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You Are Invited To Celebrate Women’s History — Make Women’s History Event Tuesday – March 18, 2014 at The United States Navy Memorial

Posted by Crystal Williams on February 26, 2014

Honorary Chair, First Lady Michelle Obama

In celebration of Women’s History Month 2014, we invite you to join Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation to honor the achievements, dedication to duty, and patriotism of women veterans, military/veteran spouses, female caregivers of wounded warriors, and women who have lost a loved one serving our nation.

We are pleased to recognize the vital contributions made by 

Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® Champions:

Angel Outreach Award: Courtney Banks Spaeth, 
Founder & CEO of NSAWW

Innovative Programming Award: Alliant Credit Union

Action with Compassion Award: Booz Allen Hamilton

 Grassroots Award: BPW North Carolina

Career Development Panel, Tools & Resources for the Civilian Workplace

Learn about tools and resources valuable in identifying a career path and pursuing the route to success in the civilian workplace

Career Development Panel, Social Media Strategies for Career Success
Find out how to use social media to support you as you explore industries and opportunities, create your online brand, and cultivate networks

Cocktail & Networking/Awards Reception


Tuesday – March 18, 2014
Career Development Panels: 4-6 pm
Cocktails, Networking Reception & Awards Presentation: 6-8pm
The United States Navy Memorial
701 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004
Register: Register before March 13th (Space is limited)
Join as an Event Sponsor! Please contact Mary Ann Sack
Moderated by Erika Gonzalez,
NBC4 News Anchor
Guest parking available at reduced $8 rate at PMI Parking (D Street NW, between 8th and 9th Streets; Entrance next to the Caucus Room Restaurant). Please bring your ticket to the event for validation.

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Expanded Technology and Entrepreneurship Resources for Women Veterans and Military Spouses

Posted by YWM on July 2, 2013

Dell IntelDell & Intel and Business and Professional Women’s Foundation are partnering to provide free technology assistance and entrepreneurial tools to guide and support the expanding community of women veterans and military/veteran spouses served by Joining Forces Mentoring Plu who are interested in starting and/or growing small businesses. These Dell-Intel resources will be accessible to all members of BPW Foundation’s Joining Forces Mentoring BPW JFMPlogo.lowPlus® online employment mentoring platform.

Dell & Intel’s technology and entrepreneurship expertise will strengthen the “Working Women Helping Women Work®” mentoring component of Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® and supplement the program’s employment/career resource library. These important new resources recognize the growing number of military women who want to start their own businesses and are looking to gain the expertise and skills needed for success. Dell & Intel will offer individualized guidance to educate and guide these women as they evaluate their job-seeking and professional hardware and software needs. Dell’s Center for Entrepreneurs will supply tools for Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® military women-launched businesses, and the company will enlist mentors and subject matter experts to advise and meet the specific needs of this targeted audience of women.

“BPW Foundation is pleased and proud to welcome Dell & Intel into the Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® community,” said Deborah L. Frett, BPW Foundation CEO. “Their support of women in the workplace, as employees and employers, aligns with our goal of creating work environments that are inclusive and value the skills and contributions of working women. BPW Foundation applauds their specific focus in this partnership to help provide women veteran and military/veteran spouse entrepreneurs with the tools they need to succeed in their new businesses, and in their civilian lives.”

“Research indicates that women veterans’ civilian entrepreneurial career progress is hindered by obstacles they face translating their skills and their lack of hands-on career support. Similarly, military spouses’ workplace success is often compromised by frequent moves, lack of job transition guidance, caregiving and single parent childcare issues,” said Belinda Matingou, Business Development Director at Dell who focuses on diverse small businesses, including those owned by women and veterans. ”Dell is proud to support the Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® online platform to build on the existing framework of Dell’s Center for Entrepreneurs that provides resources and information to entrepreneurs everywhere.”

Dell & Intel’s technology and entrepreneurship resources are an important addition to the growing list of free tools and information available to women veterans and military/veteran spouses via BPW Foundation’s Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® internet platform, which connects volunteer working women mentors and subject matter experts to support success in the civilian workplace. The program’s “Working Women Helping Women Work®” philosophy builds on a workforce development model to help women veterans and military/veteran spouses navigate their individual challenges as they find and succeed in civilian careers.

