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Your Job Search is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Posted by BPW Foundation Contributer on June 13, 2014

The first in the series The Strength of Your Service…and Beyond 

By Chris Rath

Before my first marathon, I could not fathom running 26.2 miles.  Training for a long distance takes preparation, commitment and tenacity.  Your job search requires the same philosophy.  Finding a new job does not typically happen overnight neither does running a marathon with no training.  Here are tips to running one of the biggest races of your life – finding a job to your second career.

  1. Set a goal.  Right, it’s to find a job.  But not so fast.  Is your goal to find a job or a career? Are you looking for something long term or short term? What is your target industry or company size? Just as in race training, I had to plan for my pace, water breaks, etc.  So, take time to make a plan to help you focus and measure your process so you can make adjustments and move forward.
  2. Rely on a support system. For me, having running buddies and my family’s support got me through the long haul.  The same can make a tremendous difference in your search.  Build upon your existing network and reconnect. If you do not have a mentor, consider someone who has recently separated find military-friendly organizations who offer mentoring through free career mentors and professional resources. Your support system will only continue to grow with people who want to help you.
  3. Practice.  Marathon training often includes a few shorter races to help you prepare for race day.  Preparation for your job search activities should also be done.  As many of you are aware, have a good elevator speech and prepare for common interview questions.  But, take it one step further and continue to evaluate and refine.  Use your support system to work out the bugs so you can feel more relaxed and competitive on interview day.
  4. Change it up.  Conditioning through a variety of exercises better prepared me.  Some days I ran intervals; other days I ran hills – all with the same goal of helping me finish the race successfully.  The same goes for your resume.  While many of you know that refining and tailoring your resume is a constant process, it does get time consuming.  But remember, the end goal is to get you through finish line…with a new job!
  5. Take it easy. Don’t give up.  Stay positive.

To learn more about job searching for your second career, look for more installments of our series, “The Strength of Your Service…and Beyond.”

christine RathChris Rath leads the Veteran Recruiting Program for Booz Allen Hamilton, a publicly traded strategy and technology consulting firm based in Mclean, VA.  The program is focused on employment opportunities for former military, transitioning military, military spouses, guard and reservists.  Candidates may connect with me, other Booz Allen employees/recruiters, and transitioning military colleagues through our Booz Allen Transitioning Military Recruiting LinkedIn Group at https://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostRecent=&gid=5144107&trk=my_groups-tile-flipgrp

Booz Allen is an Employer of Choice for former military personnel, who make up a third of our workforce. We’re committed to supporting veterans, Reservists, National Guardsmen and women, and other employees with military backgrounds through outreach, training programs, and our Armed Services Forum, which provides support, camaraderie, and resources for employees formerly or currently serving our nation.

Visit www.boozallen.com/careers/transitioningmilitary to find out more about these and other unparalleled opportunities for transitioning military personnel and veterans, and to learn about webinars and other upcoming events.

Joining Forces Mentoring Plus offers free unlimited personal career and employment coaching and professional guidance – including working women mentors – for women veterans, female military spouses, caregivers of wounded warriors and survivors of fallen soldiers.  Visit www.JoiningForcesMentoringPlus.org. Volunteer women employees from partners including Booz Allen Hamilton and others are waiting to share their expertise and experience with you!

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Honoring Military Nurse Marsha Four

Posted by Crystal Williams on May 6, 2014

Marsha Four: Bringing humanity to veteran transitions through mentoring

On National Nurse’s Day, BPW Foundation is proud to honor and recognize the nurses who give so much of themselves personally and professionally to care for all of us. Thank you! We are also pleased to recognize Marsha Four, BPW Foundation Women Joining Forces Advisory Council Member and current National Vice President of Vietnam Veterans of America , who has dedicated her life to this profession and to serving our country.

Marsha Four is a Vietnam in- country veteran who served on active duty with the Army Nurse Corps from 1967 to 1970.  READ MORE

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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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Posted by YWM on December 10, 2013

BPWFoundationlogocolorBusiness and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation has been awarded a $35,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, the independent foundation created by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman.

Newman’s Own Foundation generated seven grants totaling $300,000 as part of its “Honoring Women Who Serve” campaign to support career development for female veterans. Through BPW Foundation’s Joining Forces Mentoring Plus program, women veterans receive unlimited free online career development tools, resources, and confidential guidance from volunteer working women mentors to help them identify and pursue civilian career paths.

“It is indeed an honor that Joining Forces Mentoring Plus has been selected by Newman’s Own Foundation to receive this grant.  These grant dollars will directly impact and support women veterans as they make the often challenging transition from military to civilian careers,” said Roslyn Ridgeway, BPW Foundation Board Chair and JFMP mentor .

