your Astrological sign:
Taurus

 

8. Favorite donut:
Fresh, warm Krispy Kremes!

 

9. Favorite podcast:
So many!!!  “True Spies”, “My Favorite Murder”, “The Daily”, “Pod Save America”, and “That’s Why We Drink” to name a few.  I LOVE podcasts.  

 

10. Favorite book:
Again, so many!  My favorite newly discovered author is Tana French, and my favorite book by her so far is Faithful Place.  All her characters and mysterious murders are so three dimensional and complex.

 

11. Favorite pandemic binge watch:
 The Crown!

 

12. When I practice self-care I…
Take a long hike followed by a long hot eucalyptus scented bath.

 

13. The place I am happiest is…
With my kids and grandkids at Disney World.

 

14. People are surprised to learn I…
That I was a singer in a Rock and Roll band we started at Booz Allen Hamilton.

 

15. 2020 taught me…
…a lot!  I learned how to paint furniture, how to work on proposals and grants over zoom, and most especially, it taught me not ever to take spending time with the ones we love for granted.  Not being able to see and hug my kids and grandkids has been killing me.  I will never take those moments for granted again.

 

16. Tell us a story about how Girl Scouting has changed lives.

While in D.C., one of our Girl Scouts grew up in a notoriously poor, crime-infested neighborhood.  She once told me that her choices as a young pre-teen were either to join Girl Scouts or join a gang.  She chose Girl Scouting and stayed with the program until she graduated high school.  During that time, she chose a unique theme for her Gold Award Project.  (The Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve, and is equivalent to the Boy Scout Eagle award.)  Her father had been in jail for most of her life, and her mother was doing her best to make ends meet, but she knew there was no money for college.  She knew that there were many kids in this situation who needed help beyond traditional student loans and scholarships.  She wondered if she could somehow turn this problem into a Gold Award Project.  She reached out to her Girl Scout community and we were able to team her up with a Girl Scout network of finance and business experts to set up her own 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to raising college funds for kids like her with an incarcerated parent.  Because of this nurturing group of individuals, she succeeded in establishing this Not-For-Profit, and because of the work she did, she was offered a full scholarship to Harvard when she graduated High School.

 

As Becca mentioned in one of her recent posts, girls are conditioned early to fear making mistakes or being wrong, and consequently, girls are often reluctant to take risks.  But if you put a girl into a nurturing environment where risk taking and making mistakes is actually encouraged, like in Girl Scounting, it becomes a whole new ball game.  Eventually, these girls become that nurturing environment for others and a positive, loving snowball of cause and effect is created. See, Abby is literally a rock star!!