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2021 Center for Women Veterans Trailblazer Initiative

The Center for Women Veterans (CWV) is proud to announce the 2021 Women Veteran Trailblazers 2.0 Initiative.

For this initiative, CWV has defined a women Veteran Trailblazer as a woman who:

Has served and separated from the service and makes an impact by enhancing the lives of other Veterans, Veteran families or Veteran caregivers. Impact may be a single event or action or may be demonstrated over a period of time in one or more of the following areas:

Education Employment Entrepreneurship Homelessness Legal Mental Health and Wellness

Please submit all requested materials:

Nomination form Nominee’s recent professional (looking) photo One-page summary of why the women Veteran meets the definition above of a Trailblazer and how she is continuing to serve others.

Nomination packages for the CWV 2021 Women Veteran Trailblazers 2.0 Initiative should reach CWV by Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

Nominations received after this deadline will not be considered. Previously selected Trailblazers will not be considered.

Email nominations and/or questions to: 00W@va.gov.

We look forward to receiving your nomination.

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Powerful New WECommunity Global Platform Transforms How Buyers Connect with Women Suppliers

WEConnect International recently announced the launch of WECommunity, a new, more efficient platform connecting large buyers with women-owned business suppliers around the world, especially in developing countries.

The digital WECommunity platform was launched under the White House-led Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative, in partnership with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and SAP Ariba, along with support from Accenture, ExxonMobil, IBM and Procter & Gamble. W-GDP is the first whole-of-government approach to advancing women’s economic empowerment globally and established the W-GDP Fund at USAID.

“Global prosperity will remain out of reach if we exclude half the population,” said USAID Acting Administrator John Barsa. “At USAID, we believe investment in women is key to unlocking human potential on a transformational scale. The W-GDP Fund at USAID is financing innovative solutions to close the economic gap between women and men and help our partners advance on their Journeys to Self-Reliance.”

Today, women own one-third of all privately-owned businesses and yet companies and governments only leverage one percent of their global spend on products and services from women-owned businesses. Small businesses are the engine of economic growth and job creation, and it is critical for their businesses to have access to markets.

“With WECommunity, women-owned businesses will be able to register and join the global network for free and can apply for WEConnect International Women’s Business Enterprise Certification in 50 countries,” said Elizabeth A. Vazquez, CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International. “Member buyers and certified women-owned businesses will be able to post and share real business opportunities with each other.”

The new platform has an intuitive and user-friendly interface and landing pages. Suppliers, based in more than 125 countries, will be able to more easily see the status of their applications. In addition, member buyers can post simple solicitations to women-owned businesses within the network to help them land deals and contracts. WECommunity is truly global with content in 10 languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Chinese, Japanese, Turkish, Italian and Polish.

“SAP Ariba is proud to be part of the WECommunity solution and support the development of women-owned businesses globally.  We believe in WECommunity and how it offers busy buyers an easy and intuitive means of connecting with women-owned suppliers will be a powerful tool enabling women-owned business to compete and grow not just a local, but a global level,” said Mark Sweeney, Jr., Senior Account Executive, SAP Ariba. “This type of socially aware commerce embodies the SAP Ariba concept of ‘procurement for a purpose.’  We look forward to helping the WECommunity grow into the gold standard for socially-relevant commerce worldwide.”

For more information, please visit  www.WEConnectInternational.org or contact Angela Walker, Vice President Communications, at WEConnect International, at awalker@WEConnectInternational.org  or +1-202-446-8840.

 

About The W-GDP Initiative
In February 2019, the White House established the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative, the first whole-of-government approach to women’s economic empowerment. W-GDP seeks to reach 50 million women in the developing world by 2025 by focusing on three pillars – Women Prospering in the Workforce, Women Succeeding as Entrepreneurs and Women Enabled in the Economy. W-GDP leverages a new innovative fund, scaling private-public partnerships which address the three pillars. In its first year alone, W-GDP programs reached 12 million women across the globe.

 

About WEConnect International
A member-led, global non-profit, WEConnect International works with an alliance of over 105 multinational buyers that have committed to sourcing more products and services from women-owned businesses based in more than 125 countries. Member buyers collectively represent over $1 trillion in annual purchasing power. WEConnect International identifies, educates, registers and certifies women’s business enterprises based outside of the US that are at least 51 percent owned, as well as managed and controlled by one or more women, and connects them with large buyers. For more information, see www.WEConnectInternational.org


US Organizations Receive Diversity Impact Awards at ERG Leadership Summit

Greensboro, NC (October, 2020)The Association of ERGs & Councils (a practice group of PRISM International, Inc. and Talent Dimensions) recognized the outstanding achievements of Employee Resource Groups, Diversity Councils and other DE&I initiatives at the Diversity Impact Awards™ ceremonies during the USC Marshall Center for Effective Organizations 2020 ERG Leadership Summit Week: A Virtual Event October 19 – October 24.

Each evening of the conference included award ceremonies honoring the Top 25 US Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), Top 10 Enterprise-Wide ERGs, Top 10 Diversity Action and Executive Sponsor of the Year Recognition Awards. “The virtual event didn’t dampen the spirit and excitement of the award winners as they celebrated the incredible accomplishments of their teams,” said Lynn Cowart, Principle and Chief Operations Officer at Talent Dimensions.

The Diversity Impact Awards™ was launched in 2020 and is the next iteration of the ERG & Council Honors Award™. The ERG & Council Honors Award™ was the first, and until recently, the only annual national award that recognized and honored the outstanding contributions and achievements of ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils. It was established in 2008 by the Association of ERGs & Councils, a practice group of diversity and inclusion consulting and training firm, PRISM International, Inc.

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ were reimagined to leverage a data-driven and scientifically-validated model developed by Dr. Theresa M. Welbourne, Will and Maggie Brooke Professor in Entrepreneurship at the University of Alabama and CEO of eePulse, to ensure buy-in from key stakeholders and drive greater learning. The awards were segmented to create a level playing field for individual ERGs, enterprise-wide ERG programs and non-ERG Diversity initiatives. For the second year, we are honoring the important work of Executive Sponsors.

