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
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
Help 80 Women Find Jobs & Financial Independence
Sep 13, 2019

Kathy's Journey Through WEN

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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Women's Employment Network

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

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