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Where is Location, Location, Location in the Virtual World?

Posted by YWM on May 22, 2013

Jane CollenBy Jane F. Collen

Lawyers Loosen UP!

Location, Location, Location” is no longer the key ingredient for success in business, or a career. Telecommuting is a recent but very real part of some legal practices these days.

Oh sure, there are still a large number of staunch old firms that cling to only using physical paper files, limit employee and even attorney access to the internet and have no electronic video teleconferencing capacity.  But I am lucky enough to be one of the founding partners in an IP law firm that protects these wonderful inventions and has been one of the forerunners to implementing their use in our practice.

Yes, that is right.  I amazed a competitor colleague way back about 15 years ago when our office first went paperless.  I explained to him how we scanned in all the mail, and then matched it to an electronic file, and that the paper was then recycled, except for any document where an original signature would be needed.  The older gentlemen thought I was pulling his leg.  He could not imagine a legal world without volumes of papers kept in rows of files in dark and dank basements.  “But how do you find it again?” he muttered to himself.   “It took a bit of adjustment,” I confirmed, “but now files are accessible from anywhere, by multiple users. . .” I trailed off, he was muttering to himself, “impossible” and his eyes had glazed over.

But my partners had had vision.  They saw that this technology was the wave of the future, and rather than shying away from change, we embraced it.  Businesses all function the same way, even law businesses: if you are not moving forward, you are losing ground.

At first it was hard to wean ourselves off paper completely; we found most attorneys printing out copies of documents forpaper ease in editing and drafting.  But in time we became adept at editing on line.  Now of course most attorneys could not function without red lining and sophisticated Word® software, dictation and secretarial typing is fading away.  We employ our PaperCut Protocol® to ensure that we don’t print out copies just to be discarded.  We reuse paper for printing out drafts, we use recycled paper (clean new paper made from recycled paper) whenever possible and we recycle all of our discarded paper, even though anything confidential requires shredding.

And now fifteen years later, this is more the rule than the exception: even some of the dinosaur firms are jumping on board.  We now would not have it any other way.  I deal with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and they now prefer electronic submissions.  We no longer have to file “certified copies” and originals, we must simple file “true copies”.

We have moved on to actively implement new changes, continually adjusting our policies to accommodate our technology. Our thrice weekly meeting of all the attorneys in the firm routinely incorporates our audio and video call in capability.

We were shocked when an attorney who had left us do to a relocation to another part of the country complained that her new, multi state, large law firm only had paper files, and if she wanted to work on a matter that originated in a different office, she had to wait for them to mail the file!

We now ask clients to specify – do you want us to generate paper, or do you prefer exclusively electronic communications.

And the best perk of all this push to paperless-ness and calling in?  Virtual presence.  An attorney can access the files s/he needs from anywhere.  This enables us to access a document in meetings outside the office or in court.  But more importantly it enables us to work from any location.  We have a few attorneys who live in different states than New York (where our firm is located).  Many days they are able to telecommute.  We have had several attorneys, who for family reasons, have had to temporarily relocate, and they telecommute to work from several states away on a daily basis.

Even the United States Patent and Trademark Office has telecommuting Examining Attorneys.  In fact over 64% of their staff telecommute daily, with a requirement to be in the office at certain prearranged times.

So take heart.  Although it is sometimes surprising how firms stick to traditions, most firms have either chosen to or been forced to adapt to the way technology has entered into the legal profession.   Of course you have to check the ethical rules in the state in which you are admitted, but technology has made it possible to practice with a firm in a state even if you are not living there.  Not only are there the more traditional opportunities of employment with a firm with multi-state locations, new opportunities to telecommute should only become more prevalent.

 Jane F. Collen is of counsel  at Collen IP, a New York based law firm specializing in Intellectual Property, http://www.collenip.com.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Workplace Challenge for Employers and Women

Posted by YWM on April 26, 2013

Ann Sullivan,  Dr Frances Le Bas,  Angela Scott-Ferrell and Jeanne Simmons-McNeil.