“While we were excited to launch the new Diversity Impact Awards after almost a year of research and gaining input, launching a new awards structure during COVID-19 was challenging to say the least. We considered taking a hiatus given what organizations were experiencing. We quickly realized that this work was far too important and the individuals volunteering countless hours to create organizations where ALL people felt engaged, included and that they belong, must be recognized,” said Cile Johnson, Principle and Chief Business Officer at Talent Dimensions.

Congratulations to all our Diversity Impact Award winners!

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ Top 25 ERG Award recipients:

  1. Blue Cross NC – GlobalNet
  2. Novant Health – Women’s Business Resource Group
  3. Northwestern Mutual – Asian Employee Resource Group
  4. Rockwell Automation – Cultures Connected
  5. Northwestern Mutual – Women’s Employee Resource Group
  6. ChristianaCare – Women’s Employee Network (WEN)
  7. Mount Sinai Health System – Heritage of Latino Alliance Employee Resource Group
  8. Northwestern Mutual – Hispanic Employee Resource Group
  9. Northwestern Mutual – Mutual disAbility Alliance
  10. NextEra Energy – African American Employee Professional Group
  11. Novant Health – Persons with Abilities Business Resource Group
  12. Novant Health – Black/African American Business Resource Group
  13. Southern California Edison – Latinos for Engagement, Advancement and Development (LEAD)
  14. Erie Insurance – Women’s Affinity Group
  15. Bank of America – LEAD for Women
  16. Northwestern Mutual – Military Veteran Employee Resource Group (MVERG)
  17. NextEra Energy – Women in Energy
  18. Novant Health – Pride Business Resource Group
  19. State Street – Professional Women’s Network Massachusetts Chapter (PWN-MA)
  20. Novant Health – Veterans’ Business Resource Group
  21. JetBlue – JetBlue African Diaspora Experience (JADE)
  22. Dominion Energy – We3
  23. American Airlines – Latin Diversity Network EBRG
  24. Halliburton – Women Sharing Excellence
  25. American Airlines – Professional Women in Aviation EBRG

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ Top 10 Enterprise-Wide ERG Award recipients:

  1. Bank of America – Bank of America Enterprise ERGs
  2. Northern Trust – Northern Trust Business Resource Council Advisory Council (BRCAC)
  3. Asurion – Asurion ERGs
  4. Cigna – Power of Connections Wellness Circles
  5. Southern Company Gas – 2019 ERG Program Expansion/Evolution
  6. Banner Health – Team Member Resource Group (TMRGs) Launch
  7. University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center – Diversity Council and Employee Networks
  8. Perdue Farms, Inc. – “Day of Understanding”
  9. Tennessee Valley Authority – TVA ERG Collaboration
  10. American Airlines – Abraham’s Tent – Christian, Jewish and Muslim EBRGs

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards Top 10 Diversity Action Award recipients:

  1. Mount Sinai Beth Israel – Go Red Event
  2. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
  3. Froedtert Health – Disability Etiquette
  4. Ricoh – International Women’s Day
  5. Halliburton – Focus on Family
  6. NASCAR – Heritage History Series
  7. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana – Strategic Plan
  8. Novant Health – Health Equity Council
  9. American Airlines – Virtual Inclusion Week
  10. Novant Health – Cross Cultural Communications Program

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards Executive Sponsor of the Year recipients in alphabetical order:

  • Dominion Energy – Wendy Wellener, Vice President – Shared Services
  • NextEra Energy, Inc. – Kate Stengle, Vice President Internal Audit
  • Northern Trust – Shundrawn Thomas, President of Northern Trust Asset Management (NTAM)
  • Novant Health – Chere Gregory, MD, SVP Chief Health Equity Officer Diversity & Inclusion

About the Diversity Impact Awards™
The Diversity Impact Awards™ program was launched in 2020 and is the next iteration of the ERG & Council Honors Award™. The ERG & Council Honors Award™ was the first, and until recently, the only annual national award that recognized and honored the outstanding contributions and achievements of ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils. The new award process leverages a data-driven and scientifically validated model to create collective learning within and across organizations. The honor award was established in 2008 by the Association of ERGs & Councils, a practice group of diversity and inclusion consulting and training firm, PRISM International, Inc.

About the ERG & Council Conference™
ERGs and Diversity Councils are vital links for improving organizational results. However, to remain impactful and effective, they need opportunities to increase their skills and knowledge and to learn and share best practices. They need opportunities to network, celebrate and grow. This was the purpose of the first annual conference designed specifically for ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils. Learn more by visiting http://www.ergcouncilconference.com.

About the Association of ERGs & Councils
The Association of ERGs & Councils is a practice group of PRISM International, Inc. and Talent Dimensions and the premier resource for transforming Employee Resource Groups, Diversity Councils and Employee Network Groups to impact key organizational and business objectives. Learn more by visiting www.ergcouncil.com.

About PRISM International, Inc.
PRISM, a Talent Dimensions company, is a full-service provider of innovative and proven consulting, training and products for leveraging diversity and inclusion, addressing unconscious bias, increasing cross-cultural competencies and creating more effective ERGs and Diversity Councils. Learn more by visiting www.prismdiversity.com.


Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) and the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Collaborate in Advancing Diversity and Business Opportunities in Aviation

The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) and the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that commits the organizations to formally collaborate in advancing diversity and promoting opportunities for companies within the aviation industry by leveraging their collective membership and training resources.

Both organizations seek to promote best practices and opportunities for their member companies to succeed in airport development pursuits. The MOU states that the organizations “recognize that increased diversity within the airport development industry will foster benefits and help fill the pipeline of future development experts.”

