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BPW/NC Provides Grants to Women Veterans

Posted by YWM on July 17, 2014

NC grantsIn 2014 BPW/NC launched a grant program to provide funding to women veteran professionals or business owners in North Carolina to be used for training, startup capital or business related expenses. During BPW/NC’s recent convention, $500 grants were awarded to MSgt Barbara J. Bozeman, USAF (Ret.) and Tina Smith, USA (E-4 Specialist).

Ms. Bozeman joined the Air Force because she knew she wanted a career and ended up staying for over twenty years. The most important lesson she learned in the military was that regardless of the circumstances, she was never alone, and that she was responsible to and responsible for everyone with whom she served. This gave her both a great sense of freedom to grow as an individual and as a leader. She plans to use the Women Veteran Grant to create a more professional display for her photography business, Sights and Hounds Photography.

When Ms. Smith was in the 9th grade she knew she wanted to be a soldier and enrolled in the Junior Reserves Officer Training Corps program. She has gone on to obtain a Bachelors of Science Degree in Human Service and a Master’s of Science of in Organizational Management Leadership. Her career goal has always been to use her degrees to help others out. She plans to use the Women Veteran Grant to help boost her business, Germacide Cleaning Solutions.


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Benefits of Mentoring for Women Veterans

Posted by YWM on May 7, 2014

Testimony of Dawn Smith, Joining Forces Mentoring Plus mentee, before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business, May 7,2014.

Dawn SmithMr. Chair, Madam Ranking Member, and members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to be here today. My name is Dawn Smith. I am the Founder and CEO of Mystic Reme Teas in Greenville, South Carolina, and testifying today on behalf of Business and Professional Women’s Foundation.

As a woman veteran who recently started my own business, I hope my experiences can be helpful to the committee as you examine which government and nonprofit programs can best assist and meet the unique needs of women veterans as they transition back to civilian life.

I am very proud of my military service. I served in the Air Force for eight years and was deployed six times to Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey and Germany. My expertise in the military was logistics, which means I was responsible for making sure that the movement of both troops and cargo got to the right place and were on time. In both Iraq and Afghanistan I was a Terminal Operations Manager responsible for processing and loading more than 7,000 passengers and directing the shipment of hundreds of thousands of tons of cargo. My work was consistently recognized for meeting excellent delivery and departure standards. I also earned my MBA while in the military.

Because of my advanced logistics experience and MBA, I really didn’t think I would have a problem finding a rewarding career when I left the service. But when I returned home to North Carolina to raise my children on my own, I was not even considered for management jobs; instead, I was offered positions like a warehouse worker, which I did not think utilized my skills, education and experience. For a couple of years I took various jobs that did not fit my background including working as a high school teacher and secretary since I needed to feed my children. These jobs offered neither the career I was seeking nor the salary commensurate with my experience.

BPW JFMPlogo.lowWhile working, I continued to look for a more rewarding and financially secure position. I returned to school to begin a master’s program in accounting. But looking for a job while managing the demands of work, school and motherhood, I became discouraged. I knew I needed help, so I turned to the internet to see what career resources might be available for a woman veteran. I was very fortunate to find Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, a non-profit organization that runs a free career mentoring program for women veterans, Joining Forces Mentoring Plus®. What attracted me to their program was that working women volunteers mentor women veterans (like me) to help us navigate a path to successful civilian careers, and even pursue entrepreneurial opportunities. Participants can access a free “high-tech/high-touch” internet community that includes experienced women mentors as coaches, navigators and supporters.

I immediately signed up and was assigned a wonderfully accomplished mentor, Sandy Smith. Sandy worked with me one-on-one and was persistent in offering advice and support on everything from interviewing skills to resume development. She pushed me, checking on how many resumes I sent out each day. She helped me create a new mindset that gave me the courage to apply for positions that previously I wouldn’t have thought possible. In 2012, I was hired as an auditor by the U.S. Defense Contract Audit Agency. I am happy to report that my salary at this job was twice what I had been making previously. After landing the job, Sandy, my mentor, did not leave me on my own but coached me on office etiquette and protocols necessary to successfully navigate the civilian sector workplace. All of Sandy’s mentoring and coaching paid off: I love my job and feel my career is now on very solid ground.

But even though I love my job, I have always dreamed of owning my own business. With Sandy’s encouragement and sustained mentoring last year, I started an online store that sells my own brand of tea. I am very excited that Mystic Reme Teas is currently in the final selection round to appear on Shark Tank. If I am chosen, I will be seeking funding to open my own tea bar.