Ann Sullivan, Dr Frances Le Bas, Angela Scott-Ferrell and Jeanne Simmons-McNeil.

April 25 in Sacramento, California a panel of experts in health care and business highlighted the impact of rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic conditions on employers and women in the workplace.  The panel included moderator Ann Sullivan and panelists Jeanne Simmons-McNeil—patient advocate, small business owner and a BPW/CA member, Angela Scott-Ferrell—rheumatoid arthritis patient and, Dr. Frances Le Bas—occupational medicine, pain management, and family practitioner

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a discriminatory disease:  75 percent of patients are women and African Americans suffer the physical symptoms worse than any other population.  But RA comes at a cost that goes way beyond physical pain.  With women making up about 50 percent of the U.S. workforce, rheumatoid arthritis has an enormous impact on workplace productivity to the tune of around 50 billion dollars.

Experts and patients at the panel discussion, held during the California Black Chamber of Commerce African American Leadership “Economic Issues Forum”, pointed out that women and employers need to be more aware of the many treatment options available to sufferers of RA and other chronic diseases, so that they can effectively manage their health and the loss of productivity associated with these conditions. 

Angela Scott-Ferrel

Angela Scott-Ferrel

“I can tell you firsthand how hard it is to live with a chronic disease like RA,” said  Angela Scott-Ferrell who has suffered from the disease for nearly 7 years.  “Rheumatoid arthritis is often misunderstood.  Often employers think it’s just temporary pain, but it dramatically impacts a person’s professional and personal life. ”

“Women make up such a large portion of the workforce so it’s extremely important to provide support and education about the latest treatments, so that those who suffer can live productive, and rewarding lives and can contribute to the success of their workplaces,” said Barbara Kasoff, President of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), a co-sponsor of the panel. WIPP and the Business and Professional Women’s(BPW) Foundation recently joined together to form the Working Women Rheumatoid Arthritis Project (WRAP2013), a rheumatoid arthritis awareness campaign for women and employers.

Rheumatoid arthritis most commonly strikes between the ages of 20 and 60, though trends toward the older end.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2014, nearly a quarter of workers in the U.S. will be age 55 and older and more people are retiring later in life, making this a growing concern. 

“Given that more and more women are working later in life it is imperative that employers adapt.   It often only takes

Panel member and BPW/CA member Jeanne Simmons-McNeil with BPW Foundation CEO Deborah Frett

Panel member and BPW/CA member Jeanne Simmons-McNeil with BPW Foundation CEO Deborah Frett

small, easy changes in the work environment to make a big difference in someone’s productivity,” said Deborah Frett, CEO of Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, the other organization co-sponsoring the panel discussion. “A better understanding of rheumatoid arthritis, getting properly diagnosed, and getting properly treated, will remove barriers to success.”

For more information, visit www.WRAP2013.org

 

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New Poll Shows Bipartisan Voter Mandate for Family Friendly Workplace Policies

Posted by sherrysaunders on December 5, 2012

national partnership

By the National Partnership for Women & Families

Following a divisive election, new poll results released by the National Partnership for Women & Families reveal that the nation’s voters are united in their support for making the nation’s workplaces more family friendly. Across party and demographic lines, an overwhelming majority of those surveyed said they struggle to manage their work and family responsibilities — and that they think it is important for Congress and the president to consider policies that would help, such as paid sick days and paid family and medical leave insurance.

“America’s working families are being forced to make impossible choices between the well-being of their families and their financial security every day because our nation’s workplace policies are badly out of sync with the needs of today’s workers and families,” said National Partnership President Debra L. Ness. “These new survey data clearly show that no matter which candidate voters supported for president this election, they are feeling the pressure of out-of-date workplace policies, and they want action to fix them.”