Under the terms of the MOU, AMAC and ACC will endeavor to: • Identify and implement specific actions to identify and promote best practices in airport development projects;

  • Educate their respective members and airports on teaming, procurement, contracting and business best practices in general;
  • Identify opportunities to attract more students into airport development careers;
  • Promote diversity in the industry; and
  • Educate their respective members and airports on best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion as it relates to increasing aviation industry business and career opportunities for diverse/underrepresented individuals and companies.

AMAC Chief Operating Officer Anthony Barnes noted, “For 36 years, AMAC has been the driving force of eliminating barriers minority and women-owned companies face when seeking to engage in airport business and employment opportunities. Partnering with like-minded organizations, like ACC, will strengthen our impact in promoting a diverse and inclusive airport environment that fuels innovation and creativity when building our airports for the future.”

“ACC has always appreciated the close partnership and shared goals we have with AMAC over the years,” said ACC President T.J. Schulz. “The signing of this MOU codifies this partnership and ACC’s commitment to advance airport development companies of all sizes in this challenging time for aviation. We also look forward to taking steps to work with AMAC on increasing opportunities for minorities to engage and succeed in this industry at this important time in our society.”

About the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) is the only national, non-profit trade association dedicated to advance the full participation of minorities and women in employment and contracting opportunities throughout the aviation and aerospace industries. Since 1984, AMAC has been at the forefront of nearly every national policy initiative impacting the participation of disadvantaged businesses in airport contracting. AMAC works consistently with Congress, the federal government, aviation trade associations and others as a resource for information, education, and guidance on business and employment matters. For more information, visit amac-org.com

About the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) The Airport Consultants Council (ACC) is the global trade association that represents private businesses involved in the development and operations of airports and related facilities, focusing on the business interests of firms with airport-related technical expertise.


US Organizations to Receive Diversity Impact Awards at October Conference

The Association of ERGs & Councils (a practice group of PRISM International, Inc. and Talent Dimensions) released their annual list of the Top 25 US Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), Top 10 Enterprise-Wide ERGs, Top 10 Diversity Action and Executive Sponsor Recognition Awards.  These groups will be recognized at an award ceremony during the USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective Organizations 2020 ERG Leadership Summit Week: A Virtual Event October 19 – October 24, 2020.

The Diversity Impact Awards™ was launched in 2020 and is the next iteration of the ERG & Council Honors Award™.  The ERG & Council Honors Award™ was the first, and until recently, the only annual national award that recognized and honored the outstanding contributions and achievements of ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils. It was established in 2008 by the Association of ERGs & Councils, a practice group of diversity and inclusion consulting and training firm PRISM International, Inc.

In 2018, PRISM International was acquired by Talent Dimensions to help organizations weave Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) into the fabric of its culture.  “This can only happen if the organization develops a DE&I strategy aligned to the business strategy and the appropriate structure exists to ensure successful implementation.  Diversity Councils and ERGs (BRGs, Affinity Groups, Networks, etc.) serve as one of the most important levers to drive the tactical execution of that strategy,” shares Lynn Cowart, Principle and Chief Operations Office at Talent Dimensions.

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ were reimagined to leverage a data driven and scientifically validated model developed by Dr. Theresa Welbourne, Senior Affiliate Research Scientist at the USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective Organizations, Will and Maggie Brooke Professor in Entrepreneurship at the University of Alabama, and CEO of eePulse, to ensure buy-in from key stakeholders and drive greater learning.  The awards were segmented to create a level playing field for individual ERGs, enterprise-wide ERG programs and non-ERG Diversity initiatives.  For the second year, we are honoring the important work of Executive Sponsors.

“While we were excited to launch the new Diversity Impact Awards after almost a year of research and gaining input, launching a new awards structure during COVID-19 was challenging to say the least.  We considered taking a hiatus given what organizations were experiencing.  We quickly realized that this work was far too important and the individuals volunteering countless hours to create organizations where ALL people felt engaged, included and that they belong, must be recognized,” said Cile Johnson, Principle and Chief Business Officer at Talent Dimensions. “Our partnership with the USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective Organizations further supported the importance of the recognition of leaders and organizations.”

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards recipient rankings will be revealed at USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective (CEO) Organizations ERG Leadership Summit Week October 19 – October 24.

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ Top 25 ERG Award recipients in alphabetical order include:

  • American Airlines – Professional Women in Aviation EBRG
  • American Airlines – Latin Diversity Network EBRG
  • Bank of America – LEAD for Women
  • Blue Cross NC – GlobalNet
  • ChristianaCare – Women’s Employee Network (WEN)
  • Dominion Energy – We3
  • Erie Insurance – Women’s Affinity Group
  • Halliburton – Women Sharing Excellence
  • JetBlue – JetBlue African Diaspora Experience (JADE)
  • Mount Sinai Health System – Heritage of Latino Alliance Employee Resource Group
  • NextEra Energy – African American Employee Professional Group
  • NextEra Energy – Women in Energy
  • Northwestern Mutual – Asian Employee Resource Group
  • Northwestern Mutual – Women’s Employee Resource Group
  • Northwestern Mutual – Hispanic Employee Resource Group
  • Northwestern Mutual – Mutual disAbility Alliance
  • Northwestern Mutual – Military Veteran Employee Resource Group (MVERG)
  • Novant Health – Women’s Business Resource Group
  • Novant Health – Persons with Abilities Busines Resource Group
  • Novant Health – Black/African American Business Resource Group
  • Novant Health – Pride Business Resource Group
  • Novant Health – Veterans’ Business Resource Group
  • Rockwell Automation – Cultures Connected
  • Southern California Edison, Latinos for Engagement Advancement and Development (LEAD)
  • State Street – Professional Women’s Network Massachusetts Chapter (PWN-MA)

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ Top 10 Enterprise-Wide ERG Award recipients in alphabetical order include:

  • American Airlines – Abraham’s Tent – Christian, Jewish, and Muslim EBRGs
  • Asurion – Asurion ERGs
  • Bank of America – Bank of America Enterprise ERGs
  • Banner Health – Team Member Resource Group (TMRGs) Launch
  • Cigna – Employee Resource Groups
  • Northern Trust – Northern Trust Business Resource Council Advisory Council (BRCAC)
  • Perdue Farms, Inc. – “Day of Understanding”
  • Southern Company Gas – 2019 ERG Program Expansion/Evolution
  • Tennessee Valley Authority – TVA ERG Collaboration
  • University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center – Diversity Council and Employee Networks

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards Top 10 Diversity Action Award recipients in alphabetical order include:

  • American Airlines – Virtual Inclusion Week
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana – Strategic Plan
  • Froedtert Health – Disability Etiquette
  • Halliburton – Focus on Family
  • Mount Sinai Beth Israel – Go Red Event
  • NASCAR – Heritage History Series
  • Novant Health – Health Equity Council
  • Novant Health – Cross Cultural Communications Program
  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard – Disability Etiquette: Perspective Changing
  • Ricoh – International Women’s Day

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards Executive Sponsor of the Year recipients in alphabetical order:

  • Dominion Energy – Wendy Wellener, Vice President – Shared Services
  • NextEra Energy, Inc. – Kate Stengle, Vice President Internal Audit
  • Northern Trust – Shundrawn Thomas, President of Northern Trust Asset Management (NTAM)
  • Novant Health – Chere Gregory, MD, SVP Chief Health Equity Officer Diversity & Inclusion

About the Diversity Impact Awards™
The Diversity Impact Awards™ program was launched in 2020 and is the next iteration of the ERG & Council Honors Award™.  The ERG & Council Honors Award™ was the first, and until recently, the only annual national award that recognized and honored the outstanding contributions and achievements of ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils.  The new award process leverages a data driven and scientifically validated model to create collective learning within and across organizations.  The honor award was established in 2008 by the Association of ERGs & Councils, a practice group of diversity and inclusion consulting and training firm PRISM International, Inc.

About the ERG & Council Conference™
ERGs and Diversity Councils are vital links for improving organizational results. However, to remain impactful and effective, they need opportunities to increase their skills and knowledge and to learn and share best practices. They need opportunities to network, celebrate and grow. This was the purpose of the first annual conference designed specifically for ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils. Learn more by visiting http://www.ergcouncilconference.com.

About the Association of ERGs & Councils
The Association of ERGs & Councils is a practice group of PRISM International, Inc. and the premier resource for transforming Employee Resource Groups, Diversity Councils and Employee Network Groups to impact key organizational and business objectives. Learn more by visiting www.ergcouncil.com.

About PRISM International, Inc.
PRISM, a Talent Dimensions company, is a full-service provider of innovative and proven consulting, training and products for leveraging diversity and inclusion, addressing unconscious bias, increasing cross-cultural competencies and creating more effective ERGs and Diversity Councils. Learn more by visiting www.prismdiversity.com.

About USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective Organizations
Since its founding over 40 years ago, the Center for Effective Organizations (CEO), a research center in the USC Marshall School of Business, is world-renowned for its breakthrough research and insights on organizational performance, effectiveness and talent management. Today, CEO is at the forefront, discovering and creating the latest knowledge in the design and management of organizations for companies that range from mid-sized to the Global 500. CEO’s worldwide network includes research scientists, faculty experts, best-selling authors, and corporate partners. Working together, they provide forward-thinking leaders with trusted insights and the hands-on learning they need to help them solve complex problems and build highly effective, sustainable organizations.


Federally Employed Women Join in the Commemoration of the United States 19th Amendment

Federally Employed Women (FEW) is proud to join in the centennial anniversary for the passage of the United States 19th Amendment, guaranteeing every woman the right to vote. We are all reminded that 100 years ago the hard-fought battle of the Women’s Suffrage Movement for equality for the citizenry of every woman’s right to vote. No citizen should be denied or abridged the right to vote based on sex. The 19th Amendment was formally adopted into the United States Constitution by proclamation of then Secretary State Bainbridge Colby (1920-1921).

FEW is proud to recognize and honor the efforts of the courageous leaders of the past as we look to the future and take our rightful place in history by voting. Every woman is encouraged to register and vote early wherever they live and join in a commemoration program to honor these great leaders of the Women’s Suffrage Movement. FEW President Karen Rainey said, “As we celebrate the tremendous successes of women through legislation, we cannot afford to be silent. We must make plans to honor the work of the Women’s Suffragist Movement by voting.” FEW’s purpose is to ensure that all women are given the same opportunities of inclusion through professional development training, work and equity in pay.

The first Woman’s Rights Convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York, on July 19 – 20, 1848. There are so many similarities of issues that women still face today. The two-day program highlighted issues such as, the right to own property, the right to keep their wages, the right to custody of children in cases of divorce, and others, up to and including the right to vote. In the end, 68 women and 32 men signed the Declaration of Principles, which included the right to vote. In 2009, FEW’s first National President, Allie Latimer, was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York.

Today, FEW joins in the commemorative celebration for the adoption of the 19th Amendment and the recognition of Women’s Equality Day. FEW will host a free webinar program to honor “Women and the Vote” on August 27 at 12 noon eastern. To register, go to Register in Advance for this meeting at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMsc-iorz4iG9d6Cqsr6AFDUmZebN56U0nF/. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

FEW is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1968 after Executive Order 11375 was issued that added sex discrimination to the list of prohibited discrimination in the federal government. FEW has grown into an international organization serving over one million federally employed women – both in the military and civilian workforce. For more information about FEW, go to www.few.org.

“Working for the Advancement of Women in the Government”


WOMEN PRESIDENTS’ ORGANIZATION Names Three annual Award Winners at 2020 Digital Conference

New York, NY (July 23, 2020) — The Women Presidents’ Organization, a peer advisory group to help million dollar plus women-led companies take their businesses to the next level, announced three 2020 award recipients recently at its 2020 digital conference Reimagining Business (#wporeimaginingbusiness).

