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On Veterans Day and Everyday Serving Women Who Have Served

Posted by sherrysaunders on November 11, 2013

BPW mentoring logo.cToday Veterans Day, 2013, Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (CCSWG) announced the launch of their partnered California-Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® program, to support the state’s growing population of women veterans, military/veteran spouses, and caregivers of wounded warriors, who face challenges identifying and succeeding in civilian careers. Building on the free high tech-high touch national Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® (JFMP) platform, California-Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® will facilitate mentoring connections and provide tailored career development and employment resources for California’s significant audience of women who have served our country.

In a letter announcing the program, Geena Davis, Chair, California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, emphasized the key role mentorship plays. “The importance of the person-to-person relationship and the ability to talk to someone about the special needs veterans have in transition is critical. This program provides the connection between people who have ‘been there’ and understand the civilian world and veterans, by providing both mentors and mentees with resources.”

Today’s announcement was made at the California State Military Museum. Speaking at the ceremony BPW Foundation Board Chair and JFMP mentor Roslyn Ridgeway said, “We applaud the California Commission on Women and Girls for their vision in identifying the value in California-Joining Forces Mentoring Plus®, and for coordinating this state-level effort to support the career transitions of women who have so honorably served our country and are now struggling to find civilian careers. We hope California will serve as a template for other states that share CCSWG’s commitment to women veterans, military/veteran spouses, and caregivers of wounded warriors.”

Colonel Rich Morales, Executive Director, White House Joining Forces Initiative, sent congratulations from the White House.  “On behalf of the First Lady and Dr. Biden, Joining Forces applauds the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls on the launch of the state-wide California-Joining Forces Mentoring Plus Portal. Joining Forces is inspired by this strong commitment to support our nation’s women veterans and military spouses. All over the country, organizations like BPW Foundation and CCSWG are stepping up to serve our veterans and military families the same way they’ve served our country. Our service women lead in complex environments, build teams, and are natural managers of people and resources to get things done. Supporting these women in their future careers benefits not only these individuals, but our Country as a whole.”

Also attending the press conference and ceremony were First Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the CCSWG Commission, Lupita Cortez Alcala of Sacramento and BPW Foundation CEO Deborah L. Frett.

In addition to launching California-Joining Forces Mentoring Plus®, BPW Foundation is participating in a broad range of Veteran’s Day activities throughout the month focused on women veterans, military/veteran spouses, and wounded warrior caregivers, including company events at Citi, Dell, Booz Allen Hamilton (all Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® partners), Microsoft, and Oracle. A Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® mentor and mentee will also share their experiences at a Capitol Hill briefing on “Women Veterans Staying Connected After Military Service.”



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