Help 80 Women Find Jobs & Financial Independence

by Women's Employment Network
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Help 80 Women Find Jobs & Financial Independence
Help 80 Women Find Jobs & Financial Independence
Help 80 Women Find Jobs & Financial Independence
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Help 80 Women Find Jobs & Financial Independence
Help 80 Women Find Jobs & Financial Independence
Help 80 Women Find Jobs & Financial Independence
Help 80 Women Find Jobs & Financial Independence
Help 80 Women Find Jobs & Financial Independence
Help 80 Women Find Jobs & Financial Independence
Help 80 Women Find Jobs & Financial Independence
Help 80 Women Find Jobs & Financial Independence
Help 80 Women Find Jobs & Financial Independence
Help 80 Women Find Jobs & Financial Independence
Help 80 Women Find Jobs & Financial Independence
Help 80 Women Find Jobs & Financial Independence
Help 80 Women Find Jobs & Financial Independence
Help 80 Women Find Jobs & Financial Independence
Help 80 Women Find Jobs & Financial Independence
Help 80 Women Find Jobs & Financial Independence
Help 80 Women Find Jobs & Financial Independence
Help 80 Women Find Jobs & Financial Independence
Help 80 Women Find Jobs & Financial Independence

When we last provided you with a project report, we were settling into our new building and preparing for our WEN Annual Luncheon 2020. Just weeks later, we were quickly converting our luncheon to a virtual event while figuring out how to provide services to clients during physical distancing.

We extend our sincere thanks for your gift to Help 80 Women Find Jobs & Financial Independence. We want to share with you how WEN has risen to the challenge and ask for your continued financial support so we can do even more.
WEN services are available, and clients are thriving.
These seemingly "unprecedented" challenges have quickly become commonplace, as we all become experts at navigating our "next normal." We want to share with you how WEN has risen to the challenge. In response to COVID-19, WEN has:
launched virtual workshops of financial and career coaching content,
created a form for clients to access one-on-one coaching online,
shared timely information about unemployment benefits, state and local distancing orders, tax filing deadline extensions, and employee rights due to the pandemic,
introduced a standing weekly Q&A online for anyone interested in WEN to receive immediate answers to their questions,
converted our monthly newsletter to a weekly digest to better communicate changes in real time, and
amplified alliance partner Women's Business Center's resources for small business owners seeking economic relief due to closures.
WEN program staff's efforts to serve women remotely have yielded amazing results in just two months--most unexpected, we served clients from 11 states, a U.S. territory, and the United Kingdom! We've always been here for women who need us during transition, and it seems that they are increasingly seeking resources and connection in crisis.
On behalf of WEN's Board of Directors and staff, we want to thank you for your support.
As program staff continues developing virtual services even while working remotely, we are glad you share our excitement about our new building and the potential for taking WEN's network of support to the next level.
YOU are part of a network of staff, volunteers, employers, and donors who help women in our community move forward.
If you have any questions, feel free to call Erin Cole at (816) 595-1297 or email. Again, we offer our sincere gratitude for your financial contribution and support for WEN's mission.
Sincerely,
Erin Cole
Chief Development Officer
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"This year was a positive and eventful one as we continued to serve a steady number of women in the community, thanks in part to launching our new WEN on the Road initiative. WEN's continued growth and impact in Kansas City is a testament to the commitment and compassion of our community partners, our financial supporters, our volunteers, and our staff who have all contributed to WEN throughout the years. This community support is paramount to our success in supporting our clients as they navigate significant obstacles to financial self-sufficiency and personal discovery to become more than they thought they could be. We are excited as we look ahead to the upcoming year and beyond as we continue to make a difference in Kansas City  — one woman at a time."
-Sherry Turner
WEN President, OneKC for Women Founder

Please see our attached 2018-19 Annual Report for details about our progress on this project.

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Tiffany Bradley, WEN Client
Tiffany Bradley, WEN Client

Tiffany Bradley arrived at Women's Employment Network not really knowing what to expect. She showed up because her friend said this would be a good experience for her. When Tiffany expressed hesitancy, her friend said, "do it anyway-do it scared. 

Tiffany was glad she showed up to WEN, because she's been tremendously helped by this program. She made an intentional decision to trust the process.  She decided she would keep showing up and doing the work as assigned, then let the dots connect themselves. She decided not to try to control or rush this experience.  Tiffany had trust in the success WEN must deliver to its clients for its program to last for over thirty years. 

Tiffany has come a long way from where she started. On her first day, she, like many WEN clients, diminished her experiences and downplayed her work history. She told program staff that she had "just" been a stay-at-home mom for the past thirteen years. One of her children had a chronic illness, now cured, but caretaking took up most of her time. Then, almost as an afterthough, she talked briefly about holding Executive Board positions in the local chapter of a national organization. Tiffany also mentioned that she performed some Human Resources work for a small dental practice. She just didn't recognize her own valuable skills and contributions. 

Throughout her classes, Tiffany gave her all to each step of this process; taking notes and listening intently. She shared that she has been in WEN workshops where I barely wanted to get up to go to the bathroom because I didn't want to miss anything. Her conversations with workshop volunteers and classmates were encouraging and pushed her to see her strengths and reframe her personal narrative.

WEN's workshops provided some "aha" moments for Tiffany. It was fortifying for her to understand her workplace temperament and know that she is not a misplaced anomaly: bossy and exacting. Instead, her temperament is choleric: strong willed, results-oriented and determined.  This reframing of her professional character helped her set aside some of the negative things she had been told about her personality. Instead, Tiffany embraces those qualities to positively highlight them as strengths. 