Mary Lehman MacLachlan Economic Empowerment Award

This Award is named for the esteemed WPO advisory board member who provided the seed capital to fund the start of the organization. Mary Lehman MacLachlan cared deeply about women in positions of leadership and business ownership, and strongly believed women need to support other women in their communities. The award is given in her memory each year, to one WPO member who embodies economic independence, running a financially-sound business, providing financial benefits for staff, and supporting other businesswomen in the community.

The judges for this year’s award were:

Katherine Lehman, daughter of Mary Lehman MacLachlan

Beth Marcello, Director, Women’s Business Development PNC, Certified Women’s Business Advocate

Sherri Griffiths, Regional President, Business Banking, Greater Ontario Region, BMO Bank of Montreal

This year’s award winner Laura Kelly, CEO, Keyot LLC in Oakwood MN, runs a profitable company, with a gross profit of 30% and a net income of 11% in 2019. Members of her back-office team earn competitive salaries and may participate in bonus or commission plans. The company offers full health and dental benefits, profit sharing and a 401K plan with a company match.

A WPO member for the past eight years, she has joined the Platinum VI chapter, in which members have average annual revenues of $47 million. In her spare time, she mentors young women through nonprofit organizations — such as Dress for Success Twin Cities and YWCA Twin Cities. She encourages them to pursue careers they may have not thought possible — in information technology, operations and project management — challenging them to package themselves and their ideas in the most professional way possible, so prospective employers will take them seriously.

Adrienne Hall Award for Breaking Down Barriers

This award goes to a member, Chapter Chair, organization, or sponsor – any stakeholder who has gone out of the way to collaborate with the WPO, and to forge alliances that have proven helpful to the organization. Esteemed WPO Board Chair Adrienne Hall started the first women-owned advertising company in the United States. A strong advocate for women’s rights, Adrienne contributed to the success and growth of the WPO by making connections that still enable the organization to provide superior programming and continued expansion.

This year’s award winner Betty Hines, Founder and CEO, Betty Hines dba Women Ellevating Women, has been a WPO Chapter Chair for 12 years and has proven herself an invaluable resource for innovative programming and making connections on behalf of the organization. Betty introduced a program, in partnership with 100 Black Men, honoring outstanding women of color in different industries for their professional achievements and community service, into WPO. Starting in Baltimore chapter ten years ago, the collaboration has continued in 23 cities.

“Adrienne Hall was a powerful inspiration and influence on me personally. A leader in every sense, she was masterful in building relationships and leveraging connections. Betty works tirelessly to forge partnerships and referrals for potential members and tirelessly promotes WPO wherever she goes. She fills her chapter easily, because of her fervent support of and belief in WPO. She takes her tole of a Chapter Chair to heart and truly wants local business owners to succeed. She is a true champion, elevating multicultural women and helping to advance and grow the organization,” said Camille Burns, WPO Chief Executive Officer.

President’s Award

This year’s President’s Award winner Lynda M. Applegate is the Baker Foundation Professor at Harvard Business School (HBS) and serves as the Chair of the Advisory Committee for Harvard University’s Masters’ of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies degrees in finance and management. Lynda also continues to play a leading role in developing the HBS Executive Education Programs for entrepreneurs and business owners. She has provided a gateway for WPO to the Harvard Business School’s robust wealth of content and eminent professors who bring the school’s inspiring case studies alive.

“Lynda Applegate has been the inspiration and driving force behind a unique program for WPO members with annual revenues of $3 million to $10 million, who do not yet qualify for WPO Platinum membership, or the Harvard Owner President Management Program. She has spoken at several WPO conferences, chapters, and Chapter Chair training sessions, and participated in the first Summit held for WPO Platinum members. WPO owes her its deep gratitude for all she has done,” said Dr. Marsha Firestone, WPO President & Founder.

About the Women Presidents’ Organization

The WPO is the premier peer advisory organization connecting successful women who own multimillion-dollar companies. Members in chapters across six continents participate in confidential monthly meetings to share business expertise and experience, based on a peer learning methodology designed to accelerate the growth of their businesses to the next level of prosperity. Local WPO chapters are coordinated by a professional facilitator. Prospective WPO members must have annual gross revenue of at least $2 million, if product-based, or $1 million if service-based.

For more information please visit our website www.womenpresidentsorg.com.

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Trans and non-binary people in STEM: Apply for a Ben Barres Fellowship, deadline 9/30/2020

NOGLSTP is proud to offer the Ben Barres Fellowship. The fellowship is a $2000-$5000 award for professional development of trans, intersex, and non-binary graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The Ben Barres Fellowship is a merit-based award, and the support provided is intended, broadly construed, for the recipient’s professional development. Examples of eligible purposes include research support; conference/workshop attendance, or research travel; equipment/supplies; research assistant or translation services; and/or other professional uses. The fund is not intended to support personal expenses unrelated to research, such as food or rent.

To apply for The Ben Barres Fellowship, applicants will provide a brief description of their current research and research/career goals, a 2-3 paragraph funding proposal, a personal statement, their CV, and answers to demographics questions. Each application must have one letter of support, which may be written by any of the following: PI, Mentor, Advisor, or Colleague. The letter of support will be submitted by the recommender (not the applicant). Applications will be evaluated on clarity of written proposal, impact of proposed funding on applicant’s career, contributions to STEM and LGBTQ+ communities, and strength of support letter. If awarded funds, the recipient will upload a brief report and expense receipts within 6 months of receiving the award.

Apply here: https://www.noglstp.org/programs-projects/ben-barres-fellowship/

Recipients of the fellowship will retain the option of remaining anonymous in public announcements of the award. Alternatively, they may choose to be publicly acknowledged in NOGLSTP’s publicity campaigns. Awards will range from $2000 to $5000 per recipient. Application deadline for the first round of awards is September 30,2020. Award decisions will be announced the first week of December. If any money is left, there will be additional rounds of awards until all the money has been awarded.