I truly believe none of this would have happened without the personal mentoring and wide array of career resources offered by BPW Foundation. It was so successful for me because it was designed by and for women. Generic veteran-based employment and career development programs too often miss the unique elements and needs that matter most to women veterans. We need awareness and guidance about available support and employment resources, and programs that support and recognize the multiple roles impacting women veterans and their access to jobs.

I can attest to the fact that women leaving the service often face unique challenges including single motherhood or care giving for family members, including wounded warriors. Also women veterans often do not identify as veterans and don’t know they can access a wide array of benefits. We are frequently looked at differently from our fellow male veterans. Women who served in war zones are often not afforded the same level of prestige as their male counterparts.

Thanks to the generous support of BPW Foundation and its partners such as Alliant Credit Union Foundation, Booz Allen Hamilton, Cengage Learning, Citi, CVS Caremark, and others, there is no cost to participate in this mentoring program – it’s absolutely free for the women who participate.

Thank you for this opportunity to share my story and tell you about the resources that helped me begin my successful career and start my business. I hope that other women veterans will benefit from my experience and that the committee will support programs that are tailored for the challenges and needs that our women veterans face as they seek meaningful lives after our time in the military

Click here to read Dawn’s full testimony

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Engaging More Than One Million Girls and Young Women in STEM Education and Careers

Posted by YWM on January 23, 2014

BPWFoundationlogocolorBusiness and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation is partnering with the “Million Women Mentors” (MWM) initiative.  Launched in January during National Mentoring Month, the initiative will support the engagement of one million science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) mentors – male and female – to increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women to pursue and succeed in STEM degrees and careers.

Supporting women in non-traditional fields has long been part of BPW Foundation’s mission. Since 1969, BPW’s career advancement scholarships have provided financial assistance to financially disadvantaged women 25 years of age or older seeking to further their education, advance their careers or re-enter the workforce. BPW Foundation solicits prospective scholarship candidates from its state and local Legacy members.  Most of last year’s scholarship recipients are pursing degrees in STEM or related fields.

BPW Foundation’s goal is to share information about Million Women Mentors among its legacy chapters across the country, to engage STEM mentors and to encourage young girls and women interested in STEM fields to pursue their goals with the help of a mentor.  One aspect of BPW Foundation’s commitment to mentoring young women is the BPW Young Careerist program conducted by BPW local and state organizations which recognizes and assists young women as they start their careers.  In addition, BPW members provide career enhancement tools to women of all ages through locally conducted Individual Development programs.  joining this initiative is a natural fit with our ongoing work.

“With our legacy of ‘working women helping women work®’ BPW Foundation is proud to partner with Million Women Mentors to support women across their STEM career spectrum, from young careerists to mid and upper-level professionals, to those transitioning out of the military,” said BPW Foundation CEO Deborah Frett.

BPW Foundation also seeks to leverage this partnership to promote access to STEM career opportunities among women veterans, military spouses and women who have lost a loved one serving in the Armed Forces. “Many women veterans leave the militarywith a wealth of technical training and experience, but they don’t know how to translate those skills into meaningful careers,” said Leslie Wilkins , member of the BPW Foundation Board of Trustees and Founder and Director, MEDB’s Women in Technology Project.  “Having access to STEM professionals through Million Women Mentors will help these skilled women, who unselfishly served our country, leverage their skills and tap into careers in STEM. Million Women Mentor’s work can also support the talented pool of unemployed and underemployed military spouses and surviving family members and bridge the gap (often due to multiple moves or the loss of a loved one) to a successful career in STEM.”

In the past 10 years, growth in STEM jobs has been three times greater than that of non-STEM jobs. Today 80% of the fastest growing occupations in the United States depend on mastery of mathematics and knowledge and skills in hard sciences. While women comprise 48% of the U.S. workforce, just 24% are in STEM fields, a statistic that has held constant for nearly the last decade. While 75% of all college students are women and students of color, they represent only 45% of STEM degrees earned each year. Too many of these young women begin in STEM but leave those degree paths despite their good academic standing, often citing uncomfortable classroom experiences and disconcerting climate. Even when women earn a STEM degree, they are less likely than their male counterparts to work in a STEM field even though STEM jobs pay more and have a lower wage gap: 92 cents on a dollar versus 75 cents in other fields.

“Clearly the need for women in STEM is there,” said Frett.  “By tapping into current pools of talent among our women veteran and military spouse community, and contributing to tomorrow’s STEM professionals among our young careerists, BPW Foundation continues its vision to partner to create successful workplaces for women, their families and employers.”