The bipartisan poll, conducted by Lake Research Partners and The Tarrance Group, found that 86 percent of voters nationwide said it is important for Congress and the president to consider new laws like paid sick days and paid family and medical leave insurance to help keep families financially secure. Nearly two-thirds said it is “very important.” Other key findings include:

  • Strong support across party lines: 73 percent of Republicans, 87 percent of independents and 96 percent of Democrats said congressional and presidential attention to family friendly policies is important.
  • Latinos, African Americans, women and young people — the very voter groups much talked about for their impact this election — felt strongest about the importance of congressional and presidential action: 79 percent of Latinos, 77 percent of African Americans, 69 percent of women and 68 percent of people under 30 considered it “very important.”
  • There is a near universal experience of struggle and hardship in trying to meet work, family and personal responsibilities: Nearly three-quarters of voters (74 percent) said they experience these challenges at least somewhat often, and nearly four in 10 said they experience conflict “all the time” or “very often.”
  • Similarly, nearly three-quarters of voters (72 percent) said they and their families would be likely to face significant financial hardships if they had a serious illness, had to care for a family member with a serious illness, or had a new child.

“There is near universal agreement among voters of all political parties that balancing work, family and personal responsibilities is a challenge,” said Brian Nienaber, vice president at The Tarrance Group. “Voters also strongly agree that a major life altering event like a new child or a seriously ill relative would cause them significant financial hardships.”

“This poll shows that voters want and need family friendly policies that help protect their economic security when illness strikes or babies are born,” said Celinda Lake, president of Lake Research Partners. “Across the board, voters are struggling to manage their responsibilities on the job and at home, they are worried about the financial impact of major health events, and they want lawmakers to adopt policies that will help. The support for paid sick days and paid family and medical leave insurance is strong and broad-based.”

The Healthy Families Act, which was introduced this Congress, would allow workers in businesses with 15 or more employees to earn up to seven job-protected paid sick days each year to be used to recover from their own illnesses, access preventive care or provide care for a sick family member. It currently has 118 cosponsors in the House of Representatives and 18 cosponsors in the Senate.

Members of Congress are also expected to work on a national family and medical leave insurance proposal that would create a federal insurance-based system to provide up to 60 days of partially-paid time off to workers to address their own serious health conditions, care for a family member with a serious health condition, or care for a newborn, newly adopted child or newly placed foster child.

“This new poll adds to an overwhelming body of evidence showing that the public strongly supports common sense, family friendly workplace policies,” said Vicki Shabo, director of work and family programs at the National Partnership. “It’s time for Congress to focus on the real challenges facing real people in this country and prioritize passage of modest, reasonable proposals like the Healthy Families Act and a national paid family and medical leave insurance program that would go a long way toward protecting the health and economic stability of our families while also strengthening our economy.”

The survey of 1,220 adults who indicated they had already voted or were likely to vote was conducted by telephone from November 4 to November 6, 2012. The sample included both landlines and mobile phones. It has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

The topline results of the poll can be found here: www.NationalPartnership.org/ElectionPoll

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Women’s News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by YWM on June 22, 2012

Successful, Equitable Workplaces

 Women who have succeeded in business should be brave enough to share their achievements in order to inspire others and not shy away from publicity [Newsday]

Anniversary of Walmart V Duke is marked by push for equal pay [Care2]

MA women’s commission presses for equal pay and sick days [Boston Herald]

Queen bees, mentors and the boss problem [Business Week]

Even women doctors can’t escape the pay gap [Forbes]

Why women still can’t have it all.  This article is generating quite a discussion in the media and blogosphere [The Atlantic]

Gender make of of UVA Board of Governors is questioned [Washington Post]

The impossible juggling act: motherhood and work [CAP Radio]

Saluting Misbehavin’ Women

60 women named to League of Extraordinary Women [Fastcompany]

WWII veteran devoted her life to service [Tulsa World]

28 top business women to watch [DRShannonreece]

Elinor Ostrom, only woman to win Nobel Prize for Economics dies [Huffington Post]

Ms Magazine is 40 years old [Huffington Post]

Military/Veterans

VA should accelerate plans to help female veterans [Boston.com]

Senate Bill aims to help homeless women veterans [Air Force Times]

Documentary looks at post service challenges for female troops [Ruptured Duck]

Inequities plague women veterans [State of Heath]

“Invisible War” film documentary examines rape in the military [Washington Post]