About NOGLSTP

NOGLSTP was established in 1980, incorporated in the State of California in 1991, and was granted IRS 501 (c) 3 non-profit status in 1992. NOGLSTP’s mission is to educate the scientific and general communities about the presence and accomplishments of LGBT individuals in STEM professions. NOGLSTP presents educational symposia and workshops nationwide. NOGLSTP fosters dialog with other professional societies, academia, and industry to facilitate diversity and inclusion in the workplace. NOGLSTP is an affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is a participating professional society member of MentorNet®, a sustaining member of the National Postdoctoral Association, a partner with the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) and a founding member of the E-Week Diversity Council.

For more information, visit the website at www.noglstp.org


News for NGLCC

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HELPING THE LGBT BUSINESS COMMUNITY THROUGH THE COVID-19 CRISIS

In our recent email blast we shared that NGLCC will always continue to work for you and our communities. We ask all stakeholders to check NGLCC’s social media pages for updates on business development webinars and trainings; online matchmakers, both B2B and corporate; support with drafting capability statements and RFPs; and much, much more to help our businesses and community stay strong and ready for the year ahead.

We encourage all stakeholders to regularly check our landing page for Coronavirus relief and other essential updates: NGLCC Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). There you will find resources from the Small Business Administration, as well as NGLCC Corporate Partners, to assist small businesses with their recovery.

Additionally, many NGLCC local affiliate chambers have regional information an economic recovery opportunities available. To find your closest local affiliate, click here.

Special Resources:

1) NGLCC COVID-19 Resource Hub for the LGBT Business Community

2) LGBTBE Business Webinars And Video Resources During Covid-19

LGBTBE BUSINESS WEBINARS

AND VIDEO RESOURCES DURING COVID-19

Questions? Webinars@nglcc.org

This page is dedicated to our network of exceptional, innovative Certified LGBT Business Enterprise® (Certified LGBTBE®) suppliers in the NGLCC network. Here you will find information on business development webinars and trainings; online matchmakers, both B2B and corporate; support with drafting capability statements and RFPs; and much, much more to help our businesses and community stay strong and ready for the year ahead.

For funding and economic relief information, please visit our hub: NGLCC Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Additionally, many NGLCC local affiliate chambers have regional information an economic recovery opportunities available. To find your closest local affiliate, click here.


News for NGLCC

NGLCC logo
HELPING THE LGBT BUSINESS COMMUNITY THROUGH THE COVID-19 CRISIS

In our recent email blast we shared that NGLCC will always continue to work for you and our communities. We ask all stakeholders to check NGLCC’s social media pages for updates on business development webinars and trainings; online matchmakers, both B2B and corporate; support with drafting capability statements and RFPs; and much, much more to help our businesses and community stay strong and ready for the year ahead.

We encourage all stakeholders to regularly check our landing page for Coronavirus relief and other essential updates: NGLCC Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). There you will find resources from the Small Business Administration, as well as NGLCC Corporate Partners, to assist small businesses with their recovery.

Additionally, many NGLCC local affiliate chambers have regional information an economic recovery opportunities available. To find your closest local affiliate, click here.

Special Resources:

1) NGLCC COVID-19 Resource Hub for the LGBT Business Community

2) LGBTBE Business Webinars And Video Resources During Covid-19


NMSDC – A Message From The President

Like everyone in the network, NMSDC’s national office is innovating every day to keep our mission and our work moving forward during the COVID-19 virus emergency.

Take a look at this new update from NMSDC President/CEO Adrienne C. Trimble about how the NMSDC is working in this environment – and how that is reshaping our plans for 2020.

NMSDC is mobilizing on the virtual level. Our national office and our regional affiliates are all operating remotely, in safety and security, but we are still conducting business as usual. We are here for you, as always.

We hope you are participating in our new, weekly virtual Town Halls – online every Thursday afternoon. Join us this week for our live stream on YouTube: How CPOs Are Responding: The Corporate Perspective on the COVID-19 Business Challenges.
Technology is allowing NMSDC to keep the conversation going between MBEs and corporate members, even as we are all isolated. Engagement so far in the Town Halls has been vigorous, thought-provoking, and helpful in these difficult days. Stay tuned to your email and social media for more information on these can’t-miss events.

Sadly, as you know, the health emergency has forced the postponement of Leadership Week and the Leadership Awards gala. We hope to reschedule or otherwise make the planned content and meetings available to you.

We are also monitoring developments to see how they might affect our “destination” events later in 2020 – notably, the Program Managers’ Seminar July 14-16 in Orlando, and the annual Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange October 25-28 in Phoenix.

We will keep you apprised of developments as they occur.

Staying in touch is vital during this crisis. Never has it been more important for all of us to remember that, even from a distance …
#WeAreNMSDC!


Working Wardrobes Announces the Appointment of Steven Forry as the Chief Development Officer

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. (March 18, 2020): Among his new responsibilities, Forry will play a key role in
helping Working Wardrobes rebuild after a fire destroyed the nonprofit’s Irvine headquarters in early
February of 2020.

Throughout his professional career, Forry has raised millions of dollars for well-known organizations
throughout Southern California, including St. Joseph Health’s Mission Hospital, Scripps Institute of
Medicine and Science, Sharp Healthcare, UC San Diego School of Medicine & Science, and Memorial
HealthCare. His proven track record includes expertise in fundraising, board development, strategic
planning, capital campaigns, staff development, and organizational administration.

“We are so grateful Steven has joined our leadership team at such a critical time,” said Jerri Rosen, Founder,
and CEO of Working Wardrobes. “Our world took a major turn on February 2nd after a fire devastated our
operations. We’re facing this challenge head-on and with full force. I am confident that with Steven’s
guidance and support, the remainder of this year – as well as the next 30 years – will be cause for
celebration!”