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At the crossroads where I am and where you are

Posted by YWM on January 22, 2014

By Jacque Hillman, President BPW/Tennessee

Jacquemug-HillHelenGroupToday, I’m president of Business and Professional Women of Tennessee, an entrepreneur with two companies, and I’m on a mission. But in 1969, at age 21, I took my husband, a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, to board a plane leaving for Vietnam. He became a forward observer calling in artillery strikes.

Two years later he came home with a Bronze Star for valor and nightmares about incoming rockets. Other than malaria, he was not wounded, except in his soul. My husband wrote about calling in artillery strikes on Viet Cong families in clearings when the men came out from the jungle. He wrote: “If there is a hell, I’m going there.”

We were fortunate that he had a scholarship for Tulane University Law School. I had a degree in English and secondary education and a teacher’s license. So we became civilians. Yet as a former military wife, I looked at everyone with “new” eyes – no time for whiners and complainers.

I heard people complain about the golf course fairways or food in the school cafeteria. I listened to the good church women who wanted to install carpet in the minister’s bathroom and were miffed that his wife thought it was silly. My reaction was “Get real.”
War and military service changes everything – it changes everyone. How can it not? How can you see what you see, hear it, feel it, and not be changed?

My first marriage made it 18 years and died for various reasons – mostly we grew apart. It happens. Today I’m happily married (25 years in May) to an Air Force veteran. My first husband is happily married and has a two-week old baby! Yes, life happens.
Everyone starts over at some point. As we begin 2014, it is time for fresh starts.

Many women military veterans – YOU — are returning home and need jobs. You need help. You come home to people who cannot possibly understand where you’ve been or what you’ve done. You look at them with “new” eyes. You wonder how to begin, where to begin.

As BPW/TN president and a Jackson Area BPW member, I said, “It’s time for a change.”

So my amazing convention team and I have redesigned our convention June 13-15 in Jackson, Tenn., to offer YOU — women veterans — a full day of meetings with representatives of colleges, universities and colleges of applied technology, two days of business session training that will help your resume. We will have veterans’ representatives present from our counties to help you with whatever questions you may have. We have sponsors for our state convention who want to help you find jobs. We’ll teach you how to network, how to write a resume, how to ace an interview and more.

Want to become an entrepreneur? We’ll help you do that. Serving on the Entrepreneur Development Center board in Jackson. I see enterprising people with great ideas get started. That’s what you need, isn’t it? A start?

I’m an alumnus of the Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy where leaders in eight states learned about just what you face in the Delta Region to get started. It’s hard to get your business started in rural Tennessee if you still have dial up or you can’t get connectivity where you are. Some folks in business assume we all have the same resources. It’s hard to do homework in school if you don’t have a computer. This is real.

I will be writing blogs each week on points that will help you. If you live in Tennessee, we have women who are eager to become your mentors. Check us out at bpwtn.org.

All you have to do is reach out. You see, there are people like me who know where you’ve been. And we just want to get you where you need – and want — to be.

Contact me anytime.

Jacque is a senior partner in The HillHelen Group LLC media services and the owner/designer of Reconfigured Art Jewelry.

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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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Recognizing where you are and where you want to be!

Posted by YWM on September 25, 2013

By Kelly McCarthy

During my 25 years in the beauty industry, I never would have thought that I would become the Leader I am today. This industry has provided me with the life skills needed to be a better person, daughter, sister, employee, leader and mentor.

My role as a mentor began naturally as I began leadership early in my career. I displayed qualities of leadership that others saw in me. I didn’t see them however. I was thrust into many decision making positions and I did my best based on “common sense”. However I found that my “common sense” and another individuals “common sense” are very different and my experience began as a “Trial by Error” leader. Then I found my mentor!

I have since learned to manage my intentions and focus on what I want or need my end result to be. As I began to learn new tools in communication and networking, I began to grow and shine. I have helped lead many companies down a path of success but more importantly I was able to do that one person at a time. I have had the pleasure of leading teams as large a 100+ and as small as 14. My network of incredible people that I have helped and have helped me has grown to numbers I cannot count, however I never take it for granted nor do I feel like I have reached my peak!! There is much more I can do for myself and for others and much more I have to learn!
About 7 years ago I made a decision to begin the search to find a position within the beauty industry that allows me to accomplish personal and professional goals while supporting and mentoring others. I found the perfect match 5 years ago when I decided to become a Dean of Paul Mitchell the School, a cosmetology school.

I now provide support and guidance to hairdressers in training as well as my amazing staff of educators and administrators. We don’t only focus on the technical skills involved to become a hairdresser or salon owner, we also provide life skills, social emotional learning, community awareness, networking and professional development skills that allow a person, no matter how old, find their calling. This is where I love to be.

