Women in Motion announces the upcoming GWEN Program expansion

Women in Motion announces the upcoming GWEN Program expansion

The Women in Motion leadership team presented the next series of workshops that will be held in High Point, Archdale and Jamestown, and discussed the topics that are offered.

The GWEN program includes workshops for women who want to enhance personal and professional skills, such as financial decision-making, negotiation and healthy lifestyle choices. The program is designed for women facing life changes, who want to strengthen their skills needed to improve and create success in their lives with action items that can immediately be put to use.

GWEN program stands for Gathering Women for Education and Nurturing and is also a tribute to the late Gwendolyn Brayton.

The GWEN program workshops announced are as follow:

September 18, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the Grubb Family YMCA in Archdale. Subject: Personal Wellness
September 25, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the High Point YWCA. Subject: Professional
October 2, 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the Mary Perry Ragsdale Family YMCA. Subject Negotiation & Communication


The Paul Brayton family started Women in Motion in honor of Gwen Brayton, a devoted wife and mother who had a keen artistic eye and played a key supportive role in the establishment of the family business. She and Paul Brayton met in 1961, were married for 36 years during which time they raised five children and built a remarkable business together. Gwen passed away very young after a courageous battle with cancer and the family hopes to honor her with this gift and looks forward to seeing the impact it has on the community.

Women in Motion (WIM) is a diverse group of women developing partnerships and programs that help women take the next step personally and professional! WIM supporters enjoy being part of an inclusive and vibrant group that is dedicated to improving the lives and opportunities of women in the High Point community including Jamestown, Archdale, Trinity and Thomasville. WIM is an initiative of the High Point Community Foundation. If you are interested in supporting Women in Motion, you may donate at www.womeninmotionhp.org or contact Sherri Scott at the Foundation at 336.882.3298.

About the High Point Community Foundation—

The High Point Community Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to strengthening a diverse, healthy and productive community for both present and future generations. It promotes philanthropy, builds and maintains a permanent collection of endowment funds and serves as a trustworthy partner and leader in responding to community needs. For more information: hpcommunityfoundation.org


Marsh Furniture contributes and partners with Women in Motion initiative to support career development for local women

Marsh Furniture contributes and partners with Women in Motion initiative to support career development for local women

Marsh Furniture has made a major donation to Women in Motion of High Point as a means of encouraging and facilitating the professional advancement of women through mentoring, training and networking with local businesswomen. The company hopes to partner with Women in Motion to provide personal development opportunities for women working in its 600-person headquarters and factory.

Mollie Marsh Brugh stepped into the CEO role in her grandfather’s cabinet business in 2011 to lead the company out of the housing slump that followed the 2008 financial crisis. She’s been successful in getting Marsh Furniture growing again. In 2017, the company was ranked twelfth in the Triad Business Journal Fast 50 listing for business growth.

Brugh, together with the Marsh Family Council that includes Brugh, Jim Marsh, Sr. and Reid Marsh, are initiating efforts in corporate social responsibility that include their donation to the Women in Motion initiative.

“Women in Motion provides a type of training we don’t currently offer that encourages women to strengthen different skillsets with a more personal growth opportunity,” says Brugh. “It’s a very exciting idea and we’ve begun a process of identifying training needs. I’m very impressed with the strength of the program and its talented group of experienced women.”

Brugh understands employee development. Her own experience includes leading the training department of North Carolina National Bank. As a trainer and female executive whose business has more women in leadership roles today, she sees value in the type of development offered by Women in Motion.

“Women are making more progress now,” says Brugh. “However, sometimes they don’t realize that with the appropriate voice and by speaking up for yourself, they can have more opportunities.”

Women in Motion is an initiative of the High Point Community Foundation and is led by a diverse group of local women leaders and is dedicated to empowering women of all races, creeds, income and ages in the greater High Point community.

The L. Paul Brayton Family funded Women in Motion at its inception, dedicating its gift in honor and memory of wife and mother, Gwen Brayton.

Individuals and organizations interested in supporting Women in Motion should contact Sherri Scott at the High Point Community Foundation, 336-882 3298, sherri@hpcommunityfoundation.org or visit WomeninMotionHP.org

PHOTO: Marsh Furniture employees Elizabeth DeLeon, Supply Order Leader (left) and Qumara Lee, Factory Production Control Manager.