Allow women veterans married to veterans to have their own headstones[UserVoice]

Other News of Note

State Department creates global sports mentor program for women [Business Week]

40 years after Title IX women still lag in tech fields [Delmarva Now]

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Women’s News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by YWM on April 6, 2012

Successful, Equitable Workplaces

Sen Gillibrand says women will run Wall Street before the White House (SF Gate)

New LinkIn survey shows women most anxious when negotiating (PR Web)

Women find bread winning role suits them (Centre Daily)

Why successful women terrify us (Forbes)

Women fight for equal pay on Equal Pay Day (MCall)

A review of advice for wanting to succeed in the workplace, caricatures women (HBR)

Gender shouldn’t matter, but apparently it still does (HBR)

Study finds, on average, barely 6 percent of executive positions at the mid-size business level are held by women (Chron)

Pay differences between men and women attributed to several factors: industry, company size, education and experience and as well as the location of a job (SF Gate)

A survey investigates how professional lesbian women perceive their workplace experience (Pride Source)

The most pressing issue facing the transgender community is workplace discrimination (JDSUPRA)

Empowering women improves economy for all (Forbes)

Gender gap tops $1 million at lobbying firms (Bloomberg)

Empowered Workforces

What makes a good mentor; its personal (The Glass Hammer)

Value of women’s networks at work question unless they include management commitment, training and mentoring (Market Watch)

STEM

Mills College debuts new lecture series to inspire future women scientists (Market Watch)

Privilege not an indicator of women’s success in STEM careers (News.KU)

Female leaders in the tech industry said mentorship is key to increasing the numbers of women in high tech (Austin 360)

New efforts offer gateway to women to STEM careers (Star Gazette)

Health

Study suggests  a biological explanation for the racial disparity as to why black women are more likely to develop and die from cervical cancer (Washington Post)

Politics

“Where are the angry American women?”Attacks in legislatures and on the campaign trail have jolted women into action (New York Times)

Saluting Misbehavin’ Women

USC female veteran first to win Mellon Mays award (Daily Trojan)

Small Business

WISE symposium boosts women entrepreneurs (Syracuse)

Veterans/Military

Military spouses go without recognition (Camp Le Jeune Globe)

More women veterans are homeless and housing is scarce (10TV)

Female veterans have harder time finding work (KPHO)

Military wife talks about importance of going back to school for her (Bangor Daily News)

From single parenthood to stalled careers, military spouses make their own sacrifices (MSN)

Other News of Interest

IBM’s new woman CEO puts Augusta in awkward position (Business Week)

The First Lady will appear on “Colbert” Wed, April 11th to talk about her Joining Forces initiative (Inquisitr)

Only 25 percent of Time Magazine’s contenders for its  100 most influential people in the world list are women (Washington Post)

Roughly 65 to 75 percent of the space in the prestigious magazines goes to male writers (Mother Jones)

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Participate in the Equal Pay App Challenge!

Posted by egehl on February 27, 2012

Spread the word to your family, friends, and colleagues about the new Equal Pay App Challenge!

The National Equal Pay Task Force at the Department of Labor wants your help in building innovative tools to educate the public about the pay gap and promote equal pay for women.

On average women are still paid less than their male counterparts for doing comparable jobs.  This means that each time the average woman starts a new job, she’s likely to start from a lower base salary, but it also means that over time the pay gap between her and her male colleagues is likely to become increasingly wider.  This translates to a woman having less in her weekly paycheck, and thousands of dollars less over her lifetime. For women of color and women with disabilities, this disparity is much larger. 

The App Challenge is asking participants to use publicly available labor data and other online resources to come up with new ways to educate users about equal pay, and to build tools that promote closing the wage gap. 

Each submitted idea should achieve at least one or all of the following goals:

  • Provide greater access to pay data by gender, race, and ethnicity
  • Provide tools for early career coaching
  • Help inform negotiations
  • Promote online mentoring

Now is your opportunity to get your creative juices flowing and come up with innovative ways to support women tackle the ongoing wage gap.