Along with many development achievements throughout his career, Forry’s credentials also include the
management of capital campaigns for Panas, Linzy, and Partners and for DeLauro and Associates. He is a
published author and educator, having taught literature at Columbia University and development classes at
UC Irvine, OneOC, and regional Association of Fundraising Professionals conferences. Forry is a graduate
of UC Santa Barbara and holds a doctorate from Columbia University.

MORE ABOUT WORKING WARDROBES:
Working Wardrobes is Orange County’s foremost career development nonprofit, championing on behalf of
at-risk men, women, young adults, and veterans to help them achieve the dignity of work. Founded in 1990
by CEO Jerri Rosen, Working Wardrobes has been serving the Southern California region for over 30 years,
providing job training, career placement, and wardrobe services to more than 105,000 clients to overcome
barriers to employment and achieve the Power of a Paycheck®. For more information please visit,
www.workingwardrobes.org . Please direct media inquiries to Devon Poer, Marketing and Public Relations
Manager at devonp@workingwardrobes.org or (949) 558-4145.


Airport Restaurateurs, Retailers and Small/Minority Businesses Urge Airports and Congress to Provide Financial Relief Industry Experiencing Unprecedented Business Impact

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WASHINGTON, DC (March 18, 2020) – The Airport Restaurant & Retail Association (ARRA) and Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) urged airports and Congress to quickly pass financial relief for airport restaurateurs and retailers given the unprecedented business impact caused by the spread of the Coronavirus and resultant COVID-19 pandemic.

Members of both organizations, which include restaurants, gift shops and retail stores, have been seriously impacted given the rapid decline in airline bookings and passenger counts which are falling at unprecedented rates. Further, several state and municipalities are closing restaurants, including at airports, to help contain the spread of COVID-19. All stakeholders in the industry—airlines, airports, airport retailers and restaurateurs, and other related companies—are financially suffering.

The associations represent a $10 billion industry made up of firms of varying sizes, including many small and local businesses which contribute $2.5 billion to airport revenue streams. Together these businesses employ more than 125,000 workers in U.S. airports. The restaurants and retail shops are a vital part of the airline passenger’s travel experience, and a major revenue source on which airports depend for their operations, development and bond financing.

John Clark, Chair of AMAC commented, “Our members are suffering tremendous sales losses exceeding 50% and in some cases as high as 90%. The industry is facing a major financial crisis. Many businesses, including those classified as small and/or disadvantaged, may not be able to continue operations.”

Restaurateurs and retailers in the aviation sector are contracted by airports, airlines and third-party developers to provide passengers a full range of food, beverage and retail services. Pat Murray, Chair of the ARRA explained, “our members’ ability to retain and pay employees, as well as pay rents to airports, has been seriously jeopardized. Some of our members will likely be unable to meet our debt obligations and will be forced out of business if quick action is not taken to provide relief.”

The two associations urged airports to engage with their members quickly and adopt mitigating actions to save the businesses:

• Waive rent, other fees and the imposition of penalties for at least six (6) months with the opportunity to extend depending on the extent and impact of the crisis.
• Suspend and defer concessionaires’ capital investment requirements.
• Provide operational flexibility including, but not limited to adjustments to operating hours, locations and menus/product selections as well as selective temporary closing of stores and restaurants in order to better align with passenger volumes and flows and reduce the impact on employees.

ARRA and AMAC strongly support the airports’ request for emergency financial assistance and flexibility to help sustain operations, preserve jobs and bonds, including assistance and flexibility for concessionaires during this critical time. ARRA and AMAC urged Congress and the Administration to also provide financial relief and assistance to airport concessionaires to ensure business continuity, secure loans and make debt service payments. Specific measures ARRA and AMAC urge Congress and the Administration to act upon are:

• Provide grants and low-interest or interest-free loans to concessionaires to allow concessionaires to cover operating expenses.
• Provide loan guarantees to concessionaires to assure their ability to continue making debt service payments and secure loans for their ongoing capital investment requirements.

About Airport Restaurant & Retail Association
The Association’s mission is to work collaboratively with aviation-industry trade associations and the airport community on matters of policy decision-making with a collective impact on restaurant/retail members. As members of the airport communities we serve, ARRA members have an expertise and understanding of best practices in the complex aviation restaurant and retail operational environment. Our knowledge can ultimately deliver powerful solutions of benefit to our airport partners.

About the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC)
The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) is the only national, non-profit trade association dedicated to advance the full participation of minorities and women in employment and contracting opportunities throughout the aviation and aerospace industries. Since 1984, AMAC has been at the forefront of nearly every national policy initiative impacting the participation of disadvantaged businesses in airport contracting. AMAC works consistently with Congress, the Federal government, aviation trade associations and others as a resource for information, education and guidance on business and employment matters. For more information, visit amac-org.com.


 

NDILC Introduces Ten Women Leadership Principles

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In the upcoming weeks, each of these principles will be presented in detail with a personal message from an NDILC member about her experiences applying these principles to her professional and personal life. Share, engage, and practice every day at all levels of leadership. Be the storyteller!

About NDILC
The NDILC is dedicated to raising the number of women leaders and growing women’s employment and empowerment at all levels in the housing ecosystem. The Council comprised of senior executive women, works diligently toward gender equality and obtaining equal opportunity for women across America. To learn more about the NDILC, please visit NAWRB.com/NDILC/.

About NAWRB
Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) is a leading provider of consulting services and directives for women’s leadership, advancing gender equality at all levels, raising the utilization of women-owned businesses and providing women the tools for economic security, stability and sanctuary. From poverty, homeownership and professional ownership, to the C-suite, Corporate boards and Family Offices, we are redefining wealth by having options.


Health Care HR Week 2020 Sponsored by ASHHRA

Health Care Human Resources Week will be observed March 16-20, 2020. It is designated to recognize human resources professionals in health care organizations across the nation for their important role across the continuum of care.