When looking for an organization to volunteer my time to, I found the search very difficult! I have been searching for almost 2 years and then I realized what I needed to do! Inspired by my brother, a veteran of the Marines, who is struggling with PTSD, my decision was made. He has challenged himself to transition back to a “new normal” and I have watched his accomplishments and his setbacks. That is when Joining Forces Mentoring Plus popped up on my internet search!

So you can say it was meant to be! I look forward to beginning a path of giving back to all that have gave so much. If my professional and personal skills that I have learned and developed through my years as a female professional can assist another woman in accomplishing their personal and professional career goals, I’m in!

I specialize in positive thinking, understanding thoughts and how to manage intentions as well as recognizing where you currently are and how to establish solid goals. Then I can assist in helping you take the first step toward achieving them! Understanding what you value in life and then recognizing whether or not you current routine of behaviors actually are supporting one another!

I have much to give yet much to learn from any mentee and look forward to building healthy relationships!

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Joining Forces Mentoring Plus to Support Caregivers of Wounded Warriors

Posted by YWM on July 18, 2013

BPW JFMPlogo.lowBooz Allen Hamilton and Business and Professional Women’s Foundation have announced  a partnership to support women veterans and military/veteran spouses as they navigate the path to success in the civilian workplace. This new partnership enlists women who work at Booz Allen Hamilton to connect with women veterans and military/veteran spouses and create sustaining “high-tech, high-touch” mentoring relationships.

Booz Allen Hamilton-Joining Forces Mentoring Plus partnership will also include an important new focus on caregivers of wounded warriors. These women face unique challenges in adapting their lives—and employment—often either abandoning successful careers to become full-time caregivers to their disabled loved ones or re-entering the workforce to assume responsibility as primary breadwinners.

Booz Allen’s interest in reaching out to caregivers of wounded warriors grew out of the company’s involvement at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where employee volunteers noted the gap in support for the family members and loved ones attending to the needs of their wounded warriors. Executive Vice President Robin Portman, who serves on the Advisory Council that assisted in the development of BPW Foundation’s Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® , immediately saw the opportunity to expand the program’s resources to embrace caregivers. “Military Caregivers serve our nation each day by providing round-the-clock emotional and physical care to our American heroes,” says Portman. “Booz Allen’s partnership with the BPW Foundation’s Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® program will support these hidden heroes whose challenges are virtually unseen.”

“We are very excited about the range of expertise and value-added that Booz Allen Hamilton will bring to Joining Forces Mentoring Plus®, and to the women veterans and military/veteran spouses they will assist,” said Deborah L. Frett, BPW Foundation CEO. “These women veterans, military/veteran spouses, and caregivers will benefit greatly from the passion and extensive knowledge Booz Allen Hamilton women employee mentors can share,” Frett said, noting that Booz Allen’s consulting practice includes both federal and corporate clients in myriad industries. “We are proud to welcome Booz Allen Hamilton as a Leadership Partner and look forward to working with them and learning from—and alongside–them.”

Booz Allen Hamilton-Joining Forces Mentoring Plus will enlist mentors from the company’s diverse population of women employees across the country to be trained as mentors to serve thousands of caregivers and spouses who make daily sacrifices to care for and support their service members. This initiative will spotlight women among Booz Allen Hamilton’s numerous efforts to support military veterans and their families with career opportunities, community partnerships, and services tailored to meet the unique needs of the greater military community.

In addition to regular meetings with mentees, Booz Allen Hamilton mentors will utilize a custom portal within BPW Foundation’s Joining Forces Mentoring Plus® internet platform, which provides mentor training and a wide range of resources, information, and subject matter experts to support them as mentors.

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Still Serving!

Posted by YWM on July 16, 2013

Jas BootheCongratulations to Jas Boothe as she joins the the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), on July 1, 2013 as the new Women Veterans Outreach Coordinator.

Jas is the founding president of Final Salute, a Joining Forces Mentoring Plus Community/Resources Partner.  Final Salute has been successfully assisting Northern Virginia and Columbus, OH  homeless women veterans and their families with support services and transitional housing.  Part of the process is helping the woman veteran develop and establish a plan for her future success.

Jas served in the military for 13 years, having to end her career sooner than she wanted because treatments for cancer meant she  couldn’t be the soldier she wanted to be.

The VA is working to better assist women veterans in need of support services of all kinds and adding Jas to their team is certainly step in the right direction.

BPW Foundation salutes you Jas!

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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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