The esteemed group of judges, including Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, will examine each entry for three main things:

How well does the application address at least one of the four goals defined for this challenge; how innovative, interesting, and unique is the application in meeting contest requirements; and does the application present information in a way that is easy for the target audiences to use and is pleasing to the eye?

There are various levels of prizes and if you are a grand prize winner you will receive a scholarship to attend an eight-week immersive program hosted by General Assembly where students will attend hands-on classes that build skills and provide an in-depth overview of topics in digital product innovation and entrepreneurship.

Submissions for the App Challenge can be from an individual or a team. Contestants must register for the contest on Challenge.gov by creating an account between January 31st, 2012, and March 31st, 2012. All entries received after March 31st, 2012 will not be considered for prizes. Registrants will receive an email to verify their account and may then enter their submissions via the “Post a Submission” tab (Submissions).

For more information about the contest and how to apply please visit the Equal Pay App Challenge website.

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Women’s News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by YWM on February 17, 2012

Successful, Diverse Workplaces

Why working moms make us mad, and why not dads? [Forbes]

Federal court rules that firing a woman for wanting to pump at work is not discrimination [National Partnership]

Women in government report more jobs satisfaction them men [Government Executive]

Women may earn less but they find their work more meaningful [New York Times]

Is occupational segregation the root of the gender and race wage gap? [OU Daily]

Santorum faces questions on women in the workforce [New York Times]

Glass Ceiling shows cracks yet endures [West Fair Online]

Can an app really change pay equity? [Slate]

Sex discrimination lawsuit filed against Wal-Mart in TX [The 33 TV]

Empowered Workforce

College majors that put women on an equal footing with women [New York Times]

Business schools don’t prepare women for leadership roles in the workplace [Forbes]

Saluting Misbehavin’ Women

First women president of MIT , Susan Hockfield, resigns [New York Times]

CloudNOW selects top 10 women in cloud computing for first annual awards [Sacramento Bee]

Top Boston women in Tech [Boston Globe]

Violence Against Women

Vietnam Veterans of American enraged about Fox commentator’s comments on sexual assault [Sacramento Bee]

Violence Against Women Act becomes partisan issue [Huffington Post]

New V-Day effort, “One Billion Rising,” aims to mobilize 1 billion globally against violence [Washington Post]

Veteran/Military

Soldiers don fake bellies and breast to better understand how pregnant soldiers feel [Stripes]

Administration urges states to help military spouses by easing burden of license portability [Government Executive]

Women in combat?  We have the technology [Forbes]

Female veterans face steep climb back to employment when they return from war [Star Telegram]

The untold story of female veterans [You Are Strong]

The VA budget includes $403 million for the gender-specific health care needs of women Veterans, improving their access to services and treatment facilities [Veterans for Common Sense]

VA sees spike in veteran homeless families [The Day]

Soldiers, veterans welcome changing role of women in the military [Tulsa World]

Health

Santorum supporter, “aspirin between the knees cost effective birth control.”  Andrea Mitchell was speechless [Forbes]

Women need to know heart attack symptoms [Women’s Health]

400 shades of lipstick found to contain lead, FDA says [Washington Post]

Gen Y

Young women are more stressed out than anyone else [Business Insider]

Small Business

How women are hurting their fellow female entrepreneur [Forbes]

Other News of Importance

Marriage suits educated women [New York Times]

“Women Hold Up Half the Sky” asserts that the central moral challenge of the 21st century is the full emancipation of the world’s women [Huffington Post]

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State Action Needed to Assist Military Spouses with Professional License Issues

Posted by sherrysaunders on February 16, 2012

I was pleased to represent BPW Foundation at the announcement of the new report on military spouse employment that First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, Secretary Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey presented at the Pentagon on Wednesday, February 15th.  The report, “Supporting our Military Families: Best Practices for Streamlining Occupational Licensing Across State Lines,” explains the hardship military spouses face as they move from state to state with their service member. As a result of the many moves associated with military life, spouses working in professions that require state licenses or certification bear a higher high financial and administrative burden, since credentials often do not transfer from one state do to another state. This burden negatively impacts the chances for employment for more than 100,000 military spouses.