 

For more information visit ashhra.org/HCHRWeek.


2020 Marks the 13ᵗʰ Anniversary of the Women Presidents’ Organization 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies™ Sponsored by American Express

50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companiesᵀᴹ Deadline Extended to March 1, 2020!

 

To be eligible, companies must be:

• Privately owned

• Women-owned/led

• The business must have generated at least $500,000 (USD) in 2015 revenue (and every subsequent year)

• Revenues must be converted to USD

Applicants are not required to be WPO members.

Click HERE to apply!

International businesses are encouraged to apply.


AWIS Innovation Summit 2020

AWIS Summit

Visit AWIS Innovation Summit for more information about this Spring event coming to Houston, Texas.


Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance Donates Over 750 Pieces of Clothing to Dress for Success Greater Orlando

Lena Graham-Morris is presented a donation of over 750 items of business attire and accessories
Lena Graham-Morris, VP of Development Dress for Success Greater Orlando is presented a donation of over 750 items of business attire and accessories by Anna Raney, Foundation of AFWA, Director, and Cindy Stanley, AFWA Executive Director.

The donation was collected through AFWA’s Gives Back initiative at the 2019 Women Who Count National Conference in Orlando last month.

Each year, Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance selects a local charity or non-profit to support through its AFWA Gives Back initiative during the Women Who Count National Conference. This year, AFWA challenged conference attendees to bring gently used professional attire to support Dress for Success of Greater Orlando.

Attendees from across the country brought over 750 pieces of professional clothing and accessories to donate to Dress for Success. The donation was presented to on October 23, 2019 to Lena Graham-Morris, VP of Development Dress for Success Greater Orlando.

Dress for Success is a global nonprofit organization that provides professional attire for low-income women, to help support their job-search and interview process. Their mission to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work is similar in nature to AFWA’s own mission.

“We have a shared mission to empower women to achieve their full potential. This makes Dress for Success the perfect AFWA Gives Back partner and one which our members are especially proud to support,” said Foundation of AFWA Director, Anna Raney.

About The Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance:

The Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance promotes the professional growth of women in accounting and finance. Members of the nationwide association benefit from opportunities to connect with colleagues, advance their careers, and become industry leaders. For more than 80 years, the organization has proudly upheld its mission to enable women in all accounting and related fields to achieve their full potential and to contribute to their profession. Visit AFWA.org for more information.

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Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance Announces Recipients of the 2019 Women Who Count Awards

The National Awards recognize outstanding women who exemplify AFWA’s core values in career and life, and set a positive example for other women in the accounting and finance industries.

The Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance (AFWA) announced the recipients of the 2019 Women Who Count Awards during the annual Women Who Count Awards lunch held October 22, 2019 in Orlando, FL.

This year’s recipients demonstrate a drive to take on challenges and strive for success. They are leaders in their companies and communities. They’ve earned the trust and respect of their clients and peers. And they show enthusiasm toward their career and the accounting and finance industry as a whole.

Emerging Leader: Kelsey Scott
Director of Finance, Brief Media, Tulsa, OK
Kelsey Scott
In 2015, after just two and a half years of studies, Kelsey Scott earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Oklahoma State University. She began her professional career as an accounting assistant with Brief Media and has quickly risen through the leadership ranks, now to Director of Finance. She demonstrates an emerging pattern of leadership as a result of a fierce passion for finance done right.

Emerging Leader: Nicole Hopkins
Director of Business Retention & Expansion at Tulsa Regional Chamber, Tulsa, OK
Nicole Hopkins
Nicole Hopkins is the Founder of multiple Tulsa networking groups, and an active participant on a number of community volunteer Boards. She demonstrates leadership in AFWA within her local Tulsa chapter and within AFWA’s National LEAP Advisory Council. Nicole’s impact on the community is evident, and she’s not stopping yet! Says a former co-worker of Nicole’s, “When I think of the impact that Nicole has had on her community, I’m amazed at the tenacity, creativity, and passion that is inside of her.”

Women Who Count Award: Jaime Oehlwein
Vice President of Finance at ACH, Edwards, IL
Jaime Oehlwein
Jaime rose to leadership positions early in her career.  Following the financial crisis, as the only manager left standing in a startup manufacturing company, she was thrust into leadership positions and responsible for running the facility on its own cash flow.  When others may have given up her integrity did not allow it.  She successfully ran the facility on its own cash flow while entertaining prospective buyers.  Jaime is now the Vice President of Finance for Advance Correctional Healthcare. She demonstrates commitment to her team and company by working alongside her employees with a positive attitude and passion for producing quality work.  She is a trusted leader who doesn’t shy away from recognizing her team’s successes or providing coaching when necessary.

Women Who Count Award: Jill Mitchell
Professor of Accounting at Northern Virginia Community College, Arlington, VA
Jill Mitchell
In her roles as a professor at Northern Virginia Community College, adjunct professor at George Mason University, and Wiley author, she invests her deep knowledge of the accounting profession and collaborates with students to help them achieve their educational and professional goals. She gives her time to the DC Chapter of AFWA and the  Virginia Society of CPAs, among other organizations. She is grateful for the opportunities the professionals in these organizations provide for her students.  This award and others are a formal recognition of Jill’s superior accomplishments in teaching, research, and service.

“These women are not only successful in their own right, but they are pulling up the women behind them to ensure their success as well. That is what AFWA is about. I am incredibly proud to have these amazing women in our AFWA network, and proud to recognize them with these awards,” said AFWA National President, Laura Mangan.

About The Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance:

The Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance promotes the professional growth of women in accounting and finance. Members of the nationwide association benefit from opportunities to connect with colleagues, advance their careers, and become industry leaders. For more than 80 years, the organization has proudly upheld its mission to enable women in all accounting and related fields to achieve their full potential and to contribute to their profession. Visit AFWA.org for more information.

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