Joining Forces Mentoring Plus™ is a FREE, “High-Tech High-Touch” national mentoring program using both one-on-one contact and a sophisticated on-line platform of resources for women veterans. Joining Forces Mentoring Plus™ is based on a career development model that can be used by women of all ranks, eras, and skill levels. Mentorships and resources extend beyond job attainment to support job retention and career advancement.

 “There is no greater sacrifice than serving and defending our country,” said Robert Forrester, Newman’s Own Foundation President and CEO. “We aim to provide for the ongoing needs of military personnel and their families, both during deployment and after their return. We are pleased to award this grant to BPW Foundation as they endeavor to make a difference in the lives of female veterans.”

The six other nonprofits receiving grants are: Every Woman Works; Swords to Plowshares; Veterans, Inc.; Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania; Women’s Business Development Center; and Women, Food and Agriculture Network.

Overall, Newman’s Own Foundation is awarding $7 million in grants over three years, 2012-2014, to more than 50 organizations across the country that deal with veterans’ issues such as health, housing, education, career development, and family support.

Paul Newman, the actor and philanthropist who founded Newman’s Own, passed away on September 26, 2008. Now, five years later, his legacy continues as Newman’s Own continues to give away 100% of the profits and royalties from the sale of its food products to charity. Since the company’s founding in 1982, over $380 million has been donated to thousands of organizations, with $125 million having been donated in the past five years alone.

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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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Woman to Woman Mentoring and Career Guidance for Military Spouses

Posted by sherrysaunders on November 5, 2013

BPW mentoring logo.cBusiness and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation was inducted as a Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partner (MSEP) at the MSEP Partner Induction Ceremony on November 5, 2013 at the Pentagon Auditorium in Arlington, VA. Signing the new MSEP Partners Statement of Support for BPW Foundation was CEO Deborah L. Frett.

“BPW Foundation is proud to join MSEP in supporting military spouses as they seek meaningful careers while balancing the challenging work-life priorities involved in living a military life,” said Deborah Frett. “Through BPW Foundation’s Joining Forces Mentoring Plus®, military spouses will have access to free mentoring provided by volunteer working women, Subject Matter Experts for special needs, and a vast number of state- of-the-art career resources through our internet platform. In addition, we have special resources for the employment challenges faced by caregivers of Wounded Warriors.

“Military spouses, 95% of whom are women, are educated, committed, flexible, and capable of juggling multiple roles in transitional situations. Yet most remain un or under employed. Over the past several years, BPW Foundation has championed women veterans and military spouses in their efforts to succeed in meaningful careers. We have also found that serving both women veterans and military spouses is useful, since many military spouses are also veterans.

“Joining MSEP is a logical match of resources to support and provide the tools military spouses need to succeed as they face issues of job portability, frequent moves and often an absent spouse. And our unique benefit of Working Women Helping Women Work® provides these female military spouses a truly understanding helping hand,” Frett said.

Current MSEP partner executives, members of Congress, military service assistant secretaries, senior military spouses of the service Chiefs of Staff and military spouse employees of MSEP companies were on hand at the commitment celebration to welcome the more than 30 new MSEP partners. Also attending for BPW Foundation was Velma Hart, BPW Treasurer, BPW Foundation Trustee and a veteran. She joined Ms. Frett and the other partners at the 2013 Annual MSEP Partner Meeting after the induction ceremony.

MSEP is part of DoD’s broader Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) initiative , which seeks to strengthen the education and career opportunities of military spouses by providing career exploration opportunities to help them understand their skills, interests, and goals; education and training to help them identify academic, licensing, or credentialing requirements that can help them reach their career goals; employment readiness assistance to optimize their self-marketing skills; and employment connections that help them find and maintain a rewarding career. MSEP, a targeted recruitment and employment solution, creates employment connections that provide companies with direct access to military spouses seeking career opportunities and spouses with direct access to employers who are actively recruiting.

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Military Spouse Survey – Share the Challenges You Face Seeking Employment

Posted by YWM on September 24, 2013


Are you a military spouse?  If so your in put is needed.

Military spouses face many challenges to both employment and career advancement as a result of the military lifestyle. The Military Spouse Employment Survey is hosted by The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). This imperative study will look at the employment pattern of all military spouses, especially related to their long-term career trajectories. All active duty, National Guard, reserve, veteran, and surviving spouses who are 18 years and older are encouraged to participate by sharing their stories, experiences and lessons learned.

 According to the 2010 Department of Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC), there are approximately 725,877 spouses of Active Duty service members and approximately 413,295 spouses of Reserve and Guard members. In addition, it is estimated that there are more than 15 million veterans’ spouses in the United States and over 5.8 million surviving spouses. By adding your voice, we can build a stronger foundation for military spouses’ professional needs, identify any barriers to career development and share your stories with government officials, state, and federal policy makers in order to overcome obstacles and improve the quality of life for all military spouses, service members and their families.

The survey opened September 16, 2013 and will remain open for 30 days. This survey is completely anonymous, for research purposes and therefore completely voluntary. The survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.   