The First Lady urged states to pass legislation based on the best practices already in place in several states and said she personally would be urging governors and state legislators to move quickly to put in place rules that would assist military spouses.   She along with all of the other speakers noted the importance of the family in the success of our mission and said that cutting red tape on the portability of occupational licenses would be a big step in easing the burden on military families as they move from state to state.

Eleven of 50 states have already enacted legislation that supports portability of occupational licenses for military spouses including: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Washington. Thirteen states have proposed legislation that would assist military spouses if signed into law including: Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Among the nearly 50 professions that state licensure requirements affect are teachers, nurses, speech pathologists, dental hygienists, physical therapists, counselors, marriage and family therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, physician assistants, emergency medical technicians and dieticians, the release said, noting that 11 of 50 states have enacted legislation that supports portability for military spouses with occupational licenses

The report provides practical, real and concrete suggestions that states can use as they consider their own legislation.  The First Lady stressed that the report is a road map for states with ideas and suggestions and not an edict or decree.

The report is just one step in the Obama administration’s Joining Forces initiative, launched  by First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden to bring together the resources of many government agencies and private sector groups to support military members, veterans and their families. This report was a joint effort of the Departments of Defense and Treasury.

This issue has been a priority for the Pentagon for sometime, having set up a Facebook page during summer to encourage military spouses to advocate for states to change their licensing rules.

BPW Foundation strongly supports this effort by the Administration to help our military families and urges you to find out what your state requirements are on portability of licenses for military spouses and if they are working to  make it easier for a military spouse transferred to your state.  Check with your state legislators.

You can also help our women veterans and military spouses by becoming a mentor.  BPW Foundations Joining Forces for Women Veterans and Military Spouses Mentoring Plus®is built on our long history of women helping women.  Join us in this effort to give back to those who have given so much.

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Support Working Women During February

Posted by YWM on February 14, 2012

Valentine’s Day is only one of this month’s highlights—since 1956, women across the country have celebrated Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation Month during February. Please join in this year’s celebration by supporting the broad-reaching projects and programs of Business and Professional Women’s Foundation.  We hope you will make a contribution this year to assist us as we continue to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to advocate on behalf of working women, women veterans, and their families.
During the past year, BPW Foundation has been actively engaged on the front lines of “hot button issues” that impact the lives of ALL working women, including:
  • BPW Foundation’s report of findings and agreements reached during our October 2010 Joining Forces for Women Veterans Summit has been widely used by government, public, and private sector organizations to support women veterans’ reintegration in the civilian workforce.
  • BPW Foundation’s partnership with Ed2Go and Military to Medicine created new scholarship opportunities for women veterans.
  • BPW Foundation CEO Deborah Frett participated in the White House announcement and launch of Joining Forces for Military Families. Our Joining Forces for Women Veterans and Military Spouses Mentoring Plus® program is a focal grassroots component of this national initiative.
  • BPW Foundation released two research-based reports for use by employers and businesses: Gen Y Women in the Workplace and Gen Y Women To Employers: What They Want in the Workplace and Why It Matters for Business.
  • BPW Foundation conducted research on broadband usage and habits among subsets of women in the workplace and released a report quantifying the impact and implications of high speed internet on their employment and career choices.
  • Career Advancement Scholarships were renewed with BPW Legacy Partners handling the application and selection process.
  • Thanks to you, our supporters, BPW Foundation garnered the most votes in the Alliant Credit Union Foundation “People Voting to Give Back on Facebook” campaign and received $14,000 to support our programs for women veterans.
  • BPW Foundation joined with other leading women’s organizations to inform and educate women about key issues in the upcoming fall election through participation in “HERvotes Blog Carnivals .” Topics have included violence against women, jobs and employment, extension of unemployment insurance benefits, sexual harassment in the workplace, and women’s perspective on the Affordable Health Care Act.
  • BPW Foundation signed letters to Congress in support of legislation including the Family Fairness Act; Healthy Families Act; and the Heart Disease Education, Analysis, Research, and Treatment (HEART) for Women Act.
  • BPW Foundation signed on in support of the Riker vs. Quinnipiac University Amicus Brief to ensure enforcement of Title IX, and commented to the U.S. Department of Labor on Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations.
  • BPW Foundation’s Joining Forces for Women Veterans and Military Spouses Mentoring Plus® was launched in January, 2012 and is connecting volunteer working women mentors with women veteran and military spouse mentees to enable their successful reintegration in the civilian workplace.