With the help of WEN, Tiffany no longer diminishes her experience. She now tells potential employers that it has been a blessing to have been able to be at home with her children for an extended period of time, and she has definite transferable skills from that experience. She also has industry-related skills from my work as an HR Consultant and as a Benefits Specialist. Tiffany knows that what she's done has value and the work she's done here at WEN helps me to speak more confidently about it.

Knowing that she is valuable, capable, and has marketable skills has given Tiffany the confidence to showcase her talents and competencies. She says of her WEN experience: "I have faced my fears and I’m winning my inner game. My next job will propel my career in Human Resources. I will influence and help propel the career of others."

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To this day, when Kathy puts in her earrings she fondly remembers her time in the Women’s Employment Network (WEN) program and that Lynnette, VP of WEN's Program and Services, taught her that earrings are a nice finishing touch to a professional outfit. When her co-worker at the U.S. Department of Labor retired and her employer needed someone to take over the workshops he's presented at WEN since 2014, Kathy jumped at the chance to contribute to the program that had helped her years ago.

When Kathy enrolled in WEN's program in 1995 she was an ambitious, hard worker with a Juris Doctorate degree but felt that the cultural aspects of her socioeconomic status were holding her back and was the key impediment to her being able to obtain a professional level job. Since graduating with Class #103, Kathy has often said that what she gained from having been at WEN best addressed some of the struggles she experienced in obtaining a professional-level career. She would joke that sometimes it felt like there was a “class ceiling” in the world of professional-level work. WEN helped her learn to navigate business culture and the professional world.

Kathy is most proud of the fact that she has moved from poverty to being a member of the middle class and has raised her daughter to forego poverty and start out adulthood after college as a member of the middle class. She is passing her life lessons down to her daughter, now 27, and helping set her up in ways she never had. Valuing education and fervently believing that it is a key component of avoiding or rising above poverty, she helped her daughter navigate graduating from an elite private college in Maine, without any student debt.

At WEN, Kathy will now teach "Saving Fitness" or "Taking the Mystery Out of Retirement" workshops for WEN clients. She is excited to give back and share her expertise and WEN is grateful to have her!

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Lynnette & Paula, Class #303's graduation on 6/14
Lynnette & Paula, Class #303's graduation on 6/14

I had been speaking with a Job Coach who works with another program in Kansas City. She had encouraged me to work on my resume and suggested that I attend an upcoming Job Fair that she had heard about. I had never been to a Job Fair before, so was unsure what to expect.  She gave me a little bit of information, telling me that I would not be interested in all the employers that would be there. She knew that I had already applied for jobs at KU Medical Center and St. Luke's Health System and she suggested that I take along copies of my resume and hand them to the persons at those stations, being ready to take a few minutes to "sell myself" to them. Not my forte, but I would comply to get a job.

Being a curious person, I was intrigued with the idea of a job fair, so along with KU Med & St. Luke's, I was checking out all the other employer's tables, just to see what types of positions were available. Because I knew that I was wanting to return to the healthcare field and hopefully work in a teaching institution again, but had not yet reinstated my Missouri RN license, I was scoping out all my options.

Lo and behold, at the end of the first line of tables was Ms. Lynnette, WEN's VP of Programming and Services. Standing there, straight and tall, with that warm smile and matter of fact style. I don't remember who spoke first, but I think I asked what Women's Employment Network did and she gave me a very brief explanation, then said (with her definitive and then sort of questioning manner): "You know we have an orientation starting next Monday and if you give me your email address and your information, I will email you a reminder and you can come check it out for yourself."

So, what I expected and what we received were two completely different things. What WEN does, cannot in simplicity be explained. I believe that instead of Women's Employment Network, this program should be called "Women's EMPOWERMENT Network." The changes I have seen in myself and my #303 Classmates is so powerful. I have grown in courage, confidence, self-awareness, and ability to recognize and articulate my own needs and passion. I think I better understand what is driving me and why.

It would be difficult to narrow down which particular workshop was most helpful. Each presenter and their presentation had at least some piece of very helpful information from learning about my temperament to structuring my resume. But, possibly the most important piece for me will be how to answer Behavioral Interview questions. I have always been able to weave a story. Answering behavioral questions in an interview is like telling your story, however, we, as women, don't like to "toot our own horns". I have learned that taking ownership of my story and telling it with conviction will "seal the deal" on my interview.

The skills I have learned in 'Conflict Management in the Workplace' and 'Problem Solving and Decision Making' will greatly impact the job that I do acquire. My employment goal has solidified into knowing that I want to work, not only as an RN, but have now attained my Basic Cardiac Life Support certification and know that I want to work in an Adult or Family Ambulatory Clinic where I will have the exposure to multiple types of diagnoses. I have researched and found that there is a 9 week RN refresher course through Johnson County Community College, my Alma Mater, which is highly respected in the healthcare arena. The next class starts this fall and the last day to register is July 1, 2019, so I am now examining the value and possibility of taking this course to ensure my long term career goal.

Short term, after learning how to set up myself on LinkedIn, I have several recruiters that have now seen my Profile on LinkedIn and have sent me invitations to have a "conversation". I can see this transforming at least into a temporary position where I can also have a chance to brush up on my skills in an appropriate environment.

I will be forever grateful for the empowerment I have acquired from WEN.

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Women's Employment Network

Location: Kansas City, MO - USA
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Erin Cole
Kansas City, Missouri United States

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