BPW Foundation identified employment and career mentoring as a critical need of transitioning women veterans during its inaugural Joining Forces for Women Veterans National Summit in October 2010. First Lady Michelle Obama recognized this “mentorship gap” in the White House’s selection of BPW Foundation as the lead organization for a large-scale mentoring initiative to benefit women veterans and military/veteran spouses. BPW Foundation has since forged partnerships with more than 55 corporations and non-profit organizations to fulfill this mandate, and at the recent White House Champions for Change: Women Veterans event The First Lady recognized BPW Foundation “for the exceptional work that they do every day for women veterans.”

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B P What?

Posted by YWM on April 26, 2012

Our guest blogger is Sarah Zink

In early 2000, I was introduced to Business and Professional Women (BPW) by a friend of mine. Sue Wallace was one of those women who never said the word, “No”, and who never heard the word when it was said. She believed in the power of the “Just Do It” theory.

Sue was passionate about BPW, and talked about it – a lot. I didn’t quite get what she was talking about. I know that I had her repeat the acronym several times, before finally blurting out, “B P WHAT?”  Sue laughed, and then patiently explained to me what BPW was and how it had impacted her life in such a positive way. She invited me to attend a BPW/Metro, TX meeting, and after that, I was hooked. And by ‘hooked’, I mean that the wonderful women of BPW/Metro had hooked me and laughing.

Over time, I became hooked on BPW/Metro all by myself – I enjoyed the camaraderie that we shared; I enjoyed learning about women’s history and the suffrage movement; I particularly enjoyed being around such ‘Power Chicks” as Sue Wallace, Jerrie Schubert, Melinda Johnston, Beth Johnson, and the late Shari Macioch. These women impacted my life by their very being.  Each of them was different, and each of them had characteristics that I wanted for myself. So I stayed with BPW/Metro, learning and growing and being mentored by actions, words, and ‘tough love’.

In the course of the next year, Sue asked me to join the next Individual Development Program* class, and although I said, “No”, I found myself attending. The day that she announced we were going to culminate our training with a speak-off, and we needed to have a 5-minute speech ready, a light bulb went off in my head. I knew, at that moment, what I was going to speak about. “Fearless Living” was my topic, and it carried me all the way to win the National Individual Development Award that year.

BUT – It did so much more than that. It lit in my heart and mind a desire to share with others what I had learned through BPW, and through my association with powerful, successful, loving women. In 2006, I started my first company, Sarah Zink Business Training, which has taken me across the country to speak to thousands of people. In 2007, I had my first radio show and published my first book.  In March of this year, I published my second book, “20 Tips for Power Chicks and started by second radio show, “THINK ZINK – Change Your Choices, Change Your Life”

These things would not have been possible without BPW. The nurturing of strong women helped me become strong. The influence of wise women made me become wiser. The compassion of loving hearts taught me to support, not compete, with other women. I am more whole for having been in BPW.  While BPW might stand for Business and Professional Women, for me – it stands for Becoming Powerful Women.

*The Individual Development Program (IDP), a BPW Foundation Signature, program helps women develop leadership skills while introducing them to BPW’s mission, goals, programs, and issues.   IDP is one way that BPW Legacy Partners help working women, both members and nonmembers, acquire the skills they need to be active and successful participants at work and in their communities, and to be able to speak effectively on issues that concern them.

You can get a copy of Sarah’s book, “20 Tips for Power Chicks” on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.  Listen to “THINK ZINK: Change Your Choices, Change Your Life” on blogtalkradio.com/sarahzink

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January is National Mentoring Month

Posted by egehl on January 4, 2012

January marks National Mentoring Month in honor of all of the wonderful mentors out there working to help others reach their life goals. All of us need mentors at varying stages of life. Mentors help children to succeed in school, support colleagues with figuring out their career paths, or provide invaluable wisdom and guidance when a friend is faced with a hard decision. Mentors can play many different roles and typically they are someone that has your best interests at heart, and can provide feedback and support that you trust and value.