We made major strides during the last year, and your efforts on our behalf—reaching out to your personal and professional networks, making phone calls, writing emails, and ensuring your voice was heard by your elected representatives—were essential to this success. BPW Foundation thanks you, our supporters, for all of your work.

As we continue advocating for successful workplaces for all working women, including women veterans, we need your support during 2012! Please help us by making a donation today, either online at Business and Professional Women’s Foundation , or by sending a check to BPW Foundation, c/o Wells Fargo, P.O. Box 759189, Baltimore, MD 21275-9189.

Show Your Support for BPW Foundation Now!

Without your involvement, BPW Foundation could not play such a vital role in creating successful American workplaces. Please help us continue improving the lives of working women and their families by making a generous donation today.

Thank you very much!

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Everyone Can Lend a Hand Through Mentoring

Posted by Joan Grey on January 26, 2012

At a year old, Rachel can walk. However, when we saw her a month ago, she still preferred assistance. She would commandeer the closest adult. Without a word, she made her needs clear. She would lift her arms and whoever noticed knew to extend a finger or two. She grabbed on and headed off—a 2-foot-tall dynamo leading the stooped over, willing adult.

So, what does this have to do with mentoring? Rachel is not your typical business associate. While my connection with my granddaughter is certainly not professional, our interaction has aspects of mentoring.  We have a mutually agreeable relationship that includes respect, communication, and setting boundaries.

Within each of us is the capacity to mentor. And each of us has an area in which we could use mentoring by someone else. Mentoring is more about relationship than skills or knowledge. Probably the biggest “skill” a mentor needs is the desire to help. It’s a relationship built on trust and respect.  And it recognizes that at some point, our mentee will no longer need us and be able to “walk” by herself.

A mentor wants her mentee to succeed. Rachel’s ability to walk is independent of me, but my helping hands have encouraged her in the process. And you can bet I’m there to applaud every step she takes. I’m also there to pick her up when she falls; drying tears if needed.

January is National Mentoring Month, focusing on mentoring as a way to give back.  This year, Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation is concentrating on women veterans and military wives.  BPW Foundation has deployed Joining Forces for Women Veterans and Military Spouses® (JFWVMS) Mentoring Plus, a program dedicated to helping women veterans and military spouses connect with working women mentors and subject matter experts (SMEs) to receive support, guidance, and career development.

There is a role for everyone to play. Our mentors and mentees are women of all ages, eras, ranks and skills. Follow this link to sign up to be a mentor, subject matter expert or mentee.

Did you ever teach someone how to use Facebook, or knit, or mix a margarita? Congratulations, you have the skills to be a subject matter expert (SME). While, Mentoring Plus is focusing on career-oriented skills, it’s not so different than teaching other things. In the new world of job seeking, there’s overlap between personal and professional roles. A SME might advise you to have a Linkedin profile or possibly edit the photos you post on social media sites.  Maybe you’d like to rehearse interview questions and a mentor or SME can help. A mentor may also share contacts on her network, point out opportunities, and open doors.

Rachel’s successes are hers to enjoy. I feel honored to accompany her as she blossoms from baby to toddler. Who knows how her life will unfold, but you can be sure of this: I’ll be there to share and shape and guide the person she becomes. You’ll recognize me by my loud cheering, whether she’s jumping off a diving board or walking across a stage to pick up her diploma. And if you are involved in a mentoring relationship, you can probably relate.

Please help us connect 10,000 women veterans and military spouses with mentors during 2012 by sharing this information on webpages, social media, and at meetings.

If you have questions or need further details, please contact us at JoiningForces@BPWFoundation.org.

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