Lori Hansen is a new kind of client for the Women’s Employment Network.
She is part of a group called Wednesday’s Women — women who have been displaced in the last 18 months and who have more than five years of recent experience in the work force.
Hansen, 42, of Lenexa, has been attending the sessions since the group started. She lost her job as public affairs manager for a cable company in February 2009 when the national office mandated a work force reduction of 3 percent across the country.
Hansen began a job search immediately and has done some short-term projects and a lot of nonprofit volunteer work while she continues to look.
Besides learning from workshops that cover topics such as understanding the needs of a small-business owner, Hansen said she has gained from the camaraderie of “a small group of women who are all in the same boat.”
“Being unemployed — taking so long to regain employment — you realize you are not alone,” Hansen said.
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