I am lucky to have found mentors throughout my life who have helped to guide me through a number of important decisions. In this tough job market when networking and building relationships is key to securing a new position, having a mentor can be instrumental in guiding you through that process. Mentors are also extremely helpful when you are still deciding on what type of work to pursue and how to reach your professional goals.

In my experience, mentors have been some of my best fans supporting me in every endeavor I undertake. They know my professional ethic, work product and overall value firsthand and have a clear sense of how to convey it to others. Mentors are the people I go to for recommendations, advice on a job search, or when I am seeking to connect to new people and information. They are my friends, colleagues and confidants.

BPW Foundation has launched a new mentoring program specifically geared toward women veterans. BPW Foundation believes that women veterans especially need mentoring assistance as they make what can be a challenging transition back into the civilian workforce. The BPW Foundation Inaugural Joining Forces for Women Veterans National Summit in October, 2010, identified an ongoing need for women veterans and military spouses to find informed, trusted outlets to assess their goals and navigate their way to successful careers –careers that provide economic stability for themselves and their families.

Therefore to meet the needs of these women, BPW Foundation has launched the “Joining Forces for Women Veterans and Military Spouses Mentoring Plus” program. Through this effort, BPW Foundation will develop the tools, outreach, and capacity to support a long term goal of engaging 100,000 women mentors to connect with women veterans and military spouses. By the end of 2012, 10,000 of the total number will be recruited in collaboration with their launch partner, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The BPW Foundation is honored to have received recognition from The Office of the First Lady and the Joining Forces effort, which has highlighted the “mentorship gap” in their selection of BPW Foundation as the point organization for a large-scale mentoring initiative to benefit women veterans and military spouses.

This month think about becoming a mentor or perhaps strengthen the relationship you already have with your mentor. It’s important to maintain your ties with your mentor and keep them up-to-date regarding your professional endeavors so they know how to help you.  And finally, consider becoming a mentor to a woman veteran by getting involved with BPW Foundation’s mentoring program. For more information please visit the website.

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National Business Women’s Week: As Relevant as Ever

Posted by YWM on October 17, 2011

This week, October 17 – 21 is Business and Professional Women’s Foundation’s National Business Women’s Week® (NBWW), which honors working women and employers who support working women and their families. Established in 1928, NBWW encourages us to call attention to women entrepreneurs, facilitate discussions on the needs of working women, share information about successful workplace policies, and raise awareness of the resources available for working women in their communities.

When Lena Madesin Phillips, President of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, first declared National Business Women’s Week® “to focus public attention upon a better business woman for a better business world,” she acknowledged the challenges that faced America’s working women. She would be gratified to see that today there are 7.2 million majority-owned, privately-held, women-owned businesses in the United States today that employ 7.3 million people and generate $1.1 trillion in sales.

This progress is particularly impressive considering it wasn’t until 1974 that the Equal Credit Opportunity Act guaranteed women access to credit cards and loans. Before this, single women were routinely denied credit, and married women had to take out loans under their husbands’ names. The Women’s Business Ownership Act of 1988 not only forged the way for women’s economic independence by making the requirement of a male signature illegal, it created the National Women’s Business Council, the Office of Women’s Business Ownership and planted the seeds for the network of Women’s Business Centers around the country. BPW Foundation supporters were on the front line in the fights to better conditions and open doors for working women.

America’s businesswomen have made remarkable strides in less than half an average woman’s lifetime. But there remains an untenable disparity in economic success between the sexes. To close that gap we must continue to advocate for a level playing field where women are paid fairly for the work they do. We must also equip women with mentoring, education, and training to compete and achieve in the workplace. Armed with the skills to succeed, there is no question that women can make up for lost time!

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Misbehavin’ Notification: Leading Women Executives Join Forces to Mentor Women Veterans and Military Spouses

Posted by YWM on June 20, 2011

BPW Foundation and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Launch Mentorship Program

Washington, DC — Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business & Professional Women (BPW) Foundation intends to significantly increase women veteran and military spouse employment by combining forces and establishing a network of 10,000 women mentors from corporate, government and nonprofit communities across the country and connect them with women veterans and military wives by the end of 2012.

