BY KELLY DIXON
The business networking group, Women on a Mission to Earn Commission has brought together successful business professionals here in Winston-Salem for the last six years. The local chapter, part of a larger, national organization known as WOAMTEC, has a simple mission — to provide a stress-free, social networking opportunity for women who are interested in growing their businesses and increasing their bottom lines.
WOAMTEC Winston-Salem meets twice monthly for lunch and a brief meeting at Bleu Restaurant, but members can also enjoy conferences and networking with women all over the country. Additionally, members have access to the WOAMTEC online directory, giving them an instant connection with more than a thousand other professional women across the country who stand at the ready to help out with branding, marketing, and advertising ideas.
WOAMTEC is not just for commissioned sales reps, but business owners and other professionals who are seeking to increase the overall sales revenue of their businesses.
The national WOAMTEC organization is led by CEO and president KiKi Koymarianos, a Broker Associate Realtor with Keller Williams Realty, who is licensed in Texas and Florida. Closer to home, however, WOAMTEC Winston-Salem is currently led by Robyn Chavis.
The Winston-Salem chapter was started by Gina Mounce in 2011 as a way of ﬁnding other women who shared her passion for business and who also wanted to network and grow their businesses. Chavis took over as Executive Director in August 2017. Chavis, formerly known as Robyn Tatum in the marketplace, brings to the organization a wealth of knowledge from the advertising, marketing, sales and ministry arenas. Robyn has worked with several regional media companies as a former Fox 8 account executive, and also in the radio industry with Truth Broadcasting.
A highlight of her career – starting her own radio-ministry talk show – came while working with Majic 99.9 FM based in Lexington, NC. A Voice to be Heard was birthed out of her own traumatic life story. “I knew the Holy Spirit placed on my heart the idea that regular people had amazing stories that needed to be told and a talk show could allow them to do that,” said Robyn.
Robyn’s instincts were correct and she, herself, had an incredible story to tell. Conﬁdent, attractive, well-dressed— Chavis’s outward appearance on business calls and at WOAMTEC gatherings did not match the turmoil she was feeling on the inside. She was hurting, angry, afraid – and homeless. Yes, Robyn had become the new face of homelessness, for women in Winston-Salem and the surrounding Triad area.
“It was never a situation that I expected to ﬁnd myself in,” Robyn said. “I was hardworking and educated, but ﬁnancially devastated after a mortgage gone bad. I was living month-to-month and was eventually forced out from the home I’d bought myself and my youngest daughter nine years earlier. I had nowhere to go.”
Tapping into her strong faith, Robyn prayerfully considered her options and was led to an amazing temporary situation through a pastor she’d met on a business call. Robyn, with the help of the pastor who owned a business inside a local hotel in Winston-Salem, was handed two keys – one for her and one for her young adult daughter who, at the time was in school and a ministry program in Charlotte NC.
While living in the hotel, Robyn says she was treated like ROYALTY. But she also learned that God had a sense of humor. She eventually found out the hotel she was living in was also in foreclosure.
After six months, Robyn was back on her feet, but God had birthed a vision inside her: to help the hurting. From that vision, the Trinity House of Refuge, a home for local women facing similar traumatic life situations, was born. Robyn is currently seeking 501c-3 non-proﬁt status for her ministry, and plans to eventually own several homes that would house women and children who are homeless due to crises beyond their control.
Robyn faithfully attends BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) an international Bible study held locally in Winston-Salem. She is also certiﬁed through Abundant Life Ministries as a Leadership Coach, Chaplin, Substance Abuse Counselor and Biblical Counselor. Robyn is certified through TRIUNE coaching as a Life Coach.
Robyn just recently launched Chavis Coaching and Consulting Group. You can meet Robyn and the WOAMTEC Winston-Salem group the ﬁrst and third Thursday of each month from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm at Bleu Restaurant and Bar, 3425 Frontis Street in Winston-Salem. WOAMTEC is always looking to grow and expand. If you are interested in networking or starting a chapter in another city, please email Robyn at firstname.lastname@example.org or come join the group for lunch. WOAMTEC is also always looking for a few good men.