You can access the survey and additional information here: www.moaa.org/milspousesurvey

Please share this survey link with other military spouses in your community!

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CVS Caremark Joins BPW Foundation in Mentoring Women Veterans and Military Spouses on the Path to Successful Careers

Posted by YWM on July 9, 2013

BPW JFMPlogo.lowCVS Caremark has joined the growing list of companies partnering with Business and Professional Women’s Foundation’s Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® program to support women veterans and military/veteran spouses as they navigate the path to success in the civilian workplace. CVS Caremark will enlist volunteer women employees as mentors and subject matter experts for women veterans and military/veteran spouses within the Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® “high tech-high touch” online community.

Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® provides free employment tools and connects women veterans of all branches, eras, ranks and military/veteran spouses with volunteer working women mentors and subject matter experts. The program, framed around “Working Women Helping Women Work®, meets these women where they are and helps them translate their military skills and build self confidence to find and keep meaningful civilian careers or start and grow their own businesses.

BPW CEO Deborah Frett welcomed CVS Caremark’s volunteer employees, noting: “Results to date validate and support the value of tapping working women’s experience and expertise. CVS Caremark volunteers will expand our pipeline of mentors for the growing number of women veterans and military/veteran spouses looking for career guidance through Joining Forces Mentoring Plus®. We are thrilled that CVS Caremark is ‘joining forces’ with BPW Foundation and look forward to the company’s important contributions to our mentoring resources.”

CVS Caremark will enlist mentors from the company’s diverse population of women employees across the country by tapping into their Colleague Resource Groups (CRG).  “VALOR, our veteran CRG along with Women Success Network and the Logistics Diversity Council are taking the lead on recruiting members to participate in this initiative.  We are excited about the partnership with BPW Foundation and look forward to adding this mentoring program to our enterprise-wide military recruitment and outreach efforts,” states Leslie Reis, Senior Manager of Workforce Initiatives.   This initiative will spotlight women among CVS Caremark’s numerous efforts to support military veterans and their families with career opportunities and community partnerships tailored to meet the unique needs of the greater military community.

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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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BPW Foundations Joining Forces Mentoring Plus Spotlighted at Clinton Global Initiative

Posted by YWM on June 14, 2013

Debbie 2012 head shot revisedCEO Deborah L. Frett returned to the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI) Meeting this week to report on Business and Professional Women’s Foundation’s Commitment to Action, Joining Forces for Women Veterans and Military Spouses Mentoring Plus®, recognized by CGI America “as an exemplary approach to addressing challenges faced by women veterans in the small business arena.”

Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® provides free employment tools and connects women veterans (all branches, eras, ranks) and military/veteran spouses with volunteer working women mentors and subject matter experts. The program, framed around “Working Women Helping Women Work®, meets these women where they are and helps them translate their military skills and build self confidence to find and keep meaningful civilian careers or start and grow their own businesses.

In the words of one woman veteran mentee: “I was empowered by the first phone call, and the connection with this organization that has the experience and professionalism to support me in facing some snags on my way toward my career goals. My first need was to build self-esteem to feel inspired to face the challenges that used to get me down and make me feel hopeless.”

Expanding upon last year’s CGI Commitment to Action and the formation of over 50 private and public sector partnerships, BPW Foundation is now enlisting new partners to build the “high-tech, high touch” program’s financial literacy, entrepreneurial, and small business resources, as well as expand mentoring capacity to serve the current audience of 2.2 million women veterans and two million military/veteran spouses.

“Recent BPW Foundation partnerships with Alliant Credit Union Foundation, Dell-Intel, and Booz Allen Hamilton will guide the expanded commitment.  These partners contribute expertise and organizational resources that address the needs and requests of those we serve,” she added.

In another part of the CGI America program, Ms. Frett will share the results of BPW Foundation’s recent survey of more than 500 women small business owners. This baseline data includes motivators, barriers to entry, the influence of gender, the impact of technology, as well as financing experiences and mentoring relationships. The cornerstone for future research and program development, a follow-up report will be presented at CGI 2014.

CGICGI America is an annual forum for leaders from the business, foundation, NGO, and government sectors to develop solutions and prompt others to take action, preparing Americans to be competitive global citizens and rethink current models that shape our economy and society. BPW Foundation CEO Deborah L. Frett took the CGI America stage to share the updated Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® commitment on Friday, June 14th.

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Established in June 2011 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) addresses economic recovery in the United States. CGI America brings together leaders in business, government, and civil society to generate and implement commitments to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, foster innovation, and support workforce development in the United States. Since its first meeting, CGI America participants have made more than 211 commitments valued at $13.6 billion when fully funded and implemented. To learn more, visit cgiamerica.org.

Please tune in to follow CGI America 2013:

Twitter at @ClintonGlobal and the event hashtag #CGIAmerica

Watch video highlights on the CGI YouTube channel

Follow CGI America on Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative

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