In support of this effort, successful women executives and business owners from across all economic sectors have agreed to personally mentor women veterans and military spouses and to participate in a senior-level advisory council for the Joining Forces for Women Veteran’s Mentorship Program (JFWVMP).

“Women, who have served our country selflessly in uniform, understand the necessity of teamwork.  Women who have supported those in uniform know the value of sharing. These women will now have access to one-on-one mentoring from successful women leaders across the country through this much needed formal network of information and best practice sharing,” noted former soldier Dr. Lynda Davis, Senior Vice President of ICF and advisory council chair.

On June 17, 2011 at 10:00 am, the first meeting of the JFWVMP advisory council will convene at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at 1615 H St. NW, Washington, DC. This select group of women will provide the expertise and authority needed to promote the mentorship program within their organizations and personal networks and to act as advisers for the national effort.  

“In particular women veterans are among the most underutilized resources in our economy. This program isn’t about helping out a group of women in ‘need.’ Instead, it is about recognizing that our economy needs the leadership skills and expertise these women can bring to our workplaces. Mentors will act as trusted resources for these talented women as they find their place in the nation’s workforce,” explained Deborah L. Frett, Chief Executive Officer of BPW.

As part of the program’s launch, the advisory council members will lead a public discussion on the importance of mentoring and put forth promising ideas for mentoring women veterans and military spouses.  Council members, BPW Foundation and the U.S. Chamber will also enlist other employers, associations and individuals to pledge their support for women veterans and military spouses.

Working with public and private partners, BPW Foundation is developing the tools, outreach, and capacity to support a long term goal of engaging 100,000 women mentors to support and assist women veterans and military spouses. The JFWV Mentorship Program will enable women mentors to tap their own experiences in the workplace to help women veterans successfully enter the civilian workforce, positioning their military expertise and skills for long-term career stability and success. The program will also help make connections for military spouses who often can not find jobs that match their skills and education because of the hardships of military life including many moves and living in areas dominated by a military base.  

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden have recognized the BPW-lead program as part of the national Joining Forces.gov initiative that mobilizes all sectors of society to give America’s service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned.

To learn more about the mentorship program, visit www.womenjoiningforces.org.

 BPW Foundation supports workforce development programs and workplace policies that recognize the diverse needs of working women, communities and businesses. BPW Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) research and education organization. To learn more, visit BPW Foundation – Business and Professional Women

 The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. http://www.uschamber.com/

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Joining Forces: Women Veterans Speak Out

Posted by YWM on May 23, 2011

Read the third installment of our new every-other-week Joining Forces feature that will bring us the voices of women veterans telling their stories.  If you are a women veteran who would like to share your story, please contact us through our Joining Forces for Women Veterans Facebook page, or email dcorazza@bpwfoundation.org.

Do You Know Me?
  by Joyce C. Leneave, Veteran, US Army

Do you know me?
Do you think you do?
I served so that we may stay free,
My blood runs RED… and WHITE… and BLUE.

Do you see me?
Do you know about my life?
I volunteered for my Country,
I was a soldier before I became a mother and a wife.

Do you know me?
Do you see the gleam in my eye?
Ask me about the sacrifice it takes to be free,
I will live and breathe it until I die.

Do you see me?
Do you think you can?
I drove the deuce and half and the humvee,
Long before driving the minivan.

Do you know me?
Do you see what I have done?
I have carried, breastfed, and pottytrained my babies,
I have carried, cleaned, and fired many guns.

Do you know me?
Do you know there are many others?
Who, like me, want you to see,
We are Veterans, Wives, and Mothers.

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Good News for Women Small Business Owners

Posted by YWM on April 8, 2011

Repeal of 1099 Reporting Requirement Good for Women Small Business Owners

BPW Foundation is excited to share some good news for women business owners – the Senate has passed legislation to repeal the expanded IRS Form 1099 reporting requirement that was threatening to overwhelm small businesses with mountains of burdensome paperwork.  With overwhelming bipartisan support, the Senate voted in favor of H.R. 4, the Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act, with 87 yeas and 12 nays.  This bill, which already passed in the House, now goes to the President to be signed into law.

BPW Foundation supported the passage of this legislation, which prevented an onerous tax reporting requirement that would have had a substantially negative impact on all small businesses, including those owned by women.  Given that women owned businesses already face additional challenges, the negative impacts of these reporting requirements are magnified for women business owners.

Last year, in a shortsighted effort to raise additional tax revenue, Congress expanded the Form 1099 requirement to force business owners to report any business expense over $600 to the IRS. According to one woman business owner who testified on Capitol Hill last fall, this would have increased her 1099 reporting by 500%.  With the cost of tax paperwork on small businesses averaging $74 per hour, this could amount to businesses having to additionally spend thousands of dollars each year. 

There are 7.8 million women-owned businesses in the United States – a 20.1% increase from 2002 to 2007.  In 2008, majority women-owned businesses in the U.S. had a total economic impact of $2.8 trillion.  That translates into the creation and maintenance of more than 23.7 million jobs, and accounts for 16% of all U.S. jobs.  While BPW Foundation applauds Congressional efforts to repeal the Form 1099 reporting requirements, Congress needs to ensure that future actions do not add to the challenges these major drivers of our economy face at a time when our economy is struggling to recover from recessionary times.

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BPW Foundation: A Proud History of Supporting Working Women

Posted by sherrysaunders on March 10, 2011

During Women’s History Month it is only fitting that we remember the founding of  Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, the first foundation whose mission was to study, support and advocate for working women.  Check back later in the month for more BPW Foundation history tidbits.

Marguerite Rawalt signs the incorporation documents for BPW Foundation

The Business and Professional Women’s Foundation was organized in February 1956 by the BPW/USA (National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs)  and was hailed as the first tax exempt Foundation and research center devoted exclusively to the interests and advancement of working women.

The Lena Lake Forrest Fellowship Fund of the National Federation, whose purposes were to “promote research into problems which are important to the business and professional woman and to encourage graduate study in fields of work in which the Federation would like to enlarge the activities of women,” was turned over to BPW Foundation to administration.

The first BPW Foundation grant was awarded to Dr. Margaret Cussler for research on her book, The Woman Executive.

Over the years, BPW Foundation has focused on eliminating gender bias and ensuring fair pay.  But BPW Foundation’s interests were wide-ranging as this sampling of articles and papers published in  1956 illustrate. 

While we now are all attuned to advocating for STEM and women in non-traditional careers, BPW Foundation was talking about and educating on those issues in its very first year, 55 years ago.

And the second year was just as busy and groundbreaking.  BPW Foundation conducted the survey on working women, WomanPower Survey.  They also were one of the first to look at issues surrounding older women in the workforce in Too Old for a Job? Other topics targeted in 1957 included:

The members and supporters of BPW Foundation have a long and proud history of leading the way for creating successful workplaces that “work” for both women and employers.

For more on the history of BPW Foundation, check our History Project on the BPW Foundation website.

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Misbehavin’ Notification: Women Veteran’s Bill of Rights Recognizes Unique Needs of Women Veterans

Posted by sherrysaunders on December 3, 2010

BPW Foundation Applauds U. S. House’s Support of Women Veterans

Washington, DC — Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation applauds the House for its focus on the contributions of veterans, including women veterans.  The House passed this week legislation on Women Veteran’s Rights, H.R. 5953, which will require that the Women Veterans’ Bill of Rights be prominently displayed in each Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facility and distributed to women veterans.

“The women veterans’ bill of rights is an important step in recognizing that women veterans have specific needs, different from their male counterparts that should be addressed by the VA,” said Deborah Frett, CEO of BPW Foundation.  “Our recent Summit, Joining Forces for Women Veterans, emphasized the unique needs and challenges of women veterans. It also confirmed the need for agencies, employers and service organizations to create partnerships that assist women veterans’ transition from active duty to civilian life,” said Frett.

For more information about the Joining Forces for Women Veterans summit, visit us at Women Joining Forces.

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